Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sociopathic Tendencies in Child Sex Abusers

As someone who has been sexually abused, I've always wanted to understand how a human being became depraved, full of enough evil and cruelty to rape an innocent child.  To try to increase my perception and knowledge I have been reading The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout Ph.D.  In the book Dr. Stout dedicates an entire chapter about the value of a conscious.

Dr. Stout's book covers why not having a conscious is fatal, how sociopaths can appear to be harmless and sweet, and how difficult is it to immediately know if someone is a sociopath. Stout describes a sociopath as "someone incapable of having a real emotional attachment to another, is unable to love or worry about family and friends and cannot share joy with others" (Stout 45-47). Sociopaths know how to pretend to love, but cannot actually care for another person.

In Chapter 7, "The Etiology of Guiltlessness: What causes Sociopathy,"  I had to look up etiologyAccording to the Webster-Merriam Dictionary, etiology, a noun, is the cause of disease and abnormal disease or a branch of knowledge concerned with knowledge; specifically: the branch of medical science concerned with the causes and origins of diseases.  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/etiology  Stout discusses her belief that sociopathy is probably caused by both heredity and environment.

It was creepy reading about these people.  I suggest you read it only if you're in a good place mentally.


You can read a preview of the book here.







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