The Cabin Boy™ is having a snit because someone called him a sociopath. He imagines that he has been defamed because he hasn’t been formally “diagnosed” as a sociopath.Where to begin? I suppose by pointing out the DSM (the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) is now up to revision 5, and DSM-5 contains no such diagnosis. The DSM-III was superseded in 1987. (I am not a shrink, but looking at the DSM-5 criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder and the Cabin Boy’s™ behavior, …)
So what does the word sociopath mean?
so·cio·path n. \ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath, ˈsō-sh(ē-)ə-\ 1. a person who is completely unable or unwilling to behave in a way that is acceptable to society. 2. a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.
Although I wouldn’t describe Bill Schmalfeldt as a sociopath, I can understand why someone else might. I prefer Ken White’s description for Schmalfeldt—”demented freak.”
UPDATE—After I originally drafted this post, the Cabin Boy™ put up another blog post demonstrating his poor understanding of both psychology and law. I’m not a professional in either of those disciplines, but I do know that the facts of the case he wants to rely on are inapposite to LOLsuit VIII, that the Texas case law Schmalfeldt cites is not binding on a court in South Carolina, and that the case law relating to defamation has evolved quite a bit over the past 40 years. For example, Brett Kimberlin lost his Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. LOLsuit because he could not prove that we defendants had made any false statements about him. We did not have to prove that we had told the truth. We had been truthful, but the burden of proof was on Kimberlin as a plaintiff rather than us as defendants.
Nothing is proceeding as the Cabin Boy™ has hallucinated.