Understanding Psychopathic Tendencies

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Many people equate the term ‘psychopath’ with violent individuals who cannot control their urges to commit terrible crimes. The image that might come to mind is that of Patrick Bateman, a character in the film American Psycho drenched in the blood of his victims, or Ted Bundy, an American serial killer who murdered and killed over 30 women and committed necrophilia with some of his victims’ corpses.

Today, some people use the term ‘psychopath’ to label and stigmatise people they do not like but this label is often used without a full understanding of the meaning of the term. Once a person is labelled a psychopath, they will almost invariably face many challenges in their social future because they will then be associated with serial killers or mass murderers, or someone who will commit harm for instant gratification or due to a lack of empathy.

In reality, psychopathy is a type of antisocial personality disorder, but not all of those who have antisocial personality disorders are psychopaths. In this article, we will discuss the symptoms of psychopathy, other antisocial disorders that are often mistaken for psychopathy, the causes of psychopathy, famous psychopaths, and available treatments for individuals who display psychopathic tendencies.

 

Symptoms of Psychopathic Tendencies

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How can you spot a psychopath or people with psychopathic tendencies? According to the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (Psychopathy Society), most individuals with psychopathic tendencies display the following symptoms:

  • An absence of a sense of guilt – Psychopaths do not feel remorse after causing harm, loss, or suffering to another person or creature
  • A lack of compassion and empathy – Psychopaths do not have the capability to identify and feel the pain of others, often viewed as being cold, inconsiderate, and tactless
  • An absence of attachment – Psychopaths typically maintain an emotional distance from others, and the depth of their feelings are shallow, which causes them to display a sense of interpersonal coldness
  • Narcissism – Psychopaths have narcissistic tendencies and an inflated sense of self-worth and ability, and are often opinionated and arrogant
  • Superficial charm – Psychopaths typically have charming personalities and know what to say in certain situations; however, their actions often do not match what they say, and many of them tend to be smooth, charming, engaging, and slick
  • Dishonesty – Psychopaths have a tendency to be dishonest, manipulative, and deceitful
  • Manipulative behaviour – Psychopaths try to manipulate and cheat others for personal gain through charm and charisma
  • Reckless risk-taking – Psychopaths have a tendency to take significant risks with no regard for the consequences
  • Need for stimulation and prone to boredom – Some psychopaths require activities that will give them exciting stimulation, as they are prone to boredom when faced with routine or dull assignments
  • Irresponsibility – Psychopaths tend not to fulfil or honour their commitments and obligations, and do not accept the responsibilities of their actions
Psychopaths try to manipulate and cheat others for personal gain through charm and charisma.

Psychopaths try to manipulate and cheat others for personal gain through charm and charisma.

Although psychopathic tendencies are more prevalent in males compared to females, history has recorded many instances of female psychopaths. One of the most famous female psychopaths in history is Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who was responsible for killing and torturing over 600 women, and then bathing in their blood, in a twisted and mistaken attempt to maintain her beauty and youth.

In general, psychopaths are in touch with reality and are fully aware of their conduct. Due to this characteristic, they may learn to fit in with other people and keep their psychopathic tendencies hidden. However, most psychopaths typically have a run-in with the law at some point in their lives.

 

Sociopath vs. Psychopath: What are the Differences?

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Some people often mistake a sociopath for a psychopath. While all psychopaths are sociopaths, not all sociopaths are psychopaths. The following are differences between the two:

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Psychopaths have a more severe lack of empathy and guilt Sociopaths lack empathy and guilt, but are known to form deep personal bonds with family members or loved ones
Psychopaths do not have a conscience Sociopaths still have a sense of conscience, although it is weaker than most people
Psychopaths display consistent antisocial behaviour throughout their lives Sociopaths tend to improve their antisocial behaviour over time
Psychopaths do not have a sense of guilt or remorse over hurting someone else (family members or not) Sociopaths may not feel guilt over hurting strangers, but may feel remorse over hurting someone they share a personal bond with

 

Narcissism vs. Psychopathy: What are the Differences?

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Narcissism is one of the attributes displayed by psychopaths. However, although all psychopaths are narcissistic, not all narcissists are psychopaths. For someone to be considered a narcissist, he or she must fulfil five or more of the following criteria:

  • An inflated sense of self
  • A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or love
  • A belief that he or she is special and unique, and can only be understood by, or should associate with people of high status or respectable institutions
  • A desire for excessive admiration
  • A sense of entitlement
  • An absence of empathy
  • A belief that other people are envious of him or her
  • Display arrogant or superior attitudes

 

Psychopath vs. Psychotic: What are the Differences?

