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Study: You can have empathy and still be a psychopath

People who score high in "dark triad" personality traits are able to empathize. They'd just rather not.

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Key Takeaways
  • People who score high in the personality traits narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy can empathize, but generally lack the disposition to do so, according to a recent study.
  • These traits are part of the "dark triad" of personality, which has been used to study malevolent personality traits since 2002.
  • The results suggest it might be possible to encourage psychopaths to empathize more, but no evidence shows this is effective over the long term.

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