posted on Aug, 27 2014 @ 10:50 AM
a reply to: edward777
It is estimated that about 5% of the population is diagnostically psychopathic....and there are professions that benefit from that inability to feel
empathy. Neurosurgeons is a good example and surgeons at large. It's a scenario where you want a cold, highly clinical, scientific mind that is
comfortable cutting into someone else's brain tissue.
Now, I interviewed a top British neurosurgeon, who was very high along the psychopathic spectrum, absolutely. He really was, and it does kind of make
you a bit scared, but actually it all slots into place when you think about the characteristics that you need to be a surgeon. He said that actually
when you’re operating - and he actually likened neurosurgery to the margin of error as being between two crucial capillaries in the brain as being
like the margin of error for a sniper between taking a head shot between a hostage and a hostage taker. He says you need to be very focused, exactly
like Dexter. You need to be ruthless. You need to be fearless. You can’t have too much empathy for what you’re doing, but, number one, you need
to be decisive. A top surgeon needs to be decisive in a situation where things go wrong. They cannot dither. Whether they make the right decision
or the wrong decision is kind of secondary, but they have to make a decision
CEOs also rank high statistically on the Psychopath scale..
That said, these people are often born this way...and those that aspire for those traits trade a critical component of their humanity and arguably
happiness, for an opportunity at greater wealth or financial success. What is money to a cold, clinical mind? Unable to enjoy how that money might
benefit those around you. The literal inability to feel love or compassion and the constant construction of a social façade to function socially in
Also, for a Psychopath to be successful professionally or in general social interactions they need to have a very high IQ in conjunction with the
disorder. That intelligence absent the ability to empathize allows them to succeed. It also allows them to construct faux empathy to function
acceptably in society.
The majority of psychopaths lack high IQ and many fill our prisons.
edit on 27-8-2014 by Indigo5 because: (no reason given)