Psychopaths can not tell the difference between false cry and genuine sadness

Expressions of fear and sadness may be lost in people who have high levels of psychopathic traits. A new study has discovered that they can not distinguish between real and false tears. Stock image

Expressions of fear and sadness may be lost in people who have high levels of psychopathic traits.

According to a new study, these people have no problem recognizing the difference between genuine anger or happiness, and when these emotions are falsified.

But, the same can not be said when others fear or bother.

The researchers found that people with high psychopathic traits could not distinguish between genuine or false emotions in these categories, and they did not feel more motivated to help when the expressions were real.

Expressions of fear and sadness may be lost in people who have high levels of psychopathic traits. A new study has discovered that they can not distinguish between real and false tears. Stock image

Expressions of fear and sadness may be lost in people who have high levels of psychopathic traits. A new study has discovered that they can not distinguish between real and false tears. Stock image

In the study led by a team from the National University of Australia, researchers presented participants with photographs of faces that express different emotions, both real and false.

And, for people with high levels of psychopathic traits, they discovered that it was as if they always presented fake tears or crocodile calls when it came to sadness.

A similar effect was seen with fear.

"For most people, if we see someone who is really upset, they feel bad for them and that motivates them to help them," says lead researcher Dr. Amy Dawel of the School of Research Psychology at ANU. .

"People who are very high in the spectrum of psychopathy do not show this response.

"We found that people with high levels of psychopathic traits do not feel worse for someone who is really upset than someone who is faking it," he says.

"They also seem to have trouble saying if the discomfort is real or false, and as a result, they are not as willing to help someone who is expressing genuine anguish as most people do."

WHAT IS THE "DARK TRIAD"?

The dark triad is a name given to three personality traits: narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism.

The dark triad is a name given to three personality traits: narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism.

The dark triad is a name given to three personality traits: narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism.

The dark triad is a name given to three personality traits: narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism.

When all three traits are found in a single person, it implies a malevolent personality.

The three features of the dark triad are conceptually distinct, but they have been shown to have an overlap.

Narcissism is characterized by grandiosity, pride, selfishness and lack of empathy.

Machiavellianism is characterized by the manipulation and exploitation of others. It is also often related to a cynical contempt for morality and a focus on self-interest and deception.

Psychopathy is characterized by the continuation of antisocial behavior, impulsiveness, selfishness, insensibility and lack of remorse.

For other emotions, on the other hand, the researchers found that these people were able to easily detect the difference between a genuine and false expression.

"For other emotions such as anger, disgust and high happy psychopathy, people had no problem telling if someone was faking," said Dr. Dawel.

Christian Bale in the American Psycho movie

Christian Bale in the American Psycho movie

Christian Bale in the American Psycho movie

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According to the researcher, this understanding could pave the way for more effective treatments for psychopathy, helping to reduce which emotions really present a problem.

"It seems that there is a genetic contribution to these traits, we see the start of them quite early in childhood," said Dawel.

"Understanding exactly what is wrong with emotions in psychopathy will help us identify these problems early and we hope to intervene in a way that promotes moral development."

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