Jun 102012
 
Hate the Sin, Not the Sinner

In this week's sermon at my local church, the priest reminded us that the Pharisees disapproved of Jesus for eating with prostitutes and tax collectors. "Those" people were considered unclean and therefore contagious. It was dangerous to be in their company because one might become like them. Now that we understand Mimetic Theory, we know…

Jun 082012
 
Rituals, OCD and Psychopathy

Rene Girard's book, Violence & the Sacred, describes rituals in primitive cultures that are eerily reminiscent of an experience with a psychopath. The cycles of "idealize, devalue and discard" familiar to those who have been in relationships with Cluster B personalities, are described in the sacrificial rituals of primitive tribes. In these rituals, sacrificial victims…

May 222012
 
Steps to Healing from Domestic Abuse

A friend asked me this: What are the steps toward healing from an encounter with a psychopath? Validate that the abuse really happened. First, and most important is to be validated. An abuser understands that the abuse has more power when the victim is alone. Isolation doesn't have to be physical, just as violence doesn't…

May 172012
 
How Psychopaths Self-Sabotage.

The Shoes. One of my earliest memories is of learning to put on my own shoes. The first time I put on my black Mary Janes by myself, I proudly went to show my big brother. I was three and he was four.  He just looked at me and didn't say anything.  His lack of…

May 102012
 
Psychopaths Sabotage but Compassion Derails their Plans.

The Sabotage Have you ever had anyone plot to kill you, try to drive you to suicide through bullying or plan your financial ruin? It's hard not to take those things personally. It certainly feels personal. The attack is maliciously planned, often executed over years or even decades. They observe you for your reactions so…

Apr 302012
 
Seeing Through Psychopathic Smoke and Mirrors.

The word psychopath is derived from the Greek words, psyche meaning "mind" or "soul" and path, meaning "sickness".  An encounter with a psychopath certainly leaves one feeling sickened.  Scars from psychopathic encounters leave a person and community indelibly traumatized and transformed as the contagion reverberates through the social fabric and forward through time. Anytime a…

Apr 252012
 
Denial is the Mythology of our Future.

I've recently learned something interesting about caterpillars. Inside the caterpillar body, there are clumps of cells called imaginal discs. These discs, which carry the butterfly DNA, are dormant for most of the caterpillar's life. Once the caterpillar enters the pupa stage, where it's encased in a chrysalis, embryonic cells called imaginal cells begin to sprout…

Apr 142012
 
The Knowledge of Good and Evil is What You Learn from a Psychopath.

The story of Adam and Eve, examined through the lens of Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory, describes what it's like to meet a psychopath. It is the experience of knowing evil. In the garden there grew every kind of tree that was good for food. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree…

Mar 312012
 
Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory & The Scapegoat

Rene Girard, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, began developing his theories over 40 years ago, while researching the great stories in literature.  He wanted to know what made these stories great and he discovered that they had some similarities.  He further began to research the rituals and  mythologies of primitive people.  He noted the same…

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