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Psychopaths are very different from those who are psychotic. Psychotic behaviour involves losing touch with reality. Individuals who suffer from psychotic behaviour often hear voices, have strange beliefs, or are paranoid or delusional. Oftentimes, people who suffer from psychotic tendencies experience disorganised thinking, and they believe that a higher power gives them direct instructions.

 

What Contributes to Psychopathic Tendencies?

Psychopathy is not currently well-understood but there is a growing body of research focused on the disorder. Most of the research centres on identifying the causes of psychopathy, in the hopes that a therapeutic or pharmaceutical treatment can be found, if not to cure psychopathy then at least to manage psychopathic tendencies. There are at least two known factors that have been found to contribute to psychopathic tendencies: genetics and environmental factors.

 

Genetic Causes

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In 2012, Dr Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of Mexico, discovered that the brains of people who displayed psychopathic tendencies were wired differently, with a decrease in activity in the paralimbic part of the brain compared to the average human brain. The paralimbic part of the brain deals with moral reasoning, and lower activity in the paralimbic system makes it difficult for a person to identify with other people’s feelings. In the following year, Dr Kiehl found that the abnormality in the paralimbic system was present from birth.

Studies have shown that in people with high psychopathic tendencies, their brain responds differently to those who have low psychopathic scores. One study found that the amygdala of people with antisocial personalities responds differently to that of people with less antisocial personalities. This difference is believed to be the contributing factor in the development of psychotic traits, since the amygdala is the part of the brain that regulates emotion. In the study, when people with low psychopathy scores were faced with violence, they would experience an increase in respiration and heart rate. However, the people with psychopathic characteristics would not experience fear and instead became calmer.

In 2017, a Harvard University-led team discovered that psychopathic individuals tended to show greater activity in areas of the brain associated with immediate rewards. They were also weaker in areas of the brain associated with projecting and thinking about the future consequences of their actions.

In other words, in the brain of a psychopath, they are more likely than others make decisions based on immediate gratification, and their decisions are less likely to be governed by a projection of what the future consequences may be.

 

Environmental Factors

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Environmental factors experienced during childhood, combined with genetic differences, may contribute to the development of psychopathic personalities. While the genetic differences as described above are significant factors, the following environmental factors also contribute to the development of psychopathic traits:

  • Inconsistent parenting, or parenting styles that focus on punishment and a lack of reward
  • The absence of or insufficient parental involvement
  • Physical abuse or neglect during childhood
  • Separation from a parent or parents

Examples of environmental factors can include a parent’s drug addiction, childhood bullying, or stresses occurring during pregnancy or within the first two years of a child’s life. However, not all the children who experience these circumstances grow up to be psychopaths. As such, it would suggest that environmental factors do not account for the whole cause of psychopathy, and a genetic component must also be present.

Children with psychopathic tendencies are emotionally distant from their surrounding environment.

Children with psychopathic tendencies are emotionally distant from their surrounding environment.

Psychopathy is a condition that is only diagnosed in adults above 18 years old. However, a study on psychopathic adults shows that young adults and children may also display psychopathic tendencies and personalities. If you know any children who display psychopathic tendencies, it is recommended that you encourage the child’s guardians to seek psychological help to determine the root of their behaviour and intervention if needed. If the development of psychopathy does indeed have some of its roots in environmental factors, it stands to reason that such learned behaviours are easier to treat and unlearn when a child is younger, than when they are older and have had much more time to reinforce those behaviours.

Examples of psychopathic tendencies in children include:

  • Emotional distance
  • A history of conning or using other people
  • Aggravated self-importance
  • Blaming other people for their mistakes
  • Acting impulsively without thinking of the consequences
  • Breaking promises
  • Disregarding schoolwork
  • Prone to boredom
  • Fake charm
  • Engaging in dangerous and risky behaviour
  • Lying often and skilfully, and believing in their lies
  • Engaging in illegal activities
  • Lack of empathy for other people

 

Are Psychopaths Always Violent?

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While many TV shows and movies often portray psychopaths as monstrous villains who torture and kill innocent victims, not all psychopaths are violent serial killers. Having said that, most psychopaths do engage in reckless behaviour or manipulation to achieve their objectives. For example, some of them are skilled in climbing corporate ladders although they have to hurt others on their way up. That would be an example of a socially functioning and socially engaged psychopath who does not exhibit violent tendencies, but perhaps scores low on the empathy scale.

