If I were to point out psychopaths have certain advantages over us, some of you would know what I mean. You’d nod your head, stroke your chin and say ah, yes, you have heard that CEOs are more likely to be psychopaths. They are better at making the hard choices, you’d say, because they don’t think like us.
You’d be right in saying all this. Psychopaths (probably not the homicidal variety, though) make great executives. They make tough calls without even blinking.
But that’s not what I’m talking about. This advantage goes beyond the boardroom.
Think about it – the rest of us lose our cool at each other or get bored with our kids. If you don’t process emotions normally, though, it can make you incredibly patient.
Many psychopaths see our dramas for what they are – petty and unimportant.
Now, I hope I don’t sound envious. Psychopaths face their own issues and, besides, I’m quite attached to my attachments. But I’m not going to lie – there’s a certain freedom in rising above the emotional quagmire of social life.
Of course, you don’t need to lose empathy to get that result.
In fact, you can increase your empathy even as you escape the circus.
It’s the meditator’s advantage and it comes with its own sublime benefits. Detachment from problems with attachment to things that matter. And the best part is this is something you can learn. A little bit of mind training will get you there. In fact, you might start to see benefits the same day you begin.
What sort of benefits?
Everything we talked about here, plus a juicy pile more. If you’re stick of attracting and suffering through drama, then here’s how to free yourself from it: