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Dr. Simon’s site, “dealing with manipulative people”  http://www.manipulative-people.com/  offers some great advice on how to deal with manipulative individuals.  Some links of interest below,

How to Deal with a Narcissist –  http://www.manipulative-people.com/how-to-deal-with-a-narcissist/

Dr. Simon – Understanding Predatory Aggressors

Last but not least, About Covert Emotional Manipulation – http://psychopathsandlove.com/covert-emotional-manipulation/

*For some odd reason some links work and others don’t so, for now,  just copy and paste in your browser.

 

 

 

 

 

“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a natural emotional reaction to a deeply shocking and disturbing experience. It is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.”
Robert C Scaer, MD, Author, The Body bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease

Tim Field, who unfortunately is no longer are with us, wrote a very informative piece on Stress, injury to health, trauma, PTSD.  So instead of making a long post, please click HERE

Knowledge will help you heal!

A short post but a very informative article written by Mark Banschick, M.D. What Awful Marriages & Cults Have in Common (May 28, 2013)  Here
*Please note, the psychopath’s own family can be compared to cultmembers.

Please note: In the article Mark Banschick, M.D. writes, “Many abusers do, in fact “love” their wives (or husbands), only to abuse them when frustrated or when under the influence.”  The word “love” is in quotation marks as psychopaths are incapable of love.  A psychopath has shallow emotions and their partner, the victim, is used and abused by the disordered individual to serve their own selfish ends.   A psychopath always need to have someone by their side, be it a partner, a  colleague or a “friend”.   To keep in mind, all relationshipa are based on use and abuse.
Further reading; What can we learn about emotion by studying psychopathy? (2013) Here
What Are The Essential Characteristics Of A Psychopath?  Here

Also, once again, bringing attention to an earlier post by LoveFraud, Coercive persuasion, mind control and brain washing (Aug. 31, 2007)   Here

The more information you have, the better you can protect yourself!

Stay safe and take good care of yourself!

Let me begin with some advice from the site Aftermath: Surviving Psychopathy and quote;

“There are several reasons for this advice. If it is only you versus a psychopathic individual, it makes it easier for that person to redefine your reality. Someone with many psychopathic features will present a version of reality that is convenient for him/her in the moment but is not consistent with the facts. An isolated person is easier to brainwash and to manipulate. Having other people around who know about this person’s behavior makes it harder for the person to do that. Other people who are not taken in can also provide an important reality check to help you keep your bearings and to give you feedback about how well you are coping. But groupthink can also support a psychopath, so it is also advisable to look for outside opinions when you are in what may be a cult or other coercive affinity group.

Another reason is that people often lose their support systems when they are involved with people with psychopathic traits. One trick of such a predator is to isolate you from friends and family. We all need close relationships with people who are trustworthy. If you are in a relationship with someone you cannot trust, your needs for love, dependency, and attention are either not being met or are supposed to be met by only one person—the psychopath. You will be happier if there are a variety of people to support you. Moreover, a healthy support system will help you get away from a psychopathic individual and recover emotionally from the trauma you have suffered. A good support system can include family members and friends, as well as counselors and therapists.”

Further reading,

Comments on Martha Stout’s Thirteen Rules for Dealing with Sociopaths in Everyday Life  Here

* A word of caution! Not all counselors and therapists are familiar with the disorder and some may even be psychopaths themselves.   You do best in reading up on the disorder yourself.

A recent study of interest concerning empathy,

Brain response to empathy-eliciting scenarios involving pain in incarcerated individuals with psychopathy.  (Decety J, Skelly LR, Kiehl KA. June 2013)   Here

Some write-ups concerning the study;

Psychopaths are not neurally equipped to have concern for others (April 24, 2013)     Here

and  Psychopaths Are Not Neurally Equipped to Have Concern for Others (Apr. 24, 2013) Science Daily   Here

How media can turn it around, the following headline a perfect exampel, Psychopaths Can Feel Empathy, Too, Study Finds (July 27, 2013)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/psychopaths-empathy-_n_3652792.html
where you can read the following, and I quote;
“But surprisingly, when the psychopaths were instructed to try to empathize while watching the videos, their brains showed the same level of activity in these brain areas as normal individuals. They seem to have a switch they can turn on and off that turns their empathy on and off depending on the situation, Keysers told LiveScience.”
Key words here, when “instructed to” – meet the manipulative psychopath!

