I've had plenty of surprises, some which have been challenging to say the least, but also some that have been positive in ways I couldn't have anticipated and certainly wouldn't have dared hope for.
I early on realized that writing about a subject which since early on in my life has played such an important and central role would bring along some personal changes. It can't be avoided when you begin to research, re-think, and re-live a subject such as a personality diagnosis from every possible angle on a daily basis, and receiving feedback has generated a lot of change in how I see many things around my life, myself and the people and society around me.
I have had what I could call a change of heart since the beginning. Thus, when I first started writing back in January and February, my goal was to prove my diagnosis was completely misplaced, that I wasn't a psychopath and that those who have assessed and diagnosed, and re-diagnosed, me over the years were prejudiced and misinformed, they didn't understand me at all and merely gave me the psychopath label because they wouldn't admit they hadn't found anything wrong with me but they pride demanded they put some kind of label on me.
In those early weeks I went through my third assessment, this time I sought to have it done myself and found a private clinical psychiatrist who conducted the assessment individually and without any help from the legal system, and I payed for the whole thing myself! It wasn't cheap, because he had to dig up all my past history and go arrange for all the tests and scans anew, but I payed gladly because I was absolutely convinced the result would be that my diagnosis was officially recanted.
I was so sure, that I placed comments in which I stated this had already happened! - I did it only three times in total, but even so it was the silliest thing I've done since I began participating on forums and websites on the Internet. The posts are still there, I can't delete them because I placed them anonymously... but made sure to sign them, so those who see them know it was me who wrote them. *sigh*
But as everybody can see by the way I talk about psychopathy in regard to myself, my diagnosis was not recanted. Instead the old verdict was confirmed for the third time!
I'll continue this charming piece of personal history in Part 2.