Gone Girls


What exactly is a sociopath, and why are women with antisocial personality disorder so rare? Cristen and Caroline confront the clinical realities of sociopathy and why it's become pop culture's favorite character flaw.

Episode sources:

"Antisocial Personality Disorder." Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/antisocial-personality-disorder/basics/definition/con-20027920

"Antisocial Personality Disorder." National Institutes of Health. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000921.htm

"Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptoms." Psych Central. http://psychcentral.com/disorders/antisocial-personality-disorder-symptoms/

"Bad Boys, Bad Men: Confronting Antisocial Personality Disorder" by Donald W. Black. Oxford University Press. 2013. http://books.google.com/books?id=myhpAgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Feelings?" by Jon Ronson. The New York Times. June 16, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/books/review/confessions-of-a-sociopath-by-m-e-thomas.html?_r=0

"Gender and women's mental health." World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/genderwomen/en/

"How to Tell a Sociopath from a Psychopath" by Scott A. Bonn. Psychology Today. Jan. 22, 2014. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wicked-deeds/201401/how-tell-sociopath-psychopath

"Interventions in Children and Adolescents for the Prevention of Antisocial Personality Disorder." PubMed Health. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0015225/

"Personality Disorders" by John M. Oldham. Focus. July 01, 2005. http://focus.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleid=50196

"Personality Disorders Affect 15% of Americans" by Jeanie Lerche Davis. WebMD. Aug. 04, 2004. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20040804/personality-disorders-affect-15-of-americans

"Surprising Myths & Facts About Antisocial Personality Disorder" by Margarita Tartakovsky. Psych Central. http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/04/06/surprising-myths-facts-about-antisocial-personality-disorder/

"The Female Sociopath" by Merve Emre. Digg. May 14, 2014. http://digg.com/2014/the-female-sociopath

"The Female Sociopath: Myth or Monster? Mythic Monster?" by Ester Bloom. The Billfold. May 14, 2014. http://thebillfold.com/2014/05/the-female-sociopath-myth-or-monster-mythic-monster/

"Understanding the Sociopath: Cause, Motivation, Relationship" by Seth Meyers. Psychology Today. April 02, 2013. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/insight-is-2020/201304/understanding-the-sociopath-cause-motivation-relationship

"Why We Love Sociopaths" by Adam Kotsko. The New Inquiry. April 04, 2012. http://thenewinquiry.com/features/why-we-love-sociopaths/

Academic insights:

"Examining the Prevalence, Role and Impact of Evidence Regarding Antisocial Personality, Sociopathy and Psychopathy in Capital Cases: A Survey of Defense Team Members" by John F. Edens and Jennifer Cox. Behavioral Sciences and the Law. Feb. 28, 2012. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bsl.2009/abstract?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false

"Gender Bias in Diagnostic Criteria for Personality Disorders: An Item Response Theory Analysis" by Susan C. South and Eric Turkheimer. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 2007. http://people.virginia.edu/~ent3c/papers2/Articles%20for%20Online%20CV/(6)%20Jane%20et%20al%20(2007).pdf

"Implications of antisocial parents" by ZD Torry and SB Billick. Psychiatry Quarterly. 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21293928

"Neurological soft signs in homicidal men with antisocial personality disorder" by Nina Lindberg et al. European Psychiatry. November 2004. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924933804001130

Topics in this Podcast: psychology, books, Mental Health