In conjunction with the horrific stories in the news as of late, HLN’s Dr. Drew welcomed Dr. James Fallon, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, who studies the brains of psychopaths.
Dr. Fallon began by describing some of the features of a psychopathic killer, noting both the “positive and negative” symptoms.
“The positive ones are those that make the psychopaths very sociable,” he said. “They are charming, extremely sociable -- the life of the party. They can be disarming in that way. They’re very friendly, but also, they lack a certain kind of empathy. They may be empathetic in a very different way … lack of empathy and connectedness with people.”
He continued, “Then there's these negative [symptoms], which involves a hyper-sexuality, being really loose morally, but also some criminality, and not taking responsibility for your actions. All of those things make somebody, in a way, parasitic.”
Watch the full and fascinating interview in the video player above.
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