A new study has explored the relationship between psychopathy and subjective well-being – exploring the question of whether psychopaths are happy, and if they can love.

The researchers of the topic asked 431 students aged 18-47 to rate their interpersonal relationships, using indicators such as a trust, commitment, romance, and wellbeing. This was used to differentiate criminal psychopaths from nonviolent psychopaths. They questioned that if psychopathy indicates you can’t care about anyone but yourself, is happiness still attainable.

The research concluded that the higher the participant scored on the psychopathy spectrum, the less happy and more inclined to depressive tendencies they were. Psychology students should investigate the relationship between social relationships and happiness, which psychopaths may lack.

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