Psychopaths, who feel nothing for people, and altruists, who feel overwhelmingly for people, are two ends of a continuum on how people relate to each other, says Alison Gopnik, writing in the Wall Street Journal.
The amygdala, a particular part of the brain, reflects this continuum. It’s smaller than normal in psychopaths and larger than normal in altruists.
Gopnik’s article may be a revelation to many Wall Street Journal readers, but probably not for Lovefraud readers. What was shocking, however, was the New Yorker story of the psychopath that Gopnik referred to.