[Paleopsych] sociopaths

Steve Hovland shovland at mindspring.com
Thu Nov 17 21:05:28 UTC 2005

I think these authors were concerned that
mothers returning to work after a month
or 6 weeks after the birth were the cause
of the problem.  Children need appropriate
attention for the first 2 years if they
are to develop healthy attachment.

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[mailto:paleopsych-bounces at paleopsych.org]On Behalf Of Michael
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:38 AM
To: paleopsych at paleopsych.org
Subject: [Paleopsych] sociopaths

Steve says
>>I can't remember the name of the book, but some 
time ago some people wrote a book claiming that our 
child-rearing practices were creating an increased 
number of sociopaths- empathy impaired.  When I think 
about children killing children these days, I think 
they were right.<<

--No doubt single mothers who are depressed or have
frequent mood swings will produce kids who develop
immunity to empathy as a survival skill. Without other
adults to provide refuge for the child, any emotional
imbalance in the mother would be especially difficult
for the child to live through without damage. 

Sociopaths may also be created by a climate of intense
social competition, in which those who are more
sensitive simply fall to the bottom, unable to exploit
group dynamics to their advantage. In that case,
sociopaths wouldn't necessarily increase in number,
but only in influence. If the "game" is stacked so
that those who exploit others have an advantage, many
would appear to be sociopathic who are merely


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