Thursday, November 24, 2011

How to Manipulate Gullible People. (Part 1)

There's a well known technique to manipulate the gullible masses that has been in use time and again throughout history and in all cultures. The technique can really be used in any type of group setting, it need not be a whole nation. An online community forum will easily do.

Let me explain by using an example: Nazi Germany.

You've heard about it, it was Hitler's Third Reich where a minority was demonized, hunted and persecuted by mobs of angry, drama hungering commoners, Jews were accused of all kinds of silly absurdities that the gullible and naive common people believed. It seems almost unbelievable, but the common beliefs were brought about by the use of a very simple, but very effective, technique:

The Nazi had stealthy moles infiltrate the masses, where they from their stealthy position fed the people seemingly proven "facts", thereby turning them into a mob and deadly tool against the Jews. It didn't take much: Find some bits of data which, when presented in the right way, could look as if they proved the Jews were evil and plotted the elimination of the Aryan Race. Find a number of highly motivated citizens who for their own reasons hated Jews and subtly enroll these as soldiers in your army. There were soon a visible group who were eager to spread the so called facts about the Jews and their "real" nature, the group was called: 'National Socialist German Workers' Party'.

More "proof" were added to the old and then repeated relentlessly.

There's another well known technique in all human manipulation.
  1. Find a few simple claims, put them forth with conviction, and then repeat them, over and over, preferably in more than one part of town - or more than one forum on the Internet.
  2. Make it impossible, or at least hardly attainable, for the minority you're targeting to defend themselves by giving them the option to do so only under unreasonable or offensive, humiliating i.e., circumstances. - Here's an example: Accuse your neighbor of having raped your wife. Then break in his door, walk into his home - bring along a number of complete strangers - and demand that he explain, not his innocence, but why he isn't guilty of your accusations. Your neighbor is most likely to refuse and at least demand that you approach him in a respectful manner. Since nothing has been proven yet he is in his right to do so. Of course you refuse to grant him this, sticking with your apparent certainty that you're right, he raped your wife and ignoring everything he says if it doesn't back up your claims.
  3. If the accused refuses to submit and stand in court to his accusers, use this as "proof" that he's lying: "See? He won't explain because he CAN'T explain, he KNOWS we have proven his guilt!". If he chooses to defend himself and explain on the demand of an accusing mob, he'll already have lost because who'll believe someone who has no self respect or dignity is guiltless in every other way? And even if he is, he doesn't deserve your respect, does he? Of course not! 
And voila, you have created the perfect victory. However, you did so only because the gullible commoners' mob helped you do it!

Now all you normal people don't tell me: "We didn't know!", because that just won't suffice. You don't get off just by showing up in court and say: "Your honor, I'm guiltless, because I didn't know it was illegal or wrong to torture my 3 children to death and feed them to the neighbor's dogs!". Yet, this has always been your 'defense'.

A bit into the process even people who have been year-long friends with their neighboring Jewish family turned against them, because they would believe some outlandish lie about their neighbors, claimed by someone they didn't even know. "But they seemed so nationalistic, so patriotic and German!". Yeah, I know. They look so much like you, don't they? But they're really not human at all, they're evil! They're psychopaths!

At the end of the process the Jews had been judged, convicted and condemned, and the Socio wannabe AsPD kids - I mean, the Germans... actually saw what was clearly not a psychopath - I mean, clearly not a human being... and they killed the Jews with true certainty that they did the right thing.

Okay... not all really REALLY believed the Jews weren't human and that they were evil. But it was so exciting! So exhilarating, it felt so good, the drama! To put others through torture and see them take all the blame for all the evil that has ever existed. Such euphoria! You felt you had been cleansed! Didn't you?

Yes, you did...

Yes, you do!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Is Power an Illusion?

A Reader wrote about psychopaths who uses various 'social masks':
"The power trip loses it's potency once you realize that power is an illusion. Jumping out of a airplane or setting things on fire is how I get my kicks. They are real to me, power is not.

You can ask JFK how powerful he is, oh, wait, he's fucking dead. :)"
It doesn't matter if Power is an Illusion. Everything, in a sense, is an illusion. You can also say Illusion has Great Power which is just as true in a different sense. To the one who experiences it power is real.

You can't live your life according to the bad luck of others, and the Assassination of JFK is a bad example because he's a small minority of assassinated presidents.

But let's take a look at power: Power is a phenomenon that involves social interaction and feelings. It follows a line of events in time, and those involved invest energy and other things in gaining the best possible outcome for themselves.

Many say that is all an illusion.

Now let's take a look at love: Love is a phenomenon that involves social interaction and feelings. It follows a line of events in time, and those involved invest energy and other things in gaining the best possible outcome for themselves.

But for some reason I have never heard anybody say love is an illusion. What is it that makes one an illusion and the other reality?

You could say that power is something you can attach to love and vice versa, whereas love is something that can stand alone. A 'pure' phenomenon of sorts. If this is how it is, then I have to say that some people just don't have access to this particular kind of experience. We have to attach our 'liking' to something which has some form of substance, if only in the form of feeling good - which is what it's all about at the end of the day, right?

I think this is so whether or not you're a psychopath. Being a psychopath who takes on different roles according to different social situations and individuals is not being less human, it's just at an extreme end of the spectrum, but human nevertheless. Maybe power is a spectrum phenomenon too. A phenomenon on the spectrum of human experience and therefore reality. I really don't believe one emotion or way of liking something is more or less real or illusory than others.

An a final statement: Is not love the absolute power? Is not love that which nothing can conquer and which conquers all? And if this is so, is not then love just as much an illusion as power is?

The nature of illusion or reality has consequence only on the most transcendent level, and even if you're a zen monk it has no practical consequence in everyday life. We all have to eat, and we must assert power to do so, for neither animal nor plant come to us and commit suicide for our sake just because we have the power of abstract thinking.

If you now say that I twist words because I'm a psychopath and you need therefore not consider my arguments, you are certainly giving up power freely. It is in your power to do so, and I cannot be blamed!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Psychopaths & Supernatural Experiences.

A Reader asks:
Do psychopaths have supernatural experiences?
In my personal experience it is very common for psychopathic individuals to have had experiences that seem to be supernatural or at least out of the ordinary. I realized this in prison while I was placed in a special wing for psychopaths and especially after I got enrolled with the psychopathy research program and had the opportunity to sometimes talk to the others. About half of us had had childhood experiences of some kind which seemed supernatural. And I believe this to be part of the reason why so many of us grow up to have these peculiar hang ups or even phobias.

For the same obvious reasons that normal people do not talk about these things, most psychopathic individuals do also not talk about them. But I guess it should have a saying here, so I'm going to address it. This will not be an in-depth description, maybe more of a short introduction.

I'd like to state right away that this is not about psychosis, schizophrenia or other mental illnesses. Psychopaths are as aware about it when we have out of the ordinary experiences as normal people are. It does not affect our ability to function or our ability to think rationally. Psychopaths are not mentally ill, we are not psychotic (being psychotic is a very different condition which has nothing to do with psychopathy) and this fact is part of the definition of psychopathy.

Furthermore, it is not that uncommon in the normal public to have such experiences as well. Indeed, it is far more common in the public at large than most people realize. Everybody believe they are alone with their experiences because nobody talk about it, fearing the stigma that these things carry. And so every individual keeps silent about their own experiences. The only difference in this regard between a normal person and psychopathic individuals is that a normal person will be more likely to be motivated to remain silent based on fear, whereas a psychopath simply chooses to do the same thing because it is convenient, it is easier to get by in society if you don't share experiences of an unusual or stigmatized nature.

So what do psychopaths experience? Are there any specific types of supernatural experiences that seem to be more prevalent among psychopaths than among other people?

I honestly don't know if our experiences differ from those of normal people because I haven't researched this particular subject. But it seems that many psychopaths have had experiences of a nature such as one or more of the following:

  • Sensing somebody or something is present, but you know/can see no one is there.
  • Autoscopy - also called Out of body experience, you wake up and see yourself from above, as if you float near the ceiling looking down at yourself as you lay in the bed or sit in a chair.
  • Having a short glimpse of a scenery, like a picture, which then disappears. It lasts for only one or a few seconds.
  • Seeing a person, an animal, or an non-definable being and then realizing it wasn't "real". This happens in 'real time' and has no ethereal quality to it as the previous example.
  • Phobia/s or one or more phobic experiences.
  • Feeling 'Chosen'.
  • Having premonitions. These are not usually accompanied by sensory phenomenons, they're just 'feelings'.
  • Having or creating a "system" that may include f.x. Lucky Numbers or other constellations of phenomena. This is related to Taking Signs.
These phenomena have a direct connection with the also well known phenomena observed in many psychopaths known as Magical Thinking.

I have experiences with all of the above at some time in my life. Most have been in relation to when I was under the influence of drugs, but there are some which have happened independently of any substance or drug abuse.

I have had an Out Of Body Experience once while not under the influence.

