Can psychopaths fall in love?
Psychopathy is a mental or a behavioral condition that is characterized by the lack of emotions. People who have this condition may have a lack of emotional responses towards others. Nonetheless, they remain humans. And humans would normally react to any event in the context of social relations.
Can psychopaths fall in love and experience happiness?
Although emotional incapacity is commonly noted among psychopaths, they have some level of emotional responses. Can psychopaths fall in love? It depends on the severity of the psychopathy. This could mean that a lower level of psychopathy may allow a person to feel love and happiness.
Psychopaths are not totally incapable of experiencing emotions. To some extent, they could experience happiness and love. But the tendency and intensity of these emotions may be lesser than those of normal people. The exception is anger. Anger is an emotion that most psychopaths have.
However, some believe that psychopaths can never love anyone. This is because, according to a psychologist and therapist, Perpetua Neo, “Narcissists, psychopaths, and sociopaths do not have a sense of empathy, they do not and will not develop a sense of empathy, so they can never really love anyone.”
Can Psychopaths Feel Love?
Again, the answer to this question depends on the psychopathy level. There are many ways you can determine whether or not a person is a psychopath. The most common one is the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R). This scale has the total score of 40. The higher the score (30 and above) the more likely that a person is a psychopath.
In contrast, the lower the score, the less likely that a person is a psychopath. The higher level of psychopathy may mean that a person may not interested in having an emotional bond with others. Oddly enough, psychopaths would want to be loved.
Can Psychopaths Feel Grief and sadness
As mentioned, depending on the level of psychopathy, psychopaths may cry or feel the same grief as much as normal people do. But this only happens when a person to whom a psychopath has an emotional bond with.
As with any one of us, psychopaths aim to be loved and cared for. But the love and care from others remain limited because people may stay away from them. This causes sadness.
It is also found that psychopaths are aware of the gap between him/her and the larger world. Such emotional and communication gap may cause dissatisfaction and emotional turmoil. This, in turn, will motivate the psychopath to yearn for more attention and love.
Can Psychopaths Experience Happiness?
Psychopaths may experience positive emotion but no one really knows if they feel the real happiness as much as the normal people do. This is because there is the only limited number of studies in this area. The noted positive emotion is the function of antisocial acts. Meaning, psychopaths may feel good after killing someone. This positive emotion will reinforce the behavior leading that behavior to reoccur over and over again.
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