Psychopaths Don’t Lack Empathy, They Just Have to Turn It On

New research points to the possibility that psychopaths can actually put themselves in someone else’s emotional shoes. The catch is that they have to make a conscious decision and put forth an effort to make that happen.

Psychopaths, who are characterized by exuding manipulative charm while having little to no capacity for actual empathy or remorse, have long been considered to be almost entirely irredeemable. 

New research points to the possibility that they can actually put themselves in someone else’s emotional shoes. The catch is that they have to make a conscious decision and put forth an effort to make that happen. 

This was suggested by a recent study involving 18 violent criminals who were, due to their diagnosis as psychopaths, housed in a psychiatric facility in lieu of a prison.