Confused at Best — Psychopath at Worse. Tormenting Myself.

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Lying, deception, and manipulation, for profit or self-amusement,

Impulsive behavior

A pattern of irresponsibility

APD (Antisocial Personality Disorder) is a DSM-5, diagnosis assigned to individuals who habitually and pervasively disregard or violate the rights and considerations of others without remorse.

Antisocials possess a superficial charm, they can be thoughtful and cunning, and have an intuitive ability to rapidly observe and analyze others, determine their needs and preferences, and present it in a manner to facilitate manipulation and exploitation. They are able to harm and use other people in this manner, without remorse, guilt, shame or regret.

The consensus is there is very little in the way of effective treatment for Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Individuals with APD may have to be contained by the criminal justice system, through some combination of incapacitation (incarceration), supervision and monitoring (parole, probation, or house arrest), or informal monitoring by local law enforcement to contain their harmful behaviors to others to the greatest extent possible.

There are also cases of individuals with APD converting to religion and finding strong conviction within themselves to reform and successfully integrate with society (“Confessions of a Christian Psychopath”, 2011). The role of religion and spirituality as a possible treatment for APD is not well studied, and future research is warranted.

Why was I tormenting myself?

I can be happy.

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Caroline Walsh

Caroline Walsh

Former CIA Analyst and Coastie. PhD Student. Author of Fairly Smooth Operator: My life occasionally at the tip of the spear, available now!