The era of psychopathy: why society is increasingly based on manipulation

A few years ago, sociologist Zygmunt Bauman defined the concept of “liquid modernity”, a company that has achieved sufficient technological development to bring all amenities within reach.

We are saturated with stimuli, information, leisure offers, we live connected to work and everything is so simple with technology, which no longer requires depth or reflection, but simply speed: the need to be adapt quickly, learn quickly, be able to carry out many tasks in a short time … Individualism and the manipulation of the behavior of others prevail by all the means that technological means put at our disposal. The era of psychopathy has dawned.

    The dehumanization of society

    We live in a society that covers a lot and shrinks a little. We have social networks that allow us to contact hundreds of people on a daily basis, but which, thanks to this interface, these exchanges are shallow or insignificant. In fact, today depth is not a value. The value of successful people in many cases lies in the millions they move, the beauty, the material things they hold, or the empty moments they brag about on Instagram.

    If our ancestors needed intelligence to survive in their world, today the need for social intelligence prevails. If language, logic, strategy, arithmetic … have been successfully reproduced in computers and new technologies, it has not been the same for other properly human skills, such as recognition facial, humor, and finally, those skills that require interpersonal exchanges. . However, these qualities can also be affected by the dehumanization of work and relationships.

    In the field of robotics and artificial intelligence, a concept called “disturbing valley”; this suggests that when a humanoid closely resembles a human but not enough (has subtle differences), it creates a sense of discomfort and restlessness in people. It is therefore not surprising that the individuals who today demonstrate a higher social intelligence, a better social mimicry and a better adaptation, and why not a greater capacity for manipulation, go later in life, since their seductive abilities can mask the fact that they evolve in logic. closer to a robot.

    Characteristics such as pragmatism and utilitarianism, superficial charm (see Instagram), individualism and manipulation they are reflected every day in our society in the same way they define the psychopathic personality.

    The New Dynamics of Violence: The Age of Psychopathy

    While violence has declined century by century, crime is a booming stock. And we must insist on the question of violence: while a few centuries ago armies killed each other with clean swords to conquer or usurp other kingdoms, today the borders of neighboring countries are almost entirely respected. and there is even an alliance between them. However, each country keeps an army up its sleeve and increasingly sophisticated weapons “just in case”. The agreements between our leaders are as superficial as their handshakes and fake smiles. And the power that some wield over others is based on economic power.

    Crimes are changing and so we have gone from armed robberies to big business scams, exploitation, political corruption and creating laws that can hide the whole hanger under the rug or scandals that distract the public from the big guys. social problems. .. Psychopathic Ways to Gain Benefit and Power Using Your Neighbor which are becoming more and more common to the point of legalizing the fact that they exchange information and private data with each other.

    Society is changing psychopathically, And the most suitable individual will be the one who today develops the socially valued traits: the one who shows you his best face when everything cares about a pepper, and in particular about you. To understand this superficial charm, this search for the worn and worn out power of others disguised as kindness that dominates the world, this social face of hypocrisy, just watch the first episode of the third season of Black Mirror, Nosedive.

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