Politics, psychopathy and the duty to warn

US psychiatrists chafe at the Goldwater Rule which forbids them from expressing their professional opinions about President Donald Trump. Some want to label him a psychopath. But what does the term mean?

Some US psychiatrists want to label US President Donald Trump a psychopath. But what does the term mean?PHOTO: REUTERS

What are the traits of a psychopath and why has this become a subject of urgent concern among American mental health professionals?

In casual conversation, a "psychopath" has come to mean anything and everything that we find repulsive - from a mass murderer to an unscrupulous businessman to a philandering partner.

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