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  •  The term has a strict definition (0+ / 0-)

    Everyone who uses it as you describe is flat out wrong.

    •  "Sociopath" is becoming the socially acceptable (0+ / 0-)

      way of calling someone an asshole. Ms. Foxx is definitely one of those!

      If it's
      Not your body,
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      And it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 07:06:04 PM PDT

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      •  not without a think layer of hyperbole (0+ / 0-)

        As a psych disorder it's technically a medical condition.  

        Saying an asshole is a sociopath is like saying someone with a cold has cancer.  I run a mental health support forum and have had unfortunate run ins with people who have more obscure Axis-II disorders.  Trust me, if you'd ever encountered anyone like this, you would not be making the error of conflating them with assholes.  

        •  Just read this on the first Google hit for (0+ / 0-)

          "sociopath."

          Glibness and Superficial Charm

          Manipulative and Conning
          They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

          Grandiose Sense of Self
          Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."

          Pathological Lying
          Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

          Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
          A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

          Shallow Emotions
          When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

          Incapacity for Love

          Need for Stimulation
          Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

          Callousness/Lack of Empathy
          Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

          Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
          Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

          Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
          Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

          Irresponsibility/Unreliability
          Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

          Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
          Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

          Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
          Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

          Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
          Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

          Unless I am very much mistaken, this describes most conservatives, and their candidates, to a tee.

          -9.63, 0.00
          I am not a purity troll. I am a purity warrior.

          by nobody at all on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 10:51:42 PM PDT

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          •  Where did you get your psych degree? (1+ / 0-)
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            Caj

            It's a diagnosis that has to be made by a qualified mental health care professional after many hours of testing.

            Besides, for something to qualify as a psych disorder it must interfere with the individual's ability to function in society.

            Also, there are exceptions carved out for socially normative behavior.  We can't say that conservatives are sociopaths for the same reason we can't say that Christians are psychotic for believing in magical sky people.  It's behavior practiced by such a wide swath of society that can't be defined as abnormal by any standard.
             

            •  Don't have a psych degree, (0+ / 0-)

              so think of it not as a diagnosis, but as an adjective.

              And social normativity is a different question from the question of ethics and consequences. Think of a Godwin if you want a great example of a situation in which society can and is collectively behaving in a way that must be stopped. Were they insane or weren't they? Does it matter?

              Call the (R) party and its members, then, non-clinical sociopathic, with these issues being serious enough to cause macrosocial dysfunction. It's so bad they can't function as society/would destroy society with their normative positions.

              And if psych is this socially constructionist, then it's hardly more than a way to legitimate domination—a conflict theory playground.

              -9.63, 0.00
              I am not a purity troll. I am a purity warrior.

              by nobody at all on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 08:42:28 PM PDT

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              •  well, you're wrong (0+ / 0-)

                Smearing people you disagree with by accusing them of having a medical condition is ableist, plain and simple.

                Besides, are you really ready to say that everyone other than atheists are mentally ill?

                •  I'd have to think about it for a while to be sure, (0+ / 0-)

                  but yes, I'd be inclined at first glance to say that religious devotion and observation is a form of mental illness, though this thread isn't about religion so I don't quite know where you're coming from. The reference to Godwin, if that's what you're talking about, is meant to point you toward Godwin's Law. Google it.

                  -9.63, 0.00
                  I am not a purity troll. I am a purity warrior.

                  by nobody at all on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 12:13:34 PM PDT

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