- You are not a sociopath just because your favorite character is.
- You are not a psychopath just because your favorite character is.
I feel like calling people out who identify with these types of characters is just kind of mean. I mean, of course you shouldn't want to be a psychopath, but if you feel like one maybe posting about it on the Internet is some kind of therapy for you. (This is the part where I know I'm not a sociopath- I have tons of empathy for underdogs.)
I don't know. Maybe I'm wrong. Or maybe I took that tumblr post in an entirely wrong way- maybe they weren't even talking about Sherlock. But it relates to a conversation I recently had with a friend who was talking about how every blogger seems to say in their bio that they have social anxiety and are awkward when they aren't online and have no friends offline, but online they are huge web presences. And as much as I agree with her, there are a ton of people claiming certain disorders recently that I've started to wonder who is just playing along and who really has them, I have to defend my peeps. You see, I DO have social anxiety and I HAVE struggled with it. I used to not be able to leave my house and it's taken many many years to get where I am now. I still have days where I can't look other people in the eye because of nerves.
I think what a lot of people forget is that with the invention of the internet, the world became lots and lots smaller. People are connected now in ways we never thought we'd be. So yes, some people do exaggerate characteristics, build online personas that are "not good", and I do think there is a little bit of "it's trendy to be mental" going around. BUT but but but, to some degree you should take into consideration how connected we all are.
Example: When I was younger, I didn't know more than two other people who wore vintage/second hand clothes like me (or like I did before I learned how to sew). One was older by two years and one was in my grade (she liked to sew, too). Now, thanks to the Internet, I'm seeing TONS of girls in docs and vintage dresses and part of me wants to scream - "I've been doing that since I was twelve! Before it was trendy, dammit!" - but I realize that... maybe they were, too, but because we didn't have the internet then, we didn't know each other. We didn't realize there ARE other people out there like us. In the wide world where we isolate ourselves in our own heads, we forget that no idea or person is truly truly unique and original. Everything has been done before.
So before you bash someone because you think they are faking a disorder, or maybe because their problems hit too close to yours and you'd rather them be a fake, maybe you should think for a second that perhaps this person is telling the truth. Maybe this person needs some help or a friend just like them (maybe just like you). I wish that people would get along better. I really, really do.
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