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What is a “Psychopath?” — 7 Comments

  1. Joyce, I am no “expert” in the field of psychology or psychiatry. Having typed that, I feel that I am most certainly an “expert” in human predators. My practical experiences are applicable, as are all survivors in recovery. 😉

    Having typed that, a layman typically associates “anti-social personality disorder” with someone who avoids human interactions – it’s a simple association to the chosen vocabulary. As we know, psychspeak is a language unto itself and spoken only among a certain and specific group of professionals. Physicians speak their own language, as do lawyers. The language spoken by social workers is impenetrable for those who are not within that circle, as well.

    Even though the DSM V has redefined numerous conditions and syndromes (AGAIN), with some being ridiculously altered, the main point is that “anti-social behavioral disorder” has clear and glaring behaviors that are set patterns. I never understood what “glib” meant, and I finally (and, at long last) understand what this term means. I can quite clearly identify a majority of the behavioral symptoms in every toxic person that I’ve encountered, BAR NONE.

    I have no knowledge of any of the DSM publications, and I wonder if any of them had general treatment protocols listed with the defined syndromes and disorders. If there are, I have to imagine that the protocol for “anti-social personality disorder” is simply a blank page.

    Thanks for this update, Joyce.

  2. Truthy, I sit here and shake my head about the DSMs, it started out as a way to help mental health research and to develop a “common language” for the professionals, and it is now as big as the Los Angeles CA telephone book, and more confusing than ever.

    Remember the old quote about “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”? Well, it doesn’t matter what “name” the professionals put on a “psychopath” they are still as toxic. Funny thing though, I followed the DSM V revision as it progressed for the past couple of years and at one point they were going to call “it” the “Anti-social/psychopathic personality disorder” They were also going to eliminate “narcissistic personality disorder” as a separate “disorder” and lump that self-centeredness into the “anti-social/psychopathic” as a symptom not a separate disorder..

    But again, I repeat, call it what you will, the “animal” is still the same. My husband used to say a “camel is a horse designed by a committee every one has to put their own hump on it.” The DSM V is a perfect example of a camel.

    What WE have to learn though is what the PRACTICAL part is, that anyone who displays ANY of these characteristics is not someone we want to deal with in our “circle of intimacy” because they are TOXIC to our own well being.

    Not that we should expect someone we love to be “perfect” but we should expect them to be TRUTHFUL, RESPONSIBLE, KIND, UNSELFISH, HAVE A CONSCIENCE and HAVE REMORSE and GUILT when they do something wrong. We should expect them to RESPECT THE LAWS OF THE LAND, to be HONEST, and those who are few or none of these things are not going to add to our lives.

    A person doesn’t have to be a true pure 100% psychopath in order to be TOXIC to us but if they have many of the same TRAITS then they WILL be toxic. Not every person that I have removed from my life was a psychopath, though, a few were….but I don’t
    “miss” any of these people in my life. They kept it filled with drama and trauma and kept me in the “spin cycle” trying to cope. Life without them is much more peaceful and calm.

  3. Hebrews 3:13

    But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

    Romans 3:3

    For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

  4. Wini, you are right, what we BELIEVE does not change the FACTS. Back in the day when the powers that be thought the world was flat, it did not change the FACT that the world is essentially ROUND. These people stated that “the Bible said there are FOUR CORNERS of the earth” so therefore, the world must be flat and have FOUR CORNERS. LOL

    While I believe that the Bible is the word of God, I do NOT believe the earth has 4 corners, taking every passage LITERALLY….has gotten a lot of people into false beliefs, but those false beliefs don’t change FACTS.

    So while the DSM V tries to “define” various mental illnesses and personality disorders, it does not matter to me what they “call it” or what “name” or “label” they hang on it, the point is that the DSM V like all things must be taken with a “grain of salt” and realize that it is no more literal than the Bible…there may be some great truths in the DSM V, but it is not absolutely the world of God where mental illnesses are concerned and is open to INTERPRETATION….if I were still practicing I would have to give a “diagnosis” and “code” to the person I was treating in order for the third-party payers to pay me for my treatment or assessment of that person. I would have to put down the DSM V CODE for “anti-social personality disorder” and I could NOT call it “psychopath” and there is no code for psychopath, but that doesn’t change what the diagnosis really is, the person is toxic, has no empathy, no remorse, no guilt, is a liar and a manipulator, etc. and I would not want that person in my life….no matter who they were.

    Since I retired, I can “call” something whatever I want to call it…I can call it a DUCK if it waddles, flies, quacks and lays eggs….I don’t need a PhD to tell me something is a duck. Now if I wanted to be extremely correct about the duck I might call a biologist to tell me the specific breed or variety (and there are many) but for my purposes, “duck” is close enough for me.

    There are people who have some, many or all of the traits of a psychopath, but it doesn’t matter if they “qualify” as a full blown psychopath or not, if they have very many of the traits that make up a psychopath, then they are pretty well toxic to any relationship be it family, friend, or business, and especially family relationships.

    I know from experience that going “no contact” with a person in my family who is toxic, but not a psychopath, and from going “no contact” with one who is a psychopath, but my belief for decades that these people could, would and wanted to change, didn’t change the fact that they are NOT GOING TO CHANGE and have shown over and over by repeating their bad behaviors, lies, manipulations, abuses, that they are what they are and my belief that they could and would change didn’t change the FACTS.

    Now that these people are recognized for what they are, toxic to me, I am much happier, and more healthy mentally and physically, than when they were involved in my life.

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  6. I’m not sure who or what posted the #6 comment/link, but it is very interesting….the T. J. Layne “body language” exhibited at his sentencing (wearing a Tee shirt under his over shirt that said KILLER, and then telling the families that the hand he killed their children with was the one he masturbates with absolutely showed me that he is a psychopath.

    Of course Justin Harris is “innocent” until a court proves otherwise, but the evidence released so far would tend to make me think that he left that child deliberately…we’ll see what the court decides.

    It seems that there has been a “rash” of babies dying from being left in hot cars this year, but even if he did not do it deliberately, I don’t think he deserves a walk on the death.

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