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Psychopaths' brains 'different'

 
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Psychopaths' brains 'different'
There are biological brain differences that mark out psychopaths from other people, according to scientists.

Psychopaths showed less activity in brain areas involved in assessing the emotion of facial expressions, the British Journal of Psychiatry reports.

In particular, they were far less responsive to fearful faces than healthy volunteers.

The Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London team say this might partly explain psychopathic behaviour.

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Criminal psychopaths are people with aggressive and anti-social personalities who lack emotional empathy.

They can commit hideous crimes, such as rape or murder, yet show no signs of remorse or guilt.

It has been suggested that people with psychopathic disorders lack empathy because they have defects in processing facial and vocal expressions of distress, such as fear and sadness, in others.


We are a long way from knowing how to treat psychopathy
Dr Nicola Gray, from Cardiff University's School of Psychology

Professor Declan Murphy and colleagues set out to test this using a scan that shows up brain activity.

They showed six psychopaths and nine healthy volunteers pictures of faces showing different emotions.

Both groups had increased activity in brain areas involved in processing facial expressions in response to happy faces compared with neutral faces, but this increase was smaller among the psychopaths.

By contrast, when processing fearful faces compared with neutral faces, the healthy volunteers showed increased activation and the psychopaths decreased activation in these brain regions.

Fearful faces

The researchers said: "These results suggest that the neural pathways for processing facial expressions of happiness are functionally intact in people with psychopathic disorder, although less responsive.

"In contrast, fear is processed in a very different way."

This failure to recognise and emotionally respond to facial and other signals of distress may underlie psychopaths' failure to block behaviour that causes distress in others and their lack of emotional empathy, the scientists suggest.

Dr Nicola Gray, from Cardiff University's School of Psychology, has also been studying what underpins psychopathy.

"What we are trying to understand are the cognitive deficits underpinning the behaviour of psychopaths.

"If people with psychopathy can't process the emotion of fear and that is mirrored in terms of their brain activity, as this study suggests, that will help us understand the cognitive deficits.

"But it is still a long way to finding out what to do about that. We are a long way from knowing how to treat psychopathy."

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Unfortunately people are much more likely to be targetted by a criminal psycopath in their workplace than on the streets of any dangerous neighbourhood, with companies routinely blaming the target and joining with the psycopath in ruthlessly framing a victim via false accusations with the intent to cause them to lose their jobs on false grounds. The targetted staff members life is then destroyed via loss of career, trauma from being wrongly framed, loss if income and loss of reputation, not to mention the impact on self esteem.

Criminal psychopaths framing their targets via making convincing false accusations against innocent staff in a workplace, usually resulting in their termination from employment on false grounds, is a criminal fraud and an assault if the target is forced into meetings where a number of people make false allegations against an innocent staff member. The legal system is yet to recognise that these behaviours are criminal conduct in the workplace and should be treated as such, with jail sentences and other harsh penalties for those responsible.

The intent of the psycopath in workplaces is to assault staff members via destroying them through false accusations and indirect aggression- a directly intended proxy for violent criminal assault. The criminal legal system has yet to recognise these forms of violent assault and criminal fraud in the workplace, which also have a massive impact on the company where psychopths work on many different levels which may not be immediately obvious until the damage has been done.

The best solution is to get a forensic criminal psychologist in to assess the individual concerned as soon as possible, and isolate them from all other workers once its become established that they have psyopathic tendencies.

Google the words "serial bully" and read for a couple of hours to learn about where most people will encounter a criminal psycopath - in their workplace.
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gotta love these phsychiatrists.

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Unfortunately people are much more likely to be targetted by a criminal psycopath in their workplace than on the streets of any dangerous neighbourhood, with companies routinely blaming the target and joining with the psycopath in ruthlessly framing a victim via false accusations with the intent to cause them to lose their jobs on false grounds. The targetted staff members life is then destroyed via loss of career, trauma from being wrongly framed, loss if income and loss of reputation, not to mention the impact on self esteem.

