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Old Yesterday, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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It's aberrant behavior, yes.

And there is plenty of aberrant behavior outside the realm of sociopathy. It seems like you have decided that if one isn't exhibiting sociopathic behavior, there couldn't possibly be anything else maladaptive going on, which is false. There are other types of mental illness.

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Old Yesterday, 11:40 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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I was taught to treat everyone and every*thing* with respect and compassion. I remember swimming in my friend's pool when I was a kid and saw a bee drowning. I cupped my hands with water and rescued it out of the pool. Unfortunately, it stung me in the process. But I didn't even get mad. I knew it was just doing its bee thing and was just protecting itself because it didn't know what my intentions were.

Not all kids tortured animals and insects because it was "normal."

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Old Today, 12:28 AM
 
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It's a warning sign for the beginning stages of sociopathy, even psychopathy if taken to an extreme. It's definitely NOT normal behavior.
 
Old Today, 03:20 AM
 
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No, it is not normal nor natural.
 
Old Today, 07:50 AM
 
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Definitely not normal.
 
Old Today, 08:36 AM
 
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You people are ridiculous. Unless of course you're vegetarians... in which case I gotta respect your consistency.

This kind of curiosity in a kid is completely normal. Humans are predators. We evolved to hunt critters, cut them apart, and eat them. This might be distasteful to today's sterile suburbanites... but it's as 'normal' as human behavior gets. And unless ya'll are vegetarians... then all you pearl-clutchers are simply paying someone less fortunate to do the bloody work for you.

I'm not a hunting enthusiast, though I've shot and cut apart my share of critters- fish, squirrels, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, deer,.hogs. I learned this as a kid- some I was taught, some I figured out myself. Doesn't bother me a bit... I could eat a sammich while gutting a hog.

Matter of fact it's interesting to take these critters apart and see how they're put together and how they work. I reccomend it as an educational experience.
 
Old Today, 08:59 AM
 
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Are you female? I think young females tend to be more empathetic towards animals than young males.

When I was a child, I remember a few of the boys showing off for each other by killing bugs and snakes or shooting (BB guns) at birds and squirrels for fun. I remember them laughing, but not at the pain of the animal.

My concern would be with the feelings of delight on inflicting pain on the animal. Is it possible that your parents were abusive to you and you were acting out?

People can and do outgrow ****ty behaviors. I believe some kids learn from their experiences and become better as adults.
 
Old Today, 09:01 AM
 
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Originally Posted by turkey-head View Post
You people are ridiculous. Unless of course you're vegetarians... in which case I gotta respect your consistency.

This kind of curiosity in a kid is completely normal. Humans are predators. We evolved to hunt critters, cut them apart, and eat them. This might be distasteful to today's sterile suburbanites... but it's as 'normal' as human behavior gets. And unless ya'll are vegetarians... then all you pearl-clutchers are simply paying someone less fortunate to do the bloody work for you.

I'm not a hunting enthusiast, though I've shot and cut apart my share of critters- fish, squirrels, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, deer,.hogs. I learned this as a kid- some I was taught, some I figured out myself. Doesn't bother me a bit... I could eat a sammich while gutting a hog.

Matter of fact it's interesting to take these critters apart and see how they're put together and how they work. I reccomend it as an educational experience.
Yes, hunting is normal. But gutting an animal alive is not. The theme of the OP is not about killing the animal. It is about inflicting pain for pleasure.
 
Old Today, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Honestly I'm too emotional to even be a sociopath. A couple years ago, even the sad part in The Lion King (Mufasa's death) did made me cry a bit.

I've always loved cats. One time a cat tried to scratch me because I was patting and hugging it too much. Oh well...so much for giving it too much affection.
As for dogs; some of them are lovable but others are scary and from bad reputations (Pitbulls or Rottweilers I stay away from them). I once brought a puppy home and thought I could feed it by myself without my parents knowing it. It had to be returned back because it caught fleas.

If that still makes me a sociopath, then I must be on the extremely low side on it or not a sociopath at all.
Then why do you keep posting about it? And why do you assume that a sociopath is the only option?

What you have described in your OP (and other thread) is not typical, no.
 
Old Today, 09:07 AM
 
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Are you female? I think young females tend to be more empathetic towards animals than young males.

When I was a child, I remember a few of the boys showing off for each other by killing bugs and snakes or shooting (BB guns) at birds and squirrels for fun. I remember them laughing, but not at the pain of the animal.

My concern would be with the feelings of delight on inflicting pain on the animal. Is it possible that your parents were abusive to you and you were acting out?

People can and do outgrow ****ty behaviors. I believe some kids learn from their experiences and become better as adults.
Yes I'm a woman and did mentioned it on my post. I do believe we as women can be the more (generally) nurturing gender towards animals.
In those two occasions (the tail cutting and hot bulb incidents), I wasn't laughing. It was only on the 3rd incident that I laughed a bit.

I don't recall acting out nor being angry. The two incident were out of curiosity and the last one out of nowhere.
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