I plan to catch up with some reading during the holidays. The Sociopath Next Door: and Snakes in Suits
books are already loaded by Santa s elves.
One thing I have noticed in the Yelm /RSE community is how very few people understand the meaning of the word sociopath,
myself included... until I dared take a peek behind Judiths mask and did some research.
In my ignorance, I thought that the word psychopath and sociopath had the same meaning..
more to do with an Alfred Hitchcock movie character or mass murderers, than fraudulent "spiritual teachers"
and a so called 'School of Enlightenment" corporation.
Its near impossible for most people to envision that anyone is a sociopath, let alone a trusted so called "spiritual teacher"
this is what Judith now calls herself.
Do I believe JZ Knight is a sociopath?
Dr Martha Stout, in her book The Sociopath Next Door explains it very well with this comment:
David.Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless. You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience that they seldom even guess at your condition.
What is the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath? It depends who you ask.
Sociopath and psychopath
Terms for the same character disorder
The terms "sociopath" and "psychopath" describe pretty much the same personality disorder?people who feel no emotional connections to others and have zero regard for the rules and regulations of society.
Mental health professionals disagree about which term to use?which, unfortunately, only confuses the public.
? Some people consider a "psychopath" to be an extreme form of "sociopath."
? Some people say "psychopath" describes personality traits and "sociopath" describes behavior.
? Some people use the terms depending on how a person is diagnosed. If psychiatric standards are used, the person is a "sociopath." If Dr. Robert Hare's Psychopathy Checklist is used, the person is a "psychopath."
? Some researchers think of a sociopath as someone who is socialized in an antisocial subculture, such as a gang.
? Some people see this as a nature vs. nurture issue?"psychopaths" are born, "sociopaths" develop because of parenting and environmental issues.
In short, naming the disorder is a mess.
Lovefraud has chosen to use the term "sociopath" to describe this personality disorder. Why? The word "psychopath" sounds similar to the words "psychotic" and "psycho," which most people associate with someone who is mentally ill. Lovefraud wants you to understand that these people are not crazy.
Plus, when most people think of a "psychopath," they think of a serial killer. Although some people with this disorder are killers, the vast majority are not.
Another term, "antisocial personality disorder (ASP)," is similar. This is the term used in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV). According to DSM-IV as presented by BehaveNet?, a person can be diagnosed as antisocial if since age 15 he or she has shown a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others. The person must have indicated at least three of the following:
? Failure to conform to lawful social norms
? Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
? Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicted by repeated physical fights or assaults
? Reckless disregard for safety of self or others
? Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
? Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent about having hurt, mistreated or stolen from another
Dr. Robert Hare, who prefers to use the term "psychopath," says antisocial personality disorder refers to a cluster of criminal and antisocial behaviors, whereas psychopathy encompass both personality traits and socially deviant behaviors. According to his standards, all psychopaths would also be diagnosed has having antisocial personality disorder, but not everyone with antisocial personality disorder is a psychopath.
Estimates of the disorder's prevalence vary:
? Medical experts estimate that 3% of men and 1% of women have ASP. In the United States, that would add up 4.5 million men and 1.5 million women. Dr. Hare estimates at 1% of the American population are psychopaths, which would be about 3 million people.
? In The Sociopath Next Door, Dr. Martha Stout says 4% of the population are sociopaths, which would be 12 million people.
Regardless of which term you use, what is important is recognizing the symptoms.
Lovefraud.com > Psychopath or sociopath?
http://www.lovefraud.com/01_whatsaSocio ... opath.html
Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work: Paul Babiak
Paul Babiak, Robert D. Hare: Books
From Publishers Weekly
Psychopaths are described as incapable of empathy, guilt, or loyalty to anyone but themselves; still, spotting a psychopath isn't easy. Babiak, an industrial and organizational psychologist, and Hare (Without Conscience), creator of the standard tool for diagnosing psychopathology, present a study of the psychopath in the corporate landscape. A common description of psychopathology states that subjects "know the words but not the music;" Babiak and Hare state that "a clever psychopath can present such a well-rounded picture of a perfect job candidate that even seasoned interviewers" can be fooled. In between a disposable series of narrative acts that follow a psychopath's progress ("Act I, Scene I - Grand Entrance;" "Act III, Scene II - An Honest Mistake?" "Act V, Scene I - Circle the wagons"), thorough research and anecdotes from a number of sources-current literature, news media, and showbiz among them-to illuminate the power of the psychopath to manipulate those around him, as well as what strategies can be used to identify and disarm him. Clear and complete, this is a handy overview for managers and HR, with enough "self-defense" techniques to help coworkers from getting bit.
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Babiak, an industrial and organizational psychologist, and Hare, the creator of the standard tool for diagnosing psychopathy, explore the infiltration into today's corporations by psychopaths, or those with destructive personality characteristics that are invisible to many with whom they interact. Their skilled manipulation begins with a perfect interview, as they are attractive job applicants who are confident and charming. They often flourish in fast-paced, changing industries with widespread uncertainty and can inflict considerable damage. Babiak and Hare explain in nontechnical language and real-world case studies how to protect employees and the company from these individuals who take advantage of organizational systems and processes, exploit communication weaknesses, and promote interpersonal conflicts. Babiak and Hare observe, "Companies accelerate their hiring practices to attract, hire, and retain new, high-potential talent before their competitors do. Gone are the days of the painstaking vetting process. Competition is fierce and qualified candidates few." This is an important perspective in the increasingly complicated hiring challenges facing corporate America. Mary Whaley
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