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Is there such a thing as a "Bad Seed?"


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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    Yves (savvydating) 3 years ago

    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?


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    Yves (savvydating) 3 years ago

    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.


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    Yves (savvydating) 3 years ago

    Rose-the-planner, always a pleasure to hear from you. After having read a bit about Ted Bundy, I tend to think he could not be helped at all. Thus, I currently feel those with anti-social personality disorder may be born that way. But, I'm no doctor.


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    Yves (savvydating) 3 years ago

    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.

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    Yves (savvydating) 3 years ago

    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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    Yves (savvydating) 3 years ago

    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.

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