I just read the following article http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/04/psychopaths that claims that psychopaths possess traits that can be quite beneficial in many circumstances.
When psychologists like myself talk about psychopaths, we’re actually referring to a specific set of individuals with a distinct subset of personality characteristics such as: ruthlessness, fearlessness, charm, charisma, coolness under pressure, focus, and of course, those signature deficits in conscious empathy.
Some fictional characters are psychopaths:
- James Bond
- Sherlock Holmes from the BBC Series Sherlock
The article also mentions that the brain activity in psychopaths is most similar to Buddhist monks who meditate a lot. So, it seems that meditation can give you the positive skills of psychopaths without coming with the negative side effects!
Similarly, selective TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) used to inhibit the activity of the amygdala (the brain region responsible for fear and similar emotions) seems to temporarily turn people into psychopaths – and they like that, because it makes them feel so much better!
So, being more like a psychopath is not necessarily a bad thing. It only gets really bad when you get really harmful to the people around you. But being a psychopath with the intention not to do harm, but to prevent it, might be more effective than someone with the same goals, but who wasn’t a psychopath.
This opens up a can of worms: What if someone develops a “psychopath cap” that is simply a fine tuned TMS device that turns you into a psychopath at the push of a button? Would that be a good thing, or would that be too dangerous if everyone had easy access to that technology?
Well, everyone in principle has access to meditation, but that doesn’t prompt anyone to outlaw meditation. So, I’d say: Go for it. Let everyone become psychopaths if they want and see how that will turn out. The results might be pretty interesting and revealing!