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Old Today, 02:54 PM
 
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Keep clutching those pearls.

I'd hire her.
Did you read her other threads? ...
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Old Today, 03:13 PM
 
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No, it's not normal. I'm not an animal person of any kind, but I have never harmed any of them or even thought of harming them. I'm actually scared of them.

I have a cousin who Mod cut. It was a troubling sign. He grew up to be the worst in his family.

My ex liked to kill frogs for no reason when he was young. To this date, he still finds it funny and has no empathy for them.

Animal cruelty at any age is alarming and a huge RED FLAG. It's one of the top characteristics that psychologists give sociopaths, psychopaths, serial killers, etc.

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Old Today, 03:15 PM
 
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No... but now I kinda have to

Just saying that I wouldn't care in the slightest if somebody was mean to a lizard when they were a child. Though I suppose I'd find it a little strange if that came up during the job interview.
 
Old Today, 03:22 PM
 
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Animal cruelty at any age is alarming and a huge RED FLAG. It's one of the top characteristics that psychologists give sociopaths, psychopaths, serial killers, etc.
If I get emotional in some sad films, love my family, would be stressed-out if placed under pressure (definitely not calm nor collected) and react with disgust towards horrible crimes than I wouldn't fit neither a sociopath nor a psychopath.
I think I might be somewhat of a histrionic perhaps.
 
Old Today, 03:25 PM
 
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No... but now I kinda have to

Just saying that I wouldn't care in the slightest if somebody was mean to a lizard when they were a child. Though I suppose I'd find it a little strange if that came up during the job interview.
Probably only if you own a zoo, pet store or animal shelter.
However, I think this question should be asked when someone applies for a job in a child or adult care.
Cruelty to small animals (remember, OP didn't mess up with rottweilers) could be associated with cruelty to things smaller, weaker and those who can't fend for themselves.
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Old Today, 03:26 PM
 
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It seems that every single time a child is cruel to an animal, even if it's very small one there seems to be a huge outcry and the word sociopath gets thrown. Most people get alarmed and already want the kid to be seen by a psychiatrist.


I can only think of these short episodes (while I was in FL), in which there was a bit of cruelty on my part on a small brown lizard. They were done on 3 separate occasions. However, things never progressed to any other animals (besides cockroaches, which I have a deep hatred and disgust till this very day) and I've grown up to be a cat lover and normal family-oriented woman.

1st time: I was 7 and decided to cut part of its tail. Though I let it go.
2nd time: I think it was months later (same age). I was curious about what it does if it's in pain. I left my lamp lightbulb on for a while. I placed its back on the hot bulb for 1-3 seconds. However, when I saw it squirming like crazy, I let it go.
3rd time and last time: I was a bit older by then. I was in 4th grade and this time, I stepped on one in front of a classmate, killing it. This was the only single time I smiled for a bit. My classmate obviously didn't like it.

Otherwise, I would just collect them in a jar with holes, feed them and release them after a week.
That was not "normal" behavior, but you had enough of a conscience to absorb your classmates reaction and to learn from it. But, if a child were doing that in my presence, I would be concerned for them.
 
Old Today, 03:31 PM
 
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The neighbor kid used to go on "reconnaissance" missions, which consisted of hiding in the ditch until some sort of animal came along, and then doing something to ruin its day or end its life. He's currently in prison. No one was at all surprised.

The fact that you held a lizard to a burning lightbulb is disturbing. If you're a normal, smart kid, you're aware that the lizard is going to feel pain and you're the one inflicting that pain unnecessarily upon a helpless animal. There's something wrong with that behavior. It's quite malicious to want to harm a creature that can't fight back. I would not consider that "normal" at all. I wouldn't label you a sociopath or a psychopath just because of that, but if there were other troubling behaviors, it might cross my mind that it was a possibility.

Did you have a traumatic childhood? I hope not, but sometimes children act out in undesirable ways when they've suffered trauma.
 
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That was not "normal" behavior, but you had enough of a conscience to absorb your classmates reaction and to learn from it. But, if a child were doing that in my presence, I would be concerned for them.
I think as she got older, she just did other things that were/are highly inappropriate and troublesome. She also doesn't show any remorse. You can feel it from the posts that they are full of bragging undertones.
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Old Today, 04:20 PM
 
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kids most of the time boys....can be cruel....

ive seen peers use frogs as baseballs...and bat them around....throw different things at cows....

I saw one older brothers friend had a magnifying glass and fried some insects...

I saw a mother tell her sons to kill a snake so they smashed it in with a baseball bat



and mice.....rats were bb gun target practice..
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