Sin & Psyche by S. M. Hutchens

Mortal Remains

Sin & Psyche

by S. M. Hutchens

In 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.

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