Nov 062013
 
Psychopath or Sociopath? What's in a Name?

I use the term "psychopath " to refer to a variety of disordered personalities whose interpersonal style is one of callous manipulation --in particular, those people who fall into the category of the Dark Triad, usually labeled narcissists, psychopaths and Machiavellianists.  Additionally,  you might be familiar with other terms used to describe these individuals: sociopath,…

Oct 172013
 
Observing a Psychopath

Years ago, I rented a car and drove over a mountain pass to pick up the psychopath and his minion from his job site.  Psychopath rode shotgun while Minion sat behind him in the backseat. In my rearview mirror I could see Minion's eyes and he could see mine. On the drive back I chose…

Jun 212013
 
Revenge on a Psychopath

Revenge, justice, punishment.  These concepts are sometimes used interchangeably when discussing how we might respond to a psychopathic attack.  On the surface, an eye for an eye, may seem equitable and justified.  Beneath the surface, though, there is much more happening and sometimes we are unaware of, or misidentify, the consequences of retribution. I remember…

May 132013
 
The Meaning of MacGuffin

Meaning is derived from experience. In our first encounter with something new, we don't know what to expect. What does it mean? We may be able to derive the meaning from context. Familiar things around the unfamiliar, help to define it. We make connections in our minds when we learn how the new, relates to…

Mar 182013
 
The Idealizing, Devaluing and Discarding of Jesus

Jesus' life-story, crucifixion and resurrection can be seen as an analogy to the psychological process that a survivor experiences during and after an encounter with a psychopath or cluster B disordered. It is an interpretation which may help both religious and non-religious survivors to find solace. My perspective of the New Testament, is not that…

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 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…

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