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17-03-2015, 11:35 AM
Psychopathology
Psychopaths may be psychologically unhealthy but they run our banks, businesses, religions and government (dys)functionally. Discuss.Laughat
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17-03-2015, 11:49 AM
RE: Psychopathology
The fact that most people can't do the things for which psychopaths are needed creates a situation in which a small percentage of psychopaths gives society an evolutionary advantage.

And it's only unhealthy as judged by non psychopaths.

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17-03-2015, 12:42 PM
RE: Psychopathology
(17-03-2015 11:49 AM)yakherder Wrote:  The fact that most people can't do the things for which psychopaths are needed creates a situation in which a small percentage of psychopaths gives society an evolutionary advantage.

And it's only unhealthy as judged by non psychopaths.

Psychosis comes from the condition of counter-dependency. As a species, I hope we're evolving into a healthier independent or even inter-dependent state of consciousness where we respect each other and the cosmos.
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17-03-2015, 01:08 PM
RE: Psychopathology
(17-03-2015 12:42 PM)Kitson Wrote:  
(17-03-2015 11:49 AM)yakherder Wrote:  The fact that most people can't do the things for which psychopaths are needed creates a situation in which a small percentage of psychopaths gives society an evolutionary advantage.

And it's only unhealthy as judged by non psychopaths.

Psychosis comes from the condition of counter-dependency. As a species, I hope we're evolving into a healthier independent or even inter-dependent state of consciousness where we respect each other and the cosmos.

In that regard, evolution unfortunately doesn't necessarily mean what everyone wants it to mean. Your vision of the world is shaped by your instinctual desires, and those instincts evolved in a world that disappeared with the advent of scarce resource based civilization. In the world where we spent the vast majority of our existence, population was sparse and the resources we needed for our survival were plentiful but difficult to access. In such a world the ability to possess those resources was meaningless. You work together to gather the food your society needs to survive, cooperate to take down game that could not be taken single handedly . Interdependence was indeed critical. That all changed faster than we could adapt physically, so instead we adapted culturally. Societies that can dominate and control now have the upper hand because the resources civilization relies on are quite the opposite of before. At the most basic level, a farm provides a predictable supply of food, but only if you put in the investment to make it happen. In order to do that, you must control and defend the land. From there we've moved on to dependence on countless other resources of varying degrees of scarcity, all of which are owned by whoever is more capable of owning them. The ability to dominate is now more important in the bigger picture, and inter dependence is only relevant within the group that is doing the dominating. Inside we still intuitively want a different life, but over time we will change to be more in tune with reality. The increased survivability of psychopaths is an example. In a small band of inter-dependent hunter gatherers, a psychopath wouldn't have lasted. In the modern world, he or she can not only thrive, but is in many ways so critical to survival that a non psychopath majority being lead by a psychopathic minority seems to be the standard.

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18-03-2015, 03:39 AM
RE: Psychopathology
How to Know You're in a Codependent Relationship

Watch out for these signs that you might be in a codependent relationship:
•Are you unable to find satisfaction in your life outside of a specific person? [or deity]
•Do you recognize unhealthy behaviors in your partner but stay with him or her in spite of them? ['love me or burn forever']
•Are you giving support to your partner [or deity] at the cost of your own mental, emotional, and physical health?
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