What are the attributes of psychopaths? There are commonly agreed to be a few traits which are used to identify people for investigation. Those traits are:
- Lack of empathy, guilt, conscience or remorse
- Shallow experiences of feelings or emotions
- Impulsivity and a weak ability to defer gratification and control behavior
- Superficial charm and glibness
- Irresponsibility and a failure to accept responsibility for their actions
- A grandiose sense of their own worth
Now let us apply those to “evil doing”, which is what humans automatically think of when they hear “psychopath”. In the same way as they think “slut” when they hear Geneva escort.
Lack of empathy, guilt conscience or remorse means that a criminal will not understand their victims fear or the trauma that they are inflicting. Nor will they care afterwards. Shallow emotions mean that fear and regret will not impact them much, so there is nothing to stop them doing something in the first place, and they will not have any negative emotion about something that happened, so they will do it again. The inability to defer gratification means that if they see an opportunity, they will take it with no thought. They can charm people into letting them get away with things that “humans” would not. And people don’t see them as all that dangerous. Anything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault, so there is nothing to stop them from doing it again. And their grandiosity makes them assume they can get away with anything, and that they always deserve better.
Conversely, what if an intelligent psychopath applied those same traits to doing good rather than evil? Could those same behaviours and ways of thinking do good? Could a psychopath achieve good things for society instead of just for themselves? Well, the answer is absolutely yes.
Let me give you an example – if you are a hostage being held by terrorists, who do you want rescuing you, angry rage filled soldiers looking to set the world to rights, or cold heartless professional killers who just intend to get the job done? Exactly. Now apply that same logic to business, research or anything else.