This term was introduced by novelist William March in his fictional novel, The Bad Seed, written in 1954. It is based upon an 8-year old child sociopath. John Steinbeck also wrote a novel entitled East of Eden, centered around a character named Cathy, who murdered for gain without the slightest compunction. Both characters were highly manipulative, knowing how to create the persona of an individual who is kind, loving and selfless. Both novels seemed to indicate that these women were born bad, and would stay that way. What do you think?
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Hi quildon. I agree that this is a case of anti-social disorder. I mentioned this to Rose-the-planner. You bring up an important point about the brain cells being different, and this makes sense. By chance, do you know of a respected site I can view?
By "different brain cells" do you differences in the neurotransmitters functioning between the cells like in ADHD? The Malignant Narcissist is a good hub re malignant narcissism, narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder.
I'll look for the hub you mentioned, Gail Meyers. Thank you.
Hello kaiyan717. I have to agree. By the way, the interesting thing about Ted Bundy (one example of many) was that he did not blame his childhood. Nevertheless, in watching an interview with him, I believe he remained a manipulator to the very end.
Renee Abbott, Nice to hear from you. After having read a PDF about personality disorders, I believe this bad seed type would be categorized as anti-social, rather than the narcissistic label I tagged... and they have zero empathy. So strange.
It is strange, yet the best I can say is know those characteristics well. They are who they are, and they excell in manipulation. If intelligent people fall prey, trust me!
Renee Abbott, without question you are correct. It would be interesting to hear more about your personal story with sociopaths. I would be interested to read about them. By the way, I believe you are a very special person. I just wanted to say that.
Thank you for the compliment, and I feel you are as well. The other, nay to painful, still working through it, but i am healing. thank you Savvy:)
Thank you, Gail Meyers. I appreciate hearing different perspectives. I am beginning to wonder, however, if some of these "bad seeds" have a brain glitch. I still haven't looked this up in the NEJM, but I will.
Hi Faith Centre, History abounds re: individuals whose lives have been changed by God. However, the word bad is different from the words mistake or wasted. In this context the bad question refers to pre-birth.
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