There are many websites that list the various symptoms of psychopathy so it may seem a simple disorder to diagnose. In fact, we might even find that we ourselves match some of the listed symptoms of psychopathy. In reality, psychopathy is a very complex disorder and diagnosing psychopaths is best left to qualified professionals. Diagnosing someone as a psychopath on the basis of simplistic lists is irresponsible at best, and harmful at worst because it helps to perpetuate the stigma of seeking help for our mental health and we may be denying people the chance to receive treatment. So if you know someone who displays the above characteristics, it is best to refer to them to a qualified professional so that they can get the diagnosis and help they need.

 

A Case Study: Dr James Fallon, a Psychopath Neurologist

Dr James Fallon

Dr James Fallon

From the outside, Dr James Fallon was a family man and a practising neuroscientist since the 1970s. One day however, he stumbled across the previously unthinkable. In 2005, Dr Fallon was researching Alzheimer’s disease and used the scans of his family members as a control for his research. At the same time, he had a side project reviewing the brain scans of murderous psychopaths.

As he was reviewing the brain scans of his family members, one of the scans indicated that someone in his family had a brain similar to a psychopath. Since the scans had been labelled anonymously, he instructed a technician to break the code to identify the person in his family with psychopathic brain characteristics.

To his surprise, the brain scan was his. After this shocking discovery, Dr Fallon started to research his ancestors, and interviewed friends, colleagues, and family members as to whether they thought any of his behaviours indicated that he was a psychopath. As it turned out, many of his colleagues and family members thought that he had psychopathic tendencies.

Although he had a genetic make-up consistent with that of a psychopath, Dr Fallon attributed his ‘normal life’ and non-violent character to his upper middle-class upbringing, education, and supportive family. Therefore, he is a living proof that environmental factors play significant roles in determining whether a psychopath will develop violent tendencies or not.

Dr James Fallon admitted that while he was not a violent mass murderer, he had a tendency to manipulate and use other people. Since discovering his psychopathic tendencies, Dr Fallon became determined to treat the people around him better, and to control his urges to manipulate others. Dr Fallon is an example of how awareness of psychopathic tendencies can be helpful in treating and self-regulating our behaviour to minimise harm to others.

 

Dr James Fallon: Psychopath Insight

Watch Dr James Fallon describing his psychopathic mind and the opinions of his colleagues

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Available Treatments for Psychopaths

MJTC in Wisconsin has developed a programme named Decompression Treatment that has shown encouraging results in the reduction of violent and criminal tendencies in youths who display psychopathic traits and have participated in the program for one year or more.

Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC) in Wisconsin, USA has developed a programme called Decompression Treatment that has shown encouraging results in the reduction of violent and criminal tendencies in youths who display psychopathic traits and have participated in the program for one year or more.

Until recently, many medical professionals believed that there were no available treatments for psychopaths. To make matters worse, a 1991 study showed that the violent tendencies of psychopaths who were treated in groups were even worse than those who were not treated. However, there are some medical professionals who believe that psychopathy is a condition that can be treated if the persons with psychopathic tendencies realise their condition and choose to seek help.

The Mendota Juvenile Treatment Centre (MJTC) in Wisconsin has developed a programme called Decompression Treatment that has shown encouraging results in the reduction of violent and criminal tendencies in youths who display psychopathic traits and have participated in the program for one year or more.

The MJTC staff who developed the Decompression Treatment acknowledge that individuals with psychopathic tendencies do not respond to punishment. Therefore they concentrate on positive reinforcement and rewards for pro-social behaviour and positive actions. The therapists increase the stakes and rewards as the program progresses, and the longer the participants persevere in their good behaviour, the greater the reward.

Dr Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of Mexico, discovered that the brains of people who displayed psychopathic tendencies were wired differently

Dr Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of Mexico, discovered that the brains of people who displayed psychopathic tendencies were wired differently

For example, the participants start by getting a pat on the shoulder and as the individuals advance in their pro-social behaviour, the stakes are increased to having the right to play video games. This treatment has been demonstrated to reduce the probability of people with psychopathic tendencies from committing violent crimes in the first place, although it does not eliminate all the symptoms.

