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Quote from : Dictionary.com : Psychopath
/ˈsaɪkəˌpæθ/ Show Spelled[sahy-kuh-path]
a psychopathic person.
n. A person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse.
A mentally unbalanced person who is inclined toward antisocial and criminal behavior.
Quote from : Dictionary.com : Sociopath
/ˈsoʊsiəˌpæθ, ˈsoʊʃi-/ Show Spelled[soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-]
a person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or socialconscience.
so·ci·op·a·thy /ˌsoʊsiˈɒpəθi, ˌsoʊʃi-/ Show Spelled[soh-see-op-uh-thee, soh-shee-]
sociopath [(soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-uh-path)]
Someone whose social behavior is extremely abnormal.
Sociopaths are interested only in their personal needs and desires, without concern for the effects of their behavior on others.
Pathological narcissism occurs in a spectrum of severity. In its more extreme forms, it is narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). NPD is considered to result from a person's belief that they are flawed in a way that makes them fundamentally unacceptable to others. This belief is held below the person's conscious awareness; such a person would typically deny thinking such a thing, if questioned. In order to protect themselves against the intolerably painful rejection and isolation that (they imagine) would follow if others recognized their supposedly defective nature, such people make strong attempts to control others’ view of them and behavior towards them.
Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism
Narcissistic personality disorder is one of a group of conditions called dramatic personality disorders. People with these disorders have intense, unstable emotions and a distorted self-image. Narcissistic personality disorder is further characterized by an abnormal love of self, an exaggerated sense of superiority and importance, and a preoccupation with success and power. However, these attitudes and behaviors do not reflect true self-confidence. Instead, the attitudes conceal a deep sense of insecurity and a fragile self-esteem.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
As I have stated several times before, people with narcisstic personality disorder are attracted to politics, or Hollywood, to get the reinforcement attention they need. They never received it in the past, so they constantly seek it from those around them.
Darwin didn't invent evolution
'An endless war of all against all' makes my thesis seem a little melodramatic - a slightly manipulative act!
The animal, and plant, kingdoms show the savagery of evolution in full swing.
Now you have it that because people are more evolved than animals etc. this makes cooperation a necessary factor in survival, thus evolution...
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These patients with temporary or circumscribed maladjustment or self-defeating behavior... are mentioned here to distinguish them not only from the fully manifested psychopath but also from those who, over the years, show more subtle indications of widespread and intractable defect or deviation in essential personal reactions and subjective evaluations. The psychopathologic process, or state, which I believe is seriously disabling the patients already presented may be regarded as affecting in part and in varying degree those yet to be discussed...
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I'm sorry, but if you don't understand why we have jails, then you simply are not connected to reality.
If you are right about the historical figures you mentioned, then please, provide the evidence to back you claims? I have read a great deal about the most of the people you mentioned, and you are wrong.
Ghandi, I would say, has gotten much better press than he earned.
Of course I understand why people think gaols are necessary.
I have become apathetic, bitter, hopeless, and feel that inner rage and resentment building. And now as I face losing my woman as well, I'm contemplating things that I never knew my mind would be capable of thinking.
This is what a corporate psycho did to me.
That is some ego you have.
You may think you understand how other people think, but you are wrong.
Your perspective of the world isn't nearly broad enough for you to presume that you understand how others think.
There is a huge difference between people who seek power for powers sake, and those who seek power to accomplish a goal or to solve a problem.
The people you list, are people who did not seek power, but solutions.
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By the way, I think you missed the point on Darwin. Darwin didn't conceive of the concept of evolution, there were many others of the same opinion in his day, all working towards proving the concept. Darwin is the guy who got all the credit. There are many other valid concepts and perspectives on evolution out there that should still be considered.
In addition, in your quote, Cleckley isn't making a distinction between a true psychopath (an absurd notion) and people you indicate as describe therein, but between people who partially manifest psychopathic behavior and those who become fully manifested psychopaths.
Before we can discuss anything intelligently, you are going to have to get over yourself.
Another insult. Why?
The authors of this cynical, confusion-sowing book obviously guessed that, by pretending the margin doesn't exist or is just a thin grey line, they could write a book stereotyping powerful and effective people as psychopaths--and that if they did, then less assertive, less effective, less powerful people who resent their lowly status in life would buy their book by the truckload.
Which essentially is you saying that everyone who thinks the authors of this book might have a point, are "less assertive, less effective, less powerful people who resent their lowly status in life", and this somehow isn't an insult?