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I’ve heard it’s common for psychopaths not to yawn when someone else dose it, it’s because it is linked to empathy and emotions. Is it the same for you guys?

[–] possumpoltergeist I N I T I AT E (2 points, 2 years ago)

I’m super susceptible to catching yawns. I catch yawns from myself just thinking about them. I am yawning as I type this. This doesn’t happen to me with anything else, like laughing, crying, vomiting, etc.

Clickbaity sites and other forms of media love to prey on NTs morbid curiosities and fears with things like “How to Find Out if Your Coworker is a Psychopath” but the actual “tips” are almost always ridiculous. 9 times out of 10 they’re something an intern made up after skimming google over lunch break.

[–] yukiyooo (1 point, 2 years ago)

I don’t really notice when people yawn now that we all wear masks. But I think I used to yawn when others did.

[–] throwthebisc (1 point, 2 years ago)

Yes but I guess it has more to do with the mirror response and being “trained” to cue in on peoples’ emotions.

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[–] voidofeverything (2 points, 2 years ago)

Coming from the other side, I am not a sociopath but don’t yawn when others do. I’ve heard people yawn even when reading about it which seems crazy to me. I used to think it was a social myth that yawns were “contagious”, like how in lots of shows someone throws up and then everyone else does too, I thought it was an exaggeration like that.

My point here is that not yawning when others do shouldn’t be taken as a definitive sign someone is a psycho/sociopath (I’ve seen people say it is before like it’s a fact).

[–] sailsaucy P R I E S T (2 points, 2 years ago)

Frequently but not always. I think it’s one of those adaptations I’ve learned over the years. Someone yawns, you’re supposed to yawn so you pretend to yawn (if it doesn’t happen to occur naturally).

It’s like if someone sneezes I automatically say “bless you” even if it’s some stranger on the other side of a large room that won’t hear me. It’s a habit.

[–] itsuknowncai (2 points, 2 years ago)

We don’t lack all emotions though it’s more empathy than emotion

[–] MaryQueenOfScotland S (2 points, 2 years ago)

I know that’s why I but empathy in my post

[–] itsuknowncai (2 points, 2 years ago)

U said émotions and empathy

[–] itsuknowncai (1 point, 2 years ago)

I’m always tired so idk lmao

[–] [deleted] (1 point, 2 years ago)

You are asking to sociopaths not psychopaths. I am one and can’t say its 100% true depends on how tired i am how crowded the room is if i am on edge or busy with something.

[–] BetteMale (3 points, 2 years ago)

I do it but I mirror people alot.

[–] ishapereality AC O LY T E (15 points, 2 years ago)

It’s actually a misconception and nothing but a rumor.

Just like it’s a misconception that we lack emotions. We lack empathy, sure; we don’t lack emotions.

To be fair I’ve tried times where I haven’t yawned and times where I have. I don’t have a concrete answer to what percentage is higher

But I’ll just say it’s nothing but bias.

Just like you can’t determine someone is an empath because they did yawn.

[–] harryholla AC O LY T E (3 points, 2 years ago)

There have been studies but I’m also extremely skeptical of any study. I’d hypothesize there’s something to it, probably something to do with our mirror neurons firing less but until a rigorous study is done who knows and it’s not really important enough to interest people in funding one. I think having less of a startle response is a sign of ASPD as well and for me that’s extremely true.

[–] bluDesu (4 points, 2 years ago)

well yeah the results can vary from person to person, like with almost anything else. But I’m pretty sure it’s not just a rumor, I’ve heard it being said and talked about by professionals and have been directed by said professionals to study papers on the subject.

I’m not agreeing not disagreeing with u but just sharing my take and experience on the matter.

[–] username66613 (2 points, 2 years ago)

No I didn’t know that was connected to aspd but if it is that explains it

[–] Rude-Faithlessness73 (3 points, 2 years ago)

Mirror neurons. People with ASPD don’t usually connect to others, such as understanding a joke. Masking or trained behaviors may lead someone to do it. But it is part of the reason that sometimes people sense that someone is off. For me, I don’t think that it matters. I exist and live however I want. I can mask, and do change my personality or behavior to match the situation. But that is based on my motivation and desire to do so. What is the benefit? What do I get out of it? What is the risk or reward?

[–] username66613 (3 points, 2 years ago)

Ok I looked it up it makes sense I have autism and aspd both disorders affect empathy and both can lead to the yawn thing I’ve aways heard yawning is contagious but I’ve never seen someone yawn and felt any thing I thought people thought yawning was contagious but that was just a myth it isnt actually contagious thats interesting so people automatically yawn or feel a strong need to just seeing someone else do it.

[–] Rude-Faithlessness73 (3 points, 2 years ago)

It is part with your autonomic nervous system. But you are right, ASD and ASPD are similar in affect, empathy, and social cues.

[–] SmallPurpleBeast I N I T I AT E (5 points, 2 years ago)

I assumed it was something everyone just choose to do on purpose until a few years ago. It’s a habit at this point, sort of like opening doors for women

[–] MaryQueenOfScotland S (4 points, 2 years ago)

Yeah that’s how I feel

[–] jisei_ I N S I D E R (16 points, 2 years ago)

As I clicked to comment and say that it does happen often, I yawned, lol.