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Inside the Mind of a Sociopath

Inside the Mind of a Sociopath
This excerpt is from: "The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless vs. the Rest of Us" by Martha Stout Ph.D. (Broadway Books, New York, 2005, ISBN 0-7679-1581-X). Martha Stout is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and elaborates on the tales of ruthlessness in everyday life based on her 25 years of practice as a specialist in the treatment of psychological trauma survivors. Imagine - if you can - not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern of the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. In other words, you are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience, is conveniently invisible to the world. How will you live your life? Maybe you are someone who craves money and power, and though you have no vestige of conscience, you do have a magnificent IQ. Or no - let us say you are not quite such a person. Caveats: Dr. Related:  Journey through Psychopath / Narcissist abuse.

The Unburdened Mind • Damn Interesting “I don’t think I feel things the same way you do.” The man sits at the table in the well-fitted attire of success—charming, witty, and instantly likeable. He is a confident, animated speaker, but he seems to be struggling with this particular point. “It’s like… at my first job,” he continues, “I was stealing maybe a thousand bucks a month from that place. And this kid, he was new, he got wise. His name is Frank, and he is a psychopath. In the public imagination, a “psychopath” is a violent serial killer or an over-the-top movie villain, as one sometimes might suspect Frank to be. “[M]y mother, the most beautiful person in the world. The word psychopathy dates back in an early form to the 19th century, but as a modern term it’s primarily used in reference to the work of Canadian psychologist Robert Hare. The psychopath’s world is a strikingly skewed one in which the normal laws of human emotion and interaction do not apply—yet it serves as reality for a sizable portion of humanity.

Profile of the Sociopath Profile of the Sociopath This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths. Glibness and Superficial Charm Manipulative and Conning They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. Other Related Qualities: NOTE: In the 1830's this disorder was called "moral insanity." DSM-IV Definition Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by a lack of regard for the moral or legal standards in the local culture. Diagnostic Criteria (DSM-IV) 1. 2. 3. 4. Antisocial Personality Disorder Overview (Written by Derek Wood, RN, BSN, PhD Candidate) Antisocial Personality Disorder results in what is commonly known as a Sociopath. People with this disorder appear to be charming at times, and make relationships, but to them, these are relationships in name only. They appear to be incapable of any true emotions, from love to shame to guilt. Psychopath. Psychopaths exhibit a Jekyll and Hyde personality.

How To Be Loved By Everyone: 6 Powerful Secrets We would all like to know how to be loved by everyone. In the end, who are our favorite people? Those who understand us and listen. Someone we can turn to and honestly say, “You get me.” That really comes down to one skill: listening. In an age of sub-zero attention spans, focus is a superpower. When I asked the #1 love researcher, John Gottman, what the best thing to do to improve a relationship was, what did he say? Learn how to be a good listener. And it’s no different at the office. They didn’t feel their boss listened to them. Via Powerful Listening. Another study released by the US Department of Labor concluded that 46 percent of those who quit their jobs did so because they felt not listened to and were therefore unappreciated. So listening is serious business. 1) Be A Detective Don’t think of a conversation as a tennis match. Via Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone: How do you master the skill of being interested— and be sincere when you do it?

Speech patterns give away psychopaths NEW YORK — Psychopaths are known to be wily and manipulative, but even so, they unconsciously betray themselves, according to scientists who have looked for patterns in convicted murderers' speech as they described their crimes. The researchers interviewed 52 convicted murderers, 14 of them ranked as psychopaths according to the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, a 20-item assessment, and asked them to describe their crimes in detail. Using computer programs to analyze what the men said, the researchers found that those with psychopathic scores showed a lack of emotion, spoke in terms of cause-and-effect when describing their crimes, and focused their attention on basic needs, such as food, drink and money. [10 Contested Death Penalty Cases] "The beautiful thing about them is they are unconsciously produced," Hancock said. These unconscious actions can reveal the psychological dynamics in a speaker's mind even though he or she is unaware of it, Hancock said. What it means to be a psychopath

The 10 Most Ridiculously Awesome Geeky Computer Pranks Everybody loves a good prank… unless you are the one on the receiving end of the fun. It’s time to hone your pranking skills, not just to make sure you are the best, but so you can avoid being pranked by others. Yeah, sure, we could go with the old standards, like a blue screen of death screensaver or something like that, but it’s time to use our geek skills and come up with something better. We’ll cover some of the old favorites too, but maybe with a twist. Disclaimer: Get a sense of humor. Make the Space Key Write the Word SPACE Here’s a clever prank for you: Make the victim’s computer actually type the word “SPACE” every time they hit the space bar. Just create a new AutoHotkey script and drop in the following two lines of code—the first one is to hide the tray icon, and the second sets up the hotkey for replacing the text. #NoTrayIcon *Space::Send,SPACE You’ll probably want to right-click on the script and compile it to an executable before putting it on their computer. That’s it.

Spiritless Humans - Matrix (This article replaces Matrix Agents: Profiles and Analysis) Empty people. Puppet people. Cardboard cutouts. Drones. Organic Portals. Over the years I have received emails from readers who came to this same conclusion. Background The idea of empty people first dawned on me in 1999 after having done much research into sociopaths and psychopaths, their condition being medically known as APD or “Antisocial Personality Disorder.” Eventually I realized that this same root condition was present in some others who were not outwardly sociopathic, but whose lack of heart was masked by a well-adapted social exterior. But what exactly is missing in them? Behavioral and Psychic Characteristics Their behavior tends toward being glib, shallow, egotistical, narcissistic, mundane, predatory, and materialistic. Psychically scanning their consciousness reveals something interesting. Spirit: The Missing Component What to call this higher component of consciousness absent in some people? Other Components Dr.

Psychopathic Traits Linked to Brain Reward System - NIH Research Matters March 29, 2010 People who scored high on a test that measures impulsive and antisocial traits had exaggerated brain responses to certain “rewards,” like winning money or taking stimulant drugs. The new study provides evidence that a dysfunctional brain reward system may underlie vulnerability to a personality disorder known as psychopathy. Impulsive and antisocial personality traits correlate with amphetamine-induced dopamine release (red and yellow) in the brain. Psychopathy is characterized by a combination of superficial charm, manipulative and antisocial behavior, impulsivity, blunted empathy and shallow emotional experiences. Many studies of psychopathy have focused on the emotional and interpersonal aspects of the disorder, like lack of fear and empathy. In one experiment, the researchers used positron emission tomography (PET) to image the brain’s dopamine response when participants received a low oral dose of amphetamine.

7 Quiz Websites to Keep Your Brain Sharp – Johnny Lists by Johnny Webber 1. Sporcle – Quizzes on every facet of trivia out there. 2. Math Run – Test your math knowledge. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. - StumbleUpon It’s a dying art, struck down by text, email and messaging. So can we be taught how to talk to each other? Perhaps it was the opium talking, but Thomas de Quincey once wrote that an evening in the company of Samuel Coleridge was “like some great river”. Most of us have hopefully felt the unmoored elation of staying up all night talking with a friend or a lover. What makes a good conversationalist has changed little over the years. And so I found myself one cold Tuesday evening in February talking to complete strangers, nibbling on vegetable quiche and sipping blackcurrant cordial. I had arrived about 20 minutes early but the rest of the class was already there, talking to each other in the school shop that served that evening as a reception room. Another pupil shuffled over and kindly invited me into her circle. Worries about the effect of technology on conversation are not new; George Orwell bemoaned houses having a radio in every room. For I had misjudged the evening, too.

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