ABSTRACT

The human being is a social organism. In the United States today, there are estimates that the average person devotes 6.75 hours daily to interactions with members of the same species (McGuire and Raleigh, 1986). Despite this orientation toward “the other,” individuals within Homo sapiens dwell on the fringes of this social interplay. Fictional characters such as Norman Bates or such real persons as Jeffrey Dahmer, John Hinkley, Jr., and Ted Kaczynski display degrees of isolation that are extreme. Their solitary lifestyles and bizarre behaviors carry a certain fascination for the general populace, who view these men as aberrant and sick. Consequently, they remain objects for scrutiny by both social scientists and tabloids.