PSYCHOPATHS CAN SWITCH THEIR EMPATHY ON AND OFF
A psychopath is not concerned with his or her impact on others, whether that be financial, social, or personal, primarily because a psychopath is incapable of feeling emotion, either for themselves or others. ‘Psychopaths lack… possibly even the most basic understanding of human feelings,’ write Babiak and Hare.
While it was previously believed that psychopaths are incapable of empathy, a 2013 study studied the brain activity of various violent psychopathic offenders and discovered that the regions of the brain associated with sharing suffering with others can be activated and deactivated. While they normally do lack empathy, they can voluntarily turn it on in order to seduce, charm, and manipulate someone else.