No sooner is the word out than images of murderers, rapists, suicide bombers and gangsters flash across our minds. But unlike their box-office counterparts, not all psychopaths are violent, or even criminal. Far from it. Find out more...

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In fact, psychopaths have a lot of good things going for them. They are fearless, confident, charismatic, ruthless and focused - qualities tailor-made for success in twenty-first century society.

In this groundbreaking adventure into the world of psychopaths, renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton combines original scientific research with bold on-the-ground reporting from secret monasteries, Special Forces training camps and rarefied psychopath wings of maximum-security hospitals. Provocative, engaging and surprising at every turn, The Wisdom of Psychopaths reveals a shocking truth: beneath the hype and the popular characterisation, psychopaths have something to teach us.

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Test your psychopathic traits

Great American Psychopath Survey

Kevin Dutton has teamed up the Channel 4 to test the nation's psychopathic traitsfor a ground-breaking documentary Psychopath Night Over 2 million have taken the test so far.

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Find out more about who you really are by answering the following questionnaire. A full breakdown of your personality traits will be revealed at the end of the test.

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Psychopathy and the presidents

Psychopath and the Presidents

In 2010, psychologists handed out a personality test to the biographers of every U.S. president in history. But there was a catch. It wasn't the biographers who were being tested. It was the presidents.

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Other Personality disorders

Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are defined as follows: "…an enduring pattern of inner experience and behaviour that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it."

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