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…

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 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 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…

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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