Three researchers from Norway, Rolf Wynn, Marita H. Hoiseth, and Gunn Pettersen, recently published the review. They concluded that when compared to male psychopaths, female psychopaths more often seem to show emotional instability, verbal violence and manipulation of social networks, and less criminal behavior and instrumental violence.
This study, which is quite readable, it explains how the disorder is defined and diagnosed. If you’d like to be familiar with the scientific community’s views of psychopathy, it’s a good overview.
Here are some highlights regarding the disorder in women:
- There are more male psychopaths than female psychopaths.
- Women score lower than men on the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised.
- In one study, only 11% of female violent subjects, compared to 31% of male violent subjects, met the criteria for psychopathy.
- Studies found that 16% to 17.4% of female prisoners were diagnosed as psychopaths, compared to 20% to 25% of male prisoners.
- One study suggests that women who are manipulative tend to flirt, whereas men run scams and commit fraud.
- The criminal behavior of female psychopaths consists primarily of theft and fraud, whereas males often commit violence.
- Males more often show physical aggression, whereas females show relational and verbal aggression.
- Promiscuity in female psychopaths may be a means to gain financial or social benefits.
But here’s the problem: most scientific research about psychopaths — both male and female — is done on two groups of people. They are prisoners and college students.
Why? Because those are the people university researchers have access to.
So I wonder if their results are skewed based on the populations that they study. What about all of the psychopaths “in the community” — people who aren’t in prison?
As we all know, many psychopaths don’t commit violence. Many are skilled at talking themselves out of trouble. So the research is being done only on people who are either violent enough, or stupid enough, to get caught and go to prison.
Lovefraud wants to present a more comprehensive picture with the “Female Sociopath” survey.
If you’ve been involved with a female sociopath in any type of relationship — romantic partner, spouse, parent, child, family member, work colleague or acquaintance — I invite you to complete the survey. Let’s create a complete picture of this disorder.