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Before watching the documentary please note, not all psychopath’s are the same, for ex., not all psychopaths have a lot of short relationships, some can be married to the same person all life long, however in such a “relationship” extramarital affairs are not uncommon.  Also, Belinda Board says that psychopathy could be “extentions of normal characteristics that each of us have in varying degrees”.  I beg to differ and say, not so, their brains are quite different from people with a conscience and empathy, see posts below or visit “Research”, found in the right hand column.  Finally to quote Dr. Hare, “The victims have all something in common, they’re human” and “If we believe in the fundamentally goodness of man we’re doomed”. To protect yourself, your near and dear as well as your fellow human beings, take the advice that I once got, learn as much as you can as fast as you can.   Here the documentary; I Psychopath http://documentariesonline.net/2009/10/i-psychopath/

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Due to lack of time posting has been slow, however here are some studies of interest;  Increased Volume of the Striatum in Psychopathic Individuals (August, 2009)http://www.journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/bps/article/PIIS0006322309007884/abstract also of interest is swivelchair’s post; Unified Field Theory of Psychopath Brain Development: Retinoid Toxicity, http://neurologicalcorrelates.com/wordpress/2009/09/04/unified-field-theory-of-psychopath-brain-development-retinoid-toxicity/

In the latest issue of, Criminal Justice and Behavior (November 2009, Volume 36, No. 11) http://cjb.sagepub.com/current.dtl is a special issue on biosocial criminology more research of interest can be found such as;  All in the Family: Gene x Environment Interaction Between DRD2 and Criminal Father Is Associated With Five Antisocial Phenotypes, Phenotypic and Aetiological Associations Between Psychopathic Tendencies, Autistic Traits, and Emotion Attribution and The Criminology of the Amygdala to mention some.

The following by Glenn, Raine, Schug, Young and Hauser concerning moral decision-making and psychopathy is also of interest; Increased DLPFC activity during moral decision-making in psychopathy Export (October, 2009) http://www.mit.edu/~lyoung/Site/Publications_files/Glenn_DLPFC_MoralJudgment.pdf

Finally, The Path Whisperer touch on an amusing yet very serious question, Can cats sense someone is a sociopath? http://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/unusual-search-can-cats-sense-someone-is-a-sociopath/ I know my dog, now in dog heaven, had an intense dislike for some individuals.

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