According to Dr Kiehl, only 64% of the youths who participated in the Decompression Treatment programme had another run-in with the law within four years after participating in the treatment, as opposed to 98% of those who had not participated in the programme. Therefore, the MJTC treatment resulted in a 34% reduction in recidivism. In addition, further study revealed that the benefits of Decompression Treatment far outweighed the financial cost. For every USD10,000 that the State of Wisconsin spent on Decompression Treatment, the state government saved USD70,000 in incarceration, not to mention a reduction in the emotional toll on society due to lower crime rates.

 

Famous Psychopaths

 

Historical Psychopaths

1. Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (1560 – 1614)

Left – A painting of Countess Elizabeth Báthory (1560 – 1614) Right – An illustration on how Countess Elizabeth Báthory bathed in the blood of her victims

Left – A painting of Countess Elizabeth Báthory (1560 – 1614)
Right – An illustration of how Countess Elizabeth Báthory bathed in the blood of her victims

Countess Elizabeth Báthory was a Hungarian aristocrat who was obsessed with maintaining her physical youth and beauty. She believed that the method for achieving eternal beauty was by bathing in the blood of young women. She started murdering peasant girls whom she lured with the promise of better pay, to get their blood to bathe in. Eventually, having run out of peasant girls, she began targeting young women from the aristocracy who were entrusted by their families to her. It was only then that her actions were viewed with disgust and something was done to stop her. Prior to the death of aristocratic women, the law turned a blind eye to the frequent disappearances of the peasant girls. As a result of her actions, Countess Báthory became known as ‘The Bloody Countess” and according to her servant girl, Susannah, she killed over 600 girls and young women in her 20-year quest for eternal youth and beauty.

 

2. Vlad The Impaler (1428 – 1476)

Vlad the Impaler (1428 – 1476)

Vlad the Impaler (1428 – 1476)

Vlad III, better known as Vlad the Impaler, was a three-time ruler of Wallachia (modern day Romania). Vlad III was famous for his cruelty and his favourite method of torture was impalement, a method of execution in which an object (e.g., pole or hook) was penetrated through the victim’s torso. The legend of his cruelty inspired the creation of a famous fictional psychopathic character, Count Dracula.

Vlad III’s favourite method of torture was impalement.

Vlad III’s favourite method of torture and execution was impalement.

 

3. Ivan the Terrible (1530 – 1584)

Ivan the Terrible (1530 – 1584)

Ivan the Terrible (1530 – 1584)

Ivan the Terrible was a Russian tsar. He was famous for his cruelty and paranoia. During his lifetime, Ivan the Terrible was prone to uncontrollable rage. The danger and the court intrigue that Ivan was exposed to contributed to his suspicious and ruthless personality. Ivan the Terrible was known for displacing many aristocratic families in Russia, beat his pregnant daughter in law which resulted in a miscarriage, and killed his son and heir, Ivan Ivanovich. During his reign, Ivan the Terrible caused the death of thousands of people to fulfill his ambition to expand his territory.

 

Modern Day Psychopaths

1. Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989)

Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989)

Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989)

Ted Bundy was a psychopathic serial killer from Washington, USA. During his lifetime, not only did he kidnap, rape, and kill over 30 women across seven states in the United States, he was also involved in the act of necrophilia with his victims’ corpses. His victims regarded him as handsome and charismatic, and it was these traits that Bundy manipulated to win their trust. His biographer Ann Rule described him as “a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human’s pain and the control he had over his victims, to the point of death, and even after”. Attorney Polly Nelson, a member of his last defense team, agreed, saying that “Ted the very definition of heartless evil.” To this day, Ted Bundy’s name is still synonymous with the term ‘psychopath’. The man who famously called himself “the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet” never expressed remorse for his crimes, saying:

“I don’t feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt.”

Ted Bundy

 

2. Richard Ramirez (1960 – 2013)

Richard Ramirez (1960 – 2013)

Richard Ramirez (1960 – 2013)

Richard Ramirez, also known as the ‘Night Stalker’, was a serial killer, burglar, rapist, and Satanist from California, USA. He used several types of weapons on his victims, such as knives, handguns, a tire iron, and a hammer. His first known victim was a nine-year old girl, who was found murdered in a hotel basement. She had been beaten, raped, and stabbed to death, and her body was left hanging from a pipe. By the time he was caught, he was known to have carried out 13 murders, 11 sexual assaults, five attempted murders, and 14 burglaries. Sentenced to 13 death sentences, Richard Ramirez was put on a death row. However, due to the lengthy California appeal process, his execution was never carried out. He died of complications from B-Cell Lymphoma in 2013. During his trial and up until he died, he never once expressed remorse for any of his crimes. In fact, after his sentencing, when addressing reporters, Ramirez said, “Big deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disneyland.” Ramirez in fact almost seemed proud of his crimes, saying:

“We’ve all got the power in our hands to kill, but most people are afraid to use it. The ones who aren’t afraid control life itself.”

