What psychopathy is not
Hi fellas! Today I want to write about something different and that is, as you guessed from the title, psychopathy. More specifically what is NOT a psychopath.
Let’s have a little bit of intro regarding psychopathy.
Firstly, psychopathy in the begining was not a psychological diagnosis. It was a medical diagnose refereing people with different brain structure, a brain structure which has reduced connections between the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC). Part of the brain responsible for sentiments such as empathy and guilt, and the amygdala, which mediates fear and anxiety.
This on one hand makes them predisposed to anti-social behaviour (ASPD) due to impaired empathy and remorse making them more bold and egotistical.
- The most common misconception about psychopaths is they are serial killers. In truth psychopaths are much less prone to violence than neurotypical due to the missing emotional factor.
- You can become a psychopath — NO! You are born that way. You can become a sociopath IF you have the gen and the required environmental factors, but the two are very much different
- Psychopaths are emotionless — They have emotions, they are just dulled!
- Psychopaths enjoy giving or watching pain — They don’t. Sadistic psychopath however do!
- Psychopaths can be fixed with the right amount of love and empathetic care: No, psychopathy is in your brain structure and cannot be changed. We do not need fixing anyway nor do we want to.
- Psychopaths are hyperintelligent — They isn’t any scientific evidence this is true and actually most of the psychopath have average or below average. The percentage of high-functioning psychopaths is minior
- Psychopaths and Sociopaths are the same — Big NO! There are numerious differences to make them different. Although they may seem same, the motivation behind their behaviour differs.
- Psychopaths are fearless — They do feel fear, just not in a neurotypical way. More like adrenaline rushing up, without the paralysing factor
- Psychopaths are always rational — I think this myth came from the Narcissists that are pretending to be psychopaths. This isn’t true. They can be schizophrenic, paranoid, have a split personality, be driven by anger and make mistakes.
- That psychopaths can’t be spotted as children. Although applying labels is dangerous, psychopathic behavior can manifest itself at a very early age. Certainly the parents usually know that something is very wrong, and professionals can have a very clear idea of what they’re dealing with.
Those are some of the most common misconceptions regarding psychopathy. They are not some weird people who are making plans to ruin your life, although if you challenge them they will. They are just normal people looking to live their life