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    A new Brain study on psychopathy reveals how psychopaths possibly might be handled. Go to the Brain journal site. For a discussion on the paper, see Biosciencetechnology.com under "Are some psychopaths curable?"


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    Welcome to the forum. Since you weren't able to post a link yet, I thought I'd post it since it doesn't seem to be spam.

    New Findings Spur Debate: Are Some Psychopaths Curable?

    After reading the article, it had me questioning if I am a psychopath because I can turn my emotions on and off, up to a certain point. If I don't do it before I hit sensory overload then I have a major melt down and could probably be perceived as dangerous.

    But I also have high functioning autism. I don't normally instinctively pick up on emotions, I have to discern them through logic and deduction. But there are certain things that I cannot block from affecting my emotional response. For instance, a baby crying causes me to panic until I locate the baby and determine if the problem is taken care of. Most would consider that a normal maternal instinct. But most people can resist acting on the urge to find the crying baby if they know it isn't their own child. I cannot. I'll lose it if the crying doesn't stop and I can't at least see that it is just a tantrum.

    Also, without having any Native American cultural upbringing, I cry when I hear traditional Native American singing with the drums and all. I don't know if it's the tones that are hit or what but I cannot hold back the tears when I hear it no matter how illogical or irrational I know my response is. I really wish I could be studied so that someone could tell me why I am so weird.


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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    After reading the article, it had me questioning if I am a psychopath because I can turn my emotions on and off, up to a certain point.
    The capacity for turning some of our emotions "on and off" is certainly there, but the ability *and willingness to do so doesn't really necessarily point towards psychopathy as I understand it. This ability can be learned through the application of rational thought and willpower, or by trained desensitization of the stimulus that evokes them if one so chooses, and it isn't always a "bad" thing.

    The tendency to apply this ability in violent acts of violence/aggression/deception to derive pleasure and possibly benefits from these acts is (from my perspective) the defining quality of psychopathy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobydoo1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    After reading the article, it had me questioning if I am a psychopath because I can turn my emotions on and off, up to a certain point.
    The capacity for turning some of our emotions "on and off" is certainly there, but the ability *and willingness to do so doesn't really necessarily point towards psychopathy as I understand it. This ability can be learned through the application of rational thought and willpower, or by trained desensitization of the stimulus that evokes them if one so chooses, and it isn't always a "bad" thing.

    The tendency to apply this ability in violent acts of violence/aggression/deception to derive pleasure and possibly benefits from these acts is (from my perspective) the defining quality of psychopathy.
    oh ok. I only enjoy twisted acts of violence when the acts are virtual (in video games). Reality kind of reduces the inclination to expect pleasure from these things, because I really dislike pain, and I am small and fragile. I'd likely get hurt really really bad if I committed any acts of violence, well these days anyway. I did get in fights as a kid, but came to the realization that some day I would fight someone who could beat me and I didn't want to experience that. It's illogical to do things that cause others to want to hurt you. There is only one of me, and millions of people who are not me. I'm out numbered. I doubt I'd win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    I did get in fights as a kid, but came to the realization that some day I would fight someone who could beat me and I didn't want to experience that. I doubt I'd win.
    I doubt that I have ever fought anyone who couldn't beat me. But, then again, I do not pick fights, so the contestants weren't chosen by me.
    I never even thought of winning. Just doing as much damage as possible, as fast as possible.


    (for those few brief isolated moments, was I behaving psychopathically?)
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    Everyone has control of emotions to a certain extent - that's how people can work in service positions and not lose it every time an unreasonable customer comes along. I struggle to accept the idea that of 7 billion people a certain majority percentage are "normal" and the rest fall into one of the two extremes and I rather suspect our DSM V definitions of psychopathy have changed with societal and cultural changes. That suggests to me that psychopathy doesn't reside in the individual at all.

    Seagypsy I wouldn't say you are weird at all - just there are certain things in the environment whose stimuli is more affective for you. I cant hear live bagpipe music without bawling like a baby and I don't even really like it. (Apart from the bloke in our town centre with a bagpipe and a cap - he doesn't affect me cos he's rubbish). Its all relative hun and how weird you are depends on who you are comparing yourself to. I still have to tap the top of the banisters twice when I go up stairs (any stairs) - I started doing it when I was 6 cos it was code to the monster under the bed to not eat me. And it obviously works cos I haven't been eaten yet..... But I also have things I cant stand that make me feel I have no control over my response to it and I'm sure everyone does - its just the triggers that are different.

    Embrace your weirdness hun :-)
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    Being overtaken by sympathy or empathy or sadness is not a trait of psychopathy. Just the opposite.
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    It's a big topic because we have a lot of antisocial behavior. What helps me is to see the underlying reasons and their work. Psychopathy is not an illness, but a general term for majorly destructive asocial behavior. I accept that there are three causes. Firstly, a human for me is more than just a set of electrochemical functions and I assume that there is spirit that determines who that person is and that's who he is, good, or, bad. There may happen electrochemical, or, cognitive dysfunctions that can be found and treated to let a person work normally, this is what I'd call illness, psychopathy. There may be destructive behavior forced from outside, what is a question of power.
    Don't worry, you are not psychopaths. Major emotional changes are completely normal. There is no clearly defined "normal", though, rather it is something considered majorly disruptive for social life is called abnormal. If you feel something very unreasonable, it must have own deeper triggers.
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