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Psychopathy Studies

A basic hypothesis of Psychopathy: Excerpts From The Mask of Sanity, by Hervey Cleckley, 5th edition

Now that we have proceeded with our task through the stages of (1) presenting observations of the gross material and (2) sifting and tabulating as conveniently and intelligibly as we were able the pertinent residue of our data, let us attempt the next step. This will consist in searching for some concept or formulating some […]

A Structural Theory of Narcissism and Psychopathy

©Unknown The infant believes that mother/the breast/ food, everything, is part of itself; it experiences itself solely through neural input.   [T]the problem of group violence, is one of the most important issues facing society. Not only is this a most crucial topic for our American society but we are confronted with events that are […]

Discussion of Psychopathy Traits: Excerpts From The Mask of Sanity, by Hervey Cleckley, 5th edition

More often than not, the typical psychopath will seem particularly agreeable and make a distinctly positive impression when he is first encountered. Alert and friendly in his attitude, he is easy to talk with and seems to have a good many genuine interests. There is nothing at all odd or queer about him, and in […]

Eight Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation

Emotional Manipulation is Also “Covert Aggression.” See: “Psychopaths: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” Here is a list adapted from an article by Fiona McColl There is no use in trying to be honest with an emotional manipulator. You make a statement and it will be turned around. Example: I am really angry that you forgot my […]

How Psychopaths View Their World

Most psychopaths are very arrogant and cocky. However, when charming a potential victim, they say all the “right” things and make you believe they are kind-hearted souls; not always, but often enough. The truth is, psychopaths are not altruistic and do not really care about friendships or ties. Guggenbuhl-Craig states that they are very talented […]

Official Culture in America: A Natural State of Psychopathy?

The subject of the extremely narrow point of view of most Americans as opposed to the majority of other peoples in the world came up in a conversation the other day. The people having the conversation were, as it happens, mostly American. One of them commented that Americans had been “programmed” to their point of […]

Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes

Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes by Andrew M. Lobaczewski with commentary and additional quoted material by Laura Knight-Jadczyk Pathocracy is a disease of great social movements followed by entire societies, nations, and empires. In the course of human history, it has affected social, political, and religious movements […]

Psychopath vs. Antisocial Personality Disorder and Sociopathy

Discussion Excerpts: Robert Hare “When I was working on my Ph.D.,” Hare recalls, “I was interested in the effects of punishment on human behavior.  My dissertation looked at the frequency, intensity, duration, and delay effects of punishment.  Of course, I needed to start thinking about people who were resistant to the effects of punishment, so […]

Psychopaths in Sheep’s Clothing: An Excerpt from the book In Sheep’s Clothing By George K. Simon

Two Basic Types of Aggression There are two basic types of aggression: overt-aggression and covert-aggression. When you’re determined to have something and you’re open, direct and obvious in your manner of fighting, your behavior is best labeled overtly aggressive. When you’re out to “win,” dominate or control, but are subtle, underhanded or deceptive enough to […]

The Cult of the Plausible Lie

“Never ascribe to malice those things which may be explained by stupidity.” That is an important phrase, and a necessary one; it keeps people from being paranoid. However, it has a corollary most people don’t know: “One MAY ascribe to malice those things which stupidity cannot explain.” Robert Canup As the mail continues to come […]

The Genesis of Evil on a Macrosocial Scale

THE HYSTEROIDAL CYCLE Ever since human societies and civilizations have been created on our globe, people have longed for happy times full of tranquility and justice, which would have allowed everyone to herd his sheep in peace, search for fertile valleys, plow the earth, dig for treasures, or build houses and palaces. Man desires peace […]

The Golden Age, Psychopathy and the Sixth Extinction

When asked what I would like to write about for this issue of the Dot Connector, the first thing that came out of my mouth was “The Golden Age and how we got from there to where we are now and what it all means.” That is the topic that has been exercising my thinking […]

The Inner Landscape of the Psychopath

From: The Mask of Sanity, by Hervey Cleckley, 5th edition The surface of the psychopath, however, that is, all of him that can be reached by verbal exploration and direct examination, shows up as equal to or better than normal and gives no hint at all of a disorder within. Nothing about him suggests oddness, […]

The Psychopath – The Mask of Sanity

Imagine – if you can – not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what […]

The Psychopath as Physician: Excerpt from The Mask of Sanity by Hervey Cleckley, M.D.

25. The psychopath as physician When first seen by me, he was still in his early forties. From the country town in which he was practicing medicine an inquiry came concerning his professional ability. Everyone regarded him as a brilliant man. His patients loved him, and while he was working regularly, his collections were more […]

The Psychopath In History: Excerpts From “The Mask of Sanity” by Hervey M. Cleckley

Over a period of many decades psychiatrists, and sometimes other writers, have made attempts to classify prominent historical figures-rulers, military leaders, famous artists and writers-as cases of psychiatric disorder or as people showing some of the manifestations associated with various psychiatric disorders.  Many professional and lay observers in recent years have commented on the sadistic […]

The Trick of the Psychopath’s Trade: Make Us Believe that Evil Comes from Others

Henry and I are interviewed by Swiss journalist, Sylvia Cattori. After reading the book Political Ponerology, A science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes by Andrzej Łobaczewski, I wished to interview the author. However, given that he was sick, he was unable to respond to my questions except in the shortest way, a single […]

What Is a Psychopath?

Our Sincere Thanks to the Owner of the website on Psychopathic Personality Disorder for kind permission to quote her research in assembling this report. The terms sociopath or psychopath often bring to mind images of sadistically violent individuals such as Ted Bundy or the fictional character of Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter in the book […]