Are you a psychopath?
Post Reply
 
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Votes - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
03-06-2012, 12:49 PM
RE: Are you a psychopath?
There was something discussed at my workplace when we had mandatory 12 hour shifts (long story, but it was a highly stressful period). The longer we started working, and the more days in a row, people became much more irritable--as in almost coming to blows, with people outright saying the thought of skinning their co-workers and grilling them not only made them happy, but the smell they imagined almost turned them on. People would start hallucinating hearing voices, and sometimes hearing people telling them to kill. All from long hours and stress.

Now while the people at my place have similar types of situations generally (low level factory work that a HS diploma is overkill.... and really I think many of them probably don't have that, they started there the day they turned 18 [some 16]). So it might not be common...

But I did find it interesting in the sense that I believe all people could be a psychopath or sociopath, if they didn't have something in their brain preventing it. I don't view it as a yes you are or no you aren't--rather a scale... most are probably in a grey area.



Although I have to admit I can only go by my own interpretation of things. I can manipulate people without any internal problems if I so desired, but I don't because there's no need to. One of the main controlling factors in me is that if I picture something, I can detach myself from it without any real problems, or I can let myself feel whatever I would if such a thing happened (ex: I can picture someone torturing someone else and feel nothing, or feel what I would if I was close to the person, or anything else). I personally don't think of it as a switch (in me, in others sure it may be)... to use a light switch as an example, it'd be like a switch that leaks some electricity through even when off, so even though I can cut almost all emotions from it, some still exist in a small sense.

Of course my friends (jokingly?) say I'm a psychopath--and I always say "I'm not a psychopath! I love people to death Big Grin"
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
03-06-2012, 06:01 PM
RE: Are you a psychopath?
Actually, just from that link in the second post, not so long ago I could have said yes to nearly all of the checks there.
Only thing is, throughout my live I had to train all these things pretty much to stay alive and kinda healthy.
So during the last 2 or 3 years I am training myself to be "normal" which works ok and my hubby helps me a lot with that.
But for some time, when I first learnt of the definition of psychopath, I thought "that's totally me!", which it wasn't but I didn't know better.
So, as I said, I know from experience, that I am perfectly able to turn all feelings (physical) and emotions off towards everyone and at everytime. Like, as hard as it sounds, but I could for example do that towards my husband, who I love more than anyone (and I had to literally learn love).

"Freedom is the freedom to say that 2+2=4" - George Orwell (in 1984)
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
03-06-2012, 06:25 PM
RE: Are you a psychopath?
No, I'm actually from the other end of the scale. I have too much empathy.

I tend to give, give, give and if the person keeps taking and I get taken for granted too much I can be a bitch (probably because I'm mad with myself for giving so much in the first place Confused )

I agree with Anjele as there are a lot of psychopaths and sociopaths out there (I've had contact with one) and you need to steer clear of them unless you want your life to be in ruins. Just ask Quidsane...

Humankind Dodgy (a total misnomer)
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
03-06-2012, 06:39 PM
RE: Are you a psychopath?
(03-06-2012 06:01 PM)Leela Wrote:  Actually, just from that link in the second post, not so long ago I could have said yes to nearly all of the checks there.
Only thing is, throughout my live I had to train all these things pretty much to stay alive and kinda healthy.
So during the last 2 or 3 years I am training myself to be "normal" which works ok and my hubby helps me a lot with that.
But for some time, when I first learnt of the definition of psychopath, I thought "that's totally me!", which it wasn't but I didn't know better.
So, as I said, I know from experience, that I am perfectly able to turn all feelings (physical) and emotions off towards everyone and at everytime. Like, as hard as it sounds, but I could for example do that towards my husband, who I love more than anyone (and I had to literally learn love).
Leela...emotions are still difficult for me. Mom didn't allow them...I was yelled at my grandmother's funeral because I was crying...quietly, but mom could see it and it was not acceptable. When mom would sic dad on me for one of my frequent beatings, I got a second round if I cried...so I learned how not to, no matter what. Funny thing about that is it pissed him off and he would send me away after saying 'don't cry you little bitch'. Damned if I did and damned if I didn't.

We were expected to be as flat emotionally as mom was. Dad was quite stoic and didn't show or express emotion other than rage. Mom primed him to dole out beatings when she saw fit, she knew just what buttons to push.

I can still turn off emotions pretty effectively. But I know where that comes from. The bad thing is all these years of swallowed feeling fuels my bouts with depression.

I'm not anti-social. I'm pro-solitude. Sleepy
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
03-06-2012, 06:45 PM
RE: Are you a psychopath?
(03-06-2012 06:39 PM)Anjele Wrote:  
(03-06-2012 06:01 PM)Leela Wrote:  Actually, just from that link in the second post, not so long ago I could have said yes to nearly all of the checks there.
Only thing is, throughout my live I had to train all these things pretty much to stay alive and kinda healthy.
So during the last 2 or 3 years I am training myself to be "normal" which works ok and my hubby helps me a lot with that.
But for some time, when I first learnt of the definition of psychopath, I thought "that's totally me!", which it wasn't but I didn't know better.
So, as I said, I know from experience, that I am perfectly able to turn all feelings (physical) and emotions off towards everyone and at everytime. Like, as hard as it sounds, but I could for example do that towards my husband, who I love more than anyone (and I had to literally learn love).
Leela...emotions are still difficult for me. Mom didn't allow them...I was yelled at my grandmother's funeral because I was crying...quietly, but mom could see it and it was not acceptable. When mom would sic dad on me for one of my frequent beatings, I got a second round if I cried...so I learned how not to, no matter what. Funny thing about that is it pissed him off and he would send me away after saying 'don't cry you little bitch'. Damned if I did and damned if I didn't.

