I think that Cooke oversimplifies just a littttle bit when he says that he thinks that there are people who believe that psychopaths can be “cured” by giving them a cuddle, a puppy dog and a musical instrument…
Also, there is a distinction between people with a purely narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) – which occurs in various forms – and people who were born with structural brain differences that produces psychopathy, which can occur in conjunction with NPD. Psychopaths don’t get normally nervous, like regular folks. People with NPD do, but they tend to hide it very well.
There’s been research that found that this can be related to high levels of certain compounds (hormones) present during the pregnancy to which the person is exposed in utero.
This could happen in various ways, and only one example is the context of a war situation. (Environments that are “too” positive are not good either because this apparently can cause a desensitization to “feel-good” chemicals.)
As the brain is much more flexible than we used to think, and new neurons do develop later in life, unlike what we used to think, we should probably focus on stimulating new neuron development in areas that are smaller in psychopaths and in people with NPD relative to the general population.
British medical ethics forbidding the diagnosis of brain-related conditions with effects on personality in young children makes as much sense as forbidding the diagnosis of kidney disease or diabetes Type 1 in children or of stroke in patients in their 30s (when strokes are not supposed to occur) or of or early-onset Alzheimer’s.
What Blair says, that there could be pharmacological substances that can somehow affect the areas that are not working well in some people, that’s something that I’ve been wondering about as well. There is a heck of a lot that we still don’t know – or still ignore – about the human body.
Is there a REAL difference between giving pharmaceuticals and implanting a microchip (if you take away the invasive surgery and the associated risk for a moment)?
This is one of the many resources I give in the course (soon available elsewhere, besides on Udemy):