Are Psychopaths Really Smart People?

Research addresses some popular myths about psychopaths’ abilities.

When lay people think about a psychopath, they may, quite reasonably, think of someone who’s potentially very dangerous, or even evil. Yet they may also picture someone who’s highly intelligent. However, research shows that psychopaths are no more likely to be highly intelligent than the average person. So why does this misconception occur? Popular culture, with its frequent portrayals of “evil genius” characters, may be partly to blame. Yet this misconception might also reflect something about the…