Concepts[ edit ] There are multiple conceptualizations of psychopathy,  including Cleckleyan psychopathy Hervey Cleckley's conception entailing bold, disinhibited behavior, and "feckless disregard" and criminal psychopathy a meaner, more aggressive and disinhibited conception explicitly entailing persistent and sometimes serious criminal behavior. The latter conceptualization is typically used as the modern clinical concept and assessed by the Psychopathy Checklist.
Patrick Bateman is not as easy to analyze as he might seem Which he would probably love to hear. What appears to be Antisocial Personality Disorder — a sociopath — is a little more complex, and a lot more confusing.
Upon arrival at the apartment where he supposedly stores multiple corpses, Patrick finds an empty apartment and that the tenant living there is not the one that he believes to occupy the place. Weirder still, the man he thinks he killed is said to actually be alive. Does Patrick Bateman have Multiple Personalities?
Is Patrick Bateman a Sociopath? Even the grotesque notebook that Jean discovers would imply that Patrick preoccupies himself with violent thoughts, but he does not act on them in reality.
Furthermore, Patrick does not seek out ways to break the law, which is characteristic of a sociopath.
The only time he is in violation of the law is when he seems to be hallucinating. Perhaps by believing this, he could be considered a sociopath. It all depends on how you slice it.
Is there Hope for Patrick?
Sadly, this American psycho seems beyond repair. Unfortunately, his confession at the end of the film falls on deaf or disbelieving ears, and brings no comfort to Patrick. The support system in his life is virtually non-existent; he speaks of no close family, and has no close friends.
The only woman that cares about him has just found a sick catalog of his diabolical doodles, and Patrick seems to be the kind of guy that would sneer at anyone who visits a psychiatrist — which means he will never see one.
Thus, Patrick will probably never get better — not without a commitment to therapy. What Do You Think? Even if you just have some strong opinions about Mr. Share your thoughts with us!The slang term psycho has been traced to a shortening An influential figure in shaping modern American conceptualizations of psychopathy was American psychiatrist had some key similarities to Cleckley's ideas, though in when renamed Antisocial Personality Disorder some of the underlying personality assumptions were removed.
Sep 11, · Who else here thought of this movie as a pretty good comedy instead of an thriller or whatever it is? I pretty much lol'd all. Many films have portrayed mental disorders or used them as backdrops for other themes.
This is a list of some of those films, sorted by disorder, regardless of whether or not the disorder is portrayed accurately. For instance, though 50 First Dates presents a case of anterograde amnesia, the type depicted does not actually exist..
Similarly, dissociative . Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, lacking guilt, egocentricity, superficial charm, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, nonplanfulness, impulsivity, and antisocial behaviors such as.
Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland: Antisocial personality disorder/narcissistic personality disorder Daniel Day-Lewis There Will be Blood: Antisocial personality disorder. This paper provides an illustration of problems in making diagnosis based on a single film.
American Psycho provides an overview of the personality traits of an individual who may be suffering from a number of potential conditions. These are discussed in relation to diagnostic categories.