The Triarchic Model of Psychopathy

The Triarchic Model of Psychopathy (TPM; Patrick, Krueger, & Fowles, 2009) is a recently developed measure of psychopathy that identifies three primary domains: Boldness, Meanness, and Disinhibition. These traits overlap substantially with general and pathologicalfive-factor models (FFM) of personality (Boldness = low Neuroticism, high Extraversion; Meanness = low Agreeableness; Disinhibition = low Conscientiousness). In the current study, (total N = 702) we compare TPM and FFM domains in relation to self- and informant-report ofexternal criteria (i.e., pathological traits, antisocial behavior), and quantified their absolute similarity using a profile matching approach. The corresponding traits from these models share large interrelations and very similar convergent and divergent relations, suggesting that unaltered traits from one can be considered excellent proxies for the other. Results are discussed interms of the benefits of using a unifying trait-based model to study psychopathy, as well as personality disorders more broadly.

3 thoughts on “The Triarchic Model of Psychopathy

  1. Just curious, what got you interested in psychopathy? I am a (Forensic Psychology) PhD student and my dissertation pertains to why people are intrigued by psychopathy. This is wonderful to see psychopathy being blogged about šŸ˜€ Blessings and honor, Christine C Sponsler


    1. Thank you Christine, I have just taken a look at your blog, very encouraging for us all.Having lived through 14 years of hell with someone with psychopathic behaviours I started to study Psychology and the brains of sociopaths and psychopaths to try and make some sense of it all. Many Parental Alienators have personality disorders and I publish articles in the hope it helps others to understand the mind of a Parental Alienator. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Linda


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