Jul 052013
 
Scandal Must Come

On July 1, 2013, the Archbishop of Milwaukee, Jerome E. Listecki released almost 6000 documents related to his Archdiocese's handling of the sex abuse cases.  Because of the current sex abuse scandal, the Catholic Church has an opportunity to teach and to lead on the topic of abuse.  It could examine the behaviors of the offender priests…

Jun 192013
 

We've been discussing using cinema as a way to practice observing psychopathic behavior.  Well what about people in the news?  Russell Brand stopped by MSNBC's Morning Joe to promote his new comedy tour "Messiah Complex".  I think his behavior speaks for itself and I'm wondering if anyone else sees red flags. Mika Brzezinski, Katty Kay…

Apr 112013
 
Precious Pearl of Purity – The Opposite Of Slime

Purity is not the same as innocence. You were born innocent. You did not know evil: you had no malice within and could not conceive of the idea of someone being malicious to you, let alone knew that people are able to mask their malice so well. When evil has touched you, harmed you and…

Jul 232012
 
Penn State's Fall From Grace.

In Violence and The Sacred, Rene Girard explains that the sacrificial victim must be guilty so that his death can be justified. If the victim isn’t believed to be guilty then his death won’t bring peace to the community. Shortly before the date of execution, the prisoner’s `escape’ was ritually staged. Invariably, of course, he…

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…

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
 
What Is A Psychopath?

The question "what is a psychopath?" has so many answers that it remains undefined. The terms psychopath, sociopath and malignant narcissist are used interchangeably in today's popular culture. Even among professionals in the field of psychology, there is no one term that has been standardized and used by everyone to describe pathological narcissism.  I've chosen…

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