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By nothowscienceworks / Friday 13 November 2015 07:06 / United States
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If OP was saying this to the parent a negative connotation then he/she is an idiot... many children make up stories about their house life and it is perfectly normal

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Oops I was trying to say that his mom should teach him not to lie but it's okay if he is just using his imagination since he is only a child.

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Just out of curiosity #11, do you have any formal training in psychology or are you just one of those internet douchebags who thinks it's ok to diagnose themselves and others with mental disorders just because they read a few wikipedia articles?

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As someone who suffers from a mental disorder is just like to say that #11 needs to find a short drop with a sudden stop.

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Insinuating someone needs to go kill themselves for next to no reason really helps to shed your cause in a positive light, 18. You'll probably feel waaay better once you unbunch your panties. I'm just saying.

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Then why did the OP say, "BUT he often...." If the child displayed normal behaviour, then why make the "but" remark like what he was doing was out of the ordinary? If the child is indeed a sociopath, I would think what the teach had to said just added to the suspicion the mom already had. Hope the mom does get the child properly evaluated. Better than a parent that thinks their child could do no wrong and think example: skinning cats etc... are just a healthy curiosity.

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18, as someone who also suffers from anorexia nervosa, OCD and GAD, telling this person to kill themself is NOT OKAY. At all.

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#18 You suffer from a mental disorder? Don't worry about it. We can hardly tell. And I'm not diagnosing anyone, I'm just stating a fact that narcissistic sociopathic people tend to be pathological liars. I've dealt with a few very closely and it's really quite an experience.

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38 - It's probably just that the kid gets carried away and it disrupts work or carpet time, either because they're talking about the wrong thing or just talking too much. OP probably wasn't concerned about the actual behaviour, just wanted to keep it under control.

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you can't evaluate a could properly until they are 10-13 years of age. when they're that young, you can't label them as anti-social (which would give evidence for being sociopathic). while you could say that they're a budding sociopath, its best to know for sure. if he shows strong signs, he should be tested, but if it remains like it is now, with only little signs, I say wait until he's at least 9.

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My thoughts exactly. I feel three ways about this. On the one hand, excessive lying IS a symptom of sociopathy and yes, sociopaths usually begin displaying symptoms in early childhood and if this child IS a sociopath, he needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible, because by the time he reaches puberty it will be too late. On the other hand, perfectly normal children often tell fantastic stories, so that alone doesn't necessarily mean anything. On the other other hand, given the mothe

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Sociopaths aren't necessarily good liars all the time either. My sociopathic ex husband used to tell so many lies, eventually even the most naive people would start to question his stories. Sure, he'd have people convinced he was a decorated soldier with a cheating wife for a while, but eventually the lies would just build up and one after another they'd get exposed or there'd be an inconsistency in his story and his narrative just didn't make sense anymore. Sometimes they just don't know when t

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That kid is not your abusive ex husband, #23. You're projecting your past issues on a CHILD who, according to this FML, has no issues despite an overactive imagination. Also, with all those 'experts' floating around on this FML I'd like to mention that not only has the term 'sociopath' not been used in ages in modern psychology, antisocial personality disorder cannot be diagnosed in children. It is then called conduct disorder and manifests in a pattern of violent and socially disruptive behavio

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Can i just point out that the human brain doesn't mature to the point of knowing right from wrong and feeling guilt fully until age 7? The kid has an imagination. If he doesn't know the difference, between real and fake explain it to him. If he doesn't get it in a few years, go crazy with the evals.

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34, I never diagnosed the kid. All I was saying was that just because someone has been caught in a lie doesn't mean they can't be a sociopath. And while I'm certainly no expert in psychology, I have looked into this particular subject a lot, and it's a very controversial issue, to the point where there's no clear definition of sociopathy, but it is a real term. The controversy is usually centered around the difference between sociopathy and psychopathy. And with regard to a child, it's a difficu

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I guess what I'm saying is, either the mom is a paranoid nut, or she's noticed other troubling behavior the teacher has missed.

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The generally accepted difference (at the pyschiatry clinics I have been to, at least.) is that a sociopath is born able to learn morals, but develops a damaged sense of morals and empathy due to the environmental factors in their childhood. Psychopaths are considered to be born with an incomplete ability to empathize, and lacking some of the connections that enable the average person to learn morals. Putting the difference between the two aside, most mental/emotional health practitioners wou

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#47, you may have been reading up on this, but your sources were outdated. Try type 'psychopath' as well as 'sociopath' in scholar.google.com and you will see that 'sociopath' has not been used in psychological and psychiatric research for a loooooong time.

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66, just because it says that, does not mean that I'm even the last ten years, sociopath hasn't been used by professionals to classify people. it has.

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71, misdiagnoses do take place, definitely. If you meet a professional, who uses the term other than to explain issues to people not familiar with the field, do make sure that people involved find qualified help.

And how do you know that he's making up stories? Maybe he really did have the pope round for dinner. Were you there? Do you know the pope? I think you should apologise to that child, OP. And the pope.

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I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I probably would have phrased it a little differently than "But he..." It could have been stated that "Billy has such a great imagination! He said that Batman had dinner with your family the other night!" The 'but' part insinuates that there's something wrong with the child. Unless he's making up stories of abuse or something, then obviously that's something wrong. Just a thought.

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Overactive imagination can cause issues in class. It's not a bad thing in itself but it can be disruptive or stop them focusing on work. So sometimes it needs to be a 'but'. It would pretty much always be followed by explaining that it's not a big problem and listing the positives before explaining the little thing to work on, but I guess the mum didn't stay for that bit.

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