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What's the Difference Between A Mental Illness and Being A Sick Son Of A Bitch?
xxJing 
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Posted 1/1/15
It's difficult to draw the line in practice but basically :

Someone who is mentally ill experiences irresistible urges to perform an action. Ritualistic murder etc.

Someone who is 'evil' doesn't experience any irresistible urge, they have just simply come to the conclusion that they can get what they want in a manner that someone else may not like. Morality is a social construction, it's brainwashing, there is no such thing as inherent good or evil, it's all about the values we are taught. Many times what some people consider 'sick' and others consider 'evil' are actually the most logical choice.
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Being aware of if what you're doing is wrong or not, I think.
Posted 1/1/15 , edited 1/1/15
some would consider 'evil' a mental illness, however, and that someone with that disposition can be treated theraputically.

People with antisocial personality disorder are widely considered to be untreatable, but there are studies that suggest this is not always the case.

If a behaviour can be learned, it can also be unlearned. It just takes will, time, and dedication on the part of clinician and patient . The person has to want to change their ways, though. Otherwise, there is truly no hope.
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Posted 1/1/15 , edited 1/3/15
I always thought if you added the words "the voices tell me too...." then you need help
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Posted 1/1/15 , edited 1/1/15
You either go back to the earlier times where you lock up everyone who doesn't conform to some norm, they figure out how to help themselves because they don't want to be locked up, or you hope that they don't go all Jack the Ripper on everyone.
The only fine line would be when they start to show the symptoms of a major issue, and typically that starts in childhood, and is typically either medicated now a days, or considered a phase they're going through and get no assistance on their behavioral abnormalities.
Say you've got an "Old Bob" who stands on the corner and rants about aliens. Who's to say one day he doesn't just decide that he yanks out an AK and caps people who he believes to be aliens? He clearly needs help, but you never know how many days may pass between the people laughing at him, and him needing to be put down.

P.S. If they claim insanity, they're usually full of shit.
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Posted 1/1/15
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mental illness or a sick daughter of a bitch eh?
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Mental illness usually causes personal problems. People who are sick killers are not really mentally ill as much as they are following a different moral code.

I suppose i could explain it by saying that mentally ill people may have one or more issues that cause certain issues for them. Even if they do something that is unforgivable and cruel it is a result of their lacking the ability to solve their own problems. Whether they recognize a problem or not they are clinically diagnosed as mentally ill and this fact will be known as the reason for their actions.

On the other side of the spectrum are people that are sick jerks such as Hitler. Hitler was perfectly sane, he just believed that the Germans are the descendants of the Aryan race and that the Aryan race was superior and that every other race should be destroyed. This is something that every other race and person would challenge stating that Hitler was insane or something of the like. The fact of the matter is that Hitler merely though differently and chose to believe something. The beliefs of Newton and Einstein were very different and challenged modern science. Many people would find their beliefs insane, but they were merely different. Thus, a differing moral code leads to horrible character.

Simply put the difference between the two is that one of them is truly sick and the other merely has a different mindset from the norm.

tl;dr Mentally ill people have a problem and need help. Sick **** are people who have a non-standard moral code.
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We can help people who can still be reasoned with and taught to value the life of humans and animals. I tend to associate mentally ill with a person who can be rehabilitated. Can we fix, subdue, or alleviate these tendencies? If the answer is yes, the person is mentally ill. If the answer is no, they're too far gone to be saved and should be locked up or killed.

I for one am thankful that we do not rely on a system like Psycho-Pass. I would have been killed by a dominator by now. My likelihood to commit a crime given the right situation is through the roof. I would never shoot up a school or rob a bank, but I absolutely wouldn't hesitate to shoot someone killing students or threatening my life while robbing a bank. If a life I value is in danger, I will do what I have to to protect that life. Unfortunately, it is easier to kill people than it is to incapacitate them. Shot placement is a bit tough in the dark, and center of mass is the best bet. Shotguns aren't very selective either.

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I'd say "being a sick son of a bitch" occurs as a result of a mental illness, someone who is say a psycho/sociopath does not feel any remorse for their actions. So while some may be manipulators others may turn into murderers. A sane mind should in theory not be capable of murder or acts of violence unless in dire situations.
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