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Antisocial Behavior and Psychopathy (Grand Rapids)

January 28, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Join us for a lecture on Antisocial Behavior and Psychopathy: Nature, Nurture, and Safety by Joshua Colby.

Have you ever been injured, conned, deceived, or otherwise harmed by someone that “seemed so nice”? A surprising number of people in our society act without the constraints of conscience is spite of appearing to be no different than the average empathetic and law abiding person. These individuals have a Personality Disorder that is often referred to as psychopathy. It appears to be persistent through life and often leads to a great deal of pain for the Psychopath in a society that cannot trust them and for the unsuspecting victims they encounter.

Recent research has provided remarkable insights into the minds of these individuals demonstrating that genetic risk factors, differences in emotional experience, and differences in recognition and processing of the emotions of others contribute to the development of this disorder. While it is not possible to predict with certainty who is or will be a psychopath, it is increasingly clear that they exist and are unlikely to change. As a society we must struggle with the line between safety and stigma between individual freedom and the good of society while walking through life with people who know the difference between right actions and wrong actions while lacking the motivation to act according to that knowledge.

This presentation will focus on the prevalence and causes of the disorder, examples of psychopathy in daily life, attempts to treat the disorder, and suggestions for avoiding victimization.

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After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Joshua Colby

Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Joshua Colby is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor. He has worked with diverse populations struggling with Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Disorders. Since 2010 he has worked in a correctional setting helping individuals at risk of recidivism reenter society and avoid future arrests and incarcerations. He is interested in the causes of antisocial behavior and in helping at risk individuals develop skills that will allow them to reduce harm to others and the chronic consequences from their behaviors that disrupt their lives.