amerikka fears what it doesn't know. and its ignorance about its own culture is astounding. one way to understand amerikkan culture is to look at its violence, sanctioned violence and continual mind-numbing, ridiculous hand-wringing dialogue around its violence. now some want to claim violence can be verbal-abuse. indeed in psychiatric hospitals and incarcerated settings the pathetically inert phrase "verbal altercation" speaks of a culture desperate for civility and for any possible way to tamp down its rampant violence. and yet verbal abuse is emotionally hurtful- still it cannot be equated to violence. of course verbal or emotional abuse is much more destructive to a child esp. coming from a caregiver or parent...see ACES
that said. let's talk about psychopaths. a misunderstood term and NOT a psychiatric diagnosis...
psychopathy is determined through evidencing behaviors. antisocial behaviors that speak to an individual having ZER0 respect for the laws and norms of civil society.
psychopaths emerge every now and then in the public consciousness as mass murderers. the fury and debate about them is intense. arm-chair quarterbacks of every stripe and cohort likes to opine on why and who and what is not...
i have worked intimately with many psychopaths over my career. it is estimated that in a maximum security facility (like the one i am currently employed in) as many as 30% of the inmates are psychopathic and certainly their high antisocial traits are quite in evidence by the amount of crime and type of violence they engage in.
a psychopathic designation is determined by a simple examination of an individuals behavior. Any licensed clinician (social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc) can take a two day course on how to determine psychopathy. the test can be applied with or without clinical interview as records will suffice to evidence the behaviors of a potential psychopath...
so let's look at some examples of recent mass murderers: Omar Mateen and Cesar Altieri Sayoc (yes, he did not actually successfully murder anyone- but that does not mitigate that he wanted to and seriously attempted to kill many people)
In a revealing article about Fla. Mass murderer Omar Mateen the journalist writes:
“Crucially, it links them to other mass killers who don’t try to dress up their murderous rage as a political act.”- Joan Smith (2016) The Telegraph
(“it” being history of violence towards women and girls)
Psychopaths usually don’t’ have any USE for women. They’re 100% transactional in nature so they see the world in terms of power relations and material and opportunities to wield control. Mateen's ex-lover (gay puerto rican) spoke about how mateen was angry at the prospect of contracting H.I.V. from his gay (closeted) sexual acts...
But let’s take a closer look at Cesar Sayoc’s life through the lens of David Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist (Revised): we score the test as either a (0)- individual exhibits none of this behavior or (1) some of this behavior or (2) individual exhibits this behavior consistently over a long period of time in several contexts
a 29.5 score out of a possible 40 qualifies someone as a psychopath..here are the categories for assessment:
1. Glib and superficial charm- salesman, also lawyers in USA Today article claimed he was respectful and completely willing to take responsibility for his criminal acts, they were suprised he acted in this manner- (1)
Bada-Bing! 29 (and we can prorate the short-term marital relationships- as he most likely not a heterosexual) so that would qualify him 29.5 as a low I.Q. psychopath.
High I.Q. psychopaths score 34 and above…