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Every person has a unique personality that is initially determined by their genes As genes are passed from parent to offspring predispositions for unique personality traits are passed as well Barbara Oakley investigates in her 2007 book Evil Genes the role genes play in the minds of successful people who exhibit malignant narcissism This term has often been synonymous with Machiavellianism and describes people who use their personal success to justify their manipulation of others Oakley also argues that vindictive and narcissistic personalities are advantageous in gaining political success Carolyn the authors sister is also mentioned throughout the book as an amoral person with borderline personality disorderBarbara Oakley was born November 24 1955 She pursued her BSc in bioengineering at Washington University after completing wartime service in 1976 She received her BSc as well as her MSc and PhD at Oakland University in 1977 1986 and 1995 respectively Oakley was dubbed the female Indiana Jones because of her encounter with the KGB a Russian spy agency She also spent a few seasons on Soviet fishing trawlers as a translator and worked as a radio operator in Antarctica She wrote Evil Genes for the purpose of explaining her sisters mental condition and how most mental illnesses are a result of unfortunate genetics Barbara Oakley eventually became the vice-president of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society She has also applied her education and international experience to write two other books that communicated well researched information on human biopsychologyEvil Genes begins with a description of Carolyn the authors sister Carolyn was a woman that suffered from sub-clinical borderline personality disorder For most of her life she did not seem empathetic for the people she hurt Carolyn even accompanied her mothers boyfriend to Paris after discovering about their relationship and maliciously stealing him from her Actions with neither a moral compass nor empathy stemmed from Carolyns genetics and the author gives an overview of serotonin and
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