The term ‘psychopathy’ attracts far more than the antisocial. So many wish to gravitate toward this label for reasons that I will never fully understand. Those with low levels of empathy (affective or cognitive) seem to want to use the label to explain their being, regardless over whether it makes sense. Sometimes, the undiagnosed and mentally ill stumble across the term as a means for substituting something “hip” and “cool” for the treatment that they so very badly need. It’s all rather irritating. Wolves are wolves. If you are not a wolf, then you are not a wolf. It’s that simple, yet people want to be seen as something they are not. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of those with the condition to speak up, even if anonymously, to correct such dangerous misrepresentations and mischaracterizations of the disorder.
I’m in a unique position. I do not hide behind a pseudonym or within the shadows. Having little to lose, I am free to be open regarding my condition. I do this because I know that I can handle the pressures of my antisocial brain and the expectations of society that surrounds me. While the reader would be naive to assume that I am altruistic in my reasons for promoting discourse, I still find a certain responsibility in making sure that I convey the condition in as clear and correct of terms as possible. As such, it bothers me when others try to claim something that they are not. It disrespects me when some attempt to be my kin without the blood, sweat, and tears that come with the condition. And, I would be disrespecting others if I did not call out such mimicry when I see it.
I appreciate my antisocial brethren that have passed the “smell test” and help set others straight as well. They may have their own reasons, but ultimately our concerns and fights are in alignment. Just as the feminist must cast out those that make a mockery of their desires and wishes, and just as the Muslim must cast out his extremist relation, the antisocial should feel an obligation to keep their own condition pure. We must cast out those that are inevitably going to end up in prison or dead and we must cast out those that wish to dilute the condition with their own nonsense. I recognize that not everyone wishes to bear this burden and that it is strictly advantageous to remain in the shadows, but there must still be a few if the minds of men are ever to be turned.