The Dark Side

Psychologists use the phrase “the dark triad” to refer to narcissists, Machiavellians, and sociopaths. These types represent the dark side of emotional intelligence: such people can be very good at cognitive empathy, but lack emotional empathy – not to mention empathic concern. For instance, by definition a sociopath does not care at all about the human consequences of their lie or manipulation, and has no regrets about inflicting cruelty. Their feelings of any kind are very shallow; brain imaging reveals a thinning of the areas that connect the emotional centers to the prefrontal cortex. Their particular deficits map many aspects of the emotional intelligence abilities31.


The Sociopath’s Brain

Sociopaths have deficits in several ...

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