more on empathy

by Andrea Elizabeth

I’ve been watching a lot of The Justice Network‘s real life detective shows. One thing that strikes me about killers in denial is that they are very focused on their own innocence and self-centered “how could I” situation, and show no regard for the victim. They make light of the time and place where a person’s, often their wife’s, mortal life has ended. Unless it’s staged grief. They’ve caught a few in this ability to turn it on and off when the detective leaves the interrogation room and the suspect doesn’t know he’s on camera. Killers are sociopaths who lack the ability to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. They can learn this, however. Yesterday’s episode had one confessing 20 years later out of remorse.