(not sure if this is the right forum, please move if necessary)
I started watching season 1, and I was wondering if this was a realistic depiction of sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder. To me, it seems that a true sociopath feels no emotion and usually just fakes them, but Dexter seems to go through the whole range of human emotions constantly. In voiceovers, he always talks about how emotionless he is, but at certain points in the series, he seems to show anger, sadness, happiness, fear, elation, etc.
My other theory is that Dexter is not really a sociopath, but maybe he has something else where his emotions are muted, but not absent. What would be an alternate diagnosis?
Or, maybe I’m not understanding the disorder correctly, and maybe there’s a range of severity, like autism.
Oh, one more thing: both he and his brother have this disorder because of the same traumatic event. Can a single, non-physically traumatic event (vs. brain damage) cause sociopathy? I also thought that sociopathy was a combination of genetic and environmental conditions.