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An interesting research paper from 2009, Early Temperamental and Psychophysiological Precursors of Adult Psychopathic Personality. By; Andrea L. Glenn, Adrian Raine, Peter H. Venables and Sarnoff A. Mednick, which came to the conclusion that, “some indicators of adult psychopathic personality may originate and be observable very early in life. Individuals who were higher in psychopathy at age 28 were characterized by a less fearful and inhibited temperament at age 3, and they were also more sociable.”

The study states among other things,  “The more psychopathic adults were characterized as being noticeably less fearful and inhibited at age 3. Kochanska (1993) suggested that children’s fearfulness contributes to the development of moral emotions such as guilt, shame, and empathy; children who are more fearful tend to feel remorse after wrongdoing, are concerned with consequences related to their actions, and are generally deterred from future wrongdoings by feelings of discomfort compared with nonfearful children. This study provides initial prospective, longitudinal evidence that young children with low levels of fearfulness and inhibition are at risk for the subsequent development of a psychopathic personality in adulthood.”  A link to the study;  Here

More of interest, a more recent ‘piece of the puzzle’ to be noted is the following research study;  Neurodevelopmental marker for limbic maldevelopment in antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy. (Sep. 2010)  which came to the conclusion that, “Those with CSP had significantly higher levels of antisocial personality, psychopathy, arrests and convictions compared with controls. The pervasiveness of this association was indicated by the fact that those lacking a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, but who were charged or convicted for an offence, had a more extensive CSP than non-antisocial controls. Results could not be attributed to prior trauma exposure, head injury, demographic factors or comorbid psychiatric conditions.”   Study found Here  and  Swivelchair at Neurological Correlates did a wonderful write-up which can be found by clicking,   Here

Last but not least,  Personality Predicts Cheating More Than Academic Struggles, Study Shows (Sep. 8, 2010)   Here

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