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Superficial and Shallow Emotions | It’s Not that Deep

Superficial and Shallow Emotions | It’s Not that Deep

Emotions within Psychopathy and Narcissism

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Individuals with psychopathy are extremely superficial and therefore, deep connections are not possible for them.

It is easy to mistake a psychopath’s intense emotional states, such as rage, obsessiveness, and romantic passion as deep emotion. However, this is not the same as deep emotions that a healthy brain can access.

Intensity is not equivalent to depth.

Their intense emotional reactions are associated with different brain circuitry and neurochemistry in comparison to bonded, committed and deep emotions.

Superficial (although intense) emotions is the reason they can be enraged with their partner on Thursday, ending the relationship because they “hate” her. Then react as if nothing happened and wonder if she will be joining him for dinner on Friday (“Are YOU over your little tantrum yet!”)

As you see in that scenario, intense emotions were present (rage), however the emotional state was shallow and changed to a completely different view the very next day! Hence the reason they are often confused by a non-psychopath’s inability to ‘let go’ of emotions. Certain emotional states for them can be released instantly, leaving them with no pain or distress. They move along as though nothing happened.

An individual with a healthy brain would find the above scenario strange and uncomfortable. Perhaps even painful. However those with psychopathy tend not to find anything odd about it at all. In fact, he might accuse the non-psychopathic individual of “holding onto the past” and having “issues” for not being able to “let it go!”

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