Friday, 1 June 2007

Am I a sociopath?

I was having my usual political argument with my dad over the dinner table and he accused me, good-naturedly I might add, of being a sociopath. Sounded slightly harsh but I wondered if it was true so here goes:
Someone whose social behavior is extremely abnormal. Sociopaths are interested only in their personal needs and desires, without concern for the effects of their behavior on others. "sociopath." The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005. 01 Jun. 2007.

(Yes it's an american dictionary but I can't find my Oxford one so it'll have to do)

So basically, to be a sociopath you have to be selfish and unusual. But it's more than that, I would draw a subtle line between sociopathy and my hard-line libertarianism. I do act, in general, in my own interest but it's not because I don't care about anyone else, it's because I think it's the best way for everyone to prosper. I believe that, if society is left to it's own devices and everyone works, to a great extent, only for their own good, then work becomes valuable enough that everyone can succeed by their own labour. So no, I'm not a sociopath, just a little unusual, phew :)

Disagree? Let me know.



kmkz said...

Yes, you are.

Melugo said...

Thanks mate :D I love these constructive comments, evidence is a little thin on the ground though ^^