Ordinary versus Aberrant

What separates us from the psychopaths, sociopaths and other human deviations?

What make us “normal” and some other individual an object of fear?

Is it, very simply, the ability to control your emotions in times of stress and turmoil? When your base instinct is to inflict harm but instead you walk away … is that the dividing line?

For example, yesterday a moment of intense and unadulterated rage. So intense, so encompassing and a s aresult of a person whome one is supposed to respect behaving like an uncouth, inconsiderate barbarianย  – think Atilla on steroids! My immediate thought (honestly- straw that broke the camels back scenario) was over the balcony much like Lady Macbeth and her ever present spot.

Instead my “normalness” won the day and I retired to my office to contemplate my fate over a cup of tea and Van Halen on the ipod.

Can it be that simple – the dichotomy between functional and dysfunctional?

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6 thoughts on “Ordinary versus Aberrant

  1. None of us are normal, Bandsmoke ๐Ÿ™‚ We all have our idiosyncracies. But in my teaching career I ahve met children who have no empathy: and they are the ones to watch. They can’t care about someone on whom they are inflicting pain, and whats more causing pain to others seems to entertain them. The circuitry is a little skewed.

    You’ve got way too much empathy to chuck your nemesis over the balcony ๐Ÿ˜€ I have pictured doing very similar things to superiors this week!

  2. None of us are normal, Bandsmoke ๐Ÿ™‚ We all have our idiosyncracies. But in my teaching career I have met children who have no empathy: and they are the ones to watch. They can’t care about someone on whom they are inflicting pain, and whats more causing pain to others seems to entertain them. The circuitry is a little skewed.

    You’ve got way too much empathy to chuck your nemesis over the balcony ๐Ÿ˜€ I have pictured doing very similar things to superiors this week!

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