According to one 2012 study published in the International Journal of Women’s Health, female psychopaths are more likely to flirt and use their sexuality to manipulate people. They’re more likely to be verbally aggressive and mean and less likely to violently attack people. Psychopathic men, on the other hand, are more physically aggressive and more likely to commit fraud — perhaps why there are many more men in prisons.
Another study published in the Journal of Personality Disorders in 2017 found that female psychopaths are more likely to be anxious, have emotional problems, and be promiscuous.
Raine didn’t want to make any claims about male and female psychopaths, but he did say female psychopaths are definitely antisocial, like their male counterparts.
“I think if I had to speculate, if there is a general male-female divide, that males are more aggressive physically than females,” he said. “And if you look at women in prisons, a lot of it is drugs and a lot of it is prostitution. And I’m suspecting that in respect to female psychopaths, you’ll see a similar reflection there.”
Female psychopaths probably dabble in all sorts of criminal offenses too, he added, but they’re usually not the ones raping people.