Mind Over Monster: An Overview of the Antisocial Mind and the Antisocial Brain

A unique lens to view people with anti-social personality disorders (ASPD). A reblogged post that peeks into the mind and brain of ASPD.

Diaries of a Psychopath

If you ask someone with ASPD what they struggle with most in life, they would probably struggle to narrow it down to one universal factor. Environmental factors such as upbringing, education, and social lifestyle (and many other things) all play a massive role in shaping the mind of an antisocial. It’s important to distinguish between brain and mind before we continue. Personal views on monism vs dualism are not reflected in this paper, but for the sake of this piece we will see the mind and brain as separate entities.

You see, I have the brain to be dangerous. My genetic coding is what society labels as a personality disorder. What that really means is that my brain has been identified to carry and act on a sequence of consistent traits and patterns of behaviour which we categorise under the DSM-V as a disorder called ASPD.

This brain is not…

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Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How To Tell The Differences

Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How To Tell The Differences

He is a charming, thoughtful man who gives to his community. A charismatic man whose grandiosity and great tales of victory command awe.  He adores himself and needs the continuous validation of his importance. Cadres of loyal subjects do his abusive, selfish, and unethical bidding. Many within his inner circle to avoid cognitive dissonance have reinterpreted his actions that were at odds with their beliefs to ‘facts’ that they need to maintain cognitive harmony.  They live in fear of his displeasure and need to be in his good grace for their self-worth.

The above could be the profile of a narcissist, psychopath or sociopath.

How to tell the difference between a narcissist, psychopath or sociopaths?

The video contributed by my follower and friend Pete does an excellent
job explaining in simple language the differences between a
narcissist, a psychopath, and a sociopath. Overlap in signs and
symptoms occur among these disorders and even in normal people without
these disorders. That leads to confusion and the interchangeable
misuse of the terms. Here is what you need to know to understand the
differences.

Narcissist

According to Dr. Ramani,   a narcissist has a disorder of self-esteem. A narcissist feels entitled, continually seeks validation and focuses on other people’s view of them. When a narcissist harms others, they will usually feel remorse in the form of shame more so than guilt.

Psychology Today stated the hallmark of narcissistic personality disorder is a triad of “grandiosity, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration.” (Psychology Today )   Fifty-Seventy percent of narcissists are men.  It is also common for adolescents to temporarily display narcissistic traits as part of healthy development. It does not mean they will become narcissists.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

A pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy as indicated by 5 or more of the following:

  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (exaggerates achievements, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited power, success, brilliance, beauty or ideal love
  • Believes her or she is “special” and can only be understood by similarly special, high status people
  • Requires excessive admiration
  • Has a sense of entitlement
  • Is interpersonally exploitative
  • Lacks empathy
  • Is envious of others or believes others are envious of him/her
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

All psychopaths and sociopaths are narcissists. Unlike narcissists, psychopaths and eventually sociopaths feel no remorse–no guilt or shame– when they harm others. Psychopaths are believed to be the hand of nature while sociopaths are thought to be nurtured. Both constructs fall under the DSM category of Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Antisocial Personality Disorder

A pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others, occurring since age 15, as evidenced by 3 or more of the following:

  • Failure to conform to social norms as evidenced by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
  • Deceitfulness
  • Impulsivity
  • Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
  • Reckless disregard for the safety of others
  • Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial commitments
  • Lack of remorse, as being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt others
  • The individual is at least 18 years of age

Psychopaths

Psychopaths are narcissists who feel no shame or guilt in harming others. They do not think about consequences. Studies suggest their response to negative stress is suppressed. They don’t fear danger or regret bad things as most people do. They may even derive pleasure from other people’s pain.

Many psychopaths are criminals such as serial killers. The diagnosis requires a Psychopathy Checklist.

Many psychologists believe there is no cure or effective treatment for psychopaths.

Sociopaths

Sociopaths are narcissists. They learn from their environment to feel no shame or guilt when they do bad things. They learn not to think about or fear consequences. They are products of their environment or experiences. Prisons have high rates of sociopaths; one study showed as high as 70% in the prison population vs. up 3% in the general population.

Theoretically, in the early stages, a willing sociopath may be treatable with timely and appropriate intervention.

Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How To Tell The Differences

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Police Treatment of Mental Illness

Police Treatment of Mental Illness

Report recommends more police training for dealing with mentally ill

A new report released by The Mental Health Commission of Canada indicates there are more interactions between these two groups now than there were five to seven years ago

A lack of treatment and support for those with mental illness, plus the stigma, mean police are often in a situation where they have to deal with the crisis.

“There has been significant interest amongst the police community to provide sufficient training for police personnel both to improve their understanding of mental illness and to equip them to respond appropriately to persons with mental illness,” said study co-author Terry Coleman in a statement.

“As important as police training in matters of mental health is, police are not doctors, and should never be expected to act as such,” he told reporters at the conference Wednesday.

