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Evolutionary Explanation of Psychopaths


  • Seungbae Park


Psychopaths are brutal individuals, having no empathetic concern for others. Initially, the existence of psychopaths seems to be a mystery from an evolutionary point of view. On close examination, however, it can be accommodated by evolutionary theory. Brutal individuals excelled meek individuals in the desperate circumstances where they had to fight their competitors over natural resources for survival and reproduction. This evolutionary explanation of psychopaths receives support from Pinker¡¯s observation of the history of brutality. We have good reasons for predicting that psychopaths are likely to die out in the future.

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  • Seungbae Park, 2013. "Evolutionary Explanation of Psychopaths," International Journal of Social Science Studies, Redfame publishing, vol. 1(2), pages 1-7, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:rfa:journl:v:1:y:2013:i:2:p:1-7

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    brutality; cheater; evolution; psychopath; resources;

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    • R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General
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