Criminal psychopaths framing their targets via making convincing false accusations against innocent staff in a workplace, usually resulting in their termination from employment on false grounds, is a criminal fraud and an assault if the target is forced into meetings where a number of people make false allegations against an innocent staff member. The legal system is yet to recognise that these behaviours are criminal conduct in the workplace and should be treated as such, with jail sentences and other harsh penalties for those responsible.

The intent of the psycopath in workplaces is to assault staff members via destroying them through false accusations and indirect aggression- a directly intended proxy for violent criminal assault. The criminal legal system has yet to recognise these forms of violent assault and criminal fraud in the workplace, which also have a massive impact on the company where psychopths work on many different levels which may not be immediately obvious until the damage has been done.

The best solution is to get a forensic criminal psychologist in to assess the individual concerned as soon as possible, and isolate them from all other workers once its become established that they have psyopathic tendencies.

Google the words "serial bully" and read for a couple of hours to learn about where most people will encounter a criminal psycopath - in their workplace.
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An interesting book in this regard is called "Snakes in Suits". Psychopaths are found evenly distributed in all strata of society, but seem to really rise to the top of the entrepreneurial heap in the business world. Cut-throat and smooth, they couldn't care less who they step on in their climb to the top.

What's really scary is when you realize that there are also teachers, doctors, and ministers who are psychopaths. Many of them excel at camoflage, so they may go through a whole destructive life without being spotted. About 4% of all people alive today are psychopaths, according to that book.
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<Unfortunately people are much more likely to be targetted by a criminal psycopath in their workplace than on the streets of any dangerous neighbourhood, with companies routinely blaming the target and joining with the psycopath in ruthlessly framing a victim via false accusations with the intent to cause them to lose their jobs on false grounds. The targetted staff members life is then destroyed via loss of career, trauma from being wrongly framed, loss if income and loss of reputation, not to mention the impact on self esteem. >

YES! I went through that until the stress caused me to have an anyerusim 2 years ago! If you are not with the "IN" group, you are targeted. Once that happens they will do everything they can to run you out! Damn near destroyed not only my life but the lives of my family as well! I wish them no ill-will. What comes around goes around and when they get their come-uppance, well then....
It really does work that way! I tried everything to fight them. I was in a Union. Big damn deal. They could not put a stop to the things that were happening to me. Even the lower level bosses apologized to me, but stated they could not help me, this was what that Administrator was doing. Bullshit! There is always someone higher up, they were afraid of the Admin. because he liked to throw his weight around! And he did not like me because I DID my job! I actually worked very hard! And many times I actually got into trouble FOR DOING my job! How outrageous is that! They slackers did whatever they wanted to do, but the employees that actually worked were the ones that got into trouble! I even contemplated suicide once! The job was NOT worth it! There are groups that can help on the internet for people who are targeted in this way. It is a shame I did not find that out until AFTER I had the anyerusim! Even afterwards I was going back to fight them. Right up to the point that the doctor told me I would be dead within a year if I went back. Well that was the choice--death or early retirement.
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what happens to a psychopath that takes the drug ecstasy andor LSD? shrooms? weed?

id like to know
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homos too

I question this science and the reliability of brain scans as a iagnostic tool to justifypsychiatric quackery
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what happens to a psychopath that takes the drug ecstasy andor LSD? shrooms? weed?

id like to know
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They might just become worse psychopaths, except their condition might be harder to hide.
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actually, i think psychopaths just don't care, period.
they enjoy causing pain.
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<Unfortunately people are much more likely to be targetted by a criminal psycopath in their workplace than on the streets of any dangerous neighbourhood, with companies routinely blaming the target and joining with the psycopath in ruthlessly framing a victim via false accusations with the intent to cause them to lose their jobs on false grounds. The targetted staff members life is then destroyed via loss of career, trauma from being wrongly framed, loss if income and loss of reputation, not to mention the impact on self esteem. >

