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2006-08-9 @ 11:08

I’ve been reading a bit on sociopathy (or anti-social personality disorder) — that’s what happens when you read Wuthering Heights once too often. Wikipedia (not the best source, but still) gives the following criteria taken from good ol’ DMS-IV:

  1. failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
  2. deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
  3. impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
  4. irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
  5. reckless disregard for safety of self or others
  6. consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain steady work or honor financial obligations
  7. lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another

Now, that’s always fun to apply to people you know. Or governments. Let’s take the obvious example, the current US government:

  1. it doesn’t follow international law and doesn’t give a rat’s ass to the Geneva Convention
  2. it is deceitful (e.g. that whole WMD story)
  3. it doesn’t plan ahead (e.g. Iraq)
  4. it’s one aggressive and irritable governement
  5. it doesn’t give a damn about the safety of others
  6. it doesn’t honor it’s financial obligations (to the UN) or the treaties it signs (e.g. Geneva convention)
  7. it prefers to blame others or rationalize instead of showing remorse.

Of course, that’s just idle talk.

2 comments to “Sociopathy”

  1. I agree.

    Did you happen to see the documentary, The Corporation? IT took the model of sociopathic personality disorder and applied it to companies, which are legal entities, like people are. You’d definitely like it.

    Oh, and TAG! You’re it! pop on over and see what I mean.

  2. Yes I am!

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