A Reader asks:
The reason I wanted to escape the diagnosis was one thing only: Being a Diagnosed Psychopath gives me a very bad name.Some times you write as if you're angry about being diagnosed as a psychopath. I would like to ask you:Why do you want so badly to escape your diagnosis? Do you not want to be a psychopath, or to be "that person", the psychopath that you are? ~Siyah.
All police precincts, FBI, Interpol, even CIA, have extensive databases where all people who have the psychopathy diagnosis are listed, and they keep track of us in ways that they don't do with normal people. Furthermore, because I have a criminal record and have been to prison, it figures in that regard as well.
Should I ever get into prison again, or be accused of having done a crime, they will assume I did it simply because of my diagnosis. And worst of all: Psychopaths get the hardest sentences a person can get, and in many states and countries we never get parole because they assume we'll go right out and repeat the crime or commit a new one. It's called High Recidivism.
We also can't get a good job, because the good businesses have access to the files where our names are listed. So you see, there're many, many issues associated with having an official psychopathy diagnosis. Strange as it may seem, there is no official psychopathy diagnosis, but there're a number of diagnoses which in combination means the same thing. And yet, nobody have made any effort at hiding from me the fact that they think I am a psychopath, and my diagnosis means I'm a psychopath despite the use of different terminology.
More over, there will be included a more specified psychopathy diagnosis will be included in the DSM-V which is under construction and will be released in 2013. And once that happens my diagnosis will be re-evaluated. I can't avoid it because I am bound by contract to participate on an ongoing basis in a psychopathy research project. Agreeing with this was the only thing that enabled me to be released on parole.
Personally I don't mind being what I am. I like what I, am and how I am, and I've never thought I'm a bad person. Quite the contrary, I think I'm a lot better than probably most people are. Just an example: Many people are hypocrites, but I've never understood why anybody would feel the need to seem like something they're not just because of some moral issue.
When I want to seem like a non-psychopath it is only because I know most people don't understand what a psychopath is, and they think we're just bad, they're biased and will not give a person a chance if they know s/he is a psychopath, or just that s/he is diagnosed as a psychopath. That's another thing I never understood: The blind belief in authority. Everything is okay if an authority said so, that's how most people think, even if they say they don't.
Sure, we psychopaths are bad... also. But there is so much more to a person than having done a few bad things. Okay, I've done many bad things, but that's got a lot to do with circumstances in my life. This is another issue with being a diagnosed psychopath: Any circumstantial facts that may have influenced your decisions and actions in a situation, or throughout your life, don't count. It is all your fault, only you being a psychopath is acknowledged as a reason for any wrong doings on your part.
It almost seems as if people believe that being a psychopath is something you choose yourself too.
When you're a psychopath, those who rule and decide what's right and wrong, good and bad, do not believe we can have bad luck or be unfortunate. They actually believe it is always because we're bad when things go badly and we do bad things.
The real issue in my opinion is one that I have addressed from time to time: Society only operates from the perspective of what is normal... That is, they have taken into account that 'some' people are different in ways the couldn't have chosen to be, and society have taken some - if not exactly enough - measures to compensate for some of the differences.
Examples of this are the physically handicapped, the intellectually challenged, and - in most of the world, but not in all European states, f.x. - it can also include minorities who have advantages, such as in the cases where special opportunities for intellectually gifted children are given.
Some of the newer progress in this respect deals with a small number of 'disordered' or 'challenged' minorities. I can think of a few like f.x. people and kids who have ADHD, and people with Asperger's Syndrome.
Especially the latter is significant because people with Asperger's are considered 'Empathy Challenged', like psychopaths are. There're other minorities who share the 'empathy challenged' trait, like f.x. with Schizoid Personality Disorder, but I don't know if any measures are taken to support these. Most of the other minorities are significantly different from psychopaths in certain ways the main part of which give them social and personal problems that are easily observable by others, at least in regard to the social aspects of their problems.
And the main element in how normative society decides whether or not they 'like' or 'accept' and want to "help" a certain group of people depends, as I see it, upon how easily observable the differences are. The disabled or challenged minorities that society helps and accepts are the ones that normal people can relatively easily recognize that the individual is different, and how.
This aspect more than anything is what normal people dislike so much about psychopaths: We are not easily recognizable! And we're not generally handicapped or in need of official assistance!...
Sure, some of our traits can often be observed from an early age, but we learn and adapt. Like intellectually gifted people our differences from the norm are in many ways very strong and empowering differences. But we don't receive the understanding nor the recognition that the other minorities receive, and to me that makes it understandable that so many of us develop antisocial attitudes.
I will say more about this in an upcoming article...