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Headlines Psychopaths are born, not made


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[font=verdana, geneva, arial, sans serif][size=+1]Original sinners?
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May 26th 2005
From The Economist print edition


[font=verdana,geneva,arial,sans serif][size=-1]Evidence that psychopaths are born, not made[/size][/font]

[font=verdana,geneva,arial,sans serif][size=-1]Based on the teachers' assessments, the researchers identified the naughtiest 10% of the individuals in their sample—in other words those with severe conduct disorder. They then subdivided these children into those with psychopathic traits and those without and asked, in each case, whether an individual's twin showed bad behaviour, psychopathy, or both.[/size][/font]

[font=verdana,geneva,arial,sans serif][size=-1]Their analysis showed that bad behaviour without psychopathy has relatively little genetic component—less than a third. By contrast, four-fifths of the difference in behaviour between the general population and children with psychopathic traits seems to lie in the genes.[/size][/font]

[font=verdana,geneva,arial,sans serif][size=-1]All of this raises interesting questions. On a practical level it suggests that bad behaviour needs to be handled differently in different children, and will be much harder to eradicate if associated with psychopathic traits (though that does not mean that parents and teachers should not try). On an intellectual level, it asks about the origins of psychopathy.[/size][/font]

[font=verdana,geneva,arial,sans serif][size=-1]Though the genes in question have yet to be identified, this result suggests they are too abundant to be there by chance—in other words they are being kept in the population by natural selection because psychopathic behaviour confers a selective advantage. If it does, such an advantage probably pertains only when psychopaths are in the minority (a state of affairs known to biologists as a balanced polymorphism). But it does mean that far from being an aberrant behaviour, psychopathy may be disturbingly normal.[/size][/font]

the whole article is interesting, but the last paragraph is what makes me go hmmm.

bnccoder said:
It does make a lot of sence. Natural selection would cause them to adapt and seem normal, since they are persicuted if they show their true tendencys.

Egocentricity; Callousness; Impulsivity; Conscience defect; Exaggerated sexuality; Excessive boasting; Risk taking; Inability to resist temptation; Antagonistic, deprecating attitude toward the opposite sex; Lack of interest in bonding with a mate
Egocentricity,Excessive boasting, Risk taking All describe me. :happysad:
I think it's a mix of being born and being made. You can have the traits and not act on them, but if society treats you like shit then yeah, you're going to act on the traits.