The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton tl/dr courage matters most in success because most people fail when they lose heart, psychopaths never lose heart, never give a shit, also you can train yourself to a level of psychopathy (courage) like kung fu

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I’m reading the Wisdom of Psychopaths, by Kevin Dutton.  The book finally gets to the heart of the psychopathic personality.   I won’t retype it all here, but I will transcribe Dutton’s commentary about it.

As we can see, the experts have the psychopaths just about flatlining when it comes to Agreeableness, which is not surprising given that lying, manipulation, callousness and arrogance are just about the gold standard of psychopathic traits by most clinicians.  Conscientiousness is low.  Impulsivity, lack of long term goals, and failure to take responsibility are high.  But notice how Competence bucks the trend (Ed. 4.2 on a scale of 1 to 5), a measure of the psychopath’s unshakeable self confidence and insouciant disregard for adversity, and how the pattern continues with Neuroticism:  Anxiety, Depression, Self Consciousness and Vulnerability are very low, with strong outputs on Extraversion (Assertiveness and Excitement Seeking) and Openness to Experience  (Actions)…

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  1. Get this book! Psychopathy is psychological kung fu!

    Psychopathy can be very good if it is controlled properly. You got to treat your friends and family well. You can’t shit your nest, so to speak, and shitting your nest is the vice of psychopathy.

    The opposite of Psychopathy is Neurosis. Neuroses are fear, shame, depression, guilt. These neuroses are the number 1 cause of not succeeding. Psychopaths may shit their nests, but their lack of neuroses often makes them wildly successful.

    Basically, don’t bother with neuroses. Throw them away — they are useless. Someone in my social sphere is always giving me the “voice of doom” and I tell this person to knock it off, neuroses are not useful. Again, I refer to a Terminator movie:

    Anger is more useful than despair. Basic psychology is one of my subroutines.

    I got someone gathering the best comments from you and Cly and Trainspotter for my book. The cover page is going to say something to the effect of, “TL/DR The Terminator is a metaphor for a psychopath. Feel no guilt, shame, remorse, or depression. Let nothing stop you in completing your mission. Become a node of Aryan Skynet, and complete your mission.”

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