One of the questions I have been asked from time to time is this:
Why is it so easy for you to gain Power and power over people? What's your secret?
It is not an easy question to answer with a few words or even in a single article, but I can give you a few words that are of importance:
Emotions are at the heart of everything we do. Wishing is an emotion, and so is feeling delight at achieving or owning something. This is no different when we talk about Power, about wanting, acquiring, and keeping Power.
If you want power, you need Victories - not one Victory, but many, ongoing and persistently new Victories. The first and most crucial victory you must win is the Victory Over Yourself. You have probably heard this said before, or have read it, and it is a universal truth that all powerful people know intimately.
As a psychopath I am blessed in this regard, for there isn't much about myself that I have to conquer. My character traits are custom made for power and victory.
The perhaps greatest enemy to anybody who wants power is his/her own emotions. You see how this gives psychopaths an advantage, not because we don't have emotions - we certainly do (no matter what the professionals say) - but our emotions are different from most other people's and we don't have issues with morals, remorse and regret, etc. This is important because you can't avoid hurting others or do things that are morally questionable in one way or another if you want to pursue power (anybody who claim differently is either lying or a hypocrite).
It is said about psychopaths, that:
The problem with psychopaths is that when they go out to have a night in town and a drink or two in order to forget, they really do forget!If you want power you must be able to forget your losses and failures. The depth of your emotional attachment must be light as spider's web: It sticks, but is easy to sever.
To be emotionally superficial when it is convenient is something you can learn to some extent, but only the psychopathic individual has it naturally build in as a character trait.
Am I saying everybody in power are psychopaths? No. I am saying the psychopathic personality is subject to debate depending on the person being debated and the circumstances surrounding him/her, and upon the view points of those who discuss him.
The legal system, the clinicians who know of me, and my readers here at Psychopathic Writings see me as a psychopath. But my band members and managers, etc., our fans and my personal fans, my private friends generally, and the public in general, all of these see me as a successful, intelligent and charismatic performer and leader.
The key: I always make the decision about who may know, and therefore think, about me that I'm a psychopath.
Obviously this didn't apply to when I was diagnosed and convicted and send to jail for several years and latest for ten years. But this is an example of a failed victory that I, as a person of power, must be able to put aside, and I have done so successfully.
The question about being low functioning: All psychopaths are low functioning some of the time. Again the key is to control who knows what about you. I am choosing deliberately to tell my audience (here at Psychopathic Writings) about my failures and losses in the past because it is part of the concept of the project I have created here: To be honest and provide honest information about myself as a psychopath. In this I have turned my loss into a victory, and I can do so because I am not emotionally attached to these failures. I am in control.