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What is the difference between a psychopath and sociopath?

Ironically enough, Wikipedia does offer as meaningful a distinction as any of the answers here so far: The term sociopathy may have been first introduced in 1909 in Germany by biological psychiatrist ...
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From a neuroscientific standpoint, what are the most effective ways to develop empathy, love and compassion for others?

I'm including some relevant papers below, but one important thing to note abot this whole compassion/Buddhism/neuroscience discussion is that neuroscience may not necessarily have the most to say ...
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What is the difference between a psychopath and sociopath?

Psychopathy is a diagnosis with high reliability and validity, which is based on research originally begun by psychologist Robert Hare and now continued by many others. It is often used in forensic ...
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Neurophysiological mappings of empathy

In this answer, I'm going to use "self" to describe the person who is empathizing and "other" as the person who is the target of that empathy (the person who's trying to be related to). The most ...
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Are emoji smiles also contagious?

Yes. Emoji smiles are contagious just like real human smiles. As this study suggest the brain activity observed when people look at emojis is the same when we look at real faces, and subsequently ...
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Why do con artists like Frank Abagnale Jr. not feel guilt?

Cognitive science generally does not try to explain individual behavior, but rather the behavior of all people. We can meaningfully speak about what may cause a deficient ability to feel guilt and ...
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What causes introverts to lose "energy" in social settings and require recovery afterwards?

My sister and I are both introverts, and have been talking about this before. We have agreed about the following: When being social, we feel like we are obliged\expected to do\say certain things and ...
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Is there a disorder that causes one to give inanimate objects human emotions?

Interesting question. I have thought about this a lot, and while I cannot offer a conclusive answer, I can offer some ideas that stem from scientific literature. I should note that this question may ...
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Does a condition exist that resembles autism, but featuring much instead of little empathy?

There are many issues packed into this question. I am pretty sure the answers will lead to many more questions. People diagnosed with autism tend to perform worse than the average population on ...
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What is the difference between a psychopath and sociopath?

Here is very nice article about difference: http://knowledgenuts.com/2013/11/03/the-difference-between-psychopaths-and-sociopaths/ Here is some history of psychopathy diagnosis: http://law.jrank.org/...
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What is the difference between a psychopath and sociopath?

My understanding of the distinction is that psychopaths are the way they are from birth, while sociopaths become antisocial due to upbringing or other environmental factors. As well, psychopaths have ...
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Do the brains of non-altruistic persons mirror the observed experience of suffering?

I'd go for the jugular in non-empathetics: sociopaths and psychopaths, people who clinically lack the ability to empathize. There is a difference in their brains. You might be interested in the story ...
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Negative emotions in individuals spreading to others

I have found that there is a term which encompasses the phenomenon of both positive and negative emotions spreading from person to person and that is Emotional Contagion. Hatfield et al. (1993) ...
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When delivering a bad news to someone, why shouldn't we show empathy at the beginning?

The short answer — TLDR The answer to this question within the field of psychology will depend on the psychological approach the answerer is affiliated to. In short, while a certain amount of empathy ...
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Ambiguity in self-evaluating Likert-scale questions

I believe that in the first part there is some confusion of empathy and self-concept ("Does Not Describe Me Well" to "Describes Very Well"), although the basic statement refers to empathy that ...
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What factors influence a person or group of people's empathy toward another group?

Empathy can be measured in many different ways. As this source outlines: Psychologists distinguish between measurements of situational empathy—that is, empathic reactions in a specific situation—...
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