January 16

Going Mental

Wednesday’s Big Idea

Supersanity

What can we learn from psychopaths? That's the provocative question at the heart of Dr. Kevin Dutton's provocative new book The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.

In the case of Lance Armstrong, who has exhibited many of the telltale signs of psychopathy, the condition cuts both ways. On the one hand, we can learn how to be ruthless in pursuit of a goal. In Armstrong's case that meant pursuing the Tour de France, whatever the cost. As we now know, the ruthless pursuit of a goal was both Armstrong's making and his undoing.

So how do we learn to manage these tendencies which can both help us obtain what we want, but also destroy us?

 

  1. 1 Lance Armstrong: American Psychopath
  2. 2 The Shared Danger of Gut Reaction...
  3. 3 Creative Cheating: The Link Betwe...
  4. 4 Are You a Psychopath? Take the Te...
   
  1. Lance Armstrong: American Psychopath

    Lance Armstrong: American Psychopath

    There are recognizable patterns of behavior and personality traits that we can look for to give us insight into Lance Armstrong's reckless actions, so that this whole affair might be a so-called teachable moment.

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  2. The Shared Danger of Gut Reactions and Lying

    The Shared Danger of Gut Reactions and Lying

    We must decide what we care more about: facing reality as it is, so we have the best solutions or forcing placation of our outrage and feelings?

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  3. Creative Cheating: The Link Between Creativity and Dishonesty

    Creative Cheating: The Link Between Creativity and Dishonesty

    Most “honest” people are willing to cheat by “fudging” their results in order to give themselves small gains.

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  4. Are You a Psychopath? Take the Test.

    Are You a Psychopath? Take the Test.

    Psychologist Kevin Dutton presents the classic psychological test known as "the trolley problem" with a variation. Take the test and measure you response on the psychopathic spectrum.

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