Archive for November, 2010

Search: Michael Swango, M.D., pics

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on November 21, 2010 by pathwhisperer

Since this is a frequent search that finds me and since I’ve only had one image, here are a few others.

Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story Of A Doctor Who Got Away With Murder

Michael Swango: Doctor of Death

Wikipedia entry on Michael Swango

This individual is an extreme example of the “alien masquerading as a human” level psychopath.

I have my own six-degrees-of-separation connection to Dr. Swango.  One of Michael Swango’s waypoints was his conning Alan Miller, M.D.,  into admitting him into a psychiatry training program.  Alan Miller essentially made my father’s career (I met him as my father’s boss during my school years).  His recognition of my father’s talent and his promoting him was what led to my father becoming a state commissioner of mental health himself.  I have both respect and affection for Dr. Miller.

I have seen comments and received one myself that diagnosing psychopaths should be left to psychiatrists.  Yet here, an extremely able and intelligent psychiatrist was unable to recognize Swango as a psychopath.  In my opinion, Michael Swango is immediately recognizable as a psychopath.  There is simply no soul behind his eyes.

Those with eyes can see, those without, cannot.  Western education in general tries to forbid “emotional reading” or “soul sensitivity.”  I can’t see how anything in MD training is of any help in the training of a therapist.  They’d be better off spending the years reading great novels, seeing great plays (or reading them) and movies and then discussing the motivations of the human soul.

The secular soul is that part of the psyche that dreams and never lies, the seat of the deepest wants, desires and instincts.  Psychopaths/sociopaths simply never develop a complex adult soul.  This is reflected in their lives, behavior and even their eyes.

In my opinion, the long criminal career of Dr. Swango represented an egregious failure of both our justice and mental health systems.  There was enough evidence from his early contacts with the law to recognize him as a dangerous psychopath even though there was not enough evidence for a legal win.  He should have faced involuntary commitment as a danger to society criminally insane psychopath.   Obviously this would have depended on publicly witnessed behaviors and checklist type items, not an individual (such as myself) saying ‘well, my subconscious says he’s a psychopath.’  I present that approach simply as a life tool, not as a legal or involuntary commitment tool.

Yes! Sociopathic traits cited from the bench

Posted in General with tags , , , on November 17, 2010 by pathwhisperer

Plea Deal Falls Through For Alleged Sex Offender; Trial Set For Next Month

“It’s abundantly clear to this court that despite the defendant’s [Tony Simmon's] plea in open court that this defendant does not admit his guilt [despite having plead guilty] and, more alarming, has no understanding that his conduct was wrong,” said Judge Cassandra Mullen. “And, perhaps most outlandish, blames the victims, demonstrating a depravity that shocks the consciousness of this court.”

http://manhattan.ny1.com/content/128940/plea-deal-falls-through-for-alleged-sex-offender–trial-set-for-next-month

Sociopathic traits highlighted above.

Covered earlier in That flavor of sociopathy — current stories in the news.

Welcome to Antfarm World — sociopathic modality at the airports

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2010 by pathwhisperer

(Image from website, National Opt-Out Day.)

This is not acceptable, THIS IS NOT NORMAL.  Sociopaths have no need of privacy, like little children playing with their privates in front the guests.  (For new visitors, this trait (primitive, undeveloped sexuality with privacy unnecessary) is simply an aspect of the devastating arrested development of sociopaths, the primary sociopathic throughline.)

I hate to think what’s ahead when some enterprising bomber shoves explosives up his *ss.

China and Israel do not do this, deeming it ineffective and against norms.  A serious terrorist would use the cargo hold I suppose, but let’s not mention that.  Or walk across the open borders.

In fact, these machines don’t detect the kind of powdered explosives used in January’s attempted underwear bomber attack!”  http://wewontfly.com/opt-out-day/

So if it’s not effective, what is the point? Constitutionally recognized natural rights?  Dignity for the ants in the antfarm?  I don’t think so.

The TSA does offer an alternative, a patdown palm face up with genital contact:

Flight Attendant Tells Her TSA Sexual Assault Story;
Traveler to TSA Agent: “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.”;  
Welcome to America — TSA Screener Accosts 3 Year Old Child at Security Checkpoint
;
New “(Enhanced Pat Downs) require screeners to touch passenger’s genitals”.

