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Alienated Sociopath (Disempathetic Type) [Jan. 17th, 2012|05:46 am]
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Wow, some parents can damage their kids FOR LIFE!

"The Disaffiliated Type in the Alienated Sociopath is associated with the absence of a nurturing parent during a critical period of childhood. And this may prevent the development of the normal capacity for love and attachment that most of us presumably possess. Our native affliative tendendies also require stimulation and reinforcement early in childhood. There are children who seldom or never have a nurturing, loving , or happy interactions with other human beings or whose approaches to their parent are unpredictably punished so that they become extinguished. Such a child will not develop the prosocial components of socialization and their abilty to relate emotionally to other people, makes his or her adjustment problematic. This incapity for fellow-feeling may be as intractable as any innate defect of temperment, yet I classify such people as sociopaths rather than psychpaths, because their condition can be prevented in the same way that other forms of sociopathy could have been prevented, by reducing the frequency of non-nurturing incompetent parents." -- http://goodnessvsruthless.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/12/

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=02EbH9bGEacC&pg=PA27&lpg=PA27&dq=Alienated+Sociopath+%28Disempathetic+Type%29%22&source=bl&ots=inKgVAvkrk&sig=3wcMk87MyoF_h-UbPSLtkwhxJHE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=oggVT6jCF8HB8QOLg4DfAw&ved=0CFsQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=Alienated%20Sociopath%20%28Disempathetic%20Type%29%22&f=false

The worse cases I've heard of are Russian babies who get adopted when they're about 5... they grow up into teenagers that are impossible to control, or integrate properly into society. (there was a Reddit post, but I couldn't find it!)
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[User Picture]From: lachrybat
2012-01-17 07:25 am (UTC)

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The theory of kids being a blank slate upon which the parents are entirely responsible for, is rather one-sided IMO. Genetics, random neural mutations etc, must surely be responsible in many cases.
[User Picture]From: sarahs_muse
2012-01-18 05:48 am (UTC)

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Oh yeah... I agree there... if only I can find the stories about adopted Romanian kids... I don't *think* it's in their genes... the complete social isolation they experience produces magnified effects of symptoms that mis-treatment or lack of care would have in more "normal" child/parent relationships.
[User Picture]From: sarahs_muse
2012-01-18 05:49 am (UTC)

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Ooooooooh, Andrew found it!
[User Picture]From: sarahs_muse
2012-01-18 05:48 am (UTC)

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YES! OH THANK YOU! MWA! xxxx

I'd hug you if I could.
[User Picture]From: sarahs_muse
2012-01-18 05:49 am (UTC)

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How did you find that!?
[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2012-01-18 08:14 am (UTC)

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From: x_mass
2012-01-17 10:19 am (UTC)

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its actually very complex interaction
for example my genetics means that i am much more susceptible to mental illness and poor reaction to bad environments.
I was listening to a psych resercher discuss how he had discovered that he had a family conncetion with a very dangerous sociopath and looked at the genetics associated, it turned out only one member of his family and the critical sociopath genes- him. But he grew up in a loving household with two amazing parents and the idea for him of hurting anyone was abhorrent.

the key issue here is - it takes a combination of bad luck, "bad genes", and bad environment and bad history and you need all four to get someone dangerous - which is why their are so few serial killers. Most sociopaths work banking or politics or sales, they wouldn't kill you for anything but they will look after themselves at your expense
[User Picture]From: sarahs_muse
2012-01-18 05:49 am (UTC)

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: nods : I remember seeing that same guy! He was a bit beardy. =D