Psychopaths have difficulty with controlling impulses. Whether they are financial impulses, wanderlust, or violent in nature, these impulses can destroy the most stalwart individual. The realm of impulsivity is the most self-destructive aspect of the psychopathic condition and it is extremely difficult to rein in these destructive tendencies on one’s own when the individual seemingly knows no other way. To endure destruction due to one’s devastating actions with no hope of change on one’s own is to be flayed alive slowly. This post is a continuation of the previous post on therapy.
Part of the problem is that psychopaths may not know that there actions are abnormally impulsive. The other part is that once such knowledge becomes apparent, the psychopath may not know how to control their impulses into directed thinking. I did not know that I was “dangerously” impulsive. I knew that I was a drifter and a financial mess, but did not see the underlying theme. Once I saw that my ways did not serve me, I realized that I had no idea how to change my mindset. Or, at least change the outcome of my thoughts. Therapy is an excellent way to learn about these shortcomings and to come up with action plans for change.