Clinical Neuroscience

[Factors affecting the offsetting ability psychopathic reactions ]

MAGYAR István1

NOVEMBER 01, 1968

Clinical Neuroscience - 1968;21(11)

[To summarise what has been said, I would like to present my views on psychopathy below. 1. The abnormal personality structure is not a disease and thus does not in itself affect the integrity of the capacity to reason. 2. The abnormal personality structure may facilitate the commission of a particular act, but its assessment as a mitigating circumstance is a matter for the judge. It is rarely necessary to draw the attention of the mental health professional to this fact, and in particular in the case of recidivists, prison as a "forced treatment" should be acknowledged and approved. 3. The involvement of the capacity to reason comes to the fore in manifest psychopathic states, i.e. in cases of psychic decompensation reaching pathological levels, or when a psychotic reaction occurs at the base of a pathological personality structure. In these cases, the most crucial question is to determine the relationship between the pathological state that has developed and the sinful act; in Nyírő's definition, the disease is criminal or the conscious self. 4 I have not discussed the structural aspects of military justice and pathological personality, but I will merely mention that the issue here is complicated by special military problems, including the question of military fitness and the occurrence of special military crimes. More common is the disqualification or incapacity to report if the offender was or has become unfit for military service. The assessment of special military offences is different and the shaping influence of the military environment changes the assessment. These issues have been mentioned for the sake of completeness, as they would exhaust the scope of a paper, but they are also a specific problem affecting a narrower range of people. The title of my topic promised a description of psychopathic reactions affecting the ability to report and this is apparently not what I gave. However, I believe that without a negative assessment of the abnormal personality structure, which is still a controversial issue in both psychiatry and forensic psychiatry and which does not generally affect the integrity of sanity, the issue cannot be discussed. Practical experience has shown that in the vast majority of cases, the psychoanalytical assessment of pathological conditions arising from pathological personality structures is less of a problem than the correct interpretation of the pathological personality structure itself, psychopathy, and its impact on the integrity of the mental capacity. ]


  1. Magyar Néphadsereg Egészségügyi Szolgálata



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