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Dexter isn't a psychopath.

Dexter isn't a psychopath?????????

Well...lets see. He has a need to hunt down people and cut them into pieces so I'm thinking he is probably more than OCDish.
 

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He has a need to hunt down people and cut them into pieces so I'm thinking he is probably more than OCDish.
Fail. Like many serial killers, Dexter shows obsessive qualities but does not meet the criteria for a diagnosis of OCD. If Dexter matched any disorder, I'd say the best fit is Schizoid Personality Disorder with a touch of sadism and a dash of obsessive qualities.

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[Schizoid Personality Disorder]

A. A pervasive pattern of detachment from social relationships and a restricted range of expression of emotions in interpersonal settings, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following:
  • neither desires nor enjoys close relationships, including being part of a family
  • almost always chooses solitary activities
  • has little, if any, interest in having sexual experiences with another person
  • takes pleasure in few, if any, activities
  • lacks close friends or confidants other than first-degree relatives appears indifferent to the praise or criticism of others
  • shows emotional coldness, detachment, or flattened affectivity
B. Does not occur exclusively during the course of Schizophrenia, a Mood Disorder With Psychotic Features, another Psychotic Disorder, or a Pervasive Developmental Disorder and is not due to the direct physiological effects of a general medical condition.
 
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Fail. Like many serial killers, Dexter shows obsessive qualities but does not meet the criteria for a diagnosis of OCD. If Dexter matched any disorder, I'd say the best fit is Schizoid Personality Disorder with a touch of sadism and a dash of obsessive qualities.
Actually, Myers that was a joke. However I think the game called let's diagnosis Dexter sounds fun. Your diagnosis isn't that accurate. Here is why.
http://www.minddisorders.com/Py-Z/Sc...-disorder.html
DSM-IV-TR specifies seven diagnostic criteria for schizoid personality disorder:
  • Avoids close relationships: People with this disorder show no interest or enjoyment in developing interpersonal relationships; this may also include family members. They perceive themselves as social misfits and believe they can function best when not dependent on anyone except themselves. They rarely date, often do not marry, and have few, if any, friends.
Dexter is very dependent upon his relationship with his sister, speaks to his dead dad and was in love with Rita. He was a pretty good husband (you know...except for the all murder stuff.)
  • Prefers solitude: They prefer and choose activities that they can do by themselves without dependence upon or involvement by others. Examples of activities they might choose include mechanical or abstract tasks such as computer or mathematical games.
Nah..he always seemed to be hanging out with someone.
  • Avoids sex: There is typically little or no interest in having a sexual experience with another person. This would include a spouse if the affected person is married.
At first he didn't like sex...then decided he did.
  • Lacks pleasure: There is an absence of pleasure in most activities. A person with schizoid personality disorder seems unable to experience the full range of emotion accessible to most people.
He seemed pretty into the sex.
  • Lacks close friends: People affected with this disorder typically do not have the social skills necessary to develop meaningful interpersonal relationships. This results in few ongoing social relationships outside of immediate family members.
OMG Dexter has a million friends.
  • Indifferent to praise or criticism: Neither positive nor negative comments made by others elicit an emotionally expressive reaction. They don't appear concerned about what others might think of them. Despite their tendency to turn inward to escape social contact, they practice little introspection.
Not really.
  • Emotional detachment: Their emotional style is aloof and perceived by others as distant or "cold." They seem unable or uninterested in expressing empathy and concern for others. Emotions are significantly restricted and most social contacts would describe their personality as very bland, dull or humorless. The person with schizoid personality disorder rarely picks up on or reciprocates normal communicational cues such as facial expressions, head nods, or smiles.
Dexter is so empathic he could be a therapist...if he decided to give up his serial killing hobby that is.
 
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... Until you give key examples of these allegations, I can't properly address them. "Not really" and "Dexter has a million friends" are not arguments founded on evidence.
 
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... Until you give key examples of these allegations, I can't properly address them. "Not really" and "Dexter has a million friends" are not arguments founded on evidence.

If you watch the show you'll notice that Dexter has a very active social life and is well liked at work. His colleges feel very connected to him...etc.


Anyway, he is a fictional character.

IMO there really isn't any such thing as a nice serial killer. It's an unusual and funny show. Nothing more.
 
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I was also thinking about women who get into relationships that are abusive...

I donno, I'm always thinking something is being recreated there...a conflict they had as a kid-plus, if that's all you know, what's more to expect really?

It could even be as out there as a father promises not to come home drunk and hit her, and they talk it all out, she forgives him, all is restored...then he does it again and the pattern repeats it's self. If you grew up like that, your tolerance to it would be high, and it it could be difficult for that kid (now grown) to feel that she doesn't deserve that and demand better.
Maybe an ever hopeful wish that the parent (now boyfrind/spouse/ other realtionships) had taken care of them, because that hope must have been there as a kid.
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Yes, yes... But this isn't the place to be discussing that...
 
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sorry lol, I did not see that there were already so many pages to this thread, only caught the first page. I guess what I posted was more the longterm stuff too.
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I was also thinking about women who get into relationships that are abusive...

I donno, I'm always thinking something is being recreated there...a conflict they had as a kid-plus, if that's all you know, what's more to expect really?

It could even be as out there as a father promises not to come home drunk and hit her, and they talk it all out, she forgives him, all is restored...then he does it again and the pattern repeats it's self. If you grew up like that, your tolerance to it would be high, and it it could be difficult for that kid (now grown) to feel that she doesn't deserve that and demand better.
Maybe an ever hopeful wish that the parent (now boyfrind/spouse/ other realtionships) had taken care of them, because that hope must have been there as a kid.
VERY INSIGHTFUL
 
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Yes, yes... But this isn't the place to be discussing that...

I don't remember adding that rule to the "Why are women attracted to sociopaths" thread book.

What page is that on?
 
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