Can Children be Psychopaths?

I heard this great broadcast this morning from our local NPR station, KUOW in Seattle.  There was an article published in the New York Times about children who display lack of empathy and flat affect (non-emotion).  The psychologists interviewed, however, presented the compelling evidence that even though children may display these anti-social traits, they don’t necessarily grow up to be serial killers.

Labeling them this at such an early age is also a disservice and stigma that will end up worsening their self-image.

The interview gives examples of some disturbed kids, and although challenging to hear, makes me want to send them healing to help them find the way to a more compassionate existence.

To listen to this interview, you can go to KUOW’s archive here.

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