It seems that everywhere you turn these days, there’s some new study or book unveiling the wonderful qualities of dangerous personality disorders: 'Psychopaths aren't always unempathetic.' 'Not everyone with ASPD is an abuser!' 'People with ASPD are misunderstood and afraid to seek treatment'

These dangerous misconceptions are on the rise as psychopathy awareness spreads. Many coming from self-proclaimed psychopaths, some from pop-scientists seeking their five minutes of fame, and some from perfectly well-intentioned people who are just hellbent on seeing the good in everyone. But regardless of the source, it’s time to put an end to this misinformation.

Saying that a psychopath is “good” is like saying that someone with ADHD has great focus & attention skills. Or that someone with chronic depression is actually the happiest person in the world. And that’s ignoring the fact that ADHD & depression are treatable, while psychopathy most certainly is not. The point is, you’re literally describing the opposite of the disorder you’re claiming to understand.

Let’s review a few of the DSM criteria for diagnosing ASPD:

Deceitfulness: as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure, misrepresentation of self; embellishment or fabrication when relating events.

Callousness: Lack of concern for feelings or problems of others; lack of guilt or remorse about the negative or harmful effects of one„s actions on others.

Hostility: Persistent or frequent angry feelings; anger or irritability in response to minor slights and insults; mean, nasty, or vengeful behavior.

Manipulativeness: Frequent use of subterfuge to influence or control others; use of seduction, charm, glibness, or ingratiation to achieve one’s ends.

Empathy: Lack of concern for feelings, needs, or suffering of others; lack of remorse after hurting or mistreating another.

Exactly what about these behaviors is good or harmless?!

Psychopaths aren’t just regular human beings who are able to make tough decisions because of their low empathy. Nope. Read the diagnostic criteria again. Antisocial Personality Disorders are characterized by taking pleasure in the suffering of others.

There’s no way to twist that around into something positive. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a Wall Street CEO or a prison inmate. High-functioning or low-functioning. They’re still pathological liars who relieve their chronic boredom by hurting other people. They still enjoy tearing lives apart with their half truths, manipulations and mind games.

There are many disorders that are characterized by low empathy, but this one specifically describes someone who actually gains pleasure from causing pain to others. If you take that element out of psychopathy, then you are no longer describing psychopathy.

The idea that psychopaths have empathy is a bunch of word salad garbage. Yes, psychopaths observe and mimic the behavior of others. They learn to understand human behavior because that makes it easier to manipulate it. But empathy isn’t just about “understanding” feelings. It’s about feeling those feelings. Sadness, because someone else is sad. Joy, because someone else is joyful. Find me a psychopath who has that ability, and I’ll eat my hat.

Bottom line, these ludicrous theories are trying to normalize psychopathy in society. They’re trying to redefine good and evil to make room for people who are incapable of “good” as we know it. They’re eroding our values and minimizing the extensive damage caused by these personality disorders.

Professionals will tell you that they feel like they’re losing their mind when they interact with psychopaths, like their entire sense of self is falling apart with every moment spent in their presence. It’s a lingering feeling that haunts you, long after the person is gone from your life. So, if you really think these people are misunderstood and just need someone to understand, then by all means, surround yourself with psychopaths! But to those of us who have actually encountered psychopathic evil, we know that these predators have nothing to offer to this world except pain, chaos and devastation.


anonymous said:

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(cont.) also people can unsubscribe to alfie and zoe for whatever reason they want whenever they want

i really don’t care what people do, unsubscribe and subscribe to whoever you want, the comments on alfie’s and zoe’s videos are ridiculous, and there’s no need for that. i’m sure they have like 100 hours of sims on the internet, and it’s not like they stopped, alfie is daily vlogging and you don’t know what happens behind the cameras.