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Author Discusses How to Identify and Deal with an ‘Almost Psychopath’

Jun 11, 2012, 01:29 pm CDT


Almost Psychopaths are people who took too many AP courses in high school.

By Pushkin on 2012 06 11, 1:56 pm CDT

@ 1: Yeah, Pushkin. And we’re also really good at hacking computers and we’re coming to get YOU!

Back on topic: There have been numerous studies done that show a direct correlation between disabilities (both mental and physical) and juvenile delinquency. (According to sociological studies on the issue, most criminals start as juvenile delinquents.) However, having reviewed many of those studies, I have found that, with the exception of income in homes of children with disabilities, which demonstrated an inverse correlation to juvenile delinquency, few other factors were considered.

For example: None of the studies screened the participating families to determine if there was alcohol or drug abuse, child abuse, prolonged periods of unemployment, divorce, or any one of a dozen other stressors that can provoke children to inappropriately act out.

I think that the term “almost psychopath” is misleading—especially when one is dealing with attorneys, whose knowledge and understanding of medicine and science is often rudimentary at best, and tends to be exploited for effect with juries at its worst. It would have been more helpful if Schouten had used a general premise, say, that lack of empathy and manipulation are often NOT indicative of psychosis, but rather are behaviors learned or developed in response to highly stressful situations such as child abuse, the fallout of drug and alcohol abuse in the home, PTSD, etc.

By BMF on 2012 06 11, 5:00 pm CDT

Non-violent psychopaths are o.k. as long as they hurt no one.

There is no evil in imagining the death or the king.

By Docile Jim Brady - Columbus, Ohio on 2012 06 11, 7:48 pm CDT

I thought attorneys were SUPPOSED TO BE manipulative.

By B. McLeod on 2012 06 11, 11:16 pm CDT

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