Flags of possible sociopathy in the TSA perv scanner/tax payer funded molesters debacle

1.  Merely coming up with the idea. Sociopathic groups often betray their sociopathy through groupthink reasoning that only makes sense to them — leaving others saying:  “Huh, wha??” or “Sure that makes sense, . . .  if you’re a Martian.”  They often seem to enter an “Alvin and the Chipmunks” echo chamber — “yeah, yeah, yeah, what he said”, “brilliant, simply brilliant,” “indubitably”, etc., etc.  You have to remember that sociopaths are all permanent children through arrested development.  The adult world makes no sense to them — and in groups they’re prone to huge errors of understanding.

2. Legality means nothing to sociopaths (in fact, such reasoning is beyond their development stage), power everything.  The searches are blatantly unconstitutional, but to sociopaths the Constitution is merely a piece of paper.

3.  Normal, straight males have a very strong aversion to contact with other males’ genitals (and I imagine gays would want some mutuality of desire).  The TSA molesters don’t seem bothered.  To a sociopath, contact with genitals would be no more that touching someone else’s feet, for example.  (The same is true for sociopathic lovers, sexual contact has no more meaning for them than any other physical contact, say rubbing someone’s ears.)

4.  The enhanced patdowns don’t merely replicate the perv scanners, they go beyond them.  Are they designed as punitive molestations to force the compliance with the scanners?  It seems so.  How is this not a crime? http://www.consumertraveler.com/today/tsa-admits-to-punishing-travelers/

5.  Molestation is defined by the experience of the target.  If the targets say they feel they are being molested, they are.  Individuals don’t usually feel molested by the medical examinations — if they do, the doctor is often investigated and sometimes arrested.  (Incidentally, if a woman says that her lover (hopefully ex-lover) left her feeling molested, her lover was almost certainly sociopathic (and in dominance mode, to cut a long discussion short).)

6.  The TSA supervisor molesters and molesting agents have shown no sensitivity to youth or cultural sensitivities.  This should not be.  The percentage of damaged, corrupt, and/or sociopathic individuals in the TSA seems too high.  My daughter is very shy and she was so embarrassed she will never fly again,TSA Defends Screening of Indian Ambassador.  What is wrong with these people, where are their normal human instincts?

7.  On National Opt Out Day, the TSA sought to outflank the protesters by not using the porno scanners. . . .  Hello?  Why not announce then that they aren’t really necessary?  Again, I see this as a sociopathic groupthink error — very childish, only incomplete reasoning would lead them to think this was the way to win (and was a win).  http://wewontfly.com/why-the-tsa-cant-back-down

8.  In the blogosphere I have run into many complaints over calling TSA agents molesters, usually by posters who I considered to often use sociopathic thinking patterns.  Remember, sociopaths live in a pejorative universe, it’s the emotional connotations of words that have meanings to them.

We are fortunate that this reaction was caught on tape, after bragging about what a great liar he was, David Hampton (the model for the story of Six Degrees of Separation) threw a glass of wine in Keith Morrison’s face for his calling him a “Goddamn liar.”  (To my loyal readers, who read every post, please forgive such repeats. . . .  Hello?!  Loyal readers??!)

My take on this, is that we should use the most pejorative (and childish) terms available when discussing the TSA and its freak molester employees.

9.  The whole Antfarm World mantra of If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”  Sociopaths, with their incomplete psychological/soul development never have any desire for privacy concerning matters of a personal nature .  They experience no sphere of soul intimacies.

An e-mailer to Jack Cafferty of CNN once said that if anybody was watching him and his activities in the bedroom, his only hope was that they were having as much fun as he was.  This individual was a sociopath.

10.  The TSA’s lack of awareness of the danger of the X-ray scanners to both the public and their own employees.  Sociopaths never internalize simple physical law cause and effect.  Their childish universe is magical, not scientific.  (I first read this idea in a UK workplace bullying site, that I have since lost.  It’s a very powerful sociopathic organizing principal or throughline.)  Review of the TSA X-ray backscatter body scanner safety report: hide your kids, hide your wife, Radiation scientists agree TSA naked body scanners could cause breast cancer and sperm mutations.

I understand that TSA won’t allow its own employees to wear radiation measuring badges.  This is outrageous.  These machines are controlled by software and have the capability of giving full power x-rays.  Does every airport have a technician and software expert on duty all the time?  TSA Employees Finally Catch on to the Radiation Risk.

Quadruple search today: “how to cross examine a sociopath”

I often get searches asking how to beat a sociopath in court. I keep intending on writing a “major post” but haven’t gotten around to it. The short answer to both searches is that I don’t know. So here’s a thinking aloud post.

In trying to answer “How to cross-examine a sociopath?” I’m aiming at jarring the sociopath into revealing their true self. I’m trying to find that “cape of red,”  that challenge that can’t go unanswered.

Unfortunately, this still will not usually happen. I’ve worked at a number of law firms, and for the times I’d hear, “The opposing party has a real temper, we’ll try to get him to blow up on the stand,” I rarely heard of it actually happening.  However, I’m betting it happens more often with sociopaths. The prosecution team must have thought they had died and gone to heaven when Wayne Williams said, “You want to see the real Wayne Williams, I’ll show you the real Wayne Williams.” So here goes:

1. All sociopaths are in a state of arrested development. Try to figure out where personality development stopped (from 6 to 12, more or less) for that individual. Target your approach for that age.

2. The sociopath will have a child’s emotional hypersensitivity corresponding to that age. Recall Clinton’s airplane seating takedown of Newt Gingrich (http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19951116&slug=2152925, http://www.thewire.com/politics/2012/01/where-crybaby-gingrich-meme-came/47093/, https://pathwhisperer.info/2012/03/01/frequent-search-newt-gingrich-sociopath-fer-shure-fer-shure/).

