Psychopathy – Primary & Secondary #11
Preface: The information contained in this post was acquired through the supporting links at the end of this post along with other resources. It has been compiled as a source of researchable information only, and NOT as a diagnostic tool. As with everything else, an opinion can only be formed after doing one’s due diligence regarding this subject.
Most people’s perception of psychopathy is tainted through Hollywood or main stream media’s exaggerated broadcasts. There are conflicting “professional” ideologies regarding psychopathy. One group feels it is a non-existent issue, some feel it is a made up disease of our time, and then the one to be addressed, states there are two separate conditions under the heading of psychopathy.
First is the primary psychopath. This is a generic condition which effects .5 – 1% of the population. (Some claim up to 4%) This being such a small number, it has largely been ignored as a condition by the mental health field. This strain is actually a brain deformity and the person cannot be rehabilitated. (Mythology- fables and nursery rhymes all contain them under various names. The Ancient Gnostic texts refer to them as Archons.) The second classification is secondary psychopathy. This condition can be described as a virus; it is a condition and is treatable, but as all viruses, it mutates as conditions change. Claims have been made that the term sociopath has been coined to camouflage or minimize the stigma related to the word psychopath. Many documents state that psychologists have had to meet with people having this condition for a year or more to reach a diagnosis. This is due to the subject’s unique abilities of persuasion and adamant denial.
Several sources state that the Bethany bloodline and their supporters are the main host for the generic strain, which could be another explanation why the condition being ignored and suppressed. While these conditions are beginning to be recognized, a propaganda campaign has also arisen to minimize or discard the subject. Behaviors of the psychopath are being celebrated in numerous movies, television shows, and video games. This has been done to desensitize and normalize the behavior, and it has worked well.
The primary and secondary psychopath is found in all facets of our society, and just because someone exhibits one or two behaviors, doesn’t classify them as a psychopath. These characteristics need to be part of a person’s being, not just their mood. Determining between the two is difficult as there is a need to know definitely if the person has always exhibited the behaviors, or if they have manifested over time. There are far more secondary psychopaths present in today’s world
*** People are under the erroneous assumption that others have the same moral and ethical beliefs which they have, and normally cannot comprehend otherwise. Statements such as “They wouldn’t do/ think that” should more realistically be stated “I wouldn’t do / think that” as it is used as a baseline for comparison of moral and ethical behavior. Just because one doesn’t personally believe in something, does not mean it won’t affect them. The ultimate example would be the innocent people dying in war zones due to others beliefs. The term collateral damage was developed expressly to describe this occurrence.
Primary psychopathy is genetic and cannot be overcome; they cannot and will not ever be able to feel empathy toward another. Secondary psychopathy is brought about by trauma, impressionism, up-bringing and a poison world view among other contributors. In both cases, the person infected is well aware they are different and quickly become adept at mimicking normal social behaviors, almost literally becoming a chameleon. Although they don’t have the ability to feel empathy, they are able to exhibit a limited version of sympathy. The brain is basically stuck in the R complex, which functions on base instincts and reaction. That being said, reproduction, (promiscuous sex or abundant flirtation) instant gratification (can’t see long term consequences), aggression or desertion (fight or flight) and tenacious protection of their young or first degree relatives are all documented behaviors. More characteristics include being highly skilled emotional manipulators, willfully ignorant and readily deny responsibility.
Although alerted by their intuition, people whom have encountered someone with this condition usually do not initially question the behavior due to the charismatic persona and dismiss it as odd or the person being an “individual.” The most notable “red flag” is their lack of consideration, used as an umbrella term to encompass the mindset. A second indicator will be that seldom do their actions coincide with their words. (Should you experience an encounter, looking back you will see the signs and wonder how you could have ignored them all)
There are some things one can do to protect themselves from the effects of both primary and secondary psychopathy. The ancient Buddhists used satire as a defense as it broke the tension and “outed” the behavior in a light hearted method. A psychopath usually cannot comprehend satire. If they realize what has happened, their propensity for revenge is unimaginable. They are extremely patient and will never forget, sometimes taking years to retaliate, but they will. Today the most effective method is to become aware of the distinctive signs of a psychopath, thus avoiding them, or if involved already, completely breaking ties with that person. As mentioned earlier, denial is the main obstacle and has become instilled in a secondary psychopath. It is far easier for them to deny, blame, minimize, deflect or attack someone trying to address the situation than it is for them to admit it and “do the shadow work” to overcome their mindset.
