Re: Sociopaths (was Re: Reforming Education)

Clint O'Dell (
Mon, 18 Oct 1999 21:34:09 MDT

Anders Sandberg wrote:
>As a neuroscientist, I immediately think "Aha! Frontal lobe
>dysfunction!" when I read the descriptions of antisocial personality
>disorder. Most likely they suffer from bad programming (due to
>upbringing and/or biological causes) in the frontal systems of
>foresight, impulse control and social intellince. Unfortunately it is
>likely hard to fix.

As a neuroscientist, wouldn't you think it's they way this person reasons that makes him/her a sociopath? I wouldn't think lack of play, emotional abuse, or lack of love would "damage" any part of their brain. Instead it would program it differently than the "social norm". The fix for this should be simply to discuss reasons for doing or not doing anything. Find out where they're associating their reasoning and then feedback some alternatives.

-Clint O'Dell

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