crimes & personality disorders


Although there are a great many different crimes, is there anything like a common criminal ‘personality’?

If one takes ‘personality’ to be the overall expression of stable behavioural dispositions, then it may be that there is something like an ‘antisocial personality disorder’. However, this would tend to be present only in repeat criminal behaviour.

Models of personality, such as the ‘Five-Factor Model’, or the ‘Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory’ enable psychologists to examine the balance of personality ‘traits’ in any individual and correlate traits such high ‘neuroticism’ and low ‘sociability’ with criminal behaviour.

However, such a view criminal personality is by no means universal amongst forensic psychologists.


Psychopath – Documentary

A different view on psychopaths