Psychopaths are known for their predatory ways. Well, the neurotypical would call it predatory; I’d call it taking advantage of openings. The truth is, we detect when others are weak and vulnerable and, if the price is right, we strike. Conning, manipulation, parasitism, and theft are not uncommon for psychopaths. Like the mosquito that identifies the best host to feed upon, the psychopath can do the same. Without a sense of conscience and without the capacity for remorse, it just makes sense.
I’m a firm believer in the set exchange of a penalty for an action. That is, I believe that people should be able to do whatever they’d like so long as they are willing to pay the price. It is the job of society to determine a fair and reasonable price for a specific crime, a price that deters most but allows that that are willing to behave in a criminal fashion to have a set expectation for the price of their ways. So what do you have to lose, kid? It’s at most your life.
I could be in recovery for any number of things. Alcoholism, drug use, eating disorders, and criminality have defined my life at various times and to various degrees. None of my demons will ever truly go away; they are merely mitigated and silenced on a daily basis. I suppose that is what separates the 77% of psychopaths that are in jail from the 23% that I would term “successful.” As with any personality disorder, the challenge to mitigate the symptoms of such is enormous. Many fail.
This post is a logical continuation of yesterday’s post.
It would be fallacious to assume that all of the 23% of psychopaths who aren’t in prison are well-adapted, just as it would be as fallacious to assume that all of those in prison are necessarily maladapted. Luck and proclivity play a part here. While rarer these days, I still have a penchant for some activities that are contrary to the law; in this sense I believe that the successful psychopath is merely less criminal on average. Certainly one can be psychopathic without having broken any laws ever, but this is a difficult path to walk and the psychopathic mind with its selfishness is certainly primed for antisocial and/or criminal activity.
Nevertheless, I find it difficult to communicate with those that are more inclined to be lawbreakers than me. As I wrote in yesterday’s post, I have a mental block when it comes to understanding those voices that demand some bloodletting from time to time. I understand fully those that leave me messages on social media proclaiming agreement with my notion of relative restraint, but I have a very difficult time understanding those that legitimately struggle with their violent or destructive fantasies. This often makes me feel like a heretic, not just in relation to society but in relation to my fellow psychopaths as well.
I’ve been quiet for a few days as a sudden and sharp bipolar downturn combined with my Borderline Personality Disorder firing at its worst left me more or less non-functional. I scheduled an emergency session with my therapist in order to protect myself from myself. When I am both depressed and self-multilating, the probability of a particularly bad outcome is much higher than zero. Triage was applied and I’m doing better now, but the whole reason I bring all of this up is due to one exchange in particular that she and I had.