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SHERLOCK HOLMES... IS THE CHARACTER REALLY A HIGH-FUNCTIONING SOCIOPATH?

SHERLOCK HOLMES... IS THE CHARACTER REALLY A HIGH-FUNCTIONING SOCIOPATH?

Chessnutcafe
Oct 31, 2016, 6:51 PM 3

Before we delve into the answer of “Is Sherlock Holmes a Sociopath?” We must first see what dominate characteristics a sociopath has, as compared to Sherlock’s characteristics, and see if his character is consistent with being a sociopath, or if Sherlock is (actually) something else.

  1. ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR. I’m sure you probably want to shout “Absolutely yes!” on this, but- No! Sherlock is not anti-social at all. He’s more socially awkward and socially inept, due to limited social interaction in his younger formative years, and chosen isolationism in his adult. Don’t confuse his highly selective nature, due to his uncommon vastly superior intellect over most, with being anti-social. He’s not against people, when Sherlock sees “smart” in a person, he is not only drawn to those few, but eternally and unbreakably bonded to them.

  2. A COMPLETE LACK OF EMPATHY. Sorry, but again- No! Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Sherlock understands feelings, he just doesn’t share them in the same way most do. He suppresses his emotions, is highly disciplined, and uses logic to determine his response, or lack of response. In another words, Sherlock picks carefully what he cares about and his care is using logic to show it.

  3. ABNORMAL MORAL CONDUCT. Sherlock can easily manipulate people, and be a master criminal himself if he chose to do so, but he fights against these evils, that is socially accepted as being evil. So- No! there too.

  4. UNCONTROLLABLE BEHAVIOR/HIGH AGRESSION. No! Sherlock is, as I’ve said, highly disciplined and logical. He is in total control, and yes, he does “cut loose” sometimes, but no more that we all do.

  5. IRRESISTABLY CHARMING. This behavior is done to only manipulate everyone for personal gain.-No! And only the select few, whom have penetrated Sherlock’s inner-circle would find him intellectually charming. So, No! there as well.

  6. NARCISISM. Not even close. You are not a narcissist when you are that smart… plus, when Sherlock misses things and clues, he refers to himself, out loud, as “a fool!” or an "idiot!"

  7. IMMORAL/DECEITFUL. No! It can easily be argued that Sherlock displays a higher morality in fighting evil, and Sherlock can use deceit, but only to thwart evil or assist the greater good.

  8. RECKLESS PROMISCUITY. When? No!!!

  9. UNABLE TO ADMIT MISTAKES. No! As discussed, Sherlock thinks and proclaims himself “a fool” or an "idiot!" when in err.

  10. AN INABILITY TO LEARN FROM MISTAKES. No! Everything indicates Sherlock makes few mistakes, but when he is in err, he recognizes and corrects them.

Sherlock Holmes is a High-functioning Moralist, not a Sociopath.

Agree or disagree and why?

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