By Laura L. Hayes

April 6, 2018

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We know who they are long before they do it. Before people kill, they

espouse hatred and blame others for their problems. They are verbally

abusive and threatening. They look for the confrontation in every

interaction. They deflect kindness. They curse at strangers. They threaten

to hurt animals, girlfriends, rivals-and may even do so. We are repelled by

their hostility, but at the same time they infuriate us, and we want to

strike back. They are offensive and ostracized. Even in the field of mental

health, where we strive to suspend judgement to treat the troubled, you

might hear: "I'll tell you his diagnosis-he's an asshole."