My views on psychopaths undergoing psychotherapy are controversial. I believe that therapy can be useful for the psychopath with the caveat that the psychopath wish to understand themselves better and/or shy away from their antisocial actions. I am not naive enough to believe that my experiences with psychotherapy can be the norm for the psychopath. I have an excellent therapist who is not swayed by the taboo and, most importantly, I try to enter each session with an open mind. Therapy can only be as good as the weakest element of the two: therapist or client.
My primary motivation for continuing therapy – and for even agreeing to continue treatment once the words ‘antisocial’ and ‘psychopath’ were mentioned – is to know myself better with each session. I do not have a strong identity and I find it difficult to gauge my motivations and thought processes. The guidance of a trained mental health professional can do wonders for answering the latter even if the former seems destined to always elude me.