Sunday, January 21, 2007

Know Anybody Like This?

I don't write like this:

Sociopathy is chiefly characterized by something wrong with the person's conscience. They either don't have one, it's full of holes like Swiss cheese, or they are somehow able to completely neutralize or negate any sense of conscience or future time perspective. Sociopaths only care about fulfilling their own needs and desires - selfishness and egocentricity to the extreme. (...)Everything and everybody else is mentally twisted around in their minds as objects to be used in fulfilling their own needs and desires. They often believe they are doing something good for society, or at least nothing that bad. The term "sociopath" is frequently used by psychologists and sociologists alike in referring to persons whose unsocialized character is due primarily to parental failures (usually fatherlessness) rather than an inherent feature of temperament. As Stout (2005) indicates, it only takes three of the following to be defined as a sociopath, and some common sociopathic traits include:

List of Common Sociopathic Traits
Egocentricity; Callousness; Impulsivity; Conscience defect; Exaggerated sexuality; Excessive boasting; Risk taking; Inability to resist temptation; Antagonistic, deprecating attitude toward the opposite sex; Lack of interest in bonding with a mate

Oh there's more

I'm not going to say a thing.

3 comments:

Zak J. said...

So 8% of the general public is either APD, sociopathic, or outright psychopathic.

You just KNOW it's at least double that for people in politics. Here were some more choice descriptions that I think point toward a particular pol:

Sense of entitlement; Unremorseful; Apathetic to others; Unconscionable behavior; Blameful of others; Manipulative and conning; Affectively cold; Disparate understanding; Socially irresponsible; Disregardful of obligations; Nonconforming to norms; Irresponsible

Egad.

Chuck Butcher said...

Thanks Zak,
there's also:
alcohol or drug abuse

About 30 years ago I took two 5 credit hour Psychology courses as electives (that was dumb) and I remembered a little, enough to go hunting for this little gem. Some terminology has changed alot.

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