These lines from Toni Morrison’s Beloved come from a sermon by the character Baby Suggs. In it, Baby Suggs is preaching to her people about the value of their lives. She does so by referring to the parts of the their bodies as having needs of their own. This affirms the importance of the community to which she is preaching and the individuals that make it up. Baby Suggs refers to the needs of the “flesh,” “feet,” “backs,” and “shoulders.” Though it may seem that breaking the people down into their parts would dehumanize them, instead the sermon shows just how human they are. Their bodies are not just for work, but instead for love, rest, dance, and support.
The interpersonal traits include glibness, superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth, pathological lying, and the manipulation of others. The affective traits include a lack of remorse and/or guilt, shallow affect, a lack of empathy, and failure to accept responsibility. The lifestyle behaviors include stimulation-seeking behavior, impulsivity, irresponsibility, parasitic orientation, and a lack of realistic life goals. The anti-social behaviors include poor behavioral controls, early childhood behavior problems, juvenile delinquency, revocation of conditional release, and criminal versatility. The combination of these individual personality traits, interpersonal styles, and socially deviant lifestyles are the framework of psychopathy and can manifest themselves differently in individual psychopaths.