Psychopaths are fearless and confident. They may seem potentially resourceful employees. It never works out.
Some 6% of people are sadists.
What causes unprovoked acts of violence? And is there any place for such cruelty in our society?
Who will wait on the checkout line footprints and who will rage against them?
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Psychologists call these traits the ‘Big Five’: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. A researcher suggests your profile implies your response to social distancing.
The military should take more care when hiring new staff if we are to prevent atrocities in wars.
Can you feel what I’m feeling?
Everyone has something of the Joker in them.
A more egalitarian power structure is possible.
Villanelle may be a psychopath, but she doesn’t represent most psychopaths.
The arrest of former cop Joseph DeAngelo in the Golden State Killer case raises questions about the common occupations of killers and psychopaths. Canada’s Russell Williams was a former military officer.
Our workplace and work processes may be contributing to stress and bad behaviour.
It’s tempting to think that difficult coworker might be a psychopath, but this just distracts us from the difficult work of making our workplaces better places to be.
Behavioural differences in female psychopaths could cause them to slip under society’s radar.
While research indicates there are likely to be fewer female psychopaths than male, this may be because their traits are less visible than their male counterparts.
What does a fraudster look like?
What are fraudsters really like? Are they all psychopaths? To fight fraud we need an accurate picture of who commits these offences.
Some youths find in gangs the love and social standing that’s missing in their home lives.
Don’t feel bitter, but that story you read about gin was probably wrong.
Claims that gin lovers are more likely to be psychopaths are just another case of science media misreporting - which should be a tonic to any tipplers who were worried by the news.
Are you setting a good example for others to follow?
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Put otherwise good people in an environment created by a psychopathic boss and they could end up with ethical blindness.
How do we deal with people whose emotional responses we don’t understand? Demolition does not have the answers.
Eleanor Worthington Cox plays Jessie in Tomcat.
Tomcat, a play by James Rushbrooke, portrays a dark future where there is no place for neurodiversity. Is this our future?
People hunt for many reasons – it’s not just for trophies.
Recent media coverage of trophy hunting - following the death of the lion Cecil – raises questions about why some people seem to enjoy killing animals for fun.
Compared to other antisocial people, psychopaths lack empathy and are less able to understand punishment.
The psychologist David Lykken once wrote that most violent crime could be prevented by cryogenically freezing all males aged 12 to 28. Although this option might be appealing at times for high school teachers…
People are becoming more likely to believe that high-tech visualising techniques might allow us to see psychopathy in the actual physiology of the brain.
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In the latest instalment of our series Biology and Blame Micol Seigel poses some important questions about the assumptions behind the legal use of fMRI. Of the current uses of psychiatry in legal settings…