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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