- A group of people comprising about 1 600 participants who were asked about their compliance with and attitude to mask wearing
- Within the group, about 400 people showed no empathy and care for the feelings of others when it came to wearing masks, showing sociopathic tendencies
- Healthline defines a sociopath as someone who has antisocial personality disorder who cannot understand others’ feelings
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People who refuse to wear face masks as one of the measures against the global coronavirus may be sociopaths, a new study has discovered.
Healthline defines a sociopath as someone who has an antisocial personality disorder and cannot understand others’ feelings.
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1 578 adult participating volunteers
Professor Fabiano Miguel and colleagues at Londrina State University discovered that people who do not wear masks exhibit similar traits as sociopaths, The Mirror reported.
The team asked 1 578 adult Brazilian volunteers to fill in two questionnaires often used by psychologists to assess empathy and expose personality disorders.
One of the things the researchers wanted to find out was the participants' compliance with and attitude to rules and guidelines designed to contain the virus.
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They were also asked if they believed the wearing of a face mask, keeping social distance and frequent hand washing were necessary to beat the Covid-19 virus.
The study groups were divided into two categories before taking several online personality tests between March and June, 2020.
The first group had about 1 200 people who had showed empathy and deeper interest in understanding other people's feelings and motivations. The other group comprised about 400 participants who exhibited signs of antisocial personality disorder; this was considered the sociopath group.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization recommended that people wear masks in public and when around people they do not live with. This is one of the ways to help slow the spread of the virus.
However, masks should not be worn by children under age two or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
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