Sin & Psyche
by S. M. HutchensIn the February 6, 2018 issue of Public Discourse, the website of the Witherspoon Institute, Jose A. Bufill, M.D., wrote:
. . . increasing evidence suggests that a small fraction of human beings are, in fact, morally incapacitated. From an early age, nothing restrains them from engaging in deceit, manipulation, and violence.
These conscience-free individuals first came to the attention of psychologists studying hardened criminals, but it's become increasingly apparent that many—perhaps most—remain in society. And they extract a toll of conflict and suffering disproportionate to their numbers. Only now are psychologists beginning to realize who they are and how they operate.
One might call the condition described by Dr. Bufill as a process of . . .
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