Lessons from the Psych Ward


“‘I see he hasn’t killed you, then,’ he says casually. ‘You going soft in your old age, Larry?'”

Scientific American has posted an excerpt of The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success by Kevin Dutton. However surprising, they actually have some good ideas:

“A psychopath’s rapacious proclivity to live in the moment, to ‘give tomorrow the slip and take today on a joyride’ (as Larry, rather whimsically, puts it), is well documented—and at times can be stupendously beneficial. In fact, anchoring your thoughts unswervingly in the present is a discipline that psychopathy and spiritual enlightenment have in common.”

For better or for worse, you may even find a little psychopath in you.

Caroline Kangas calls both Seattle and San Francisco home (though she currently resides in the latter). She recently received a mouthful of a liberal arts degree from the University of San Francisco and can be found selling pirate supplies at 826 Valencia or wandering the streets with her diva of a french bulldog, Elle. More from this author →