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Finding Psychopathy in Unexpected Places

Most people think that the term “psychopath” applies only to hardened criminals. However, psychopathic traits show up in surprising places, including the offices of successful business executives. Ronson’s book, “The Psychopath Test,” astutely raises questions not only about psychopathy but about the validity and possible misuse of psychiatric diagnoses. Read More

Nice post

I haven't read the book but I just might, I've seen an interview he gave about the it, very interesting. :)

I spent most of my life oblivious about what sociopaths/psychopaths (or malignant narcissists) were exactly. But events that took place in these last few years of my life led me to delve into the subject.
In the past I was critical of some experts objectifying psychos, referring to them as "things", or something of the type. It seemed like name-calling bordering the unprofessional. But nowadays I'm more empathetic about it, I tend to see this as a psychological defense needed to safeguard one's sanity when dealing with them. Everything I regard as making someone a person doesn't apply to them. And no, I'm not quick to profile them, I think it's a very serious diagnosis, it's very important to be aware of the other dozens of prognosis which might resemble psychopathy in one way or another but are something else. One may not care to be called a psycho if he actually is one(but then he/she isn't affected by much else at all anyway), but if he/she is not, then this is absolutely the worst(I mean it, the worst) label possible. I'd say, something like L'etranger by Camus times ten.

"The field of abnormal

"The field of abnormal psychology is full of danger zones in which erroneous diagnoses may be too loosely applied or serious diagnoses missed."

Really. Too bad the author limited the field of "abnormal" psychology to being one full of danger zones when the entire industry of psychology lacks much in the way of having a healthy perspective. Why, for example are psychologist, social workers, and head shrinks with failed medical degrees so fascinated with those who may possess an anti-social personality disorder? As if that boss no one likes takes pleasure in firing you then they must also be the cliche serial killer next door as well.

If anything the psychological field is full of a lot of things and little of them are beneficial to society which is why I think (and still believe) that psychology has lost its purpose and turned into another profit-for-others-misery enterprise. With all the studies that go on in this field I like to see one done where misdiagnosing has led to real emotional and/or psychological damage of those unfortunate who have gone through such an experience. Shame the psychological field has become and thinks too much on being a business rather than a humanitarian need.

And just how many social workers, psychologist, whatever are anti-social themselves? How many of them enjoy see the suffering of their clients? How many of them self-medicate, engage in promiscuous sex or drive reckless, or get tremendous satisfaction in screwing over their fellow co-worker for a higher clinical position? What a perfect job to be in. To me, that's how a "serious diagnosis" of a client can be misused yet the psychological field rarely holds a mirror up to itself and begins to realize how fucked it all really is.

Psychopath " party of one , right this way ."

The thin path between Normal and psycho . Or is it just the everyday crazy person we all have been one time or another . How does one decide . Or do we ., Do we wait, trust instinct or the last run .
The truth of the matter Every psychopathss has walked among us at sometime or another (it seems the individuals with thequintessentiale seem to get caught . In that alone this is a bit unsettling . The others are nomads within society .

Psychopathy, the genetic

Psychopathy, the genetic brain defect in areas of the brain required for am advanced social species. The ticking time bomb responsible for the majority of crimes against people, the balance between criminal act and peaceful coexistent not learning but frustration, the greater the frustration the more violent the outcome, a broken phone charger is enough to the final trigger in a murderous response.
Interesting side note, psychopaths also like getting into psychiatry and psychology as it gives them greater opportunity to manipulate people. Psychopaths will always work to hide and protect their subspecies, they know who they are and they know the harm they cause.

Sociopathy is not on a Continuum nor is it "caused" by nurture

I really don't understand how people believe that there is a spectrum for those who lack a conscience. You either have one or your don't; you can't have "just a little bit of" or "mostly" a conscience.

It is my personal belief that sociopaths/psychopaths (those people/or another species, rather, without a conscience) can be described as the opposite of perfect (if people want a spectrum), with all of the varying degrees of empathy in between. Sociopaths/Psychopaths are not human in regard to how most people think of humanity. When sociopaths/psychopaths are referred to as people who are "losing their humanity", it's quite ironic because they never had it in the first place.

Regarding them being diagnosed, however, it is my understanding that it is not common. What sociopath/psychopath is going to walk into a counseling session anyway? (Unless they have something major to gain and believe - of course - that no one will suspect anything but normalcy of them -- which isn't far off from accurate for an unsuspecting counselor and lover.)

Also, a lot of the literature that one can find on sociopaths/psychopaths make it pretty clear that this is not something of nurture (or rather, lack thereof), but rather nature. How can one lose a conscience?

This is a label that very

This is a label that very well may apply to my ex-husband. He was able to manipulate, lie, and steal for years with no one being the wiser. He was arrested for felony bigamy and slithered his way right through the system. Throughout the divorce, he showed no empathy for anyone. It is impossible to diagnose from afar, but if the shoe fits...

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Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her latest book is The Search for Fulfillment.


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