Researcher explains genetic root of psychopathy

Dr. Essi Viding of the University College of London explains her research into children who show callous and unemotional traits characteristics that have been linked to psychopathy in adults. A predisposition to develop these traits, she says, is highly heritable.


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I have heard of the “Hare Test” for psychopaths/sociopaths. About a year ago, my spath got one of the books about it from the library. I can’t remember if it was a book written by Hare or about the Hare test. What I do remember is the spath talking about it…probably trying to get me to engage in a spath game. I looked up the Hare Test on my own and that was a big part of my figuring out more about what I had dealt with the last time the spath lived here and this time as well. He didn’t get me to tell him about it as I think he hoped. He did get me to do my own research and see that he WAS a Sociopath. This may sound strange, but when I saw the qualifiers for a Sociopath, and I truly saw and accepted that I was dealing with one, it became a relief over time. I was so exhausted from explaining and trying to get him to read and get counseling and understand. When I realized he is a spath, it was a release for me. No more trying. No more expectations. Yes, it is still a struggle and it is tough to live next door to someone like this for the rent money when three years ago, I was being lovebombed and lured in. But, I knew for sure he didn’t want to change and he never will. It gave me the wonderful opportunity to read more about my illnesses and possible solutions to how I felt. It allowed me to start the hard work of releasing him to his mental dungeon and shine a light on the one his deeds had created for me.

Ok. Essi gave me a headache for two reasons. Her doubletalk about psychopathy being genetic, and her lack of knowledge about the current research about the brains of sociopaths/psychopaths.

Do these folks NEVER read anything but their own diatribe? Do they not know that there is research that shows the brains of psychopaths and sociopaths is different?

How about the fact that she states it may be genetic but certain things must happen to become a full blown psychopath. Ok, Essi, we already know this. That sociopaths AND psychopaths are created first and foremost by a weird brain pattern AND their environment.

There are times that I actually think and believe that our worst nightmare are the individuals we TRUST with giving us the truth.

No thanks, Essi. I don’t need your level of educational mediocrity to understand what I already know.


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