I recently saw a very intriguing episode on AC360. Anderson Cooper's guest was James Fallon a neuroscientist who's spent his career studying psychopaths and observing their character traits. He also examines their brains through brain scans. James Fallon is the author of The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain.
Here's the show I watched.
Video: Many presidents had psychopathic traits?
James Fallon found out through a brain scan of his own brain that he also has the brain of a psychopath. What really got my attention is when Anderson asked him why he thought he didn't turn out to be a serial killer.
The part that stands out to me and has been in my head for the past 24 hours is the reason he feels he turned out different. I go into this down below.
Here is a more detailed show on James Fallons findings.
Common traits of a psychopath:
1. Poor sense of morality.
2. Lack of emotional empathy.
3. The inability to be close to someone.
4. Warrior mindset.
5. They tell you what they know you want to hear.
Here's the part I really, really like!
What James realized was that a nurturing environment can offset the biology.
So what this tells us is, certain warrior genes can put a child at risk if raised in an abusive environment but when a child with this type of brain is nurtured and raised in a loving environment the outcome can be completely different. A child with these genes raised with a healthy loving foundation can change the course of history for this child. When a child is treated with love it washes the negatives away!
Sometime's parents raising emotionally disconnected children tend to pull back or even become afraid of their children. This is the opposite of what they need. They need the parent more than ever.
They need the parent to demonstrate how to become emotionally empathetic, how to connect to others and the difference between right and wrong. They need more than just you. If you yourself lack these abilities or find yourself in the disconnected field reach out to those around you whom you feel could be of assistance in helping expose your child through loving and nurturing activities to becoming a more balanced individual.
You could do this by having family pets and demonstrating how to take care of your pets, not just with food and water but with daily petting, brushing, and consistent love & responsibility. Have your child join in. Provide opportunities to learn how to care for others. Whether it's a grandparent, sibling, volunteering at a shelter or handing out food to someone in need. All your actions are being recorded mentally and vibrationally by your child.
I'm a huge believer in the power of intention and how we believe. For more information on this topic please learn about Dr. Bruce Lipton.
Biologist Bruce Lipton dives into how we can influence our biology in his books Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future (and a Way to Get There from Here). Dr. Lipton shows through scientific proof, genes and DNA can be changed by a person's belief.
There's a test devised by Professor Kevin Dutton you can take to see if you are a psychopath. It's for ages 16 and over. It's designed to help people see where they fall on the psychopathic spectrum. For fun I decided to take it.
Here are my results. I ranked 12% on the spectrum. Here's what it told me. I have to say it describes me very, very well.
You are warm and empathic with a heightened awareness of social responsibility and a strong sense of conscience. You like to carefully weigh up the pros and cons of a situation before you act and are generally averse to taking risks. You are very much a ‘people person’ and dislike conflict. ‘Do unto others…’ are your watchwords. But, although you avoid hurting others, those residing at the higher end of the psychopathic spectrum might not be as considerate, so stay vigilant to avoid being hurt unnecessarily.
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Carol Lawrence is an energetic practitioner, blogger, children's author, social media manager, author interviewer, book reviewer, conscious parenting adviser and assistant editor of the All Things Healing Family & Parenting Community.