Regardless of the fact that they are not neurally equipped to have concern for others they are not ‘insane’ enough to not know what they are doing and they enjoy causing harm to others,  see post below,

Psychopaths know right from wrong but don’t care.  By; Cima M, Tonnaer F, Hauser MD. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2010   Here

and

Bullies may enjoy seeing others in pain: Brain scans show disruption in   natural empathetic response. University of Chicago (November 7, 2008)   Here     (The word “may” should be taken lightly as they do enjoy it, the smirk on their face says it all)  and it is all about “winning”, see earlier post,  Must “win”, no matter the cost  Here

The psychopath is in other words,  a very disordered and dangerous individual who leaves a path of destruction wherever he/she is.

 

Besides having no conscience, a new study, the first of its kind, also points to that psychopaths “lack the basic neurophysiological “hardwiring” that enables them to care for others”. Psychopaths are not neurally equipped to have concern for others (April 24, 2013) University of Chicago http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2013/04/24/psychopaths-are-not-neurally-equipped-have-concern-others

Study; Brain Response to Empathy-Eliciting Scenarios Involving Pain in Incarcerated Individuals With Psychopathy. (April 24, 2013) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23615636

A write-up can also be found in Science Daily, Psychopaths are not neurally equipped to have concern for others (April 24, 2013) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424161108.htm

This does, most likely, not only apply to incarcerated psychopaths as in the above study as anyone who has had any type of personal interaction with such an individual knows all too well. The lack of empathy also explains the incredible egoism that these individuals display. A lack of conscience and a lack of concern for others makes the psychopath very dangerous to others as well as to society as a whole. In the articles above one can read that, “Psychopathy affects approximately 1 percent of the United States general population”. That seems to be a very low numer and the true number is more likely around 4% and that in any population, not only in the U.S. Considering what is going on today, it may even be higher.

Power and control over others is what drives the psychopath and that is the reason that we find them sitting on powerpositions, positions which they’ve obviously “bullied” their way to. Psychopaths sitting on positions of power affects society as a whole and thus the following articles and videos.

Psychopathy, Politics and The New World Order (May 9, 2013) http://www.globalresearch.ca/psychopathy-politics-and-the-new-world-order/5334458

Week in Review: Psychopathy and the Collapse of the U.S. Empire (May 12, 2013) http://www.globalresearch.ca/week-in-review-psychopathy-and-the-collapse-of-the-u-s-empire/5334809

Do you know the truth about the EU? http://eutruth.org.uk/

The one thing that the psychopath “cares” about, is money because money equals power and absolute power and control over others are core traits of the psychopath.

About so called “vaccines”, The Greater Good Movie http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/#!prettyPhoto

And, the destruction of our food supply;

Video: Consciousness Beyond Chemtrails – Jeffrey M Smith on GMO’s – FULL HD

As “wordpress” seem to be acting up again, just a short post. VIDEO – “Psychopathy in Politics and Finance” (May 6, 2013) http://www.globalresearch.ca/psychopathy-in-politics-and-finance/5334161

Well, up and running again, problem seem to be fixed ;)  Decided to summarize the entire year of 2012, enjoy!   As below studies are just a few of many  . . .  for more research,  please visit my other homepage Here

 

The psychopath magnetized: insights from brain imaging (Jan. 2012) Here

Reduced susceptibility to the attentional blink in psychopathic offenders: Implications for the attention bottleneck hypothesis  (Jan. 2012)  Here

Investigating associations between empathy, morality and psychopathic personality traits in the general population.   (Jan. 2012)   Here

Do fearful eyes activate empathy-related brain regions in individuals with callous traits? (Jan, 2012)   Here

Joint ICA of ERP and fMRI during error-monitoring   (Jan, 2012)   Here

Effects of Acute Tryptophan Depletion on Prefrontal-Amygdala Connectivity While Viewing Facial Signals of Aggression  (Jan. 2012)   Here   (Of interest in regard to aggression)

Considering anger from a cognitive neuroscience perspective (January/February)   pdf.   Here

Cold-blooded lie catchers? An investigation of psychopathy, emotional processing, and deception detection   (Feb. 2012)   Here

Chapter 18 – Psychopathy and Sadism: Interpreting Psychopathic and Sadistic Behavior in the Crime Scene  – “sadism refers to the intentional infliction of psychological or physical suffering on a conscious victim, able to experience pain or humiliation”  (Feb. 2012)   Here

White matter microstructural abnormalities in the frontal lobe of adults with antisocial personality disorder  (Feb. 2012)  Here   Also see Swivelchair’s post on the study, Do psychopaths have split brains? White matter studies point to brain hemispheric disconnect.   Here

