The Body Of Sanity Essay example
Sociopaths are usually defined as people who display antisocial behavior which is mainly characterized by lack of empathy towards others, coupled with displays of abnormal moral conduct and an inability to conform with the norms of society (Lemert). A sociopath according to psychologist a sociopath has an attention bottleneck (selective attention) that allows him to focus only on one activity or train of thought, to the exclusion of others. Researchers, including Howard Kamler, say that the sociopath lacks not "moral" identity but self-identity altogether. According to Hervey Cleckley 's, In The Mask of Sanity there are 16 key behavioral characteristics that defined sociopaths/psychopaths.
Superficial charm and good intelligence, Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking, Absence of nervousness or neurotic manifestations, Unreliability
Untruthfulness and insincerity, Lack of remorse and shame, Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior, Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience, Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love, General poverty in major affective reactions, Specific loss of insight, Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal…