CRJS466 Individual Project Two

Apr 19th, 2015
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You are a member of a special behavioral science unit for Homeland Security. The director of a large geographical sector in the United States would like a report for his division heads on the differences between the sociopath and the psychopath. He would like to have a comprehensive report about this phenomenon in mental health. It is imperative that the personnel who come in contact with these types of personalities understand what they are dealing with, why the subjects are the way they are, and what to expect in terms of reaction to the involvement of authorities. The director is unclear as to the difference between the two. In a 3–5 page position paper, respond to the following questions based on the scenario: Describe the mental state of the sociopath and psychopath. How are they similar and how do they differ? Articulate which of the two personalities presents the biggest threat to Homeland Security and law enforcement, and why? Relate how an agent for Homeland Security could iden

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CRJS466 Individual Project TwoNameClassDateProfessorDifferences between the Sociopath and the Psychopath Sociopaths and psychopaths suffer from antisocial personality disorders that are the result of both environment factors and a genetic predisposition to the disease. The sociopath and the psychopath have several similarities as well as many clear distinctions. In both cases the disorder can lead to criminal behavior and violent tendencies. Psychopaths are highly intelligent and take pleasure from taking risks while sociopaths prefer routine and lack the intelligence to commit a crime in order to go undetected. As a member of a special behavioral science unit for Homeland Security it is important to be able to distinguish the difference between the two. For members of law enforcement it is imperative that the personnel who come in contact with these types of personalities understand what they are dealing with, why the subjects are the way they are, and what to expect in terms of reaction to the involvement of authorities. A sociopath is defined as a person suffering from antisocial personality who displays no empathy for others. Antisocial Personality Disorder is the clinical term used for the mental disorder associated with the traits of sociopaths (Ohnine, 2013). Sociopaths look and act like the average person but inside they are masking a manipulative and dangerous personality. According to the DMV the sociopath must display certa

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