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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Have you Hugged a Psychopath Today? - 28sep21

Have you hugged a psychopath today?

Why would you?

In a word,


The dopamine oriented reward system

of the reptilian brain

can drive many aggressive behaviors.

But did you know

that the oxytocin oriented reward system

of the mammalian brain

could help even psychopaths

to shift gears out of competition and cruelty

and into cooperation and compassion?

Mammals are wired to release this oxytocin

as a result of non-sexual cuddling.

We hug psychopaths not because they deserve it.

But to help them better cope with their atypical wiring,

that they may become more deserving of it.

I wonder how the ever-cranky Mace Windu

could have benefitted

from regular cuddle therapy.

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with a simple

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