Stockholm Psychiatry Lecture: Scott O. Lilienfeld
Title: Beneath the mask: The search for successful psychopathy
Professor Scott o. Lilienfeld, Emory University:
Although psychopathic personality (psychopathy) has traditionally been regarded as a largely or entirely malignant condition, some scholars have contended that psychopathy, or at least some of the traits associated with it, may be tied to successful outcomes in some vocations or avocations, such as politics, business, military combat, and high risk-sports. In this talk, Dr. Lilienfeld will examine the nature of this scientific controversy and discuss recent research from his laboratory suggesting that a constellation of traits associated with psychopathy, namely boldness, may sometimes be tied to adaptive behaviors. He will also examine the possibility that boldness and similar traits may be something of a "double-edged sword," perhaps promoting successful outcomes in certain cases but unsuccessful outcomes in others .