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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Using the Term Psychopath Correctly in Fiction

I'd like to clarify the usage of the term psychopath in fiction.

Colloquially, people use the term to indicate that someone is “crazy,” but that would be a gross overstatement. I’ve got family members who are crazy, but they are in no way, shape, or form psychopaths.

In the psychological field, the term is mainly used in conjunction with or as the equivalent to antisocial personality disorder, but this is shortsighted and incorrect.

Click here to read the rest of my article for Christian Fiction Online Magazine. In it, I go into detail about a measurement used to determine if someone is truly a psychopath or not.

Let's Analyze: Have you ever misused the term psychopath?