“Healthcare is the explicit responsibility of the provinces, and we look to our provincial partners to provide the necessary intervention and assistance for the mentally ill – before they encounter the criminal justice system. I cannot emphasize this point more strongly.”

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/report-recommends-more-police-training-for-dealing-with-mentally-ill-1.1978377#ixzz3Bida07zC

Canada is Proactive in this response.   This is Preventive Medicine.  Mentally ill patients are increasingly likely to come in contact with police officers, has the medical community braced itself for the backlash.

Shooting acutely suicidal patients or imprisoning mentally ill patients who are often homeless, addicted to drugs and alcohol  is not treatment.      Especially when family calls 911 for help and first responders are the local cops. Police Officers should calmly talk with patients and transport them to the local ED,  in consultation with the ED physician or charge nurse.   First Responders are managed by an MD or an entity with MDs  or DOs such as hospitals.

Police Officers are not doctors.   Police officers  are not allowed to make medical decisions.  Why then do Police officer make medical  decisions in the videos by deviating from First Responder protocols?  They should notify the ED of a patient with altered mental status  and ask for assistance as well as call for backup.  Why is that done after lethal means?


Excellent article written from the perspective of a white female who survived striking a police officer:
How should police handle people with autism?
http://autism.voirici.net/?p=375

In none of the videos,   did officers  attempt  to treat   patients humanely.  Acutely ill and agitated patients were treated in the most obscene manner. Instead of displaying courtesy  or  respecting  their dignity, the officers   pointed  their guns,  threatened, yelling different orders littered with  profanities and disparaging comments that would frighten and confuse Even the most sane person,   let alone  someone with mental illness or Aspergers where sensory inputs are altered.

In none of the videos or stories involving Black and Brown people, did cops act appropriately in reducing sensory overload necessary to  de-escalate a high-risk stressful situation.    Why?   Police Officers are trained in CPR and carry defibrillators….In some towns,  police officers are the only first responders….why did cops deviate from standard First Responder Protocols in the videos and narratives?    Cops in these videos make no attempt to descalate by talking courteously or recruiting family or friends but instead do everything to provoke an already high-risk  suicide situation.  The current behaviors and lack of proactive responses by medical communities is not only a serious breach in  the delivery of medical care that is ultimately very costly to society but a violation to do no harm.

Food For Thought:

We wonder:   suicide rates have not come down from 12-13 per 100,000 , why despite a variety of treatment  options?   (rates may begoing up with someone committing suicide every 13 minutes in 2010 compared to every 17 minutes a couple  of years earlier)   Perhaps it may have to do with the ripple effect of inappropriate treatment and  second-hand exposure to police violence by communities….consider that for further research and my database will assist in capturing context within communities.  (http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/statistics/aag.html)

What is the AMA doing about this problem?  Are doctors protecting their patients?   Or  Is medicine also biased against pigment? Discrimination in medicine exists as well as cruelty.    I experienced discrimination, misdiagnosis, redacted and multiple medical records and cruelty at the hands of doctors at Tufts Medical Center, Justina Pelletier at Boston Childrens Hospital and thousands unknown.   The ACA and patient protection laws offer no protection  against discriminatory medicine by ED staff, except stakes to do no harm are higher for those involved in the delivery of medical care, particularly, doctors.

In other words, the Medical Director of EMS (Emergency Medical System) or  the physician director of first responders provides a channel to seek compensation and recourse for victims.    Name of the person or the  group ort he hospital name  is relevant  for the database as well as  911 tapes.

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Video shows mentally ill man shot by Dallas police


VIDEO: Family Releases Video of Man Being Killed by Fort Bend Officer (graphic)

http://benswann.com/video-family-releases-video-of-man-being-killed-by-fort-bend-officer/#ixzz31YDI3UiK

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We Used Manpower

http://wp.me/p2oZth-4sZ

Controversy over shocking people with autism, behavioral disorders

 

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Controversy over shocking people with autism, behavioral disorders

 

Jennifer Msumba is on the autism spectrum. For seven years, she was treated at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts, where she received painful electric shocks aimed at modifying her behavior. She describes being strapped, spread-eagle to a restraint board and shocked multiple times before she left the center in 2009.

 

“It’s not humane, you don’t even feel like a person, you have wires all over your body,” said Msumba. “I would get five or ten shocks for just doing one thing.”

Asked what that was like, Msumba responded, “Being underground in Hell.”

 

His mother, Cheryl McCollins, says Andre was shocked for not taking off his coat, and then repeatedly shocked for tensing his muscles, and for screaming during the shocks, which JRC calls “applications.”

 

Controversy over shocking people with autism, behavioral disorders

 

Full Story:  Controversy over shocking people with autism, behavioral disorders

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/controversy-over-shocking-people-with-autism-behavioral-disorders/