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Altruism, Adversarialism and Women: 02

February 5, 2010 14 comments

In this post, I am going to put forth an idea that many men may have briefly considered but never followed up.

The idea is:

Women, by default, are sociopaths.

While this stark wording might disturb some, consider my arguments for the concept.

Hare Psychopathy Checklist:

Factor1: Personality “Aggressive narcissism”

Glibness/superficial charm
Grandiose sense of self-worth
Pathological lying
Cunning/manipulative
Lack of remorse or guilt
Shallow affect
Callous/lack of empathy
Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

Why does that sound like almost every women you have ever met? Women have superficial charm, through their youth, makeup and small talk. Their grandiose sense of self-worth is well known, as it their manipulativeness. Lack of remorse and creating narratives that justify their actions are once again standard features of womens behavior. Their lack of true empathy and failure to accept responsibility for their actions is why most of you are reading this post. But wait there is more..

Factor2: Case history “Socially deviant lifestyle”

Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
Parasitic lifestyle
Poor behavioral control
Promiscuous sexual behavior
Lack of realistic, long-term goals
Impulsivity
Irresponsibility
Juvenile delinquency
Early behavior problems
Revocation of conditional release

To make a long story short, why does almost every point in the second list also sound like the behavior of your average woman if she is left to her devices?

Psychiatrists now use a different name for this condition- “Antisocial Personality Disorder”. While such behavior in men is often manifested in physical crimes, could it not be possible that “normal” behavior of women is sociopathic in nature, albeit at a less physical level.

I will leave you with a more “modern” definition of sociopathy:

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fourth edition, DSM IV-TR, a widely used manual for diagnosing mental disorders, defines antisocial personality disorder (in Axis II Cluster B) as:

A) There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and the rights of others occurring since the age of 15, as indicated by three (or more) of the following:

Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest;

Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure;

Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead;

Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults;

Reckless disregard for safety of self or others;

Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations;

Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another.

B) The individual is at least 18 years of age.

C) There is evidence of Conduct disorder with onset before age 15.

D) The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode.

Deceit and manipulation are considered essential features of the disorder.

Therefore, it is essential in making the diagnosis to collect material from sources other than the individual being diagnosed. It is a requirement of DSM-IV that a diagnosis of any specific personality disorder also satisfies a set of general personality disorder criteria.

So what do you guys think?

The next part is here: Altruism, Adversarialism and Women: 03