‘Psychopaths: The Worst People Who Don’t Exist’

[ . . . ] “Psychopathy, as a concept, is therefore rather dangerous. It seduces us into the belief that people who do really terrible things do so for motivations we would never be capable of sustaining. It puts us beyond the pale of ever being able to do the same and reduces the scrutiny that we apply to our own actions. It prevents us from always bearing in mind that there is indeed evil in the world, but the people who commit it are just like you and me.” — Gabriel C. S. Gavin


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