When I was a kid and during my teens I frequently felt someone was present when I was clearly alone. During my teens I somehow gained the ability to switch this "ability on and off at will. Whereas I'm not sure how I stopped it (I suspect it has to do with puberty, but that's another discussion entirely), I now know how to create such an experience.

Deja Vu is something I have experienced only a very few times, and I remember being certain I had experienced the fragment of an incident before when I experienced it the first time as a young teen. I soon realized I was in error, though.

In the same period I felt 'Chosen', and it wasn't until much later when I learned other things about psychology and intelligence (things I should've been told but which were kept from me) that I realized the feeling sprung from a set of very much natural advantages I was born with coupled with the alienation I went through during my upbringing (again, something which is very typical for psychopathic individuals, very few avoid alienation).

I have never received treatment for any of these experiences as none have ever interfered with my life or with how I behave toward others. Nor has it played any role in any of the crimes I have committed, violent and otherwise.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Can Psychopaths have Friends?

A Reader Asks:

Do you have friends? Friends that you wouldn't screw over at the drop of a hat?

Yes, I have friends. I have a lot of friends, unless by friends you mean people I am truly close to and who know me for who I "really" am. Of those I have very few, and only two of them are what I would call friends, even though I'm not sure that normal people would agree. - Before I can answer your second question truthfully I have to establish - if I can - what you imply with the word 'friends'.

If you mean to ask me if I have friends I would go through years of endless torture and then die miserably for so that they might live, the answer will have to be no. I do not have any people or things or situations that I would do this for.

If you mean friends that I wouldn't screw over under any circumstances whatsoever, for as long as my life and health is not at stake, I'd say I haven't experienced it, but I can imagine it happening.

I have met a few people over the years... I'd say two in total... whom I respect and care about to an extent that makes me unwilling to screw them over even if not doing so means I'll have to go through a certain amount of "stress". Stress, to me, usually means being inhibited in my freedom to achieve gratification to an acceptable degree, meaning it may not be optimal gratification, but it have to at least allow me to live through another day before a frustration I cannot handle sets in.

It may surprise some to hear that I have experienced this not only with two individual people that I have known, but also with a few things, activities and situations.

When I evaluate, I do not distinguish between people, animals, things and events. To me, because I'm a psychopathic personality, there is in principle no fundamental difference between how I emotionally and cognitively relate to people, things, animals, experiences, activities, etc.. Everything in my reality is evaluated by the measuring standard that is decided by the degree of well being, of gratification, that I can derive from interacting, handling, viewing, observing, tasting, hearing, and otherwise dealing with, any given object or phenomenon.

To the neurotypical person there are clear qualitative different types of values between different kinds of phenomena. And due to the qualitative difference in value, certain types of phenomena can never be traded with certain other types of phenomena, even if the elements they each are made of are the same. This is so no matter how crucial it may be for the individual's well being that such a trade takes place.

The obvious example is with human beings, especially small children, and any other so called inanimate object. The air we breath has oxygen in it. A human child has oxygen in it's blood stream, it's lungs, it's brain, etc. The oxygen is oxygen in both the child and the air. But to most people a human child is of higher value than all other things out of principle, and if a choice has to be made everything else, no matter how valuable or how crucial to the person who is given the choice, will always be traded in favor of the child.

But I have no such principle of value. All phenomena are inter-changeable according to circumstance and personal preference in time.

To me a human child is a human child, sure, but it is also tissue, fluid - f.x. blood and urine, etc. - and it is potential gratification in any number of ways. F.x., if I succeed in creating a lasting and mutually gratifying relationship with a special person, and this person values a human child like most people value human children, then the well being of any human child will be given a very high degree of value by me because making someone happy who make me happy if they're happy is worth most anything, because it is in this I find the greatest level of gratification for myself.

So yes, I have, and I can have, friends I won't screw over at the drop of a hair. But it is an illusion when it looks as if I take this position for their sake.

I am also especially lucky in that I have friends, and one particular person who is becoming something that far exceeds the concept of just a friend, who care for me - not in spite of my emotionally and cognitively different relationship with value and evaluation, but because they understand that my values aren't lower then other people's, they are just measured by a differently structured system of evaluation.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Psychopaths & Asperger's Syndrome.

Since I began exploring psychopathy as it looks and is defined by non-psychopaths, one of the things that were new to me was how often some people seem to confuse Psychopathy with Asperger Syndrome. It happened so frequently that I thought it natural to see if I could find out what Asperger Syndrome really is and what, if any, comparison there is between the two conditions.