Richard Ramirez

 

3. John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994)

John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994)

John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994)

John Wayne Gacy, also known as ‘The Killer Clown’, was a serial killer from Illinois, USA. He was a well-liked figure in his neighbourhood, and often entertained children in clown costumes. Using his standing in the community allowed him to gain the trust of his eventual victims. However, his reputation was ruined when he was convicted for sexually assaulting two teenage boys, and released on parole several years later. When he was finally caught in the late 1970s, the bodies of 33 young males were found buried under his house. He was given multiple death penalties and life sentences for his crime, and was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994. When Gacy was first arrested and the bodies of his victims were discovered, he was known to have said:

“I should never have been convicted of anything more serious than running a cemetery without a license.”

John Wayne Gacy

 

4. Dennis Nilsen (1945)

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Dennis Nilsen (1945 – …)

Dennis Nilsen was a Scottish homosexual serial killer. After breaking up with his boyfriend in the mid-1970s, his life went into a downward spiral. In December 1978, he executed his first killing after meeting a man in a pub and had a sexual encounter with him. To prevent the man from leaving, Nilsen strangled him with a tie and drowned him in a bucket of water. He kept the corpse for seven months under his floorboards before burning the decaying remains in his back garden. By 1981, Dennis Nilsen was known to have killed 12 men. He lured each one to his home with promises of food, alcohol and shelter. By the time of his arrest in the mid-1980s, he admitted to killing 15 young men. When asked if he felt remorse for his actions, Nilsen famously said:

“I wished I could stop but I could not. I had no other thrill or happiness… I don’t lose sleep over what I have done or have nightmares about it.”

Dennis Nilsen

 

Famous Psychopaths in Movies and TV Series

One of the ways we can learn about how psychopathic individuals live is through their portrayals in movies and on TV. Although the majority of these are dramatised for the audience, more often than not their portrayals are based on real-life examples or scientific theories. The following are some well-known films and TV series that revolve around psychopathic characters:

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Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street investment banker is obsessed with himself, his success, social standing, and style. His narcissism is consistent with his psychopathic tendencies, as he is pictured to have murdered a string of people, including colleagues, prostitutes, a security guard, and several more to satisfy his psychopathic tendencies. However, in the end, it is not clear whether the murder spree actually happened, or the entire event was only the product of Bateman’s violent imagination. The movie proved to be so popular that it has been announced a TV series is in development, reconnecting with Patrick Bateman in his 50s training up an apprentice.

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Dexter was a popular TV series about Dexter Morgan, a good-looking serial killer who conducted his murders based on a code of honour taught by his foster father. He only murdered other killers or criminals. Dexter learned to adapt to regular social life and had a job as a forensic expert in the Miami Police Department, which he used to his advantage to cover up his crimes. At one point he also had a wife and a baby but his life took a drastic turn when another serial killer murdered his wife. It was only then people around him started to suspect his double lifestyle.

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Silence of the Lambs was an Oscar-winning film about an FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and her quest to stop a psychopathic serial killer, Buffalo Bill, with the help of psychiatrist Dr Hannibal Lecter, who was also a violent psychopath. The movie had several real-life inspirations. The charismatic and smooth-talking Dr Hannibal Lecter was based on the serial killer Ted Bundy who, like Lecter, evaded capture by charming those who worked with him.

The psychopathic serial killer Buffalo Bill was based on the crimes of several real-life serial killers, including Ed Gein, Jerry Brudos (a.k.a. the Lust Killer), Ted Bundy, Gary Ridgway (a.k.a. the Green River Killer), Edmund Kemper and Gary M. Heidnik. The movie proved to be so popular that a sequel titled Hannibal was subsequently released, followed by two prequels titled Red Dragon and Hannibal Rising.

These are just some of the more prominent and well-known examples of films based on psychopathic individuals. There are countless more movies, TV series and documentaries focused on the actions of these individuals, and every year new material emerges. The undying popularity of this genre is a clear reflection that humans continue to be fascinated by the exploits of individuals who engage in antisocial behaviours so far removed from what is deemed acceptable in society. Yet as media coverage of this disorder increases, so too does research into the causes of psychopathy, thus increasing the hopes that a cure, treatment or effective method of managing the symptoms will one day soon be found.