I Want It Now! Neural Correlates of Hypersensitivity to Immediate Reward in Hypomania   (March, 2012)   Here

The function of the anterior temporal lobe: A review of the empirical evidence  (April, 2012)   Here

Psychopathy among pedophilic and nonpedophilic child molesters   (April, 2012)    Here  Also of interest, “The primary aims of the psychopath and the pedophile are thr same: to dominate, to use, and to subjugate another person in service of the grandiose self.”  Psychopathy: Antisocial, Criminal, and Violent Behavior, Authors, Theodore Millon PhD DSc, Erik Simonsen MD., Roger D. Davis PhD och Morten Birket-Smith MD. (Dec. 2002)   Chapter 19, page 304.

Fear conditioning in psychopaths: Event-related potentials and peripheral measures  (April, 2012)   Here

Relationships between bullying behaviours and the Dark Triad: A study with adults   (April, 2012)   Here   “Correlational analyses demonstrated that psychopathy was most strongly related to bullying”. Related article;   How the “Dark Triad” of Personality Traits Relates to Bullying Behaviors   Here

The role of prefrontal cortex in psychopathy   (2012)   pdf.   Here

Cortical Thinning in Psychopathy  (May, 2021)   Here    Also see;   Cortical Thinning and Functional Connectivity in Psychopathy  (R.J.R. Blair, June 2012)  Here

Can psychopathic offenders discern moral wrongs? A new look at the moral/conventional distinction   (May, 2012)   Here

The Neuropsychological Underpinnings to Psychopathic Personality Traits in a Nationally Representative and Longitudinal Sample   (June, 2012)   Here

Somatic aphasia: Mismatch of body sensations with autonomic stress reactivity in psychopathy   (July, 2012)   Here

A cascading errors model of empathy and psychopathy   (July, 2012)   Here

Empathy, attention, and the development of psychopathy   (July, 2012)   Here

A neurobehavioral evolutionary perspective on the mechanisms underlying empathy    (July, 2012)   Here    and   Here

Emotional intelligence in incarcerated men with psychopathic traits   (July, 2012)   Here    Related article, New Study Examines Emotional Intelligence in Incarcerated Individuals (Aug.)   Here

Psychopathic traits and change on indicators of dynamic risk factors during inpatient forensic psychiatric treatment  (Jul/Aug. 2012)   Here   “psychopaths showed the expected pattern of treatment noncompliance, compared to non-psychopaths.”

Psychopathy Increases Perceived Moral Permissibility of Accidents   (Aug. 2012)   Here

Thinner cortex in the frontal lobes in mentally disordered offenders   (Aug/Sept., 2012)   Here

The Antisocial Brain: Psychopathy Matters – a structural MRI investigation of antisocial male violent offenders’   (Sept. 2012)   Here   Related article,  Psychopathy linked to specific structural abnormalities in the brain   Here

Hypersexuality in college students: The role of psychopathy   (Oct. 2012)   Here

Psychopathic personality traits and cognitive dissonance: Individual differences in attitude change.   (Oct. 2012)   Here

A model of differential amygdala activation in psychopathy   (Oct. 2012)   Here

Psychopathy-related differences in selective attention are captured by an early event-related potential   (Oct. 2012)   Here

The Potential Role of the Striatum in Antisocial Behavior and Psychopathy   (Nov. 2012)   Here

Examining the effect of psychopathic traits on gray matter volume in a community substance abuse sample   (Nov. 2012)   Here

Beyond cortical localization in clinico-anatomical correlation   (Nov/Dec. 2012)   Here

“I killed her, but I never laid a finger on her” — A phenomenological difference between wife-killing and wife-battering    (Nov/Dec. 2012)  Here

Amygdala dysfunction attenuates frustration-induced aggression in psychopathic individuals in a non-criminal population   (Dec. 2012)   Here   “The findings indicate that amygdala dysfunction underlies affective deficits of psychopathy. We propose that the insensitivity of the amygdala to the affective significance of social stimuli contributes to an increased risk of violation of social norms, but enhances the ability to attenuate impulses toward maladaptive aggression in successful psychopaths.”

Exaggerated attention blink response in prisoners with externalizing   (Dec. 2012)   Here

Olfactory abilities and psychopathy: higher psychopathy scores are associated with poorer odor discrimination and odor identification    (Dec. 2012)   Here   Related article, ‘Psychopaths’ have an impaired sense of smell   Here    as well as post by Swivelchair, The smell of a psychopath   Here