Posted by Charlie (18.104.22.168) on September 21, 2003 at 15:54:26:
In Reply to: Adventurous Vs Self Confident ? posted by Rich (22.214.171.124) on September 21, 2003 at 14:42:03:
> > Some psychologists say that anti social personality is an extremly unhealthy form of narcissistic personality (or at least very related). When the narcissistic bubble is pinced revenge is often the result...
> > JDB
> Hello Jan:
> What is the current thinking on what causes the different paths? Just more ruthlesness, lose of faith in having a public image, or an urge to get rough to win? Rich
Rich and Jan:
There is a school of thought that believes all personality disorders are just more severe forms of Narcissism, with Paranoid personality disorder being the most extreme. They would say that the person has become so narcissistic that they believe people are always everyone's main focus of attention. If I recall, the book is simply titled "narcissism."
What is interesting Jan is I just watched American Psycho 2 the other day, and I enjoyed it. I thought at first it was going to suck. But the main character had such a striking contradiction to her sweet, sexy, school-girl demeanor that I was won over(maybe her Angelina Jolie lips and striking dark eyes helped a bit too). However, I don't think she was such a textbook sociopath, but more a malignant narcissist, even though there was the secondary presence of sociopathy in her behavior. In the first American Psycho, I thought Patrick Bateman was a pure sociopath because he killed cheifly for the pleasure of satisfying an uncontrollable urge, whereas the girl in the second movie killed for practical reasons, mainly to further herself. What do you think?
As a side note, there are some who consider sociopaths to be nothing more than socialized psychopaths. While the psychopaths roam the streets like a bloodhungry beast, the sociopaths roam the top floors of corporate skyscrapers. Ever come across this before?
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