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Sociopathy and narcissism are terribly overused terms
Posted: Posted December 10th, 2017
Edited December 11th, 2017 by KnokkelMillennium

I don't know if this is more fitting for the world and politics forum but eh.

This legitimately can piss me off. And yes I've used them a few times when frustrated at what seems to be something terrible in a person, it's hard not to sometimes I get it. People need boogeyman terms to apply to people they can't stand, but the reality is both are very rare conditions and there are FAR too many people calling far too many other people either sociopaths or narcissists. There are a great many things that can cause people to act the way that they do, many other mental issues/disorders that can make a person behave in such a terrible way.

Part of the reason I hate the usage of these words so much is there tends to be an implication that people are inherently evil with it. Personally I think that's partially because people misunderstand narcissism and sociopathy (could be wrong though, I'm not claiming to be a psychological expert) but also because it's just instinct. It's the same reason the devil was invented. (supposing you don't believe in the devil, that analogy works anyway). The people who seem particularly inclined to use those words (usually inaccurately) at people, I think often times it's just easier for them to think in absolutes because then you can simply dismiss a person entirely rather than realize they have shit going on and they have serious problems, but those problems don't always define who they are.

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I agree.

Posted December 10th, 2017 by Dark Muhammad, Smoker of Hashish
Dark Muhammad, Smoker of Hashish
 

Who are you?

Posted December 12th, 2017 by KnokkelMillennium
KnokkelMillennium

I actually knew someone who claimed to have ASPD. SHe was also a hab itual liar however.

Posted December 12th, 2017 by tnu
tnu

I've tried to make people think that too before. Not really sure why, I guess I had this thing for not wanting to care about anything or anyone anymore because it would hurt so much and stuff and that may have been part of the reason but idk.

That was a stupid time for me.

Edited December 12th, 2017 by KnokkelMillennium
KnokkelMillennium

The terms are also used by people that are manipulative themselves - quite possibly legitimately narcissistic or sociopathic, simply accusing others as a way of trying to change the behavior of people around them into something else. Not only do you have to be very critical of someone trying to diagnose someone's mental issues over the very limited interactions on the internet, you have to keep in mind that these people may not even believe it themselves and may just be using it as a tool to get what they want.

Posted December 12th, 2017 by nullfather
nullfather

But you ALSO have to keep in mind that it's possible that something else is happening like, for example a person could also be (rightfully) frustrated and irrational at the moment and have no real goal with it.People say stupid shit all of the time in spur of the moment things.

Just had to get that out of the way just in case but yes. I can agree. It does seem like the people who are so quick to use the words can be manipulative, but other times they're just hurt, abused, mistreated in some way or just really sensitive. In other words, I don't think they have any ill intentions. That doesn't make it right or less annoying but many people who use these words legitimately believe there are bad people and that is what they feel they must do to deal with it.

Edited December 12th, 2017 by KnokkelMillennium
KnokkelMillennium

i think that it's something that can change with time, too. i used to have 0 empathy, but then one day it just sort of developed.

Posted December 20th, 2017 by poptart!
poptart!
 

You may have just had a lesser amount of empathy than normal and thought you had none but maybe.

Posted December 20th, 2017 by KnokkelMillennium
KnokkelMillennium

I'd rather people learn the difference between psychopath and sociopath. I've heard them used almost interchangeably.

Posted December 20th, 2017 by Fox Forever
Fox Forever
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