Dr. Sam Vaknin explains: “Even the victim’s relatives, friends, and colleagues are amenable to the considerable charm, persuasiveness, and manipulativeness of the abuser and to his impressive thespian skills.”
“In contrast, the victims are often on the verge of a nervous breakdown: harassed, unkempt, irritable, impatient, abrasive, and hysterical.”
From Psychopathresistance and Angiemedia [for our purposes I have substituted psychopath for BPD/borderline]:
Written by: Rob
December 29th, 2008
One of the classic behaviors of a person suffering from [psychopathy] is the vilification campaign. The target is the person against whom the perpetrator [psychopath] conducts the vilification. The intent is to destroy the target’s reputation and thereby destroy the target’s relationships with family and friends, employers, co-workers, doctors, teachers, therapists, and others. The intent may even be to force the target to leave the community, put the target in prison, or even kill the target. As with so many things involving [psychopaths] and their typical inability to understand or respect boundaries, there really are no limits. They will use basically any means available to them to cause damage to their target, including denigration, endless disparaging remarks, fabrication, false accusations, and even teaching others (including their children!) to lie on their behalf as part of their vilification campaign.
This is a question I’ve pondered considerably. My provisional answer is yes they do. However I think they think everyone else is lying also. For them this includes surgeons, pilots, tattoo artists and other highly trained specialists. But this would mean that there is no hard reality to them, reality isn’t really real — it’s plastic and responsive to emotional wish. From the research (A. Raine’s comes to mind) it seems their brains are radically different.
They are one of the few psychopathic subsets that I consider mentally ill and deserving of confinement in mental hospitals — not to cure them, which can’t be done, but to protect society.