To most of us, psychopathy seems to be a monstrosity and a blight to humanity. We tend to imagine psychopaths as serial killer, mass-murderers or dangerously deranged individuals. http://www.amazon.com/The-Wisdom-Psy...the+psychopath
However, it has recently been discovered that most psychopaths do not fit that description. Psychopathy is defined as a general lack of conscience, fearlessness, ruthlessness, superficial charm, tough-mindedness and the capacity to focus with great intensity. The brain of a psychopath differs from that of an ordinary person because it has a severely damaged amygdala that prevents him or her from focusing on emotions as intensely as ordinary people are able to. We have been evolutionarily conditioned to focus on emotions in order to limit our aggressive urges and instincts that compel us to seek out new adventures, as such limitations were needed for our survival. These limitations diminished our confidence in our own abilities and led humans to become more dependent on their relationships with the community and other individuals, however, the psychopathic gene withstood the test of time because communities needed fearless and ruthless individuals to make difficult decisions, keep enemies at bay and maintain a sense of order in an iron-fisted manner.
Psychopaths almost never suffer from depression or anxiety, crave risk-taking, are highly driven by rewards financial and otherwise and tend to be intensely focused on the task at hand. Because they are not distracted by the onslaught of emotions that most of us are constantly beleaguered by, they tend to be very mindful and are rarely preoccupied with ruminations about the past or worries about the future. In this respect, their deep mindfulness and focus on the present moment is similar to that of the Meditation Masters who claim to have reached Enlightenment. In part due to this virtue of their character, they tend to be successful in endeavors that reward mindfulness, focus and ruthlessness such as businesses, government policy-making and organized crime.
The line between running from the police and running for office is rather thin.
The website below documents a study that has shown that most of the U.S presidents had distinctive psychopathic traits.
Psychopaths are generally characterized by a lack of conscience, fearlessness, ruthless dominance over others, superficial charm, irresponsibility and impulsive behavioral tendencies. Only a small fraction of psychopaths end up behind bars, but they are the ones who fail to conceal their capricious and a radically egoistical nature.
To cut a long story short, your average psychopath has a lot more in common with a ruthless mid-level manager at a transnational corporation than a hardened criminal and accomplished psychopaths have more in common with Bill Clinton than with Ted Bundy.
In principle, it is possible for one to become a psychopath by undergoing brain-surgery that alters one's amygdala in a manner that compromises the individual's attention to his or her emotions.
If this surgery was lawful and freely offered by the U.S government, would you choose to become a psychopath?