I originally wrote on this subject over a year ago. As of the past few years, many teenagers and young adults are gravitating toward the label of psychopathy for reasons of being trendy. This is ultimately dangerous and ill-sighted for many of the reasons that I wrote about last year. Ultimately, those that end up wearing wolves’ clothing are merely disrobed before being devoured by the real wolves. That is, those with psychopathy are unamused by those trying to pull a fast one.
Imagine a professional musician having amateurs comparing themselves to him. Would he react with flattery or with hostility, knowing that they are not remotely as talented or driven as he is? I guarantee that extending this analogy to psychopaths would end in hostility. Those that have been either diagnosed with ASPD and assessed as having psychopathy or have spent innumerable hours in deep introspection to come to a conclusion regarding their personality most certainly would not be amused by those that are merely wearing the label falsely. Yes, in the musician’s example, an amateur may be able to reach the same level as the professional through countless hours of practice, but this does not hold true for the faux wolf. A neurotypical will always be a neurotypical (barring traumatic brain injury). No amount of attempting to play the part will ever result in a true metamorphosis into psychopathy.
Why would anyone want to put on a disguise only to go toe to toe with those having legitimate psychopathy? We can tell when others are faking their antisocial aura. We know when there is beast or sheep in front of us, no matter the patchwork that surrounds their form. As these faux psychopaths try to “fit in” (whatever that even means), they become targets by those that can see through the veneer. I may be mellowing as I grow older and remain in therapy, but many of my brethren are not. I don’t see the allure.
Beyond the potential risk of insulting those with true psychopathy, stigma is still a perpetual concern for the psychopath. I wrote last year and earlier this year of such stigma. Why would anyone want to buy in to that? The neurotypical holds an extraordinarily large amount of privilege compared to the psychopath. Yes, those with psychopathy make up for this through force, but ultimately the NT is less concerned with those who demand empathy and a hungry criminal justice system that looks for any reason to lock offenders up indefinitely. Why would anyone want to be part of this?
I am a loner and a rebel of sorts. I do not wish to be part of any larger group, in general. I’ve abandoned my transgender and bisexual brethren (as in I am no longer concerned with movements on these fronts at a larger level than myself) and focus solely on myself in all areas. I am not concerned about modern fashion trends or music trends, or any societal movement away from the current status quo. As such, I simply do not understand why so many must find something to latch on, and – even less so – why psychopathy would be chosen as something to gravitate towards. I would appreciate comments from readers to help me understand. What am I missing here? Who would stitch a costume out of cadavers, expecting to fit in with those who have real fur? Who would emulate, or identify with, psychopathy ‘just to fit in?’