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Cover image for lecture: Psychopath v Sociopath: Antisocial Personality Disorders

Lecture Overview

While many pathological behaviours are overt and easy to identify, it is the insidious passive-aggressive behaviours that are often more challenging. Understand the difference between two of the most often misused and misrepresented antisocial personality disorders and what you can do to identify and avoid them in the workplace and in other social settings.


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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experience of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space. See Educator Profile


124 Total Rating(s)
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Melinda J Chomley
18 Mar 2020

Excellent resource. Well explained.

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Catherine Hill
05 Feb 2020

Very interesting and engaging.

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Denis Cronin
17 Jan 2020

Very relevant to mental health nursing. Well presented.

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Eleanor Jansen
23 Nov 2019

This resource have been very informative and helps me to be more aware of individuals with these behaviours and how to deal with them safely.

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Jill Pamplin
11 Nov 2019

This was BRILLIANT. I love Karen's lectures and lecturing style. She covers the subject matter so clearly and this has improved my understanding of these subjects greatly. Totally enjoyable

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02 Oct 2019


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Kylee Taylor
27 Aug 2019

Great educator, I’ve enjoyed all her lectures.

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Philip Randall
11 Aug 2019

Good educator but there were some sound issues during the presentation which was a little annoying.

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Sarah Arnott
04 Aug 2019

I found the difference between psychopath and sociopath fascinating. The content of the lecture was great, and delivered in a way which engaged the listener (me).

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Robyn Joy Carter
20 Jul 2019

I highly recommended lecture for anyone who is dealing with HCP antisocial personalities in the workplace. Very informative and eye-opening as to just dangerous these personalities are and the impact on individuals and the whole team. Knowledge is the power to create the change