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Documentaries on Psychopaths

These are just some of the many documentaries that exist on psychopathic behaviour. While some may say there is a tendency to dramatise, nevertheless documentaries provide the general public with some insight into a condition and disorder that not many understand.

 

Psychopaths (Crime Psychology Documentary) – Real Stories

Professor Robert Hare reveals stunning new evidence
behind psychopathic behaviour

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The Psychopath Next Door

Not all psychopaths are violent serial killers.
In fact, they may be our next door neighbours.

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  1. Stella Cheang on Oct 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I find the word psychopath is over-used often without proper medical reference. While we can be callous when referring someone as a psychopath, but if the someone indeed suffers from some form of this mental illness, we are actually causing harm and do no good by letting our tongue runs loose. Therefore it is better not to pass judgment at all.

    However, in a more generic point of view, all of us possess symptoms of psychopathic tendencies. Almost all of the symptoms point to a single cause, which is an extreme level of selfishness. When one operates on the level of selfishness that totally disregard the feelings of others, naturally, there will be no feeling of guilt, nor compassion, nor empathy. Leave alone the ability to be close to someone or be responsible for someone else.

    Through learning Buddha Dharma, I believe the psychopathic tendencies in all of us can be cured. As long as we focus out and do more Dharma work which is to bring valuable Dharma to others, we can slowly turn our selfish mind around.

    Thank you for this sharing.

  2. Jennifer Yuen on Oct 9, 2017 at 1:11 am

    This is a really interesting article to read. It gives me answer to why some people behave the way they do and we can never use common sense to understand them. Having the knowledge, it allows us to be able to accept the way they are and use the correct methods to deal with them.

  3. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 28, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I think that it is important to know what are the symptoms of people with psychopathic tendencies and how it can cause harm to others. We need to know about this so that we can help them and not allow them to create (more) damage.

    The quotes from modern day psychopaths are gruesome and show that they have no feelings for others in any way. In fact, they find ways to build connections to their victims such as being a clown and being close to kids. It is sad to know that these people will never change. Yet people who are sociopaths still can change and improve over time. From a Buddhist perspective it is all related to our karma. With good deeds we receive good karma and with the right motivation we can collect merits. Merits is our fuel to enlightenment.

    Thank you for this elucidating article.

  4. Cynthia Lee on Aug 26, 2017 at 4:06 am

    I used to ponder how the minds of psychopath worked and had some reading on it to determine if psychopathic tendencies are within one’s control or are it scientific/medical reason such as deformities in the brains, etc?

    Now, the more I learn about dharma, the more I understand that whether psychosis is due to genetics, brain abnormalities or it’s within one’s control, it all comes down to ONE thing – psychosis is due to the SELFISH MIND.

    In that case, everyone has psychopathic tendencies because every one of us is selfish. Definitely. The only difference is the level of selfishness defines the level of psychopaths we are. Perhaps, the more selfish we are, the more criteria and traits we have. We are then defined and labeled according to groups of people with similar traits.

    The lack of empathy of psychopaths came from habituation / programming in doing something negative for a very long time. Example eating and killing animals strips one’s compassion slowly but surely. Imagine lifetimes after lifetimes of doing this same action. One is left with no empathy for other beings.

    A good point on how environment factors, living a good balanced life with love, kindness and care which Dr Fallon lived by example is key to humanity. Aside that, I feel that realisation and doing selfless work is key to becoming less psychotic.

  5. wan wai meng on Aug 22, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    An interesting take on psychopaths, and Dr Fallon is evidence that not all psychopaths are killers or serial killers. It is good to have more information about the behaviour of psychopaths. Still Dr Fallon said that although physiologically he has a brain of a psychopaths, however because he grew up in a great environment, he learnt how to fit into society and community.

