Thursday, July 28, 2016

Female Psychopaths - Lies, Lies and more Lies !

The original master of psychopathy trait analysis was Dr. Hervey Cleckley, a psychiatrist and professor of neuropsychiatry.  His case-oriented clinical research led him to identify the observable traits that mark all psychopaths.  One of the dominant is lying, and no one characterizes it better than he did in the very first edition of his famous work ... The Mask of Sanity, published in 1941.

"[The psychopath] appears to have a total disregard for truth and is to be trusted no more in his accounts of the past than in his promises for the future or his statement of present intentions. ... The conception of living up to one's word seems actually to be regarded by him as nothing but a useful phrase with which to obtain his ends.  No matter how vividly or how repeatedly his utter falsity is demonstrated to him, he is not confounded but continues to expect his word to be regarded as a very serious matter."  The Mask of Sanity, p. 239 (1st Ed. St. Louis).

Friday, July 15, 2016

Female Psychopaths - Deceive, and Evade Laws

Psychopaths experience a feeling of exhilaration and thrill when they successfully manipulate and deceive others.  This feeds into their outsized sense of self-importance.  For the psychopath, laws exist for other people ... they can break them, skirt them, avoid them, knowing that they can either charm or explain their way out with a smirking smile if challenged.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Female Psychopaths - Chronic Liars, Enormous Mendacity

A major facet of a psychopath's evil deeds is deception of others.  "Psychopaths are chronic liars and research indicates that we are most likely to be misled by the special skill we think we possess to detect lying.  The psychopath lies for many reasons, the most common to experience the feeling of contemptuous delight when the deception is successfully carried out. ... The mendacity of the psychopath is enormous ... . "  Because the psychopath is without conscience and feels no guilt, the positive feeling aroused by deception fuels the psychopath's grandiosity ... for, example, the belief of being smarter than others.    J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D,  The Mark of Cain

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Female Psychopaths - Metaphysical and Dark Traits

This morning I received an email from a celebrated psychologist who wrote on dark personality traits (e.g., psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellianism, sadism, authoritarianism).  He labeled these personality traits "dark."  To further add to this, Dr. Robert Hare who developed the psychopathy checklist and world recognized psychopathy researcher wrote..."But the distinction between mentally ill killers and sane but psychopathic murderers was by no means easy to come by.  It resulted from a centuries-long scientific debate that at times bordered on the metaphysical."

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