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Old 05-13-12, 11:17 PM   #1
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Can You Call A 9 Year Old A Psychopath?

What do you do with a child like this? I know in the not-so-distant past, they would shackle a person like this up in a mental hospital and throw away the key. Lobotomize him. Keep him away from society. Keep him medicated. Cage him. And that would be his life. Of course, that is not humane but it is not beyond logic to think that this kid will harm or kill someone or more than one if he grows into adulthood. And then he goes away for good but only after there is a victim.

Anyway, a good read and pretty scary.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/ma...h.html?_r=2&hp
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Old 05-13-12, 11:26 PM   #2
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Old 05-14-12, 12:22 AM   #3
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Old 05-14-12, 12:43 AM   #4
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It's like they made a whole school of Peter Wiggins.
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Old 05-14-12, 01:12 AM   #5
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Amputate both arms and legs.

Surgically remove his tongue.

Pull out all his teeth.

Problem solved.
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Old 05-14-12, 01:17 AM   #6
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Amputate both arms and legs.

Surgically remove his tongue.

Pull out all his teeth.

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Old 05-14-12, 01:27 AM   #7
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What were you like when you were 9?
I believe he typed that response with his nose.
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Old 05-14-12, 01:27 AM   #8
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Re: Can You Call A 9 Year Old A Psychopath?

For several years, Michael screamed every time his parents told him to put on his shoes or perform other ordinary tasks, like retrieving one of his toys from the living room. “Going somewhere, staying somewhere — anything would set him off,” Miguel said. These furies lasted well beyond toddlerhood. At 8, Michael would still fly into a rage when Anne or Miguel tried to get him ready for school, punching the wall and kicking holes in the door. Left unwatched, he would cut up his trousers with scissors or methodically pull his hair out. He would also vent his anger by slamming the toilet seat down again and again until it broke.

If this was my kid...I'd seriously kick the little motherfucker's ass.
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Old 05-14-12, 01:32 AM   #9
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Re: Can You Call A 9 Year Old A Psychopath?

The bit where demon kid coolly erased the tape after he expressed his hatred for Allan was frightening.

Also..."He stopped dead, in the middle of the screaming, turned to me and said in this flat, adult voice, ‘Well, you didn’t think that through very clearly then, did you?"

Creepy little fucker.
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Old 05-14-12, 04:15 AM   #10
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Also..."He stopped dead, in the middle of the screaming, turned to me and said in this flat, adult voice, ‘Well, you didn’t think that through very clearly then, did you?"

Creepy little fucker.
This part was nuts.
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Old 05-14-12, 06:27 AM   #11
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And there are other challenges. Since psychopathy is highly heritable, Lynam says, a child who is cold or callous is more likely to have a parent who is the same way. And because parents don’t necessarily bond to children who behave cruelly, those children tend to get punished more and nurtured less, creating what he calls “a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

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Frick notes that one early study indicated that warm, affectionate parenting seems to reduce callousness in C.U. kids over time — even in children who initially resist such closeness.
A point for breastfeeding, then.
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Old 05-14-12, 06:34 AM   #12
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A point for breastfeeding, then.
Not if he might fly off the handle at any minute and tear off his mom's tit.
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Old 05-14-12, 07:21 AM   #13
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Sounds like a job for Father Merrin... -kd5-
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Old 05-14-12, 07:28 AM   #14
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Sounds like a job for Father Merrin... -kd5-
I was thinking Dr. Loomis, actually.
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Old 05-14-12, 07:35 AM   #15
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All I could think about while reading that was "We Need To Talk About Kevin"

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Old 05-14-12, 08:12 AM   #16
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Loved this bit from the comments section:

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Old 05-14-12, 08:27 AM   #17
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For several years, Michael screamed every time his parents told him to put on his shoes or perform other ordinary tasks, like retrieving one of his toys from the living room. “Going somewhere, staying somewhere — anything would set him off,” Miguel said. These furies lasted well beyond toddlerhood. At 8, Michael would still fly into a rage when Anne or Miguel tried to get him ready for school, punching the wall and kicking holes in the door. Left unwatched, he would cut up his trousers with scissors or methodically pull his hair out. He would also vent his anger by slamming the toilet seat down again and again until it broke.

If this was my kid...I'd seriously kick the little motherfucker's ass.
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Old 05-14-12, 08:27 AM   #18
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Meh. Give the kid some books, video games, and attention. He's a passionate kid who will be a billionaire or something if he's taught right. He might end up being one of those rich guys who pays to hunt homeless people. But he'll be "successful" in society's eyes.

I doubt they're going to talk about how the parents act. Kids do what their parents do. If the parents are obnoxious, self-important dicks (or "psychopaths", as the article calls it), the kid will be too.
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I doubt they're going to talk about how the parents act. Kids do what their parents do. If the parents are obnoxious, self-important dicks (or "psychopaths", as the article calls it), the kid will be too.
Uh, actually the article went into that. Maybe you should read it or something?
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Old 05-14-12, 08:40 AM   #20
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Uh, actually the article went into that. Maybe you should read it or something?
And make informed comments? Where's the fun in that?
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Old 05-14-12, 08:43 AM   #21
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I agree they should just channel the kid's attention to something useful. Maybe forensic sciences.

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Old 05-14-12, 08:47 AM   #22
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Uh, actually the article went into that. Maybe you should read it or something?
9 pages? I'll pass. Why can't the NY Times use bold?
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This is the kind of shit that happens when you don't beat your kids.
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