  6. Suzy on Aug 20, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Thanks for this helpful and informative article. Navigating in this human world is not always an easy task, especially when the predators are so hard to detect. Unlike in the ocean where you see a shark, a dolphin and an angelfish and clearly know their psychological status. There may be a rogue angelfish somewhere but it would be so extremely rare I assume.
    I think the more we educate ourselves in these matters the better off we all are. I’ve recently come to the realization that compassion and kindness is not an automatic part of everyone’s neural networking. Having expected for so many years that everyone has that conscience and goodness somewhere in their psych has become quite the learning experience on occasion. Perhaps we all have the potential of goodness or it is buried too deep for some to develop kindness in one lifetime?
    Perhaps the compassion and kindness is literally developed and then eventually enters the neural network. Not only is this a good for psychopaths but for all of us to know we can rid ourselves of all unkind behaviors, no matter how small or dominating they are by practicing the dharma.
    Of course I’m still learning and am so grateful for the current research being done.
    Once I had the absolute pleasure of sitting next to a research psychologist/geneticist and an expert in brain mapping on a plane for several hours. He told me he had been hired to help revamp university psychology depts in the USA, it’s a new game now. There is definitive information in understanding psychology like we have never seen until the present.
    He also told me of the development of facial recognition software that can map the face of a sociopath 100% accuracy, but is not being released due humans being overwhelmed by the ethics of the matter, but someday he expects it will be employed.
    Love this stuff, thanks again!

  7. Vivian Ong on Aug 20, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about psychopaths. Thank you also to Rinpoche for the explaining the symptoms portrayed by the psychopaths and it’s differences with others like sociopaths, narcissism, psychotic, etc. I really felt sorry for the psychopaths people. To me, I think this is all in the mind. How they behave and react is based on their previous lives habituation although I know the article did mentioned that it is also affected by environmental factors. I also noticed from this article that most psychopaths are from the Western countries. Maybe Buddhism and meditation is able to help them recover.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  8. Lum Kok Luen on Aug 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    This is a very interesting read and I’ve now known what is a psychopath. I’ve always had the impression that psychopaths are synonymous with violent individuals. But this article helped me look at it differently and from a wider perspective.

    Perhaps there are some psychopathic traits in most of us although some are not manifested outwardly and perhaps just our thoughts. However it is important that we always check our minds and be very mindful. If one day we find ourselves displaying the very behaviours of a psychopath we better week immediate help.

    Thank you so much for this well researched article.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  9. Pastor David Lai on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    This has been indeed an interesting read and I particularly enjoyed the comparison between psychopathy and sociopathy, narcissism and psychotic disorder. I really enjoyed and I guess this is because I see some psychopathic traits in me and also in some people I had some interaction with before and can relate to many of the defining traits under psychopathy.

    It’s interesting to explore this spectrum of the human psyche and despite the fact that not much is known about it. However, from the little I understand of it, I can see that it is probably far more common, which is contrary to what we may think. I guess when it has become common knowledge that people are aware and therefore, know how to deal with the issues that will crop due to their psychopathic traits.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 26. 2018 11:45 AM
    Wonderful….. Pavara at such a young age knew what he wanted to. Well every thing start young. Pavara is so cute following his parents to do dharma work. I am sure when Pavara grows up , he will be a great liason in furture. An example for all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/pavara-wants-to-be-a-liaison.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 26. 2018 11:43 AM
    Sherab Sengge was born in Tsang, as a young age he has an interest in religion. Once admitted to Nartang Monastery he received teachings , transmissions and empowerments from a few teachers before meeting Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa to continue his studies. He then mastered most of the teachings before been a teacher giving teachings on Lamrim, the Yamantaka tantric practice and so forth in the monastery , college which he helped to establish. He was one of those who craved the blocks for printing the first edition of Tsongkhapa‘s collected works.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/sherab-sengge.html
  • Chris
    Wednesday, Sep 26. 2018 04:25 AM
    The sixty-four yogini temple in Hirapur, Odisha sits on an ancient piece of land once ruled by the old Kalinga kingdom. The site is also a hotbed of various cults and religions that flourished here in ancient times. In fact, Jainism, Buddhism, Shaktaism, Saivaism and later Vaishnavism thrived on these fertile plains for centuries.

    During the golden age that followed after the old Kalinga kingdom was annexed and ruled by various succeeding dynasties, Buddhism and Tantric practice flourished here, and the cult of the yogini evolved as Tantra took hold in these lands. The cult of the Sixty-Four Yoginis was one of these prevailing traditions, and it culminated in the construction of these sacred shrines to the yoginis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sixty-four-yogini-temple-of-hirapur.html
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    t is no secret that we humans are slowly killing the planet. We consume too much, recycle too little, create too much waste, and produce way too many carbon emissions. Science and common sense both tell us that unless something drastic is done, we may soon reach a point of no return.

