"There are at least four (4) different subtypes -- common, alienated, aggressive, and dyssocial. Commons are characterized mostly by their lack of conscience; the alienated by their inability to love or be loved; aggressives by a consistent sadistic streak; and dyssocials by an ability to abide by gang rules, as long as those rules are the wrong rules" (O'Connor, 2005). Bundy clearly falls into the aggressive category.
Describe and explain whether the individual may be a psychopath as defined by Hare.
On Hare's checklist of psychopathology, Bundy has nearly all of the traits, including glib and superficial charm (with women), a grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of himself (as exemplified by his defense of himself in court), a need for stimulation, pathological lying, cunning and manipulativeness and a lack of remorse or guilt that caused him to play games with the law until the eve of his execution. Throughout his life he showed superficial emotional responsiveness, callousness and lack of empathy, promiscuity, and impulsivity (such as when he escaped from jail). The only traits on Hare's scale he lacked are that of a parasitic lifestyle,...
The 'reason' behind Bundy's behavior lies in his failure to develop a personality structure that could admit to the humanity of other individuals. This is not only true of his female victims, but of all human beings, as he never established close male friendships, showed a desire to grandstand in the media, and showed no compassion for his victim's families, until virtually his dying breath.
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