James Fallon is a neuroscientist who has spent his career studying psychopaths.
On accident, he learned that his brain had revealed someone who had scan patterns indicative to a psychopath.
He later found out his family history had a long line of people with clear psychopathic behavior.
So what led Fallon away from becoming a diagnostic psychopath?
He says a nurturing environment during childhood.
This is what my friend Bridget said about Fallon’s conclusion:
“This, right here, is why I advocate “attachment”-style parenting. Where you have a genetic predisposition for antisocial behavior, a nurturing, responsive, sensitive caregiver has the potential to mediate the possible harmful effects of those genetics. It’s not so much about breastfeeding or co-sleeping or shunning strollers as it is about treating a child with empathy from the very beginning, so that they learn firsthand how to treat other people.”
This is why we see some children can be conventionally parented without any issues, and some children (especially “high needs” children), need more physical touch and interaction to truly thrive. You know your child better than anyone – do what you know is right for their unique needs.