3. Since sociopaths live in a pejorative universe, state things as pejoratively as possible. What’s important to them are the emotions behind the words, words themselves are simply tools. In Keith Morrison’s interview of David Hampton (the subject of Six Degrees of Separation), David Hampton was essentially bragging about his lying prowess. Morrison then said (paraphrasing) ‘you know what I think? I think you’re nothing but a goddamn liar‘. David Hampton then threw his glass of wine in Keith Morrison’s face. I believe it was that derisive ‘goddamn liar‘ and its negative connotations that did it.

Once I was called into HR (at Lehman Brothers) for handing out 8-10 pages (from Hare’s Without Conscience and Cleckley’s Mask of Sanity) to friends on recognizing sociopaths. (I wouldn‘t do this again, there is no way to learn that from reading material alone.) When I told the SVP why, she suddenly started screaming at me, ‘we have 15,000 employees, of course we have sociopaths working here’ — and then she collected herself. This sociopathic SVP interpreted my comment as criticism of sociopaths working there, imo, and this was too threatening to maintain ‘her cool’.  In this case, it was regarding one of the two most monstrous sociopaths I’ve ever known.

4. From both David Hampton and that SVP I concluded that the self control of a sociopath is only relative, that it is difficult for them and can slip at any time under the right pressure. That’s what the cross examiner should aim for. (I also concluded from that SVP that sociopaths recognize and protect each other. If at all possible screen the jury to prevent the seating of fellow sociopaths.)

Ask medical or dental personnel how often they run into patients who attack them upon their giving injections.  This is one point where the curtain is ripped away and the sociopath (some sociopaths) will react like an animal under attack — all self control is thrown aside by the dictates of self defense.

5. Show as much disrespect as you can get away with.  In sociopathic biker/criminal gangs no one lights another’s cigarette just to be friendly.  It is all defined by the food chain pecking order.  Similarly being polite is taken as respect for their place on the food chain vis-a-vis yourself.  We were all taught to do unto others as we would have done unto us — this is totally misunderstood by sociopaths.  Speaking for myself, I was raised a Quaker and I find it almost impossible not be stay polite.  However, looking back, there were definitely times when that was a mistake.

6. Sociopaths are very elemental. Such simplistic tactics as having someone stare at them can be very unsettling for them.  Or put together a legal team of big, imposing individuals.  They seem to think that the civilized world is only onion skin thin and at any time the world could revert to the law of the jungle.  You want them to stay off kilter.

7. Depending on the circumstances, the cross examiner may want to let the sociopath ramble in order to disclose their arrogance and disordered thinking.  Rodney Alcala (https://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/psychopath-on-tape-rodney-alcala/), Rabbi Israel Weingarten (https://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2009/03/08/incest-dad-represents-self-in-court-cross-examines-daughter/), and Jon Alexander (https://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2008/11/15/october-and-november-items-with-that-sociopathic-flavor/, http://www.popeater.com/2009/09/01/top-model-designer-gets-life-in-prison/ http://www.fashionlurve.com/tag/anand-jon-alexander/) did themselves no favors by being their own counsel.  Imo, their mistake was not imagining they could lose, being pathologically optimistic.

8.  Find a way to call out a sociopathic party or witness for fake tears and grief.  Of course it is considered bad form to question another’s expression of grief but this is a tactic sociopaths use all the time.  Recall Steinbrenner’s “tears” on the stand, or Jesse James’ recent performance, http://www.popeater.com/2010/05/21/jesse-james-nightline-video .

9.  Read The Psychopath’s Bible, http://www.scribd.com/doc/11554313/The-Psychopaths-Bible (or if you can find one, read the original).  This is one of the most stunning things in the world, it’s absolutely for real.  As the psychopathic authors attest:  “One of the axioms of life is this: even if you tell the truth—perhaps because you tell the truth—no one will believe you.”  Well, I believe them.

This later post might also be of interest:  https://pathwhisperer.info/2015/09/30/teasing-truth-out-of-communications-with-psychopaths/.

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DSM-IV and why I use the term sociopath

I received the following comment on another site. The tone is perhaps questionable but the points and implied questions are quite reasonable.

“. . . following Siegel’s and Schore’s writings, I have good reason to suspect that we’ll find abnormalities in the right orbitofrontal cortical regions of true psychopaths. And BTW “sociopath” is an older term, not in common clinical usage. Psychopathy isn’t in the DSM-IV either. Hare tried to get it into DSM-V but I don’t think he managed. The closest the DSM comes is Antisocial Personality Disorder, but criminal psychlogists, following Hare’s lead, do measure and define psychopathy with the Psychopathy Checklist (Revised form), and consider it essentially a subset of ASPD. Also if you’re familiar with Raine’s work on brain scans of criminals (e.g. convicted killers), you’ll know that he turned up some interesting abnormalities (mostly frontal & prefrontal) in those populations.”

1. Brain function and structure are not my area, but I’m not surprised it’s a fruitful area of study. I’m more interested in behavioral observations that anyone can make and take into account.

2. I use the term sociopath because it’s less pejorative. I find that the word psychopath is so pejorative people simply won’t consider that it might apply to people they know. However, I may be forced to use the more common equivalent term.

2. Concerning the DSM-IV, I have no respect for it whatsoever. ASPD confuses faux psychopaths with actual psychopaths. It also doesn’t allow for the existence of successful psychopaths who can pass for normal at will. Robert Hare: “. . . most individuals with ASPD are not psychopaths.”. Hare article on ASPD

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