I dislike self-diagnosing individuals. There is little to gain when embarking on a dangerous journey without a guide. However, I hate even more those laypeople that diagnose others with personality disorders. Often, such people are trying to equate their disdain for an individual with a viable and biological or environmental explanation. They cannot accept that others may be defective individuals on their own. And, ultimately, they deny the darkness that lives within each and every human being – most importantly, the darkness that lives within themselves. How many times have we heard that Donald Trump is a narcissist and Hilary Clinton a psychopath? How many people that know better are spreading such potential misinformation based on their own ignorance and prejudices? We must reject such banter. We must sew their mouths shut.
One cannot call for an educated and non-judgmental discourse regarding mental illness if they are the first to look into another’s eyes and proclaim that the devil lives inside. I immediately think of the phony prophets of the unknown gods that convince people to speak in tongues and exorcise unnamed demons. An enlightened society rejects that nonsense, but seemingly gives a free pass to those that would convince another of possession. Yes, I must concede, it is possible that such accusations may be spot on. However, it is the responsibility and jurisdiction of professionals to identify such problematic personalities and convey mitigation plans to the afflicted. This responsibility belongs to the layperson no more than the blindborn may own color.
Many write to me to see if I believe them to be antisocial and/or psychopathic. My answer is always the same. Such is the one question that I refuse to answer of my readers. If I were to tell another my interpretation of truth, I rob them of their own journey to discover actual truth. My eyes are not perfect and I would rather that crows pick them out of their sockets than for them to coerce another into the land of fiction. We owe it to ourselves to be honest with ourselves, and we owe it to those around us to be honest with them. Such honesty often results in silence. Honesty requires fact. And, honesty often means saying that we do not know the physical form of those shadows that dance before us. Let us demand as much from ourselves and others. Let us call for the needle and thread and sew shut the mouths of those that claim uncertainty as truth.