The diary of a psychopath, day 3 (#17/365)

Gullhaugen found few significant differences between psychopaths and her “normal” group when, in her own study of Norwegian prisoners, she examined the ability to experience a wide range of emotions. The differences that she found showed that psychopaths generally experience more negative emotions, such as irritability, hostility, and shame. But they do not feel guilty.

“They have more primitive emotions such as anger and anxiety,” says Gullhaugen. “This is what I found in the studies I conducted of strong psychopathic individuals who had committed serious criminal acts.”

When it comes to more positive feelings, however, there was little or no difference, suggesting that the psychopath’s emotional life is more nuanced than first thought. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a scene with a psychopathic character Contrast his emotional reactions with the reactions of the other people in the scene.

Journaling Prompt: Keep a running list of the emotions you feel today. If there are any unusual emotions, make a note as to why you felt them.

Art Prompt: Emotional Life of Psychopaths

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the balance of emotions present in humans.

Photo Credit: Sebastian Anthony

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