We were expected to be as flat emotionally as mom was. Dad was quite stoic and didn't show or express emotion other than rage. Mom primed him to dole out beatings when she saw fit, she knew just what buttons to push.

I can still turn off emotions pretty effectively. But I know where that comes from. The bad thing is all these years of swallowed feeling fuels my bouts with depression.
That is so fucked up, Anj. I am so sorry to hear that that's the way you were treated as a child Sadcryface Heart

Humankind Dodgy (a total misnomer)
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
03-06-2012, 07:22 PM
RE: Are you a psychopath?
(03-06-2012 07:05 AM)Leela Wrote:  Hi.....very interesting...do u know the name of the documentary? I would like to see that. In answer to one of your questions, yes,i too have thought about what I would do in certain situations. And yes, I can turn off certain emotions. But that doesn't make you psycho. No I don't think...............

I just saw a documetation about a guy from Japan. In the 1980th he killed a woman, had sex with her (after), and then ate parts of her. He is a psychopath. He has a deep psychological problem, when he sees a pretty woman, he wants to eat her. And he does not feel bad for what he did, he has never been convicted. He did it in France where they do not put people in front of a judge when they are psychologically that challenged (to say it nicely). And when he came back to Japan he was a free man because in Japan he has never done anything bad. He is still alive, by now he wrote 19 books about what he did in France, he was in pretty much all Japanese media, he is making money from the books and from porn.

Now this documentary made me think about psychopaths in general. As far as I know a psychopath is someone who does not have a bad conscience and who can not experience emotions, or at least not in the way most people do. This makes them seem cold, and due to that they can do bad things without thinking about it twice.

So as far as I understand this, everyone of us can become a psychopath, given the circumstances. Or is that something different? That when stuff changes it counts as adjustment and not as a psychological disability?
If I look at myself, I know from experience that I am able to turn of my emotions and feelings completely, like flipping a switch. Also I am a very rational, reasonable person. I think in my case that would mean that in extreme situations I am able to do extreme things. Not going into too much detail about how extreme but I did think about a lot of things, situations that might or might not happen, and thought about how I would react.
But all in all I am someone who likes peace, who likes it quiet, who would not harm anyone just because.

Did you ever think about this topic?
Do you have more info on psychopaths? Are you one? Do you know one?
Do you know more about the topic?
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
03-06-2012, 07:38 PM
RE: Are you a psychopath?
(03-06-2012 12:22 PM)Erxomai Wrote:  
(03-06-2012 07:05 AM)Leela Wrote:  He has a deep psychological problem, when he sees a pretty woman, he wants to eat her.
Oh.
You mean this is a bad thing? Confused
You are referring to cunnilingus Erx..........................................well are'nt you Huh
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 1 user Likes Mr Woof's post
03-06-2012, 08:44 PM
RE: Are you a psychopath?
Am I a psychopath? Well. One personality is.

NEW AND IMPROVED!
Twice the anger, Half the space!
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
04-06-2012, 03:06 AM (This post was last modified: 04-06-2012 03:12 AM by Leela.)
RE: Are you a psychopath?
(03-06-2012 06:39 PM)Anjele Wrote:  I can still turn off emotions pretty effectively. But I know where that comes from. The bad thing is all these years of swallowed feeling fuels my bouts with depression.
I know where it comes from, in my case, as well. It has a different root but when I do it, it seems like I am a sick person, although it is kind of trained to perfection throughout my life and staying, let's say, "open" is not always easy, and dealing with my or other peoples emotion can be very difficult to me. That is why I can call myself lucky to have a very patient man who is actually able to explain to me what is happening and what would be a normal way to react and why that normal way is more constructive.
I think this being able to turn it off and on like Anjele. And I think that's the difference between us and sociapaths / psychopaths. Being able to actually experience emotions and feelings but simply lacking the "training" to do so or to express them in a healthy manner.

FirmaTerran, it is German, so hopefully you know German, otherwise just go on youtube and search for "japanese cannibal" that should get you to something usefull about him:



"Freedom is the freedom to say that 2+2=4" - George Orwell (in 1984)
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
04-06-2012, 11:34 AM
RE: Are you a psychopath?
(03-06-2012 12:22 PM)Erxomai Wrote:  Oh.
You mean this is a bad thing? Confused

I believe he used a knife for bite sized portions.

Rule of thumb: If you gotta use utensils, you're doing it wrong. Thumbsup

A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move to higher levels. ~ Albert Einstein
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 1 user Likes kim's post
Post Reply
Forum Jump: