Coldness And impassivity. These are two of the things that come to mind when we imagine the classic psychopath but, new findings have suggested that these individuals are actually able to feel regret – even if they lack the ability to learn from experience and make better decisions for the future.
A study, published in the journal of the National Academy of Sciencesfound that the psychopaths I’m able to feel regret and other negative emotions, especially when they are directly affected by the situation. However, unlike most of us, I am unable to learn from these experiences.
Additionally, the study found that while psychopaths are able to feel regret and regret, they do not feel remorse for harming others.
What is the difference between regret and remorse?
Experience regret it means focusing on oneself and on something that has not been done to improve one’s condition or that has been done by making it worse.
Feeling remorse instead, it involves another individual for whom our attitude has been deleterious.
What are the characteristics of a psychopath?
The psychopath has a distinctive profile:
- Need to control and manipulate others
- Predatory instinct
- They are liars, but at first they show themselves to be loving and trustworthy people
- Constant search for new challenges even by trampling on others
- Discretion and distrust
- Inability to take responsibility for their mistakes as they have difficulty accepting them
When psychopaths become killers
Understanding the mental dynamics of psychopaths it could be the key to preventing them from committing crimes.
According to Researchif the psychopaths possess a sense of regret, it might be possible to devise a strategy that would discourage them from committing the same crimes. If there is no regret for their actions, we don’t have much of a chance, but the results suggest there is something to work on.
The interaction between genetics and the environment provides individuals with the ability to develop a sense of ethics and morality that, apparently, psychopaths fail to develop due to the lack of adequate neurological frameworks.
Unfortunately, these individuals tend to be very dangerous due to their nature. For example, a 2002 study found that 93.3% of murders committed by psychopaths were premeditated in some way, versus 48.4% of murders by people who were not psychopaths.
What treatments are available?
Currently, there are no adequate and effective treatments available, the social reintegration of these individuals is rather difficult and complex.
Pharmacological and psychological treatments can be useful but not decisive. Some reintegration programs are implemented in specific centers, in highly specialized environments.