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Mon Jul 10, 2023, 02:14 PM Jul 2023

Neuroscientist warns about the GOP and the 'contagious sociopaths' who live among us [View all]


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Sociopaths, a term often used to describe those living with antisocial personality disorder, operate within their daily lives without a “conscience,” can be characterized as acting without feelings of guilt, remorse, or shame coupled with a tendency to reject the concept of responsibility.

Antisocial people will intentionally make others angry or upset and use harsh and cruel indifference as they manipulate or attack others.

Clinically speaking, there is no defined difference between a sociopath and a psychopath although some have drawn this line at acting with low moral conscience (sociopath) and no moral conscience (psychopath) or having no regard for someone else’s rights or feelings (sociopath) and taking pleasure in robbing another of their rights, freedom, or well-being (psychopath).

My colleagues and I have discussed psychopathy in the previous president elsewhere as an example. Recognizing these nuanced differences exist, I will use the term sociopath and sociopathy here for brevity’s sake.


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Either label seems to work when the subject is "Individual 1". calimary Jul 2023 #1
It's been my belief for some time that our social systems (e.g. business schools, workplaces)... keep_left Jul 2023 #2
I think so, too. Midnight Writer Jul 2023 #4
100% OMGWTF Jul 2023 #17
Down in the article author says SCOTUS suffers from Contagious sociopathy Model35mech Jul 2023 #3
"Courtesy is Contagious" my old gym teacher used to say. Kid Berwyn Jul 2023 #5
The difference Andy Canuck Jul 2023 #6
Thank you. That is clear and makes sense. No need for dancing around these distinctions. erronis Jul 2023 #7
Wetiko is contagious alittlelark Jul 2023 #8
We've been normalizing sociopathic behaviors for a while now... Wounded Bear Jul 2023 #9
i've definitely seen this change. barbtries Jul 2023 #10
Agreed. Delphinus Jul 2023 #12
I attribute some of the acceptance of wnylib Jul 2023 #14
i think you have a point. barbtries Jul 2023 #15
I have not watched those shows on wnylib Jul 2023 #21
Definition NowISeetheLight Jul 2023 #11
oops Kali Jul 2023 #13
Psychopaths may be predisposed by genes pandr32 Jul 2023 #16
Marking to read later. yardwork Jul 2023 #18
Is anyone else wondering about wnylib Jul 2023 #19
I would add to the distinction... Caliman73 Jul 2023 #20
KnR Hekate Jul 2023 #22
Interesting. I wonder if it's in part a matter of containment. nolabear Jul 2023 #23
The Trump cult crowd has always been here among us, elocs Jul 2023 #24
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