What's A Pro-Social Psychopath?

We've already told you about how neuroscientist James Fallon discovered that he was a psychopath by accident. But he's quick to mention that he's a "pro-social" psychopath. In other words, he was ruthless in pursuit of what he wanted—academic success. But what if he had wanted money, power, or worse? It's fascinating (and a little spooky) to watch him speculate on the dark turns his life could have taken. Keep scrolling for more about psychopathy.

Stopping Psychopaths In Their Developmental Stage

Psychopath Vs. Sociopath: What's The Difference?

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Psychopathy is a mostly biological developmental disorder that is associated with specific kinds of behavior. 00:33

  2. The brains of psychopaths light up in the pleasure regions when seeing someone else in pain. 01:25

  3. The brains of psychopaths release four times the amount of dopamine in response to drugs like amphetamine. 01:45

Do Psychopaths Take More Selfies?

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. A study found a link between the frequency of selfies and the tendency toward psychopathy. 00:31

  2. Machiavellianism is strategic manipulative behavior. 01:38

Written by Curiosity Staff May 18, 2017