The Psychopathic Mind: Origins, Dynamics, and Treatment

J. Reid Meloy

Forensic psychologist Reid Meloy identifies psychopathology as a deviant development disturbance characterized by inordinate instinctual aggression and the absence of a capacity bond. It is the definitive book on the subject. “This is a superb presentation of what is currently known about the psychopathic personality and its functioning. The discussion is comprehensive and clearly and forcefully articulated, making it maximally useful for clinical and forensic settings. The book would be highly useful and helpful for all clinicians engaged in the evaluation and treatment of criminal psychopaths. This extremely important work fills a vacuum in the understanding of psychopathic disorders from the psychological and psychodynamic perspective.” William W. Meissner, S.J., M.D.


Meloy, R. J. (1988) The Psychopathic Mind: Origins, Dynamics, and Treatment. Northvale, N.J: Jason Aronson, Inc.

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ISBN-10: 0876683111

ISBN-13: 9780876683118