Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul recently responded to criticism surrounding his implied ‘self-diagnosis’ of sociopathic tendencies during a video he made in response to Shane Dawson’s ongoing docuseries.
A Tweet created by political YouTuber and author Peter M. Coffin called out Paul’s treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder, and suggested that he should do more research on the topic.
“...Logan Paul openly claims he has ‘sociopathic tendencies’ and talks about how it could be dangerous to lose control’ implies that he's likely been exposed to false information about mental health,” Coffin wrote. “Not going to armchair, but I think he should do some research.”
Also of note: that @LoganPaul openly claims he has "sociopathic tendencies" and talks about how it could be "dangerous to lose control" implies that he's likely been exposed to false information about mental health.
Not going to armchair, but I think he should do some research.
— The Honorable Judge Peter M. Coffin :key: (any/all) (@petercoffin) October 3, 2018
Paul responded to the criticisms in kind, citing his past year of controversy after filming a deceased individual in Japan’s Aokigahara ‘Suicide Forest.’
“What do you think I’ve been doing the entire year?,” he replied. “You have been misinformed; please take your own advice and do some research (not on the internet).”
what do you think I’ve been doing the entire year? you have been misinformed; please take your own advice & do some research (not on the internet) https://t.co/fZxKw27O4Z
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) October 3, 2018
However, Coffin ended up backtracking, and followed up by saying that he felt Logan was ‘painting himself into a corner’ with his diagnosis and was being ‘too harsh’ on himself.
The response video in question took issue with Dawson’s handling of the term ‘sociopath,’ feeling as though the YouTuber was using it synonymously with ‘psychopath.’
Additionally, Paul stated that he felt ‘sociopathic tendencies’ fell on a spectrum, and even admitted that he possessed sociopathic traits in a series of DMs to Dawson that were read aloud in the documentary’s third episode.
Shane’s docuseries has spurred a wide conversation on mental health and Antisocial Personality Disorder, much of which has been targeted at larger YouTubers, celebrities, and high-profile CEOs.