Are psychopaths more rational?

It depends on which functions of the psyche, body or ratio (intelligence, etc.) are hidden, and especially whether they were genetically absent from the beginning, or whether psychological-neuronal processes in childhood were decommissioned, at least partly.

Emotion programs must be used, if available, to practice their functions, and then adapt to the respective environmental conditions in strength and individual function.

Adapting, especially in current situations, requires a lot of computing time of the brain, considerably more, the younger you are, due to lack of experience.

In many emotionally relevant situations, a psychopath may have to do more rational head work in order to adapt his behavior to the environmental conditions (dispute, resource distribution, meet the needs, etc.).

Examples of this are, for example, obtaining attention, which he cannot simply demand, but which he only receives if he imitates the genetic behavioural model of this emotion present in non-psychopaths, i.e. shows emotion, which he only shows when he is Others must grasp/recognize, and then learn to imitate them.


With many other emotions, however, he is in a situation where such emotions are not triggered in the first place, and he therefore has to do less head work, which considerably frees his rational functions from extensive adaptation work and scruples.

This applies, for example, to compassion, altruism, etc., where in appropriate situations nothing is triggered by the psychopath, and therefore he does not show any concern, nor is he able to automatically recognize a state of feeling in the other person.

There is simply nothing stirring about him, and that is why either distance from the person concerned develops to him, or he tries rationally, by means of gestures, mimics, find out what is happening there.

A business-oriented person saves a lot of inner emotional work if he does not feel the emotional suffering that he triggers in the other person, due to the lack of genetic function to emot.Comprehensibility, especially politicians, managers, financial sharks, violent criminals, etc. facilitates the work.


If a child has at some point begun to suppress his compassion out of painful experiences, then it can become very cruel, even as a child, or adult.

See various criminal cases involving emotionally cold children/adolescents/adults, which were only made by parents/parents to hide their own affected emotions, i.e. to act emotionally cold.

A psychop.The businessman, chairman of the board, insurance agent, judge or lawyer can only use such a defect specifically. If he does not feel the emotions of the other person, he often cannot fully understand the emotional background on which a business or legal process is based.

This makes him see and deal with the matter in a simplified way, so that he has more ratio available for his business; however, the result is that his counterpart often does not feel understood, and therefore the business suffers.


However, compassion is only a very small part of genetic or psychological failures or oppressions.

Outages exist in all areas.The only difference is that in one case the psychopath has the problem, rather than the other.

This means that depending on the function of failure, a psychopath often has it easier because of unencumbered psyche and ratio, but accordingly his relationships are also more problematic, which he has to compensate by more head work in order to remain socially involved, which also a psychopath as protection of his person.

Good examples of this are also savants or autistic people, who have exactly such defects, and very often experience great problems in dealing with others.

The number and type of failures, over years of childhood, naturally cause a more or less great emotional calm in the head (see e.g. autistic people), which leads to a stronger expression of rational functions, as long as they are alone with themselves and not under psychosocial deficiencies.


This also raises other questions, such as whether psychopaths may be able to act more fairly than people with a full range of emotions.

Emotion programs are of course very simple reaction patterns (feelings) with mostly simple stimulus systems as triggers.

Thus, for example, if a non-psychopath is hit by a gaze, a behavior or sentence that he interprets against himself from his emotion trigger system, then his reaction spectrum from it is correspondingly limited.

The psychopath, on the other hand, reacts rather neutrally at first, and then has to deal with his ratio with striking signals from others.

He is therefore not immediately exposed to autonomous inner reaction patterns, just like normal humans, and therefore has better possibilities to deal rationally with such a situation or encounter, but has also gained from his earlier experience, i.e. from experience. , nevertheless, a pre-eminera that could also be used as prejudices, as in non-psychopaths.

But the psychopath still has a greater rational freedom, which he can usually use.


Nevertheless, a psychopath is long-term inferior to the non-psychopath in many areas.

The main reason is that the reaction time of a psychopath to an environment variable is clearly longer, because emotion programs run faster, i.e. a necessary reaction arises faster than if it has to be calculated by ratio functions.

Evolutionary, speed is a significant survival advantage in evolutionary situations, even if automatic and autonomous emotion programs cannot be as targeted as rationally calculated reactions.

Statistically, however, the survival advantage of emotion programs is simply higher, which is why a creature that is viable in this universe cannot do without emotion programs in the future.


See also:

Ron Heide’s response to What are feelings orEmotions?

Ron Heide’s answer to What is more important: rationality or emotionality?

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