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Question about Sociopathy/Psychopathy/ASPD

Any chance of getting even a minor explanation as to whether or not there is any validity in the information that I have presented?

2gwern9yAfter reading a few dozen papers and books on the topic recently, I don't recognize your above [] portrait of psychopathy as being very accurate, FWIW.
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Why do people ____?

People "do that" because a part of social behaviour is, for various reasons, imitated. They may or may not understand completly why their behaviour is the appropriate response but they desire social exceptence and believe the response is appropriate from observation of peers or others in their environment. Thus some behaviour evolves out of a need for exceptance and to be understood.

Self-deception: Hypocrisy or Akrasia?

Don't most people preach the expected but live their desires?

Question about Sociopathy/Psychopathy/ASPD

My understanding is, as with most characteristics, that psychopathy is not an either / or, but rather a "to what degree" . Give a psychopathy test to anyone and they will score somewhere between highly psychopathic and a low level psychopath ( even if at certain times ) . I think that the character traits involved, including a lack of empathy for the suffering of others, are the result of an emotional shut down or wall of defence brought about do to various levels of trauma and emotional pain experienced. At the root are psychological survival ... (read more)

8zslastman9yActually psychopathy is notable as a category in that the distribution is very much bimodal. The majority of people get very low scores on the tests. A few get very high ones.