So you are proclaimed psychopath by psychiatrist or psychologist, or this is your personal diagnosis?
Temporal states of being influenced by environmental factors (family, athmosphere in a place of residence, community) and developmental factors (times of big changes in one's personality) can make inner emotional life very ambiguous.
I have never visited a shrink of any description. While I’m sure something is not ‘quite right’ with myself, it has served me very well. Society, as it is, suits a detached frame of mind and I am thriving.
This is not a temporal state, it is how I have been by entire adult (and maybe sooner) life.
Can you provide some examples of the types of behaviour that seem contradictory to you?
The only accepted test for psychopathy is the PCL-R. Do you score as a psychopath on the PCL-R? Or do you score as antisocial personality disorder using DSM-IV? If so, there are many causes for "sociopathy" that do not include psychopathy, such as various forms of brain damage, and poor childhood upbringing.
I’ve done three tests over the past few years, one was some online thing that probably means nothing, the other two were from girlfriend’s psychology degrees.
I had seen the PCL-R thing before, but didn’t know its name. Looking over it now I would say 17/20 apply to me to some degree, but that is just a personal take on it.
But I think it is what items apply rather than how many.
For an example of contradictory behaviour, and a central issue for my confusion:
If psychopaths have such an inflated sense of self worth and low opinion of others, why the need to control girlfriends / friends?
I bounce from one girlfriend to another because if things aren’t to my liking I just walk away because I don’t care.
If you open the forum topic thread 'Psychopaths at Home, at work, in the Garden' (this topic), there are several 'sticky' threads at the top - one of these is on OPs - if you have yet to read that one, if offers quite a lot of information. However, it might be worth pointing out that OPs are not, by definition, psychopathic.
By OP, I meant my Original (Opening?) Post. I think I need to take a more ordered approach to reading through threads. I am a very busy person but just reading threads in a random manner is appearing to be a false economy.
I have also ordered the ‘Snakes in Suits’ book, which I had never heard of before this forum.
I must say that my initial reaction is the same as Deckard's: why Mr Bateman?
A nick reveals a lot about yourself and, most importantly, about how you want the others to view you, so may I ask you what you wanted to convey when you chose that particular nick?
I chose ‘Mr Bateman’ for two reasons:
1. The book was a great inspiration on my life (not in an axe wielding way).
2. While discussing psychopaths, it seemed a logical choice.
You haven't shared what it makes you feel to score as a psychopath. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?
In brief, tests aside, I live my life on an emotional ‘flat line’ and have never felt anything towards any person in my life (am 36, so this is not teen angst ).
Also, when you say you share most of their traits, can you be more specific?
You titled your post 'Are Psychopaths The Only People Without Souls?'. Is it because you feel you have none but are reluctant to call yourself a psychopath? If so, why do you think you have no soul?
I’m not sure whether I am a psychopath or not, but no, the label would not bother me. Most the people in my social circle consider me one already and are fine with it, so it wouldn’t be any kind of life changing realisation.
I don’t think I have a soul, I don’t think anyone has. So the lack of a soul being given as a reason for psychopaths seems a red herring to me.
Why do I think no one has a soul?
No proof. The soul appears to be an invention of ancients in the same way as god is, ie an attempt to explain the unknown at that time. And just like god, the soul is ever shrinking as science grows. It wasn’t that long ago we thought the soul control the body until some Italian guy noticed lightening made dead frogs twitch.
I know i'm asking a lot of questions, by no means feel like i'm giving you the third degree, i also have a very questioning nature ;)
Is fine, I am here to discuss and hopefully learn.