Re: Sociopaths (was Re: Reforming Education)

Clint O'Dell (
Tue, 19 Oct 1999 20:57:11 MDT

>"Damage" is a tricky word. Have feral children damaged brains? Certain
>parts never developed well during the critical periods of development (for
>example language in some cases), emotional neglect and abuse have
>programmed very dysfunctional behavior programs and reactions into their
>limbic systems and deprived environments have likely decreased overall cell
>and synapse count. I would say they have damaged brains, their brains are
>not just different, they work worse than "normal" brains. The same goes for
>antisocial personality disorder, it is not just an alternate normative
>system, it is a syndrome of personality and behavior changes that usually
>leads to serious problems for the person and impairs their decision making

I think I'll just have to meet a few of these people suffering from antisocial personality disorder and find out for myself. I've been reading a lot about this ever since this thread started and none of my reading has me convinced it's a disorder. Perhaps there are some documentation on the web covering brain development differences? I find it very hard to swallow that the frontal lobe is not developed fully or damaged in some way to cause this. Have there been any cases of a person developing antisocial personality disorder as an adult after a head injury? As extreme as sociopathy?

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