Archive for November, 2011

Two studies that apparently aim to manipulate and confuse. First out is the following study, The Empathy Ceiling: The Rich Are Different — And Not In a Good Way, Studies Suggest – The ‘Haves’ show less empathy than ‘Have-nots’  Here   which has gained attention in the “old media” as well,  Here  So, do “rich” people have less empathy?  In view of the fact that we find many of them sitting in high-power positions which they most likely, aggressivly have “bullied” their way to,  in order to gain power and control over others as well as for personal gain, probably so.  Power and control over others are by the way, core traits of psychopathy. 

Some research of interest concerning empathy;

Responding to the emotions of others: Dissociating forms of empathy through the study of typical and psychiatric populations. R.J.R. Blair (2005)  Here
The amygdala and ventromedial prefrontal cortex in morality and psychopathy. R.J.R. Blair   Here
The amygdala and ventromedial prefrontal cortex: functional contributions and dysfunction in psychopathy. R.J.R. Blair (2008)   Here
Fine cuts of empathy and the amygdala: dissociable deficits in psychopathy and autism. Blair (2008)  Here  
Neurobiology of Empathy and Callousness: Implications for the Development of Antisocial Behavior (2009)   Here

Furthermore concerning the study, “Unlike the rich, lower class people have to depend on others for survival, Keltner argued. So they learn “prosocial behaviors.” They read people better, empathize more with others, and they give more to those in need.” Hmmm, a rather odd statement considering the fact that the “rich people” would not be “rich” without the “lower class people”. (please note the put down here used by the author, by referring to a group of people by calling them “lower class people”). People with empathy don’t have to “learn prosocial behaviors”, it comes with having empathy. Individuals with diminished empathy, like the psychopath, does however have to “learn prosocial behaviors” and does so in order to be able to manipulate, dupe and use others for personal gain, something these “bullies” also take pleasure in doing,   Bullies may enjoy seeing others in pain: Brain scans show disruption in natural empathetic  response  (2008)   Here   (The word “may” is of course an understatement)

Concerning the video recordings of “rich people”, “In video recordings of conversations, rich people are more likely to appear distracted, checking cell phones, doodling, avoiding eye contact, while low-income people make eye contact and nod their heads more frequently signaling engagement.”  Now isn’t that interesting, the now unfortunately deceased Tim Field, founder of bullyonline noted the following about “bullies” and eyecontact, the “bully” “makes inappropriate eye contact, either too little (or none at all) or too much (staring)”, The serial bully   Here    Below some studies of interest in regard to eye contact and psychopathic traits;

Love, eye contact and the developmental origins of empathy v. psychopathy. MR Dadds (2011)   Here
Commentary: Are callous unemotional traits all in the eyes? Examining eye contact in youth with conduct problems and callous unemotional traits – reflections on Dadds et al. R.J.R. (March 2011)   Here
Bullying at school as a predictor of delinquency, violence and other anti-social behaviour in adulthood. Bender et al. 2011   Here
Impaired attention to the eyes of attachment figures and the developmental origins of psychopathy. Dadds (2010)   Here  
Early maternal and paternal bonding, childhood physical abuse and adult psychopathic personality. Raine, Gao et al. (2010)   Here  
Learning to ‘talk the talk: the relationship of psychopathic traits to deficits in empathy across childhood. Dadds (2009)   Here  
The relationship between psychopathic traits and attachment behavior in a non-clinical population. Tawny D. Mack et al. (June 2011)   Here   Also of interest; 
Structural Brain Abnormalities in Psychopaths—a Review (2008)   Here   and
“Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often a precursor of psychopathy”. “However, the disorder of ADHD likely increases the probability, not the certainity, of psychopathic behavior.”   Here
Furthermore, an interesting post by neurologicalcorrelates concerning psychopaths and eye contact,  The Reptilian Stare: Psychopath’s pupil dilation when you are the target   Here

The second studie, On the Tyranny of Professional Labelling (June 2011)   Here  where you can read the following statement, “The specific construct of psychopathy is used to demonstrate some of the unpleasant albeit unintended effects of professional labelling.”   Considering the damage these gravely personality disordered individuals, sooner or later, always do, and moreover, enjoy doing,  they need to be labelled and removed ASAP.   Book of interest,  Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work  By, Hare and Babiak   Here  and Classification of Corporate Psychopaths  Here

So what does the psychopath feel?  Claudia Moscovici, psychopathyawareness, did an excellent post on the subject, The Psychopath’s Emotions: What Does He Feel?  To read the post, click  Here

Studies of interest in connection with above post on the psychopath’s emotions;
Psychopathy, frustration, and reactive aggression: The role of ventromedial prefrontal cortex (2010)   Here  
Mesolimbic dopamine reward system hypersensitivity in individuals with psychopathic traits (2010)   Here    and related article,
Psychopaths’ Brains Wired to Seek Rewards, No Matter the Consequences (2010)   Here   as well as Dr. Simon’s post,  Having to Win: The Combative Thinking of the Disturbed Character   Here

Last but not least, Claudia Moscovici’s book, Dangerous Liaisons: How to Identify and Escape from Psychopathic Seduction,  is now also available online, for more information, click  Here 

* On callous disregard for others and all living organisms,  Geoengineering: Destroying the Atmosphere – Rosalind Peterson, video   Here


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