Obsidian wrote:Core essence? Is that like some hippie thing? :P
LordOfEchoes wrote:I know that it's a vague question, but I wanted to ask it because sometimes people forget that diagnostic criteria are written from the outsiders perspective, looking in. It'd be weird for someone with this disorder to describes themselves as "glib" or "superficial", for instance. That's what the diagnoser may perceive, but they're only getting a partial picture because it's impossible to jump inside the mind of another.
In fact, many times, I think that the perception of the diagnoser is totally and blatantly wrong. As an example, so-called "psychopaths" can and do feel guilt. It's certainly not processed or expressed the way it is with most people, but that doesn't mean it's absent.
justonemoreperson wrote:Anyone can decide if guilt is required. I will often upset my wife because I have a very limited understanding of what she feels. When she tells me she's upset I will often do what I can to fix the issue if I feel it's valid.
I've discussed "guilt" with her on a number of occasions and I do not feel what she feels, but I do recognise when a situation needs to be repaired, and the need to repair it is sometimes compelling.
LordOfEchoes wrote: I think that there is a "duty" people with this disorder have to something - maybe just to one very specific person or thing, or to a group of such people or things - that, if violated, does produce guilt. I mean, maybe it's not actually guilt. How can a person know what 'guilt' even IS if they can't feel it, after all? Even if not guilt, it's something in the same ballpark.
Am I making sense, or totally out in left field? And that last question goes out to anyone.