I occasionally receive email and other communication from readers. Sometimes the subject matter contains thanks, but often it contains questions regarding my own experiences. Many who consider themselves antisocial in some fashion are often starving for information regarding their condition. They want to know if there are others like them, whether others share the same lack of empathy, whether others have the same bloodlust, parasitism, and manipulative skills that they do. They want to know that they are not alone – not because they need others for support, but as a means of understanding themselves better. For my antisocial brother or sister, my door is always open.
Why do I bring this up? Consider the body of knowledge on Borderline Personality Disorder and the many memoirs of those who are Borderline. Consider the same for Bipolar Disorder … or depression … or schizophrenia … or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder … or any other psychological or psychiatric ailment. (Well, except maybe Narcissistic Personality Disorder). The truth is, some disorders and conditions are considered more “acceptable” than others. The body of knowledge speaks of treatments available and innumerable voices are allowed to be heard speaking quite candidly on those subjects. No one questions the validity or ethics of one who is afflicted with any of those disorders. They are not scorned – in the same degree – when referring to their conditions the way that the antisocial or psychopathic individual is.