I received notice of a new blog entry by http://openparachute.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/moral-behavior-in-animals/. First, I recommend that you all visit this blog. It’s very insightful and informative. this particular entry is really neat. In it is a video about the study of primates and others in the animal kingdom, to see if they exhibit a level of morality, determined by their displays of empathy, fairness, compassion, etc. The video is great! you will definitely laugh. It’s done very well and is very cleverly done.
During the ‘yawning‘ study, it sparked a thought for me (as does everything else on the planet)…Franz DeWaal mentions that the fact of yawning being contagious, is actually due to empathy. the response of seeing another yawn, which causes us to yawn, activates the same areas of the brain as does empathy. I wonder if we were to test someone who exhibits traits of Narcissism or Psychopathy (or ASPD) with the ‘yawn’ test, will they in turn, feel the need to yawn too? Or will they, since they obviously lack human traits as a whole, fail to yawn in turn? This just gets curiouser and curiouser… I would love the opportunity to test this theory. I wonder if this could be used by the lay-person, to test someone for Narcissism, Psychopathy or Sociopathy. If their romantic interest doesn’t yawn back, could it be an indicator of these anti-social “isms”? Hmmm… I might try it out on random people just to see what might develop.
Even Elephants display cooperation. chimpanzees show compassion and empathy toward their counterparts. The Narcissist and psychopath cannot. They seem to be less evolved than our animal neighbors. Truly a thought-provoking subject.
Completely off the topic…
Today at work one of the guys who works with my X came into my store for a class. He made a point to come up to me and talk with me. He said they “miss my smily face” around there. He asked how I’ve been and how I like my new position. I had great things to say, and included lots of smiles. It was refreshing for me. I hold nothing against those who work with my x. The opinions they have of me aren’t because of me. They only know what has been portrayed by the Psychopath among them. I care about every one of them and hold no animosity toward anyone there…except for the obvious individual. The monster will forever be a monster. It’s not their fault that they have been duped by him.
All in all a great day today.
- Moral behavior in animals (openparachute.wordpress.com)
- Evolving morality? (conversationinfaith.wordpress.com)
- Science overturns view of humans as naturally ‘nasty’ (mnn.com)
- Empathy and Spirituality (secularseeker.com)
- Yawns – What Yawning Says About You – Self Development Blog [Dr JOY Madden] (ecademy.com)