posted on Aug, 11 2013 @ 07:56 AM
I came across an article at the BBC which states that psychopaths may have an empathy switch in the brain that can be switched on and off at will.
This makes sense to me. After all, they do have an excellent understanding of empathy and how to manipulate it in other people.
Placed in a brain scanner, psychopathic criminals watched videos of one person hurting another and were asked to empathise with the individual in
pain. Only when asked to imagine how the pain receiver felt did the area of the brain related to pain light up. Scientists, reporting in Brain, say
their research explains how psychopaths can be both callous and charming. The team proposes that with the right training, it could be possible to
help psychopaths activate their "empathy switch", which could bring them a step closer to rehabilitation.
I would snowball that idea and say that everyone has an empathy switch.
I know every situation is different but what I'm talking about is general society's blind eye.
How else would you explan why otherwise kind caring people could just turn up the TV if they here someone screaming next door. I'm not talking about
the woman that keeps going back to a bad relationship but the woman with children that never leaves? Why not turn the TV down and keep a record? I
mean, you would only be wasting time watching TV anyway. I'm not saying stick your nose in and make things worse but nothing? Come on.
Ever walked past a child that is afraid of the perants and suddenly you have became very interested in the window displays?
Looking back, was that person in the gutter really drunk? If you had approahed and found out yes they were drunk what ill would come of it? And if
they were not?...
I agree, that little old lady crossing on the corner whilst you were on your way to work probably was ok. I mean, you must have wondered later in the
So my questions. Who here can switch off thier empathy at will? Is it easy? Do you ever regret it? Do you do it because it is the only way you can
cope metally? Do you do it as self preservation? To pevent empathy burnout? Because you just don't care?