YES! I went through that until the stress caused me to have an anyerusim 2 years ago! If you are not with the "IN" group, you are targeted. Once that happens they will do everything they can to run you out! Damn near destroyed not only my life but the lives of my family as well! I wish them no ill-will. What comes around goes around and when they get their come-uppance, well then....
It really does work that way! I tried everything to fight them. I was in a Union. Big damn deal. They could not put a stop to the things that were happening to me. Even the lower level bosses apologized to me, but stated they could not help me, this was what that Administrator was doing. Bullshit! There is always someone higher up, they were afraid of the Admin. because he liked to throw his weight around! And he did not like me because I DID my job! I actually worked very hard! And many times I actually got into trouble FOR DOING my job! How outrageous is that! They slackers did whatever they wanted to do, but the employees that actually worked were the ones that got into trouble! I even contemplated suicide once! The job was NOT worth it! There are groups that can help on the internet for people who are targeted in this way. It is a shame I did not find that out until AFTER I had the anyerusim! Even afterwards I was going back to fight them. Right up to the point that the doctor told me I would be dead within a year if I went back. Well that was the choice--death or early retirement.
 Quoting: TheresaEL 209321


TheresaEL, I'm very sorry that this has happened to you, your story is a case study of how the criminal workplace psycopath has assaulted you causing you serious physical harm, but in a way that prevents you from having that person charged and put in the slammer, for that is what they deserve. The perpetrator unfortunately probably very convincingly lied to your seniors in that company to totally destroy you in their eyes, even though you'd done nothing wrong. They do this in a totally convincing and deliberate way. Shockingly, many companies reward the psychopath with promotion, even if its a sideways promotion to keep them out of trouble.

What they don't realise is that the psychoptah will continue to uncontrollably assault and frame innocent staff and will leave a trail of destruction behind them, as they are expert at lying and deceiving all those above them so that they don't get busted. In the final analysis these people will leave a huge trail of destroyed lives, lowered productivity, employee absenteeism, high staff turnover, and a huge hit to the bottom line in ways that are not easily calculated behind them. If companies knew how badly these people hit the bottom line corporate psychologists would be a hot growth profession.

If you google "serial bully" there are accounts of this type of violent workplace behaviour from all over the world in all industries, from top to bottom.
TheresaEL, I hope that in time you can recover your dignity and might want to consider therapy; there are specialised therepists out there who assist with cases who've been targetted by workplace psychopaths. Remember- you're a perfectly decent normal person, and the same thing has happened to many other decent normal people all over the world who face the same problems in recovering from these people.
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what happens to a psychopath that takes the drug ecstasy andor LSD? shrooms? weed?

id like to know
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 299505


Their brains are hard wired into being psychopaths at an early childhood age, usually due to trauma while at that stage of life. Nothing can be done to change this, and therapy only gives them further opportunities to exploit the system to masquarade their behaviour, ao can actually make them more dangerous. I suspect drugs could even make them more dangeorus and as they'd use any increase in creativity to devise even more devious ways of exploiting those around them.
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weed keeps them calm...booze and crack it gets worse
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weed keeps them calm...booze and crack it gets worse
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Yes, sedation does seem to work.
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Short term ways of identifying a workplace psychopath include confidentially asking all those junior to them who they come into contact with if they've been mistreated, shouted at, framed, falsely accused or treated aggressively in a routine way (the psycho will never reveal their true face to those above them, instead coming across as extremely charming and ingratiating). There will often be a long history of abuse, harassment and false accusation against staff junior to the psycho. Then check to see if the have a violent criminal history, and did they have a "rough" childhood (ie- traumatised at an early age), and finally jokingly show them a short video clip of a terrible violent event on their computer; if they show absolutely zero emotional reaction, or genuinly laugh at what they're watching, you have a key characteristic of the psycho - an inability to empathise with others.
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and finally jokingly show them a short video clip of a terrible violent event on their computer; if they show absolutely zero emotional reaction, or genuinly laugh at what they're watching, you have a key characteristic of the psycho - an inability to empathise with others.
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Is it not possible that a person could have just become desensitized after watching too many video clips of cruelty and violence, either by computer or TV, thus causing a person to appear as lacking empathy.
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Psychopathy can also be caused from abuse of toxic drugs like MDMA, meth, DMT derivatives and the like. These create permanent brain damage over a period of time and is similar to head-injury related psychosis with the exception of lag-time from onset of symptoms.
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People are born psychopaths..but not all are Ted Bundy...most of the time you can't even tell until you get to know them well.
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subtle and little ambiguous shade, a autista or neurotic expresses much less and estan full of fear.

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