Psychopathy – An Evolutionary Advantage

What if psychopathy is not a disorder at all? What if it is not a sickness? What if psychopathy is actually a special personality trait born of evolutionary necessity? As a psychopath, I am convinced of this assessment.

Can the world do without psychopaths? Would you, as a probable empath, be able to do the things that psychopaths feel no compunction in doing?

Obviously I am not speaking of cold-blooded murder, rape, or child molestation, as the vast majority of psychopaths do not do these things. The very low population of truly psychopathic murderers, rapists, and pedophiles in American prison populations stand to prove that empaths commit far more crime than psychopaths.

Could this fact be assigned to simply the sheer number of empaths vs. psychopaths? Of course. However, save for some drastic, blanket evolutionary genetic mutation, the world’s population will still contain far more empaths.

People fear crime committed against them in general. They fear psychopaths even more, though, because psychopaths can commit crime with no emotion and no remorse. But do emotion and remorse have anything to do with being victimized by someone? If someone were in the process of being mugged at gunpoint, I’m sure the thought of whether or not the person is a psychopath is far from their mind. They are, I’m sure, thinking about their own life and how to preserve it, not the other person’s mental state.

But let us get away from crime, since we know that it plays only a small role as it pertains to psychopaths. What gives psychopaths the advantage? Well, this really depends. In corporate America they have all the advantage in the world. Capitalism is a psychopath’s wet dream, it is a playground to display their talents to the world. As we know, psychopaths are not hindered by moralisms and emotion, so they have no problem getting to the top of the corporate ladder, no matter how many toes they have to step on. If they don’t necessarily have the desire to get to the top, they will certainly find a place of comfort in their job, perhaps one like mine where they can do what they want, when they want and they do not have to deal with people if they don’t want to.

Politics is another arena in which psychopaths can triumph. Much like the competitive nature of Capitalism, politics provides an avenue for the psychopath to ruthlessly make his/her way to the top. Many psychopaths are drunk with the desire for power and what better way to control your fellow citizens than by being elected by them or being appointed to a position over them by another politician. Many times it isn’t the end result that gets the psychopath’s juices flowing, but the journey. Psychopaths relish the hunt itself, most of the time. This is true for both corporate America and politics. With politics, though, the hunt is continuous and less arduous. It is much easier to keep the mask from slipping in politics.

It could be argued that the psychopath is the ultimate leader. He is an unrestrained, fearless, anti-heroic, unemotional spearhead that sets a goal and let’s nothing impede him on his way to achieving it. In most cases, to the psychopath, the ends will always justify the means.

Psychopathy – An Evolutionary Advantage

5 thoughts on “Psychopathy – An Evolutionary Advantage

  1. jbslade says:

    Great post. People are often shocked when I tell them psychopathy is likely meant to be a genetic advantage. It’s quite obvious that it would be an advantage if the world lived in anarchy. However, I think the world we live in makes it part advantage and part disadvantage. The world stereotypes psychopaths as horrible people, and then they wonder why we lie to them. Really, they’re just afraid of us.


  2. Sam says:

    I believe you’re correct. However psychopathy is a parasitic role. Like a virus lives in the host. I don’t think psychopaths can build a large civilization by themselves. You need empaths but they don’t need you. yes you may stir us to great feats every now and then but were they worth doing in the first place? In many cases, no. Read up on Alcibiades. Psychopath for sure. Destroyed Athens.*.html

    “…He had, as they say, one power which transcended all others, and proved an implement of his chase for men: that of assimilating and adapting himself to the pursuits and lives of others, thereby assuming more violent changes than the chameleon. That animal, however, as it is said, is utterly unable to assume one colour, namely, white; but Alcibiades could associate with good and bad alike, and found naught that he could not imitate and practice. 5 In Sparta, he was all for bodily training, simplicity of life, and severity of countenance; in Ionia, for p65 luxurious ease and pleasure; in Thrace, for drinking deep; in Thessaly, for riding hard; and when he was thrown with Tissaphernes the satrap, he outdid even Persian magnificence in his pomp and lavishness. It was not that he could so easily pass entirely from one manner of man to another, nor that he actually underwent in every case a change in his real character; but when he saw that his natural manners were likely to be annoying to his associates, he was quick to assume any counterfeit exterior which might in each case be suitable for them…”


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