Are psychopaths necessarily bad people?
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I don't believe psychopaths are bad people. I believe that are misunderstood. Psychopaths are people who have been hurt really badly and did not heal. They learned to cope by doing bad things.
No. The term "Psychopath" would literally translate to "someone who suffers from an illness of the mind". This term is a barbaric one, that loses more an more relevance in psychology and psychiatry because of how crude and vague it is. The word also harbors a negative connotation due to the fact that in the early days of the mental health sciences, it was usually used to describe people who were malign to themselves and or to their environment, as that is how their mental illness would be known to other people. Today, the term psychopath, abbreviated as "psycho" is often misused and confused with the resembling "psychotic", which differs in meaning. Anyone afflicted with a mental illness ins't necessarily bad, and if they are, they might not be aware of the harm they may cause. See "Psychosis" for examples
Psychopathy at it's most basic form is an empathy disorder with emotional detachment. Yes this means that psychopaths have the ability to perform horrible acts without remorse or guilt, but it does not mean they will do any such thing.
no not necessarily they are human beings and they can be good people it's not their fault they are like this
Psychopaths aren't necessarily bad people. They have been through bad experiences in their life and possibly never received help for those experiences or issues. Yes there are some who choose their actions, but they are still human and need help from those who are experienced and could help them.
Psychopaths are not necessarily bad people because they aren't doing violent actions on purpose or trying to violate any rules it's more like as much as they want to positively change and help others, they can't because how much they're going through on their own.
They're not basically bad people, but they don't feel emphaty, which is a moral compass. Without it, psychopatic people can't dicern right from wrong, and they mostly look for their own benefit, regardles of other peoples' emotions.
No. Psychopaths aren't bad people. Yet, due to the lack of empathy and remorse they feel, this isn't down to their character. It can not be helped. It is an illness.
No, not always. psychopaths are people who cannot control there mental well being and react differently. There is always a way to heal.
No, psychopaths are not necessarily bad people. One should not be judged based on a medical diagnosis, some individuals are people that are kind and of good heart, even with a psychopath diagnosis.
Psychopaths are not necessarily bad people. Maybe certain experiences would have made them to be what they are.
Psychopaths aren't necessarily bad people, they're just different to others and are seen as outcasts and not normal.
Psychopaths are not necessarily bad people. Although they may experience life differently, they have the ability to live life like every other person. They may have actions that are frowned up, but so does everyone.
Not always. But they are often deeply damaged in many ways and no matter their intentions they are not fully able to blend into everyday life.
No, psychopaths aren't bad at all. Psychopathy is actually a personality disorder, which causes them to do bad things sometimes, due to lack of empathy, or conscience. Some people go over the edge when it comes to psychopathic tendencies and thoughts, due to a violent situation and upbringing.
Absolutely not! Many have learned to cope and live with society without anyone noticing the difference.
We should be held responsible for our behavior, but absolutely not ignored and marginalized by the mental health and behavioral sciences community! Research should continue apace - and so it is, all over the world! Years ago, a Canadian genius named Robert Hare kicked off a firestorm of scientific breakthroughs on us, and all over the world scientists rushed to build upon his work. Technology plays an increasingly important part, as soon devices such as computer chip implants and artificial neurotransmitters may be able to help our brains to make the numerous connections they cannot make now. So: we can do great evil, but then, so can people of conscience. Neurotypicals do not always make the moral choices. They just feel very guilty about it later. Evil is in deeds. Mental illnesses just are.
They may do "bad" things which would make them bad people, however it is usually not their fault. Psychopaths have different brains than a normal person, and their negative experiences, genetics play a huge part in who they become.
No, not always. This term has been used to describe many people without the person actually knowing the proper use of the term. Sometimes 'psychopaths' are just misunderstood
I feel like they are mentally challenged, hey don't have the capacity to empathise so it's not entirely their fault if they do something hurtful to others. They're just symptoms of a syndrome.
a mental illness or differentiated way of thinking doesn't make someone "bad"- it's their actions and choices that matter.
NO! Psychopaths is a person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior.
What an interesting question! I have never given it much thought, but, can you tell me what you think?
"Psychopaths" are just people with mental disorders. They, deep down, are not bad people but it's their illness that makes them seem "bad." "Psychopaths" commonly feel threatened or scared and should be treated with kindness.
No one has innate characteristics of a "bad person." Psychopath or not, no one asked to have an inbalanced chemical make-up in their brain that makes it difficult to decide what is morally right or wrong.
Psychopaths are not necesrrly bad people. They may have some thoughts and actions that may not be accepted actions, but I strongly believe that deep down, no matter your actions there is a good person within.
Not a single person on Earth is all bad or all good so, I'd say no. :) Even if they do things out of the norm or may seem "bad" they'd still have some good quality to them. The world isn't as horrible as you think.
Evil is a huge concept. Its about actions. Psychopaths have to act in a regretful way to be labeled as bad people, as any other individual might be judged as well. We are not sure exactly why someone become a psychopath, but if you suspect about behaviors about yourself or other, it is better to find help.
No. Are people who don’t care for themselves necessarily good people? I know people who don’t care for themselves and hurt other people.
In my opinion, not necessarily, although it is considered to be a personality disorder. Psychopath is someone with difficulties to connect to people because the lack of emotions; who fails to follow rules, law and moral codes. They also lack of empathy and remorse. And because of all that, if they have the tendency to be violent, they will do it without remorse, and continue doing it to satisfy their desire to be violent, because no moral codes, law, empathy or feeling can stop them from doing so. But in my opinion, every psychopath need help to be able to live in harmony with the society, that expects a certain behavior from everybody. If living in society is difficult for non-psychopaths, it must be even worse for them.
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