Perhaps it’s timely to point out on Halloween that, scarily, a number of signs seem to indicate that our society is becoming more psychopathic, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Reading books, which can fine-tune our alertness to the inner lives of others, has become less popular; college students self-report as 40% less empathic than they did 20 to 30 years ago; and corporate crime is up. “But if society really is becoming more psychopathic, it’s not all doom and gloom. In the right context, certain psychopathic characteristics can actually be very constructive,” the Chronicle writer finds. Mental toughness, fearlessness and heightened awareness all can be helpful — that is, in the right context and doses.