I have to say that I still do not quite understand what Autism is. But I know that Asperger Syndrome is a form of what is called High Functioning Autism. I also learned that the name Asperger's Syndrome was given this condition by the Austrian psychiatrist who first wrote and published a report on the phenomenon, Hans Asperger. What I found most interesting at first was his definition of Asperger Syndrome, which he called Psychopathic Autism - or Autistic Psychopathy.

This suggests there may indeed be some things the two conditions have in common, but which?... I have found a few things that psychopaths and Aspies (the nick used by people with Asperger Syndrome about themselves) share, but there are also quite a few things that seem to be even more different for each of our groups than they are for the majority of people.
I have made this tentative list...

  • Aspies present a certain lack of empathy, or what is called a limited range of shallow emotions. 
  • Aspies have a normal capacity to feel Remorse.
  • Aspies will usually have one or a few persons they do have strong empathy for. With the same persons they can also have other common emotions such as a strong sense of loyalty. 
  • Aspies can be utterly selfless, either to another person or group of people, or to an idea or ideology. 
  • Aspies have an inward directed attention and typically are unskilled with observing and reading social behavior, mannerism, and psychological dynamics in people around them.
  • Some Aspies 'adopt' certain mannerisms that they see in others, but with lack of skill and have great difficulty with making it work within social settings.
  • Aspies can have an astonishing ability to focus and will often develop great expertise within a certain field of knowledge, usually one that centers around precision and plentiful detail.
  • Aspies will specialize in a 'special interest' that to others seem 'narrow' (f.x. British steam trains of the years between 1850 and 1920).
  • Aspies excell with things that have to do with scientific and mathematical data.
  • Aspies do very typically feel strongly about justice and truth.
  • Aspies thrive with predictability, dislike change and prefer to live a structured, well organized life.
  • Aspies often struggle with Anxiety, and sometimes with Anger.

  • Psychopaths present a certain lack of empathy, or what is called a limited range of shallow emotions.
  • Psychopaths lack emotional capacity to feel Remorse.
  • Psychopaths either have very limited empathy or no empathy, the lack of emotion does not have exceptions and extend to friends and family members.
  • Loyalty is too superficial in psychopaths to qualify as real loyalty because it will always be based in self-serving motives. Deep commitment to an ideology will never precede selfishness.
  • Psychopaths have an outward directed attention and have an adept ability to observe and read social behavior, mannerism, and the psychological dynamics in people around them.
  • Psychopaths adopt mannerisms that we observe in others, and we switch with ease between an arsenal of styles according to social circumstances.
  • Psychopaths can have an astonishing ability to focus and will often develop limited expertise in several fields of knowledge, but interest tends to be short lived, and the expertise suffers from lack of precision and detail. 
  • Psychopaths often have numerous interests which develop over night and disappear as quickly.
  • Psychopaths typically excel with things to do with inter-personal mechanics and communication.
  • Psychopaths are very typically unusually adept liars and do not have an emotional attachment to any principle of truth or justice.
  • Psychopaths thrive with change, excitement and "living on the edge" or "living in the fast lane".
  • Psychopaths have very low or absent Anxiety, but do sometimes struggle with Anger.

The conclusion seems to be that whereas people with Asperger's Syndrome no doubt can present with Antisocial Personality Disorder (AsPD), it is not possible to be an Aspie and also a Psychopath.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Can Dogs Sense Psychopaths?

A Reader asks:
Is there any truth to what people say about dogs being able to sense if someone is a psychopath? Is it true that dogs don't like psychopaths?

Animals have always been said to sense things that humans cannot. And there is a lot of truth to it. Dogs can hear sounds from a distance far beyond that of what a human being can hear, and they can hear sounds both above and below frequencies that human hearing is capable of. The same is the case with the sense of smell, which is most dogs' most powerful and most used sense (exceptions are breeds with pushed in faces such as bulldogs).

Now where does the myth about dogs not liking psychopaths come into the picture? It is commonly known that animals can sense an earthquake days or even weeks before it happens.

Throughout the history of man it has been believed that dogs can sense evil. Even today it is being debated if or how much truth there is to this. In the last few decades religious thinking has been declining, and Evil Spirits, Demons and Witches have been swapped for the newer idea about the psychopath as the ultimate evil.

The question would be: If dogs can sense evil, how do they do it?

The truth is that 'evil' is a human concept, and since dogs cannot think in abstracts whatever it is they sense it is not 'evil'. So what, if anything, do they sense? Can dogs sense anything about the mindset of a human being at all?

The answer to this is: Yes.