There seems to be a common reaction across the political divide:

Americans line up to join ‘no-fly’ list — Tolerance maxed out for TSA security’s voyeurism, molestation, radiation blasts

TSA Agent Sean Shanahan

Child rape charge rocks TSA.

Apparently the TSA also has a problem with sociopathic bullying in the workplace.  Small penis jokes lead to TSA worker beatdown, Rolando Negrin, TSA Worker Arrested, Assaulted Colleague Over Genital Joke.   I can almost hear that sociopathic “cackling jackass laugh.” Actually I have heard that laugh from non-sociopaths, usually the sons of sociopaths.

There is no doubt that actual sociopaths would be attracted to working for the TSA.  The TSA should brain scan all employees, from the most senior to the most junior, for sociopathic brain structures.

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Back to basics: a sociopathy checklist

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on November 2, 2010 by pathwhisperer

From Profile of the Sociopath:

  • Glibness and Superficial Charm
  • Manipulative and Conning
    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
  • Grandiose Sense of Self
    Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”
  • Pathological Lying
    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
  • Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
    A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
  • Shallow Emotions
    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.
  • Incapacity for Love
  • Need for Stimulation
    Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.
  • Callousness/Lack of Empathy
    Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.
  • Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
    Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.
  • Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
    Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet “gets by” by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.
  • Irresponsibility/Unreliability
    Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.
  • Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
    Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.
  • Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
    Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.
  • Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
    Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

I need to integrate the concept of sociopathic through lines with the checklist concept.  I’ll add it to my to do list.

In a rough way, I certainly do refer to check lists in my own thinking when considering possible sociopaths.   However it is a mistake to overly rely upon them in my opinion.  It is not possible to successfully follow a reverse engineering cookbook approach — ‘these are the ingredients, so this is the dish.’   I’m not arguing with Dr. Hare’s systemized use of PCL-R with trained raters in a prison setting.  However you will never catch an advanced SAP (socially adept psychopath) with one.  Basically I pay attention to sociopathic levels of arrogance/attitude and look for signs of severe arrested development, i.e., age inappropriate behaviors (even small behaviors), childish thinking patterns, etc.

Checklists can rise to the fore again however, when dealing with SAPs.  If behavior falls apart ( the “adult act” of sociopaths) under certain situations, checklist items can be of great help in recognizing sociopaths.  At one bank I worked at, we had a managing director who was ordered never to attend company parties, his behavior fell apart under the influence of alcohol.  (For those unfamiliar with corporate structure, managing directors are essentially standalone profit centers, they have to be rainmakers (profit-wise) for the company.)  This individual was widely considered to be a wild and crazy, fun guy.  Or sometimes sociopathic individuals will show their true character based on “food chain calculations” — when dealing with those they deem lower, their “inner sociopath” comes out; or when deeming themselves at the top of the food chain, the same occurs.

[A version of the first of the two above paragraphs was here earlier.  I have no idea what happened, perhaps I failed to save it correctly, perhaps there was a technical glitch, or perhaps . . . EGADS!  HAVE I BEEN GASLIGHTED BY A SOCIOPATHIC HACKER?  “Why no, PW, whatever paragraph are you talking about.  You’ve been so stressed out lately, etc., etc.”  Sociopaths just love gaslighting campaigns, it gives them the “chortle, chortle” response that they cherish.  Gaslighting depends on the target not entertaining seemingly paranoid lines of thought.  However, in this case the paragraph did probably disappear due to technical issues.  Incidentally, I see my external links have disappeared.  I don’t know how that happened.]

At the bottom of the above factsheet, the author says “You may also find more at http://sociopathworld.com/.”  You certainly will, it is a sociopath website.

Finally the author says, “I . . . am not a psychologist and [claim] no special expertise in the subject.”  Imo, no special expertise is needed, or rather, anyone who has had intense emotional experiences with sociopaths suddenly does have special expertise.  Everyone needs to know sociopaths are out there and that they will interact with them.  If the so-called experts don’t tell us this, we have to inform each other.

Just came across another worthy checklist site:  The List of Psychopathy Symptoms: Hervey Cleckley and Robert Hare

To those who donated in October, thank you

Posted in General on November 2, 2010 by pathwhisperer

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