That’s right, experts are claiming that psychopaths may just be beneficial to our society – if you overlook the violent tendencies and scary horror movies based on their slightly more negative personality traits.
The University of Plymouth has recently found that psychopaths can make rational decisions in short time periods – decisions that normally functioning people just couldn’t do. Why? Because of emotions.
This doesn’t mean that prisons are about to open up their doors and let actively violent psychopaths out to help us decide day-to-day queries such as what to buy for tea… but these new findings will be put to use.
The scientists found that psychopaths were more likely to sacrifice one person to save a larger group of people if they had the choice as their brain didn’t struggle with the moral dilemma of killing one person because it meant saving many more.
Though this behaviour makes sense to the everyday person it’s still an emotionally difficult situation to make as it means to save many lives you must end one – something that psychopaths are perfectly okay with.
However, this dilemma wasn’t only an ‘easy choice’ for a psychopath but it also found that they were more likely to cause the death of the person with greater force. Though this isn’t shocking to anyone who’s watched more than one stereotypical horror film or googled ‘psycho’ it does prove that psychopathic traits we normally deem bad are useful, when necessary.
Does this mean that psychopathic traits such as antisocial behaviour and lack of empathy should not always be labelled as bad?
Last year the ugly truth was published by The Independent that 1 in 5 CEO’s are psychopaths – just normally not violent. Psychopaths aren’t always murdering men who have secret torture chambers under their family homes, sometimes they are, sometimes they’re the business man who pushes past you in the queue at Starbucks.
Maybe it’s time to stop making horror films on the small portion of psychopathic ‘monsters’ and start understanding that the majority of high-functioning non-violent psychopaths may not only be safe but actually beneficial to society.
If you were in serious danger would you not rather a psychopath throw one stranger under a bus to prevent it from crashing into you and five other people further down the road? This study proves that this is exactly what a psychopath would do, without pause and without emotion but with great force.