According to the US medical journal, psychopaths will initially appear happy, smiling, charming, friendly, and benevolent, an overall nice person. This image will be protected at all costs as once their true nature is realized, the charade is over. Their conversations will be superficial in nature as they have no interest in anything other than the small distorted world they have created and call reality. They are most interested in speaking about themselves, seldom listen, (they wait to speak) and somehow steer any conversation toward themselves, their ego or pride. The details in their story are obfuscated. These people are known for finding humor in other’s pain, or immature comedy. They become extremely defensive when given constructive criticism or questioned in any way, unless they feel they’ll gain something by appearing gracious. There is always a hidden agenda. They have no issue creating a new conflict to deflect attention from them. This is usually done and dramatic fashion and under the guise of appearing “to help” or “to protect”. In time it is found that they have little depth to their personality and have few relationships of any length. Another distinguishing factor is the over accentuation of emotions. (Appear too happy, sad, angry, or benevolent.) Seldom are they on a level plane, this stated to be the result someone else’s actions. The lives of such people are chaotic as this adds to the dramatization of their conversations, and used as a manipulative tool (justification or excuse for behaviors) should the need arise.
They love an entourage and prefer to stand out in a group. They don’t necessarily need to be the leader, but there needs to be either a physical or attitudinal difference so they stand out. If one in the group questions their behavior they are ostracized behind their back and “blacklisted.” New “friends” appear regularly as others are discarded. Some may be “cycled;” “friends” who don’t understand, but know something isn’t right are left for a period of time given a myriad of excuses for the withdrawal. They will be drawn back in, usually due to a “dramatic” event.
Immoral or unethical behaviors are rationalized or justified. Moral and ethical behavior is considered constraining and those who hold these values are looked upon with contempt. Another behavior discussed is pathological lying and their black and white definition of the word lie. Deceptive speech, secrecy, fallacies, omissions, obscurity, is part of their everyday conversations. Their lack of empathy makes apologizing impossible. They may feign an insincere attempt or again, over compensate by being sorry for everything, trying to appear benevolent. If forced, their apologies will be something to the effect of “I’m sorry you feel that way”
Psychopaths are skilled at convincing others that they are needed, sometimes indispensable. Any threat to them will be removed, usually by means of ridicule. They are incapable of intimacy and are not interested in unity.
When a psychopath is done with their victim they will just discard them, walk away with without explanation. Usually they’ve achieved their goal, have found a new victim they feel will be of more benefit, or the victim has shown resistance. The victim will be left wondering what happened. This will be difficult to deal with if they were thought of as a friend, traumatic if they were a lover, as the victim comes to realize the relationship was a meaningless illusion. To maintain their persona, the psychopath will ridicule and blame the victim for the breakup, adding insult to injury.
This is a very important place for the victim, there are only two choices. One can accept that they have been psychologically used and abused and begin to heal, or become infected and trapped within. Becoming trapped within oneself will most likely lead to psychopathic behavior, seeking retribution, thus continuing the chain. This may sound like the proverbial vampire, and it is similar. There is a term / diagnosis referred to as “psychic vampirism” which will be addressed in the future.
Mark Passio www.whatoneathishappening.com podcast # 133
Vinny Eastwood :
Psychopath roundtable discussion: www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1878aerllI
Interview with Thomas Sheridan, Protecting yourself from a psychopath: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PIz1Mm6ur8
Interview with Chris Duane: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzb6ED3Fl_g
John Lash & Chris Sheridan; Handling psychopaths – Human predators
Support group & information www.psychopathfree.com
Michael Cross: http://michaelcross.net/
Occupations of a psychopath: www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=occupations%20of%20psychopaths
Michael Tsarion: Psychic Vampirism, part 4 (15:40-37:00) www.youtube.com/watch?v=10nKIx32Krs&index=4&list=PL7IaYwgyNHYxhyJ1e7taz-Q2muT_0bJrh