Are Creative People More Likely to Be Psychopathic?

Of the many traits associated with psychopathy, creative ability is likely not the first one that comes to mind. The inability to experience remorse, a tendency to manipulate and exploit others, and a pattern of deception and lack of control over impulses all make up the standard profile of the psychopath. However, some of the traits we see in psychopaths, particularly a desire or need to follow the beat of their own drummer, also appear in individuals who are highly creative. Adrianne John R. Galang and colleagues, at De La Salle University in the Philippines (2016), believe that there is a prosocial type of psychopath who, unlike his or her criminal counterpart, puts his or her impulsivity and boldness to good use.

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