bababa wrote:Could someone give me an ordinary, real-world example of the behaviour of somebody with 'shallow affect'? I don't get what it means.
'affect' means emotional response. 'shallow affect' or 'flattened affect' just means an emotional response more limited than you would expect (either positive or negative). It sometimes occurs in child-abuse victims who have 'switched off' as a defense against abuse. Star Trek's Mr Spock is a caricature of shallow affect. It doesn't
mean the same thing as the colloquial 'shallow'.
I wonder how psychologists actually use this list as a diagnostic tool. Some of the things mentioned are objective: revocation of parole, criminal behavior (if caught), many short-term marriages - but a lot of them would depend on the reporting of the subject, who by definition is charming and a glib, manipulative liar. If you like someone, he's fine; if you don't like someone, you see all these signs of psychopathology in him.
They don't. The actual diagnostic tool is a questionnaire with a manual detailing its correct use; the tool purports to measure those things in the list. But you won't ever see it published. The official reason is that it's a medical diagnostic tool and that it could be dangerous in the wrong hands; qualified personnel only. The actual
reason is that it allows psychologists to experience a "grandiose sense of self-worth"
Also ... it costs a lot of money to buy the test kit.