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11 February 2005 @ 08:08 am
Question to Psyche People-  
People who have had more psyche training than me, maybe you can answer this:

I know that sociopathy (antisocial personality disorder) is knowing right from wrong but lacking inner moral compass that prevents the person from doing the wrong thing or feeling remorse for their actions. However, I want to know if there is a name for a disorder that causes the person to have moral direction and a sense of remorse, but is unable to tell right from wrong or lives by what they feel is right or wrong?

Basically I have a character who is downright crazy. Her problem is she thinks she's the good guy and she is always right, and believes that killing people who do wrong is justice. Example: her sister was born with FAS, so she blamed her mother for her sister's condition and tried to stab her in her sleep. She still thinks she was in the right when she did this.
 
 
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Rook the Librarian: ... did I leave the oven on?gisho on February 11th, 2005 09:19 am (UTC)
I don't know, but you might try little_details; there's bound to be SOMEONE who's an expert psychologist. They have an expert everything else.
Anna Belmont: amarant understandingangelari on February 12th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
I don't know if there is a "disorder" for that. Everyone (who is presumably a psychologically functioning human being) lives by what they feel is right and wrong, defines the fairness of the universe by their own morality, and chooses actions based on those definitions. Morality itself is this mysterious combination of acquired and inherent; most people have an innate respect for life ("killing people is wrong"), but, given sufficient motivation, can learn to overcome it (for soldiers, killing the enemy is okay). Your character's affliction seems more of an inability to control her exercising of right vs. wrong, rather than a skewed definition. Killing people who do wrong IS justics, at least if you believe in the death penalty. She just has a heightened definition of "wrong" and a belief that she should be the one to enforce it, rather than relying on an outside authority. More old-fashioned and anarchist than insane.