Dex. (they/them) Just graduated from JMU. 21 and taken. Always been the weird kid, but I own it. Pretty dorky. Music junkie. Rugger. All kindsa queer. Crazy. Chill. Hopeless romantic. Secretly a really huge softy.
Rachel: There's this one kid that I used to babysit for, he is a devil child. I don't usually say that about kids, like if they're energetic, that's fine. But he just comes up with these games... like games where he'd pretend to kill me.
Rachel: He is a psychopath.
Me: He's not a psychopath. How old is he?
Rachel. He's seven. But he just comes up with this all from his own mind. He's not allowed to watch tv.
Me: Okay, he's not a psychopath. He probably learned it from someone at school.
Rachel: No, he's homeschooled. There is seriously something wrong with him.
Me: Then it's probably a reaction to not having any amount of control over his life. He just wants to be able to control something. He has no outlet.
Rachel: He is a psychopath. There is something wrong with him.
Rachel: Psychopaths can't... what is it?
Rachel: Yeah, they can't empathize. He just gets this look in his eyes.
Me: So why do you let him play these games then? You shouldn't be reinforcing the behavior, that makes it okay.
Rachel: I'm not.
Me: You're letting him do it, that's reinforcing the behavior. What's he gonna do if you tell him he can't play it? He's seven.
Rachel: Well I did a couple times and then I just didn't wanna deal with it. There is something seriously wrong with him.
1.) How dare you say that there is "something seriously wrong" with any person, especially a child? You are basically saying they are defective and discarding them as a human being. Disgusting.
2.) Don't EVER talk down to me, especially about my own field of study, in which you have a very limited pool of knowledge. I will immediately lose any ounce of respect I had for you because you do not have the decency to talk to me like a human being.
3.) Psychopathology, not only has many other criteria, but is only diagnosable with the presence of Antisocial Personality Disorder, which requires a person to be 18 before they are diagnosed with it. You would know this if you had taken anything more than a psych 101 course. Do your research and at least get the basics down before you start lecturing people about anything. Particularly people who know more about the topic than you do.
4.) You never count out other possibilities for the behavior without carefully considering them and looking into the possibility that they may be the actual cause. Never be 100% sure of yourself.
5.) You are being a terrible babysitter to this little boy if you are letting him continue to act in maladaptive ways like this.
I had to restrain myself from reaching across the table at dinner and slapping her across the face.