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What is a sociopath ?


This article is simply an introduction to the subject.

A sociopath can be more than just the rapists and serial killers you see on the news. They can be your family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or even your soul mate. Sociopaths are manipulative and charming. When you first meet them, you think they are well-groomed, but in reality, they will bury lies and secrets beneath the mask they show to society of a well-mannered person just like everyone else.

If you are wondering what is sociopath, then the answer is complicated as this is actually an incredibly complex personality disorder. The condition is hard to diagnose due to the wide range of maladaptive behavior sociopaths display. Instead of being a single trait, sociopathy is a syndrome, a whole cluster of symptoms related to each other. A certain number of these symptoms must be present for a person to be diagnosed as a sociopath.

What is a sociopath? As an essential step to understand sociopath, getting to know the definition is necessary. Sociopaths are people who have antisocial personality disorder and demonstrate a pattern of disregard that is pervasive, particularly in terms of the feelings and rights of others.

Part 1: What is a Sociopath ?

Most people consider sociopaths to be criminals, but while it is possible, this is not a requirement for a diagnosis as having antisocial personality disorder. Instead, the patient must show a specific set of behaviors consistently (both in set circumstances and over time) and be over 18.

sincere compliment

Hi Skinner, EarlG and Elad,

I'm sure you've seen a few of my gripes. That's not what this is all about.

You guys have an awesome website. I love this place, as do many other DU'ers. Thank you for putting up with tons of BS over the years. I know people are constantly complaining about subject XYZ, but just know, some of us really do appreciate the hard work.

This is totally sincere. So... let in soak in for a while. Thanks.


African-American group: a positive thread and post, I hope


Easter, my second mother

I hope I don't regret this thread. I'm baring my soul a bit.

From 1958 to 1991, Easter worked at my home as a maid. She was African-American. She was born in 1920, so she had experienced Jim Crow in full intensity.

Easter truly loved me. She hugged me. She kissed me. She cooked for me. She asked about me. She worried about me. " Steebie ", she used to call me. I loved that woman. I truly did. I cried when she died, and went to her funeral service at her church.

Of course, she was not my mother. My own mother died in 2007. However, Easter did a lot for me, out of the goodness of her huge heart. She was a long-suffering soul, having a daughter who, apparently, had many problems. Her daughter was very very grief-stricken when she passed.

Ok, I'm rambling now. My family did as much as we could for her, because we all cared for her. Could we have done more ? I suppose. Hindsight is always 20/20.

Hopefully this thread will help one person. I hope so. It is done with all good intents.

Have a good day, sincerely.


I posted this in GD on 12-7-2014. I hope this makes at least one person smile and makes at least one person have a better day. God bless this group.


my son's mother has come down with breast cancer again

She's already done one complete round of chemo, surgery, and radiation in the past, and it went away for a while.

I fear for her future.

For the record...

I do not do any alerts on anyone insulting me, getting ultra-snarky, etc. I might put you on ignore, but I don't do alerts. As God is my witness, that's the truth.

Only mirt-able trolls and clear personal attacks are alert-worthy to me, but I'm not going to alert on you. However, someone else might. If I disagree intensely with you, I'm damn sure not going to alert on you, unless you say something racist, homophobic, sexist, etc. If you're a HRC supporter or Chaffee supporter or O'Malley supporter, it's all good. Let's be civil and promote our candidates POSITIVELY.

tl,dr: I'm doing my very best not to touch the alert button, and I have not alerted on anyone in days.

question about cell phones getting wet

If you accidentally get your cell phone really wet, will it lose all audio and text capabilities or retain text capability ? I would think it would be totally ruined unless you can fix it somehow.


how is everyone doing ?

I'm about a 4. Rough few days. Waiting for med refill.

How are you ?

xpost from GD: Why was Malcolm X important ?


I confess, I don't know the complete answer to that question. To kick us off, here's wiki:



Malcolm X has been described as one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history. He is credited with raising the self-esteem of black Americans and reconnecting them with their African heritage. He is largely responsible for the spread of Islam in the black community in the United States. Many African Americans, especially those who lived in cities in the Northern and Western United States, felt that Malcolm X articulated their complaints concerning inequality better than the mainstream civil rights movement did. One biographer says that by giving expression to their frustration, Malcolm X "made clear the price that white America would have to pay if it did not accede to black America's legitimate demands."

In the late 1960s, increasingly radical black activists based their movements largely on Malcolm X and his teachings. The Black Power movement, the Black Arts Movement, and the widespread adoption of the slogan "Black is beautiful" can all trace their roots to Malcolm X.

In 1963 Malcolm X began a collaboration with Alex Haley on his life story, The Autobiography of Malcolm X. He told Haley, "If I'm alive when this book comes out, it will be a miracle", and indeed, Haley completed and published it some months after the assassination.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was a resurgence of interest in his life among young people. Hip-hop groups such as Public Enemy adopted Malcolm X as an icon, and his image was displayed in hundreds of thousands of homes, offices, and schools, as well as on T-shirts and jackets. This wave peaked in 1992 with the release of the film Malcolm X, an adaptation of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

In 1998 TIME Magazine named The Autobiography of Malcolm X one of the ten most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century.

I'd say he was extremely important. A very interesting guy. What are your thoughts ?

African American Group: Most Racist States In the U.S


This list is probably not valid , but something to chew on anyway.

1- Mississippi

2- Alabama

3- Texas

4- Tennessee

5- Louisiana

6- Georgia

7- Kentucky

8- Missouri

9- Arkansas

10- Oklahoma

I was surprised not to see Florida, because rural Florida and the northern panhandle are pretty damn old school southern.

Let's see, several members of the AA group are on hide....

Funny how the AA community gets all these hides and timeouts. Funny how outspoken feminists get hides and timeouts.

I see the pattern, clear as day. Shut up, sit down, worship the correct god, and don't make waves, or else. Don't you dare address a perception of a GROUP of people, which does not necessarily include a member of that group who feels annoyed or angry at your words. I'm a white man, and white men have been genocidal maniacs to Native Americans and PoC. That doesn't hurt my feelings one bit, because, you see, I'm not a genocidal maniac. So, I don't take it personally. I think people take comments about groups way too personally. I used to take unkind comments about the southern USA personally, but no longer. I'm one of the good ones who live here.

I don't expect perfection from anyone, and I don't see compelling reasons for their time-outs.

I think we disagree. Good evening.
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