Date: Sat 10 May 2003 - 09:05:43 GMT
In a message dated 5/9/2003 2:54:46 PM Central Daylight Time,
As I've stated before, Joe is clearly diagnosable with a personality
disorder. The diagnostic criteria are listed on page 633 of the DSM-IV:
A. An enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates from
the expectations of an individual's culture, as manifested in two (or more)
of the following areas:
1. cognition (i.e., ways of perceiving and interpreting self, other people, and events)
2. affectivity (i.e., the range, intensity, lability, and appropriateness of emotional response)
3. interpersonal functioning
4. impulse control B. The enduring pattern is inflexible C. The pattern leads to distress or impairment in social areas of functioning. D. The pattern is stable and of long duration. E. The patern is not better accounted for as a consequence of another mental disorder. F. The pattern is not due to a drug of abuse, a medication, or a general medical condition (e.g., head trauma).
[Jake] I interpreted the above as a pure ad hominem. Perhaps a somewhat
sophisticated and intelligent sounding one, but an ad hominem regardless.
Perhaps you could say, "Well, I was just trying to help people out by warning
them about Joe." But I don't really buy that. Whether Joe gives you
headache, whether you find him full of "brutish eloquence" or something else,
he has been around these parts for a while now. A look through the archives
of the memetics list, or the Church of the Virus
http://virus.lucifer.com/bbs/, for the last several years should give people
whatever warning they need. I personally avoid psychiatrically "diagnosing"
people over the Internet. Even if I had the credentials and training to
diagnose someone, I have my doubts that diagnosing someone from their
interactions on a public list has any psychiatric usefulness. What I can say
about Joe is that he has a terrible case of "last-wordism", but I'm sure you
could figure that out for yourself. Beyond that I have no idea of what
disorders he may or may not have.
Speaking of diagnosing people, this is one of my favorite "What's wrong with
me?" fun links. http://www.4degreez.com/misc/personality_disorder_test.mv
I just now took it again. My results tend to fluctuate depending on my mood
and which of my behaviors I am focussed on, but the following is not
untypical of me.
Disorder | Rating
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