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I agree the two pathologies are different, with different etiologies.  I disagree there is no neurological component/basis for sociopathic behavior.  There are clinical histories of patients with dysfunctional sociopathy who exhibited symptoms as children , before socialization and enculturation processes are complete.  

I went through this exact discussion about schizophrenia during the heyday of Behaviorism and Freud.  They pointed to "hundreds of studies from anthropology and psychology" proving (sic) Bateson's (et.al.) Double Bind Theory.  Doubt many people take it seriously in 2010.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Oct 19th, 2010 at 08:58:40 PM EST
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I'll make a distinction between clinical sociopathy, which is based on faulty neurology, and quasi-sociopathy. The latter appears when social feedback loops reward sociopathic behaviour, and also disguise the consequences of sociopathic decisions.

Profit and loss accounting is a good example of how consequences are hidden. The numbers can hide a multitude of horrors, but as they're 'only numbers' the individuals who deal with them never have to encounter those horrors personally, or the effects they have on the people who fall victim to them.

But the way to highlight this is to find new ways to tell those stories. Activist language tends to convince activists, but rebounds off those who aren't so politically minded.

This is an excellent message, but packaged amateurishly, making it easy to ignore.

A more professional effort would be an interesting thing.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Oct 20th, 2010 at 04:33:13 PM EST
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