Jul 302013
 
Attraction by the Pearl of Purity

  The mythical 'law of attraction' is deeply ingrained in our society. But you are not responsible for who approaches you, only who you seek and keep in your life. The creation and growth of the Pearl of Purity starts with a proper view of responsibilities, moves on to optimal speech and actions and is…

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…

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…

Jun 132012
 
More Thoughts About the Role of Anger

I stumbled onto this excellent article that I'd like to share, Anger: Attachment and Neurobiological Perspectives.  It gives a thorough explanation of anger management styles and how they originate in attachment.  I think many of us will find it a useful tool for examining our own anger as well as that of people we know.…

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 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
 
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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