Top Quotes of The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

Top Quotes of The Wisdom of Psychopath by Kevin Dutton

Psychopaths have personality traits that, in moderation, can offer significant benefits. These typically terrible individuals may thus have a lot to teach the rest of us.
The triumvirate of charm, focus, and ruthlessness that psychopaths possess can predispose a person for long-term life success.
A psychopath’s proclivity to live in the moment can arm against anxiety and bring joy.
 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

“What if our better nature wasn’t better after all? But was instead, well, just nature?”
― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“Psychopathy is like sunlight. Overexposure can hasten one’s demise in grotesque, carcinogenic fashion. But regulated exposure at controlled and optimal levels can have a significant positive impact on well-being and quality of life.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels good.”
― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“Every society needs particular individuals to do its dirty work for it.”
― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

 “I’ve always maintained that if I wasn’t studying psychopaths in prison, I’d do so at the stock exchange,” he enthused. “Without doubt, there’s a greater proportion of psychopathic big hitters in the corporate world than there is in the general population. You’ll find them in any organization
where your position and status afford you power and control over others and the chance of material
gain.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“Traits that are common among psychopathic serial killers, Kouri observes—a grandiose sense of self-worth, persuasiveness, superficial charm, ruthlessness, lack of remorse, and the manipulation of others—are also shared by politicians and world leaders: individuals running not from the police, but for office. Such a profile, notes Kouri, allows those who present with it to do what they like when they like, completely unfazed by the social, moral, or legal consequences of their actions.”
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“The results were extraordinary. Over 70 percent of those who scored high on the Self-Report Psychopathy Scale correctly picked out the handkerchief-smuggling associate, compared to just 30 percent of the low scorers. Zeroing in on weakness may well be part of a serial killer’s toolkit. But it may also come in handy at the airport.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

 “Pure unconditional aggression and pure unconditional capitulation are destined to fail as strategies of social exchange in a society of multiple interaction and mutual dependence.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“Because of these exaggerated dopamine responses, once they focus on the chance to get a reward, psychopaths are unable to alter their attention until they get what they’re after.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

“The volunteers displaying high levels of psychopathic traits released almost four times as much dopamine in response to the stimulant as did their non-psychopathic counterparts.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

 “Psychopaths are shadow dancers’, the agent tells me, a large-scale map of the US dotted with timelines, hotspots and murderous crimson trajectories plastered across the wall behind his desk.
‘They survive by moving around. They don’t have the same need for close relationships that normal people do. So they live in an orbit of perpetual drift, in which the chances of running into their victims again is minimized.”

― Kevin Dutton

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” —HUNTER S. THOMPSON” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“I think the problem is that people spend so much time worrying about what might happen, what might go wrong, that they completely lose sight of the present.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of
Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

“Ruthlessness, charm, focus, mental toughness, fearlessness, mindfulness (living in the moment), and action. Who wouldn’t, at certain points in their lives, benefit from kicking one or two of them up a notch? What was important was being able to turn them back down.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

“Give rejection the finger, and rejection gives it back.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopath

“The most prolific and accomplished hunters were not the most bloodthirsty and indefatigable. They were the coolest and empathetic. They were the ones who were able to assimilate their quarry’s mind-
set–to see through the eyes of their prey and thus reliably predict its deft, innate trajectories of
evasion.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“If you want to stop someone from remembering something, the key is to use a distraction.”
― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

“Theta waves are associated with drowsy, meditative, or sleeping states. Yet in psychopaths, they occur during normal waking states, even sometimes during states of increased arousal.”
― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“Traits that are common among psychopathic serial killers–a grandiose sense of self-worth, persuasiveness, superficial charm, ruthlessness, lack of remorse, and the manipulation of others–are also shared by politicians and world leaders.”
― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“Sadistic serial killers feel their victims’ pain in exactly the same way that you or I might feel it. They feel it cognitively and objectively. And they feel it emotionally and subjectively, too. But the difference between them and us is that they commute that pain to their own subjective pleasure.”
― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

“It’s easy to forget that anything is possible with these guys. That there really are no limits.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

“I realized from quite early on in my childhood that I saw things differently from other people,’ he wrote. ‘But, more than not, it’s helped me in my life. Psychopathy(if that’s what you call it) is like a medicine for modern times. If you take it in moderation it can prove extremely beneficial. It can alleviate a lot of existential ailments that we would otherwise fall victim to because our fragile psychological immune systems just aren’t up to the job of protecting us. But if you take too much of it, if you overdose on it, then there can, as is the case with all medicines, be some rather unpleasant side effects.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“These eight independent satellite states of the psychopathic personality–Machiavellian
Egocentricity, Impulsive Nonconformity, Blame Externalization, Carefree Nonplanfulness,
Fearlessness, Social Potency, Stress Immunity, and Coldheartedness.” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom
of Psychopaths

“Psychopathy was positively associated with in-house ratings of charisma and presentation style: creativity, good strategic thinking, and excellent communication skills.”
― Kevin Dutton

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

 Wisdom of Psychopaths quotes

“The problem with a lot of people is that what they think is a virtue is actually a vice in disguise. It’s much easier to convince yourself that you’re reasonable and civilized than soft and weak, isn’t it?”
― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“I think the problem is that people spend so much time worrying about what might happen, what might go wrong, that they completely lose sight of the present. They completely overlook the fact that, actually, right now, everything’s fine. You can see that quite clearly in your interrogation exercise. What was it that chap told you? It’s not the violence that breaks you. It’s the threat of it. So
why not just stay in the moment?” ― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“Psychopaths, rather than having an impairment in recognizing the emotions of others, indeed have a talent for it. And that the problem lies not in emotional recognition per se, but in the dissociation between its sensory and affective components: in the disconnect between knowing what an emotion is and feeling what it’s like.”

― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths

“With his immaculately coiffured blond locks and his impeccable cut-glass accent, he looks, and sounds, like a dab hand. ‘People are as nice as you make them,’ he enunciates. ‘Which gives you a heck of a lot of power over them, of course.”
― Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success