Atheism and psychopathy

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The perverse and cruel atheist Marquis de Sade in prison, 18th century line engraving. See: Atheism and sadism

Psychopathy is strongly correlated with crime, violence, and antisocial behavior.[1][2] See also: Irreligion, psychopathy, crime, violence and antisocial behavior

A psychopath is someone with an anti-social personality disorder characterized by violent, perverted or immoral behavior often leading to criminality. Psychopaths have little or no concern for other people. Some psychopaths equate love with sexual arousal.[3]

A 2016 study relating to atheism and psychopathy published in Plus One indicates:

Similarly, a survey of 312 college students examining the relationship between Religious/Spiritual Well-Being (RSWB) and ‘dark triad’ personality traits found that “RSWB was confirmed to be negatively correlated with these negative aspects of personality, in particular with subclinical psychopathy.”

...moral concern is associated with a spiritual worldview.[4]

According to the 2014 journal article Correlates of psychopathic personality traits in everyday life: results from a large community survey published in the journal Frontiers of Psychology lack of belief in God is positively associated with psychopathy.[5]

Atheists, psychopaths and genetics

In 2012, a Georgetown University study was published indicating that in the United States about 30 percent of those who grow up in an atheist household remain atheists as adults.[6] See also: Atheism and its retention rate in individuals

There is growing evidence that some psychopathic behavior may be partly genetically caused and heritable.[7][8][9]

Social science research on antitheists

See also: Antitheism and antisocial behavior and Atheism and narcissism

Social science research indicates that anti-theists score the highest among atheists when it comes to personality traits such as narcissism, dogmatism, and anger.[10][11] Furthermore, they scored lowest when it comes to agreeableness and positive relations with others.[12]

Atheism and lower empathy

Young mass murderers and atheism

See also: Young mass murderers

A significant portion of the recent incidents involving young mass murderers have involved atheists.

Irreligion, psychopathy, crime, violence and antisocial behavior

See also: Irreligion, psychopathy, crime, violence and antisocial behavior

Psychopathy is strongly correlated with crime, violence, and antisocial behavior.[1][2]

For information related to irreligion and crime/violence/antisocial behavior, please see the resources below:

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  1. 1.0 1.1 (2005) Handbook of Psychopathy. Guilford Press, 440–3. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Coid, Jeremy; Yang, Min; Ullrich, Simone; Roberts, Amanda; Moran, Paul; Bebbington, Paul; Brugha, Traolach; Jenkins, Rachel et al. (May 2009). "Psychopathy among prisoners in England and Wales". International Journal of Law and Psychiatry (Elsevier Ltd) 32 (3): 134–41. doi:10.1016/j.ijlp.2009.02.008. PMID 19345418. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/24256789_Psychopathy_among_prisoners_in_England_and_Wales. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  3. Robert D. Hare (2011). Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us. Guilford Press, 52. ISBN 978-16062-35782. 
  4. Why Do You Believe in God? Relationships between Religious Belief, Analytic Thinking, Mentalizing and Moral Concern by Anthony Ian Jack , Jared Parker Friedman, Richard Eleftherios Boyatzis, Scott Nolan Taylor, Plus One, March 23, 2016
  5. Correlates of psychopathic personality traits in everyday life: results from a large community survey by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Robert D. Latzman, Ashley L. Watts, Sarah F. Smith, and Kevin Dutton, Frontiers of Psychology, 2014
  6. Study: Atheists Have Lowest 'Retention Rate' Compared to Religious Groups
  7. The psycho gene, Embo Reports, 2010
  8. A single gene has been linked with being a psychopath — and it’s very controversial, Business Insider, 2015
  9. Psychopathic personality traits: heritability and genetic overlap with internalizing and externalizing psychopathology, Psychological Medicine, 2006
  10. Science Shows New Atheists to be Mean and Closed-Minded
  11. Why Sam Harris is Unlikely to Change his Mind by JONATHAN HAIDT, February 3, 2014 8:36 pm
  12. Science Shows New Atheists to be Mean and Closed-Minded