    But is it possible to save the planet and enjoy life? There are clever people who think that it is. As global consumption continues to spiral out of control, there exists a group of extraordinary humans who have taken up the mantle to try and save us all. Motivated by the wish to heal our planet, they have applied their brains and creativity to figure out a way we can maintain our quality of life and our daily routines cheaply, easily and without much disruption. Thanks to their efforts, environmental consciousness is now at an all-time high.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/things-people-are-doing-to-save-the-world.html
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    The Medicine Buddha Fountain in Kechara Forest Retreat has blessed water for everyone. Before the construction of the fountain, Rinpoche had sent some semi-precious stone to Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche and Gangchen Rinpoche and requested these high lamas to bless them. The stones were blessed by Dorje Shugden oracle in trance and hence the stones are highly blessed.

    These stones are placed into the fountain and those stones bless the waters that run through it. Whoever that takes the less water will be blessed and healed. It is very powerful.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/medicine-buddha-healing-fountain-at-kechara-forest-retreat.html
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    Wednesday, Sep 26. 2018 04:19 AM
    Sunrise Dorje Shugden Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat – https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sunrise-dorje-shugden-puja-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html

    Kechara Forest Retreat – the beautiful place for spiritual activities.
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    Wednesday, Sep 26. 2018 04:16 AM
    Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama -https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lamas-sudden-change-of-mind-about-china-backed-panchen-lama.html

    Interesting to find out why…
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    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 01:02 PM
    Ensapa Lobsang Döndrup was a Tibetan Buddhist religious leader. He was posthumously recognised as the third Panchen Lama. Ensapa was known to have spent more than 20 years meditating in isolated caves near the Himalayan mountains. When he was a young boy Gyalwa Ensäpa received many visions of Buddha Shakyamuni. Amazing ….he also possessed natural clairvoyance and was an extraordinary young boy. He spent more than twenty years of his life in meditation caves. His collected works comprise two volumes, his commentary on the Six Yogas of Naropa is well-known . He studied Lamrim and philosophical texts, and received instruction on the practices of highest yoga tantras with a number of lamas, particularly from Lharipa Drakpa Dondrub. Later he became a student of Chokyi Dorje and received the teachings on the oral tradition of Tsongkhapa. Beautiful life story of a great master.,…. many miraculous signs have appeared,
    during the cremation of his body.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-third-panchen-lama-wensapa-lobzang-dondrub.html
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    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 01:02 PM
    The Eighth Tatsak Jedrung, Yeshe Lobzang Tenpai Gonpo, a Tibetan reincarnation lineage was born in region of Kham was recognised as the reincarnation of the Seventh Tatsak Jedrung, Lobzang Pelgyen. He developed a strong connections with Emperor Qianlong and was he was regent of Tibet, appointed by the Qing dynasty of China. He was the first owner of the Kundeling Monastery.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-eighth-tatsak-jedrung-yeshe-lobzang-tenpai-gonpo.html
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  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 07:06 AM
    The New York Times on Tibetan elections – https://goo.gl/kNsafS

    Its amazing to read how dirty these CTA officials are when it comes to elections and selfish motivations. Shamefully the laughing stock of the world and they still dont know it. Even The Dalai Lama, Nechung and Tseringma berated Lobsang Sangye and Penpa Tsering.. Definitely not fair play on elections.
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 06:54 AM
    Bojo Jinul: Uniter of Korean Buddhism – https://goo.gl/C8UyHZ

    Really nice read of how Korean only practices Jogye Order by Bojo JInul who took the best from the different schools of practice and formulated them into the core practice of Seon.
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 04:05 AM
    The Tibetan Leadership had lied about Dorje Shugden practice on so many aspects and it is not hard to see through their lies when logic is applied. Below are some videos that the speakers had laid out the logic and give us an clear view of what is happening with the Dorje Shugden ban.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/videos-redressing-the-misinformation-about-dorje-shugden-and-the-tibetan-situation.html
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 03:54 AM
    Dorje Shugden was said to be a sectarian deity that only Gelug can worship. However, it is not true at all if one takes the time to investigate the history of Dorje Shugden practice.

    It is a well-known fact that Dorje Shugden has a long history of association and practice within the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. In fact, Dorje Shugden was first enthroned and propitiated within the Sakya School before becoming a widespread protector practice within the Gelug tradition.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html

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In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
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Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
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Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
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Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
A powerful meme to share.
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A powerful meme to share.
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
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Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
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Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
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Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
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Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, \"Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan\". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
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In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please
This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
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This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here-  https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
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Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here- https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
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Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :)  - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :) - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
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Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
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Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
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KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia
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