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…

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…

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 202012
 
Apocalypse of the Psychopath

Those who have experienced it, agree that psychopath encounters leave you feeling "d".  It's a sticky, contaminated feeling on your psyche. It's as if you've smelled something foul.  I've come to understand that the feeling of slime is actually shame.  Shame is a feeling so often misunderstood and unacknowledged that most of us don't recognize…

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…

Mar 312012
 
Psychopaths, Girardian Theory & The 180 Rule

Mythological Creatures For those students of Girardian Theory who have never met a psychopath, it might be shocking to see the parallels between the psychopath's behaviors and the behaviors described in the myths and rituals of primitive people. There might be some reluctance to believe that there walk among us, carefully disguised as charming and lovable…

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