Can psychopaths really teach us about success?

when we talk about psychopaths, we’re actually talking about people who have a distinct set of personality characteristics — ruthlessness, fearlessness, mental toughness, charm, persuasiveness — and they lack a conscience and empathy…

 

The hallmark of a true psychopath and an ‘almost psychopath’ is impaired capacity or lack of capacity for empathy,” Schouten says. “It’s a matter of degree and intensity…

 

Lack of empathy, or the ability to identify with the feelings, thoughts or attitudes of another, is a key factor in psychopathic tendencies, other experts agree.

 

“Empathy is on a continuum. Everybody has a little in some ways,” says researcher Sara Konrath, of the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. “It’s considered a very fundamental moral trait. And if you don’t have it, people would consider you to be not a moral person

 

Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY