Gifted people who commit acts of violence against themselves and others are relatively few in number. In the past decade, neuroscience has given us far greater awareness of the underlying biochemical correlates of our emotional states and the behaviors they arouse in us. People differ greatly not only in the expression of these states and behaviors, but also in the balance of a variety of neurotransmitters in the brain. When certain neurotransmitters are out of balance in an individual's central nervous system, he or she can become hypersensitive to life's tribulations and react in unpredictable and dramatic ways. In addition, it seems that true psychopaths (those with antisocial personality disorder) habituate so quickly to stimuli that they are forever bored and restless. Nothing can arouse ...

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