The Psychopathic Mind lacks —— —compassion, guilt, grief, honesty, great joy, worry or despair.

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The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience
by Kent A. Kiehl
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“Cleckley reported that psychopaths never experience grief, honesty, deep joy, or genuine despair. From my own experience, I would add to Cleckley’s observations that the psychopath never ruminates on anything.

Rumination is a process that often contributes to depression and in extreme forms to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The process of rumination is often associated with some anxiety or subjective feeling of concern or worry, and this can help precipitate change in the individual in order to reduce the anxiety.

The psychopath experiences none of this.

Indeed, if you ask a psychopath if he has ever worried about whether he left the house with the stove on (a common problem among those with obsessive-compulsive disorder), he will look at you like you are an alien, in stunned disbelief.
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Psychopaths rarely know details about their children. Like Grant, they often don’t even know how many children they (might) have. I would come to realize during my research that psychopaths’ lack of connection with their children is one of the most salient features of the condition.
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Another difference between psychopaths and other inmates is that psychopaths don’t get distressed by being in prison. Most inmates get depressed when they get inside, and they find prison to be a stressful experience.

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A hallmark feature of psychopaths’ disorder is that they don’t get bothered by much of anything. They don’t ruminate and they don’t get depressed.”
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My two cents:

Mindfulness on the other hand cultivates, compassion, empathy, gratitude, humility, a global perspective and freedom.
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by jennifertemp on January 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    “To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.”
    ― Abraham Maslow

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