Psychopaths: How People with No Conscience Affect Our Lives & How To Deal With Them
This is a fascinating free introduction webinar to a 6-week online course which will cover the many facets of the psychopathic personality. We will explore how we might live better in a world where people with this condition seem to be gaining prominence.
As the presenter, Dr. Aaron Kipnis, puts it the aim of the course is to empower participants to find more sanity in what seems to be becoming an increasingly insane world.
In his book, Without Conscience, Robert Hare argues that we live in a camouflage society, in which some psychopathic traits – egocentricity, lack of concern for others, superficiality, style over substance, being “cool”, manipulativeness, and so forth – increasingly are tolerated and even valued.
Cold-blooded and remorseless psychopaths who blend into all aspects of society have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of business, politics, law enforcement, government, academia and other social structures where they often have devastating impacts on people around them.
We invite you to join this free introduction webinar during which Aaron will give a taste of what participants can expect to learn during the full 6-week online course. It will not only explore our cultural fascination with psychopaths, but also arm participants to identify psychopathic traits and to better understand how they can affect their everyday lives and personal relationships. It will also examine a range of positive, pro-social, anti-psychopathy trends in our culture – how the opposite end of the psychopathic spectrum brings hopeful movements like extreme altruism, radical philanthropy and conscious compassion.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Aaron Kipnis is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor Emeritus at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of four acclaimed books, an international speaker, producer of an award-winning documentary film and a produced playwright. Many of his past works address themes directly relevant to this webinar. Aaron has been an advisor to the Little Hover Commission on Youth Violence, Harvard Medical School, the California Youth Authority and many other organizations concerned with violence prevention. He lives with his family on Salt Spring Island, B.C.