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Evolutionary Explanation of Psychopaths

Park, Seungbae (2013) Evolutionary Explanation of Psychopaths.


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Psychopaths are brutal individuals, having no empathetic concern for others. Initially, the existence of psychopaths seems to be a mystery from an evolutionary point of view. On close examination, however, it can be accommodated by evolutionary theory. Brutal individuals excelled meek individuals in the desperate circumstances where they had to fight their competitors over natural resources for survival and reproduction. This evolutionary explanation of psychopaths receives support from Pinker’s observation of the history of brutality. We have good reasons for predicting that psychopaths are likely to die out in the future.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Park, Seungbae
Keywords: Brutality, Cheater, Evolution, Psychopath, Resources
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 14:59
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 14:59
Item ID: 15607
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Date: 2013

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