Psychopathology of Ted Bundy
While many experts found Bundy’s precise diagnosis elusive, the majority of evidence pointed away from bipolar disorder or other such psychoses, and toward antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). People who suffer with ASPD, often referred to as “sociopaths” or “psychopaths”, are often superficially charming and have a great deal of charisma, but beneath the mask there is little true personality, empathy, or care for others. Most sociopaths are not demonstrably psychotic as they can very easily distinguish right from wrong, but this doesn’t stop them from behaving in a way that society deems “antisocial”. They are devoid of genuine feelings of guilt or remorse, but can fake it with ease;
Bundy once stated in an interview that “Guilt doesn’t solve anything, really, It hurts you … I guess I am in the enviable position of not having to deal with guilt.” Other features of ASPD are narcissism, poor judgment, and most predominately manipulative behavior- all of which were displayed by Bundy.