Dogs can sense the mindset of a person, but they do it in a very different manner than humans do. When a human is being aggressive and has "evil" intentions toward a dog or the dog's owner, the human generates particular scent particles associated with the brain transmitter substances according to the feeling he is experiencing, such as f.x. Adrenalin.
The key element dogs use to to pick up information about someone's state of mind is sweat. Almost all people sweat when they are about to undertake an act of aggression and violence. The exception is psychopaths.  Psychopaths often do not generate sweat during an anticipated act of violence because we don't experience much emotion. Our brain processing is largely cognitive and only rarely emotional in nature (though obviously we are talking about tendencies here. There are nobody alive and functioning who never experiences some level of emotion, but that's another discussion).

Dogs can sense human emotion such as fear, anxiety or anger, the so called Primary Emotions. But psychopaths don't generate much emotions for the dog to sense, and this may be the reason why we more commonly can get close to dogs more easily than other people.

And this brings me to the answer to your question: Do dogs sense if someone is a psychopath, and is it true that dogs do not like psychopaths?

Dogs do not have any concept of 'psychopath', just as they have no concept of 'evil', so they cannot sense that I am a psychopath. But there is no doubt about they can sense there is something different about me, and that something is different also in other psychopaths.

As for dogs not liking psychopaths: This is a myth and has no truth to it whatsoever.I can say this without a doubt, because whereas a psychopathic individual who attacks a dog's owner in the middle of the night may be seen as a threat by the dog, the same is the case if somebody who is not a psychopath does the same thing. It is not about being a psychopath, it is about the emotional baggage you carry with you when you have malicious intent. And this is what psychopaths largely lack. This is related to what the professionals call Flat or Shallow Affect in Psychopaths.

In fact, much speaks to the contrary of dogs not liking psychopaths.

Dogs like people who are calm and assertive. And this is exactly what psychopaths generate, unless they choose to do otherwise. Most psychopaths - at least those of my sub-type - are very observant not only to human behavior, but also to animal behavior. When I once read a book about the subject of dog training and rearing, I saw I had been doing exactly what was advised right from the beginning when I met neighbors' dogs as a kid. Before then I never gave it much thought and merely acted according to what seemed most likely to have the effect I was looking for, and it worked.

Generally speaking it is very easy for psychopaths to get along with dogs. I myself have on several occasions shown that I can take over as "pack leader", even when the owner is an experienced dog trainer and not very positive to the idea. I have met a couple of psychopaths who were capable of doing the same thing.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Love Thyself And Never A Psychopath!

I've been rather busy this week and haven't had time to write much at all despite the fact that I have some very good questions and suggestions that I plan to publish articles about in the time to come.
But I didn't think my busy schedule should keep me from writing altogether, so I thought we'd have a bit of fun for once. It isn't much, but it's made a few folks chuckle, so here goes...

A Reader asks:
I read somewhere that psychopaths don't have humor. Is it true in your opinion? Would you be able to write something funny or make a joke on the spot if you had to?

According to Robert Hare in 'Snakes in Suits' or 'Without Conscience', psychopaths will to the potential subject (or victim):

Communicate indirectly four statements of seduction
  • I like who you are.
  • I'm just like you.
  • Your secrets are safe with me.
  • I'm the perfect partner/lover/friend/business partner/i.e. for you.

Now that gave me an idea:

How to make somebody fall in love with themselves
  • Tell them you love everything about them and just for who they are.
  • Tell them you're just like them, you understand them through and through (sympathize).
  • Tell them they can trust you with their lives, because the two of you are so close, soul mates.
  • Tell them you're the perfect partner, friend, lover, and soul mate, etc..
Subconsciously this is like telling them you ARE them and that's why you/they are so perfect and loveable. Ergo, if they fall in love with you, they basically fall in love with themselves.
Now you may tell them who they fell in love with and they can go home and live happily ever after.

Ideally this would be the perfect way to solve all problems in the world. There would be no more psychopath victims, no more psychopaths needed being hunted, eliminated, put to prison, etc.

And best of all: If it is the psychopaths who bring this ingenious solution to the knowledge of the world and make it take effect, make it become real, then psychopaths will no longer be Society's Enemy Nb.1. We will instead be The Heroes & Saviors of Humanity.

Now how about that! Do my readers think psychopaths would dig such a position, eh?... Of course, solutions always give birth to new problems.

We would have to deal with all the Narcissists' envious rage.
There would also be a problem with everybody suddenly demanding it be made common citizen's right to beget children via method of cloning.
The sex toy industry would have the time of their lives, of course. But then, they've had the time of their lives since man left the Garden of Eden.
I'm sure my Readers can think of more examples... '^L^,