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  1. Hi Michelle,
    I am familiar with Ponerology. In fact, the Psychopath-toy-inventor, whom I mentioned in the above article, introduced me to the Ponerology texts. He seemed to be an avid fan. Now I realize that he was projecting ponerology onto our democratic government as an excuse for plotting to overthrow it. One of the first things he said to me when we met was, “I’m like Ted Kazinski, living in the woods and plotting world domination.”

    I don’t think I’ve ever read McGilchrist. Thank you for recommending his books, I’ll have to read them, or at least watch the documentary.

    As far as suppressed or bypassed shame, it takes a bit of a deep dive to understand it. It’s the 180 rule. Greta Thunberg’s “small dick energy” is a good analogy. But to understand it, you have to think of the narcissist as a shame addict. At some point, the young narcissist experienced an unbearable shame and resolved it by releasing endorphins. This is exactly what the brain does when we experience physical pain, but in this case, the pain is emotional, not physical. The flood of endorphins makes them feel great. After that, they seek shameful experiences and behave shamelessly because they know they’ll get that rush immediately afterward. The endorphins are released so quickly that they no longer experience shame at all. They just experience their “fix.”

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