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Subj: Actually, serial killers aren't just sociopaths, there are specific traits unique to them
Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 at 09:31:01 pm EST (Viewed 6 times)
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    would be out of touch with reality or wouldn't understand what he or others are doing.

I may be wrong but I think that you are talking about paranoid schizophrenia and that's true.
Most of the time, these people are not responsible of what they are doing.

    I'm tired of hearing that Carnage/Kasady is psycho. A psycho would be out of touch with reality or wouldn't understand what he or others are doing.[...]someone who is incapable of remorse.

I used to think the same about psychopaths but, actually, contrary to popular belief (for example their portrayals in fiction), there are no main differences between psychopaths & sociopaths.

Actually, I've read many interesting Canadian articles about criminology (I don't know why but Canada is one of the best countries in the world when it comes to research in criminology).

It depends of the criminologist or the forensic psychologist but most of the time, they don't make a difference. Someone is incapable of remorse. Period.

So, most of the time, a psychopath is considered responsible by courts and judges and goes to prison and not to an asylum.

In "supermax" prisons, more than one person in three prisoners could be considered psychopath or sociopath.

For further study, you may read the comments below in this article :

    Kasady clearly knows that he is doing evil.

I agree. Yes, he does.
So, he should go to jail and not to an asylum.

There's a particular combination of traits that result in the behavior displayed by serial killers: Lack of empathy, poor impulse control, violent impulses, and an inability to feel pleasure or fulfillment from things that normally satisfy people. It's important to note that it's the combination of all four of these traits that result in serial killer behavior; serial killers are compelled to commit acts of violence because it's the only way they can feel anything, and their lack of empathy and poor impulse control prevents them from having any compunctions about it.

Someone who only had a lack of empathy might be ruthless, but wouldn't break the law unless he had something to gain from it. Someone who only had poor impulse control might be prone to addiction and other bad habits, but probably wouldn't hurt anyone else. Someone who only had violent impulses would find less destructive ways to satisfy them, like violent sports or video games. Someone who was unable to feel satisfied or stimulated by normal pleasures and distractions would just be depressed, if they didn't have any of the other traits.

The terms sociopath and psychopath refer to people with antisocial personality disorder, of which both lack of empathy and poor impulse control are symptoms. (Often, "sociopath" is used to refer to people who display more of the former symptom, while "psychopath" is used to refer to people who display more of the latter symptom, but that's not an official distinction.) However, while all serial killers are by definition sociopaths/psychopaths, not all sociopaths and psychopaths are serial killers. In fact, it's estimated that 1-3% of the population has some degree of antisocial personality disorder, but only a very small fraction of those people have the unique combination of traits that would cause them to be serial killers.

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