Question “Why should a psychopath admit that he is a psychopath?”
Ⅰ.Two types of psychopaths
It seems to me useful to distinguish between anti- and prosocial psychopaths – those who are violent and criminal, and those who will hardly ever appear as psychopaths.
It is important to remember that both have three particular features that define them: they lack empathy (neurologically) and lack of compassion, as well as fear of risks.Furthermore, they are strongly prone to manipulativebehavior.
This does not rule out the possibility that they can feel sympathy for other people.They only usually do not suffer when such people suffer, die or otherwise leave their living environment. Empathy is something other than sympathy.- I may be able to empathize with a serious criminal who is tortured and who I still do not like. Likewise, it is possible to like someone, but not to feel directly affected by their current state of mind. (Actually, I personally know both, psychopaths know only the latter.) But as I said, I also don’t necessarily want something bad for a friend, just because I don’t have to cry after the separation from his/her partner.
Accordingly, psychopaths are not per se malignant or dangerous beings.They have goals and preferences that can otherwise be as broad as other people. Good food, art, sex, funny conversations, chess, all this can bring them joy. Some may only think of themselves and their immediate benefits. Others may see an aesthetic value in a well-functioning, or “fair” society. Still others enjoy fulfilling achievements and demands that are rated positively in society or even rewarded.
There are also occupational groups with a relatively high proportion of psychopaths.I do not want to give a conscious example of where, from the point of view of some, some people often notice negatively. So let’s take the profession of surgeons. For the benefit of all, they do not suffer when they cut someone open. They also do not panic when an operation takes an unexpected course and the lives of patients are in danger. – Personally, I would therefore clearly prefer to be operated on by a psychopath than by a compassionate doctor whose hand trembles out of excitement and compassion.
Psychopaths are therefore by no means necessarily all malignant or dangerous, even if they make up between 20 and 40% of the inmates in German prisons.
Ⅱ.Pros and Cons of Self-Outing
Just as there can be different preferences (including for moral concepts) among psychopaths, so there are undoubtedly psychopaths who love intellectual stimulation.You are interested in science or philosophy, history or psychology. It would be absurd to assume that they would not be able to come across psychological knowledge of their own state of mind and soul. It is equally absurd to assume that they would not be aware of their own specificity. Psychopathy does not imply diminished intelligence.By the way, they should not see their idiosyncrasies negatively or be ashamed of them. Rather, they would weigh up the advantages and disadvantages associated with an open handling of their condition.
However, they do not, however, assume a serious danger.They continue to enjoy fundamental rights. You can’t accuse them or imprison them just because they may be less trusted by psychopathy. And psychopaths like to take risks anyway; especially if they expect an advantage from this, such as intellectual stimulation.
In the English language version of Quora, there are some who explain quite plausibly and in a differentiated way what it is like for them to live as a psychopath among other people.
Of course, there may be some of them who just make the claim about themselves to pose and enjoy the attention.But this would be exactly the “thrill” to which real psychopaths are also not averse.
There is therefore nothing to suggest that prosocial psychopaths in particular reveal themselves in order to reveal their “expert knowledge”.
In any case, I believe some of the respondents I follow in the English version of Quora.
One prominent casethat is likely to fall at least into the extended psychopathic spectrum is neuroscientist James Fallon, who – after studying numerous serious criminals – self-diagnosed.