Fantasising about killing your boss is normal, says leading psychologist

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 08 June 2019, 11:25 AM
Fantasising about killing your boss is normal (Photo: Instagram)
Fantasising about killing your boss is normal (Photo: Instagram)

Give a shout-out if you at one point of time might have let the Mr. Hyde side of you hover around your mind while at work. As it turns out fantasising about killing your boss is fairly normal, and may suggest you’re merely more advanced in evolutionary terms, according to a leading psychologist. According to a leading psychologist from University College London, more than half of employees have, at a certain point imagined killing a person they know. But fret not before you are on lookout for your colleagues because the thoughts of you carrying out the deadly dead are unlikely.

Physiologists add that the more you think about carrying out the deadly deed we are reminded more of the dire consequences that awaits and are hence for the most time, end up just being on the mind of the person harbouring the thoughts.

According to research by Dr Julia Shaw, from UCL, a common subject of murder fantasies are employers and ex-partners, as the Independent reports.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Dr Shaw said, ‘’Most of us don’t engage in murder ever, luckily. Murder fantasies are an empathy exercise.

You think things through, you imagine what the consequences would be, you imagine what it might be like to go through with it – and guess what your decision generally is? ‘I don’t want to do that, because those are not the consequences I would like’’.

She also added that it can be wrong to describe most murderers as ‘evil’, adding that the actions they commit are often the result of a loss of control or a one-off mistake.

Some psychologists, in fact, suggest that fantasising about killing someone is a positive step forward in human advancement. They suggested that people have learned to adapt and think about the dire consequences more, rather than relentlessly going through with the act as our primal self might have done.

First Published: Saturday, June 08, 2019 11:24 AM

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