so⋅ci⋅o⋅path  

sō’sē-ə-pāth’

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

1930, coined by psychologist G.E. Partridge from socio– on model of psychopath.

Online Etymology Dictionary

a person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kim
    Nov 16, 2009 @ 20:21:32

    I love words…

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  2. BEES KNEES
    Nov 16, 2009 @ 20:40:04

    Kim, I’m reading the book “Snakes In Suits” which deals with sociopaths in the work place. Very interesting. There’s another one I’m trying to find called “Without Conscience” that’s supposed to be excellent too.

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  3. Kim
    Nov 16, 2009 @ 20:47:16

    Hi Bee’s!

    I haven’t heard of them.. good reading? I need some books…

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  4. Kim
    Nov 16, 2009 @ 20:50:08

    Babiak and Hare state that “a clever psychopath can present such a well-rounded picture of a perfect job candidate that even seasoned interviewers” can be fooled.

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  5. Kim
    Nov 16, 2009 @ 20:52:10

    Casey could have been acing interviews – if she ever bothered to try

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  6. BEES KNEES
    Nov 16, 2009 @ 21:32:19

    Well, “Snakes . . ” deals with people in the workplace but it sounds like “Without Conscience” is about sociopaths in general, which would likely be more interesting in regards to our own little sociopath, Casey. If I ever get my hands on it I’ll let you know how it reads. My library did have a copy but it’s lost and my book stores don’t have it so I’m going to check the used book stores next.

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  7. Boston
    Nov 16, 2009 @ 22:07:13

    Kim-Bees suggestions are about the two best books about sociopathy. Robert Hare is the leading writer on “the disturbing world of the psychopaths among us”.Without Conscience (1993) and Snakes in Suits was after 2001 to the best of my recollection. The focus is people like those at Enron.

    I just finished Barbara Bentley’s The Dance With The Devil. It was a very sad look at codependants but it might give you some insights into who Mr and Mrs Anthony were and what they bacame. Alos read, A Dance With the Devil. Fascinating.

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  8. savannahsnanny
    Nov 17, 2009 @ 00:27:50

    Hi,
    Sad day…that poor sweet child…it has to end.

    Kim look up boader line personality disorder…thats kinda fits to.
    Good night guys, rest well.

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  9. Filipa
    Nov 17, 2009 @ 04:23:50

    Kim, the only thing that occurs for me to say, is that these folks portraited in the above definition, are the real scumbags….
    Even Junkies have the politness of harming themselves 1st….
    These guys on the contrary, serve themselves 1st, at any cost, including other ppls lives.
    Moreover, they come in any colour, religion, shape or form,though there’s plenty of them among everyday’s news index, some like Casey Anthony or Bernie Maddoff will keep the headlines for sometime, due to their amazing sense of self!

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  10. Kim
    Nov 17, 2009 @ 06:26:32

    Wonderful input – thanks, ya’ll! I will look for The Dance with the Devil, Boston.

    I believe the Anthony’s all have a variation of these disorders but I don’t believe it excuses any of their behaviors

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  11. Kim
    Nov 17, 2009 @ 17:42:54

    almost time to play in traffic!!!!

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  12. GODS ANGEL
    Nov 17, 2009 @ 19:09:51

    JUST STOPING IN TO SAY HI!!!!!!!!

    NO BABY YET

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  13. Kim
    Nov 17, 2009 @ 20:04:55

    Hey Chey!

    When when when?

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  14. savannahsnanny
    Nov 17, 2009 @ 21:28:14

    Hi guys,
    nothing new here…
    Still no baby????…tomorrow she sees Doc…maybe tomorrow then!!!
    Rest well friends …’talk’ tomorrow.JAC

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  15. Kim
    Nov 18, 2009 @ 08:43:57

    GM!

    It is a sunny and chilly day here in Houston!

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  16. GODS ANGEL
    Nov 18, 2009 @ 12:11:40

    HI KIM IT WET AND COLD HERE

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  17. Kim
    Nov 18, 2009 @ 12:58:46

    lunch!!

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  18. Kim
    Nov 18, 2009 @ 20:01:54

    home!

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  19. mixologist74
    Nov 18, 2009 @ 20:09:41

    Hey Kim!

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  20. mixologist74
    Nov 18, 2009 @ 20:09:53

    Reply

  21. Kim
    Nov 18, 2009 @ 20:25:13

    hiya mix!

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  22. Kim
    Nov 18, 2009 @ 20:28:56

    thanks for the link, mix – it is all just so sad, isn’t it

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