Are psychopaths toxic? This is a question that I get somewhat frequently. Others want to believe that the psychopath is irredeemable; that we are pariahs that deserve no human contact. The answer that I give is that it depends. Are we talking about the unsuccessful psychopaths that line our prison walls or our more adapted kin that have learned to succeed in life, warts and all? Ultimately the onus of any interpersonal relationship with a psychopath must reside with the neurotypical. We don’t blame the stove if someone touches it while it is hot, now do we?