I had a brief but interesting conversation with a friend earlier today. She was concerned that in these mellow days of mine that I may be susceptible to being “fixed” by another person. She wondered if I was risking the loss of my very soul via my efforts to shapeshift yet again for something that I want. I reassured her that this would not be the case. I’m not in the business of fixing others and I am not with any desire to be fixed myself. I am who I am. Warts and all, I celebrate my condition to the extent that I can and to the extent that I can keep myself out of poverty and out of jail. Why does everyone assume that the antisocial needs to be fixed? Why do they think I want to be fixed?
There is an important distinction here. I do not wish to be cured of my psychopathic status. Affective empathy seems like it would be quite the drain on a human being. I’ve said that my tears are my own and no one else’s. This is still the case. If I can be bothered to care, then it is a result of another’s status in my eyes, not due to some visceral and unwanted reaction deep within my core. That said, I do wish to be rid of those facets of the condition that are overtly destructive. My impulsivity is unwanted. My inability to form a realistic set of life goals is irritating. My perpetual cycle of self-destruction is anathema. All of these things I can want changed without rejecting what makes me, me.
Any changes that I do desire are the responsibility of myself and my therapist, not of those around me. I would react poorly if anyone close to me – that was not a paid professional – tried to change my soul for funsies. I am who I am. I am comfortable in this vessel and I will be until the day I expire. Whether the condition is one for me to lament is my decision and mine alone. I am not irritated with my friend; she meant well. However, she and everyone else must know that I desire no more to be fixed than anyone else who is happy with their life. I’m not a car, I don’t need a tune up and I don’t need a paint job. I just need left alone to decide for myself what I want in this life.