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Psychos `can thrive' in crime-prone areas

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 12 2009   /  01:01 pm

People with psychopathic tendencies have a better chance of standing out in a dog-eat-dog world, and are everywhere in our daily lives, a seminar heard Friday. Robert Hare, from the University of British Columbia, Canada, said in a seminar on psychopathy that people with a certain degree of psychopathy sometimes have their own place in a society. "They tend to be important to society sometimes," he said. "These are people who take risks, tend to not be afraid." He pointed out the example of a white-collar psychopath, viewed as "a good leader, good person and charismatic", but who secretly did harm to their surroundings. Hare added such psychopaths were behind last year's global economic downturn. "They engage in all sorts of illegal behavior. Half of the financial crisis we had throughout the world in the last few years, who's behind it all? Warm, loving peo...