Character Disorder and How Authors Can Aid Society's Awareness discussion

What's in a name?

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J.M. (jm_short) | 1 comments Mod
There seems to be a strong pull to do away with the distinction between psychopath and sociopath. Is there any reason why we should attempt to distinguish between the two?

message 2: by Paula (new)

Paula Carrasquillo (paularenee) | 1 comments From a victim perspective, there is no need to make the distinction in my opinion. Regardless if an individual is determined to be a psychopath or sociopath, the impact on the victims is the same--traumatic, traumatic, traumatic. And often the only way a distinction can be conclusively made is when and if the pathological person in question commits a murder or is discovered to have committed a series of murders. Society labels people as sick or strange or off. But once those sick, strange and off people commit murder, suddenly those people can be labeled a psychopath? So what good is a label that can only be definitively made, at this stage in neuroscientific discovery, after the fact? Society needs to learn to spot the behaviors and red flags of theses predators. Splitting hairs about the correct label is useless to victims and means nothing to the pathological person in denial anyhow. Maybe use a fused or compound word: sociopsychopath or psychosociopath. :)

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