Was Scott a 'sociopath'?

Many have claimed that Scott "must be a sociopath". No competent professional has made any such diagnosis, based on a personal examination of him. Based on his history, here we compare him to two well known leaders. Note that it requires three or more 'Yes' answers to determine APD (anti social personality disorder). Note also that it is incompetent reasoning to assume Scott Peterson's guilt for any crime, then use that assumption to 'prove' his guilt for a crime.

 


Bill ClintonScott PetersonGeorge W. Bush
  • Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
NoNoYes
  • Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or cheating others for personal profit or pleasure
NoNoYes
  • Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
NoNoYes
  • Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
NoNoYes
  • Reckless disregard for safety of self or others
NoNoYes
  • Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
NoNoYes
  • Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another
YesNoYes

Required pre-existing characteristics - all must be true before the above are applied:

  • There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more) of the above.
  • The individual is at least age 18 years.
  • There is evidence of Conduct Disorder with onset before age 15 years. *
    * (Only G W Bush can be included here. Reportedly he used to put firecrackers in live frogs and blow them up for his amusement as a teen.
    No incidents are reported for the other two men).
  • The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode.