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  • James 10:34 on November 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , daily good deed, , , , I was listening to 'Hungry Like The Wolf' by Duran Duran when writing this, intuition, kindness, mind-reading, , , nihilism, , , , selflessness,   

    Doing something nice for no reason 

    Three times this week I have done good deeds for strangers. I’m not bragging or looking for praise; none were exceptionally kind or selfless, indeed each time the cost to me was minimal. But all three improved the lives of the three strangers in some way or other.

    1. I was approached by a homeless person begging for money. He claimed to need £40 for cheap hostel accommodation for the night and told me a story about how due to mental illness, the council had evicted him from social housing. It wasn’t a very likely story, as such an eviction on those grounds would be illegal pretty much anywhere, and I am the last person to be moved by another man’s tedious sob story. But the man clearly needed the money more than me. He may have been too proud to say what he actually needed was food (he certainly looked half starved). Even if he just wanted drugs or alcohol, who am I to say he can’t
      get what he wants just because he’s poor? So I gave him £5, and told him he just needed to approach seven more people and he’d have his £40 target.
    2. I was walking through a dodgy part of town late afternoon on Hallowe’en when I heard someone shouting for help. At first, I thought it was probably a Hallowe’en prank. But, I couldn’t see where the noise was coming from so I was intrigued. I heard it again, more frantic than before, and pinpointed the cry to one of five ground floor windows on a block of flats (the Britishisms are strong in this one!). Figuring it must be the one open window, I climbed up the fence to see in properly and sure enough, there was a young man lying on his bed in a filthy hovel of a room shouting “help!”. I asked him if he wanted the police and he managed to slur out “ambulansss”. He’d clearly overdosed on something or other, as he wouldn’t respond to any of my other questions except to shout “HELP!” again as though nobody was there. So, I phoned the ambulance, having to explain where I was even though I didn’t know the name of the street or the house number. Fortunately a neighbour had been drawn by the noise and was able to give me those details and the paramedic arrived about three minutes later. By this time, the man had vomited all over his bed and had stopped speaking or moving. The paramedic arrived, amusingly bungled his attempt to climb the wall as I had done and decided to go round the front. At that point I went on my way.
    3. On a busy street in the centre of town, I saw an old man looking slightly bewildered and confused. I see people like that all the time, my senses home in on them. This one was trying – and failing – to hail a taxi. I approached him and offered to get a taxi for him. I had the app on my phone and knew that they typically arrived in the same amount of time as the ambulance in the second story. On this occasion, the man politely refused my help and said he was just going round the corner anyway and could possibly get the bus instead. “Well the buses sure are cheaper” I told him “In fact they’re free for senior citizens”. “Are they now?” the old man asked, practically licking his lips at the prospect of a free ride “thanks for your help, kiddo”.

    All three of these are minor good deeds at most. I don’t really feel anything, nor do I think of moral considerations when doing them. If I were to try to justify them, I would say that being able to respond to human need and improve someone else’s day with little or no real effort or sacrifice on my part is a logical win win, but in the moment I don’t even think of this. In truth, I did them for no reason at all.

    I wonder how many of you empathically gifted people can truthfully say you’ve done something nice for a stranger in the past week, something that has gone beyond everyday politeness that is. I am not judging – the number may be high, it may be low, but what I am saying is when the so-called “worst” of humanity are capable of helping a stranger for no reward, then surely we all are. If it’s been a while since you helped anyone, why not give it a try this week? Why not do something nice for no reason at all?

     
    • Anonymous 16:17 on November 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      James, let’s not forget that psychopaths are also narcissists so this makes sense. You have a superior sense of self that is being served in doing these things. Normal people do these things everyday out of the goodness if their heart and don’t feel the need to brag about it on the internet. Now let’s see you be a true hero and sacrifice your own well-being for another. That would be true altruism which I’m certain you’re incapable of.

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      • James 17:17 on November 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Already said I wasn’t bragging, nor am I saying that doing these things makes me better or superior than others. However, I would agree with your last sentence, with one caveat. True altruism doesn’t exist. Empathetic people enjoy doing nice things for others, so their ‘selfish’ reward is feeling good for helping.

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    • Tj 19:08 on November 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My concern is that you, lacking moral compass, instinctively helped three psychopaths. I agree with Anonymous. You should sacrifice yourself.

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      • James 20:04 on November 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Possibly 🙂 But I don’t favour psychopaths over anybody else.

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      • James 20:05 on November 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        And would it be a problem if I did help psychopaths?

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    • prettyvacantx 19:08 on December 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know how I got here and now I’m scared..

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    • prettyvacantx 11:41 on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Do you mind me asking you questions about psychopathy? 🙂 (this blog has made me very curious)

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      • James 11:57 on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Sure, you can ask. I might not answer though.

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    • prettyvacantx 12:10 on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Are psychopaths born or made and how do they differ from sociopaths?

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      • James 12:18 on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I need to set up an FAQs, that’s one that gets asked a lot. The short, but honest, answer is nobody knows what causes psychopathy and there is no consensus on where sociopaths fit in to the whole thing.

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    • prettyvacantx 12:28 on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Okay thank you 🙂 I have a friend who I think could be a psychopath and I’m unsure of what I should do, do you have any general advice?

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      • James 12:37 on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        No, not really. Why do you have to do anything?

        Just treat him or her like a human being. If they haven’t given you any reason to be suspicious or doubt your friendship, then there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying each other’s company. Bear in mind most people would advise you to run a mile (and I think I know one person who might come on here with a much harder line than me), but when you start to treat people differently based on what you think you know about them, that’s when the problems start.

        I am happy to offer more specific advice based on an actual question, if you want to pose one. For example, why do you think your friend is a psychopath?

        🙂

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    • prettyvacantx 13:05 on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It’s a hard situation to explain. If she had done nothing then I wouldn’t be here. But she’s been acting different lately, when we originally started becoming friends she was overly nice, excessively so. I didn’t think much of it but then when we became proper friends she started to be more controlling(telling me who I could and could not talk to) and bad tempered, I was constantly walking on egg shells. She criticized every single thing I did and ridiculed my opinions if they didn’t match hers. I’m naive and young and dismissed it as her being stressed but it just continued to get worse. She purposely centered our entire friend group around her and would create tension between all of us so we didn’t feel like we could trust anyone but her (she had no motive that I could find). I became increasingly distraught by this and decided to talk to people that used to be her friends. They all said the exact same thing happened with them, that she got herself into their group, completely annihilated their friendships and then dropped them and moved on. She’s been in a new group every year for the past 6 years. She found out that I had been talking about her behind her back to these “ex friends” and got really angry about it but did nothing but ignore me. She’s been ignoring me for awhile until this week and is now back to acting worryingly nice. I’m scared that she’s going to do something. (I’m so sorry for how long this is!)

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      • James 14:10 on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Right, see that is what you should have written in the first place. Answer on its way.

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      • James 14:23 on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I think we’re actually the same age, more or less, so I’m not really the wise sage you might be looking for.

        Well, since I am self-interested, when someone in my friendship group is causing problems for me, I cut them out. There is no need for people who drag you down. She’s pretty obviously manipulating you, perhaps just for pleasure, and has plainly had a lot of practice and doing so. So why not follow the lead of 6 years’ worth of friends and dump her? Easier said than done, you might say, well I say just do it.

        Don’t enact revenge, stop talking about her behind her back, don’t even mention her. Just move on, and she will more than likely do the same, like she’s done before. If you mark yourself out by standing up for yourself or even worse by causing problems for her, you can expect some kind of retribution. And, be boring. Psychopaths hate boredom so if you’re not interesting them, they will move on. Understandably for you that will be hard, but do your best 🙂

        Importantly, don’t think we’re all like that. Some of us are more than capable of holding friends and relationships down for years and feel fulfilled and engaged without allowing people to catch on that there’s anything ‘wrong’ with us. I won’t deny that I use people entirely for my benefit, but I do it in such a way that they like me and want to hang out with me. No point causing pain and pushing useful people away, is there? One day, your friend might learn that, or she might not. So be open-minded about future encounters; we’re more common than you think.

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    • prettyvacantx 14:48 on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah that’s what most people have been saying. But she’s tricky to let go of, she’s literally everywhere I go. I don’t think she enjoys being ignored. It doesn’t help that I took lots of her friends with me I guess. thanks anyway for the advice!

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      • James 14:54 on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        She’ll get over it. Just hold your nerve. Don’t react.

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    • prettyvacantx 15:08 on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It’s nearly impossible not to react, she’s good at riling people up. I’ll try though, I just hope I can be done with her forever after this. I’m still not entirely sure if she’s a psychopath or not but I only have one other experience to compare it to so I’m working on practically nothing :/

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  • James 09:53 on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bad sarcasm, creepy, made you look, mind-reading, murderer, observant, , , , , , stalker, staring, watching,   

    Psychopath watching you 

    Psychopaths are good at reading people. It’s how they play at being normal. How they get close to you quickly. How they know how to manipulate you. Read on to find out how they do it…

    Well, a little bit anyway. You don’t think I’m just going to blurt out all my secrets to you, do you? For shame, sir or madam, for shame.

    But don’t worry, they all look shifty and dress like prohibition-era spies.

    I’m a starer. Around town, on public transport, in cafés; I’m a regular Emile Zola, without the writing talent of course. I can spend hours people-watching: either listening to conversations and absorbing new ways of talking, new titbits of emotional intelligence and good stories to steal, or by turning my iPod up loud enough to drown out all conversation and focus purely on people’s expressions and body language. This second activity is particularly informative. You’d be surprised at how much you can learn just from the way people hold themselves, how the corner of their mouth is shaped, what their eyes are doing. With very focussed concentration, I can sweep an entire train carriage full of people and pick out the weak and vulnerable – and any probable psychopaths too. Ted Bundy infamously claimed to be able to scan a crowd and find a good victim from the way she walked, and I can totally buy that. I am not in the business of stalking the streets looking for people to rape and kill, but if I were I’d know who to go for.

    So imagine how effective this high-powered observation is when concentrated on just one person: you. That is how your psychopath, if you have one, seems to know you better than you know yourself, while appearing to have the uncanny ability to read your mind. It’s not mind-reading, silly, I just know all of your thoughts! Wait…

    Anyway, all this staring at people I seldom ever interact with sounds incredibly creepy and it probably is. Some people notice me staring and that just motivates me to stare more, just to unnerve. One day, if they ever come across someone who actually wants to murder them, they may sit up and take notice. For me, the staring pays off later when talking to people. Just looking into their face as they talk, and looking them up and down for any additional body language, pay dividends. But it’s not really a conscious process, it’s more an automatic response (whether learnt or instinct I couldn’t say) and I often only reflect on the results afterwards. As with any such skill, you often only notice its benefits when it’s gone; for example, I don’t like it when people wear sunglasses, because they hinder any attempt to look into the person’s eyes. And that’s why you never meet any psychopaths at the beach.

    With this knack for reading people, I often notice traits or underlying emotions a long time before such attributes become more prominent or ‘general knowledge’ within social circles. So for example, when I first moved into university halls of residence, my early impressions turned out more accurate than those of the people who became my friends (How do I know what their first impressions of others were? I asked them of course, stupid). When charming Will turned out to be a boorish twat and everyone was saying “He seemed such a nice guy”, and when quiet Greg was revealed to be psychologically unhinged (“What if he murders us in our sleep?”) I was the only one not surprised. In addition, I picked the two weakest members of the group to be the scapegoats and the butts of all the jokes, and the group accepted this like I knew they would.

    As a preteen, I knew my uncle was a lonely alcoholic just by looking at him (years before his ‘shock’ death). When he died and my mother told me he’d had an addiction, I said “Of course he did, didn’t you know?” She replied that nobody had known and there was nothing anybody could have done to save his life to which I just laughed “You cannot be serious. I knew he was an alcoholic when I was 12. One of you must have thought of getting him help” Of course this upset her, and though she quickly chalked what I’d said up to grief it was nothing of the sort; I was genuinely incredulous that nobody else had seen what I had. Not wishing to appear weird, these days I pretend to be surprised when somebody reveals something like that about themselves e.g. they have got an anxiety disorder. “Well, no shit!” I want to say, but I don’t.

    “Oh my god! YOU have confidence issues?! I never knew!”

    The flip side to this is that when someone says something about themselves that I didn’t already know, it’s a novel surprise, one which I really appreciate. Think you can surprise me? Leave a comment below, that should do it.

    Images courtesy of the Internet.

     
    • Human 11:16 on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for yet another excellent article! What is your reaction or strategy when you spot a pathological peer?

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      • James 15:50 on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        You’re most welcome. I wouldn’t write if I didn’t think I was reaching anybody, so thank you for reading.

        Regarding your question, I don’t want to say too much as I think that is an excellent idea for an article, but let’s just say that, going by the list set out in How a psychopath views you *, they come under the category of ‘threat’.

        *https://nopsychos.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/how-a-psychopath-views-you/

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    • luverley 22:00 on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I can spot them a mile away these days

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    • luverley 22:04 on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Haha I commented even before reading the blog. Loved it as I totally relate.

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      • James 23:12 on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        What do you relate to, Lovely?

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        • luverley 00:01 on July 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          Being a psychopath. Checking out people by their actions and everything you described. Learnt to. Had to over the years. Scan for psychos lol.

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          • James 05:58 on July 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

            But you’re not a psychopath, so how do you relate to that?

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            • luverley 06:24 on July 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

              Hahahahaha but i have the mind and the skill that i could very well choose to be if i wanted to take over the body and rule like i used to. We all use our people watching skills for different things in this body. Had to learn to watch body language from a very young age. Scout out the predators

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    • Terrie 11:57 on July 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      James, Thanks for the eye opener.
      What’s your opinion on dating sites and psycho’s?
      T

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      • James 14:18 on July 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Terrie. My opinion is that psychopaths can and do use dating sites, but that anybody who uses such sites should be careful regardless of psychopathy. Hopefully you’d agree that psychopaths have just as much right as anyone else to use online dating, but with that must come greater vigilance and personal responsibility for your own safety.

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    • Amaterasu Solar 15:01 on July 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This and responses leaves Me pondering many things. I know well what it is like to be watched. It used to bother Me, but now I get a sort of amusement from it. Thank You again, James, for insight.

      I ponder why reaching People is important to You.

      I ponder a lack of joy relative to not being a psychopath. And I ponder the idea that One should ever consider Oneself NOT responsible for One’s own safety. The controlmind (government) will enslave Those who think They should not be so responsible. The most psychopathic get off on ruling a planet, wiping out Others because They can.

      There’s a few more things but those stood out the most. Thanks again for Your words, James. [smile]

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      • James 15:18 on July 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Well hey there, Amy. Pleasure to hear from you again 🙂

        Responsibility, ha. Just like Winnie the Pooh, you can ponder to your heart’s content on the rest of those conjectures, but one of the main lessons I am trying to impart to my brilliant readers is one of personal responsibility. You can never be victimised by a psychopath – or anyone else for that matter – if you have your brain in gear and recognise that you and you alone are responsible for your well-being.

        Please tell me what you mean, “a lack of joy relative to not being a psychopath.”

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        • Amaterasu Solar 16:42 on July 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          That was in re Your discussion with luverley. I ponder the perspective seeing no joy without slipping into psychopath… Or perhaps I misread luverley’s reply?

          You and I agree on the responsibility thing. It’s one reason I work for a society that is based on that, and not one that requires abdication of that to a system (all One accomplishes is making Oneself vulnerable). Such systems always promote psychopaths.

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          • James 17:46 on July 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

            There’s not much ambiguity in “exactly” as a reply.
            Feeling out of control for various reasons I won’t share makes Luverley wish for a state of much greater self-mastery and rational detachment from her misery.

            Many psychopaths would prefer to have no ‘system’ at all, for reasons that should be clear. It’s these ones you really ought to worry about. Your attempts to rid society of psychopathy (as a behavioural pattern) by changing the society itself may be admirable but they’re doomed to failure.

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            • Amaterasu Solar 11:30 on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

              I disagree, because I do NOT try to “rid society of psychopathy.” I remove the paths to power over Others in all ways except charisma – and that will take One only so far. By stripping the accounting for Our energy (money) from the way We do things, psychopaths have no way to pay toadies, to bribe, set up blackmail scenarios, and threaten (and kill) Others.

              They are not eliminated. They (as do We all) just become personally responsible for any poor behavior They choose. No more corporations to hide behind. No more manipulation on any large scale.

              Maybe not utopia (there will still be problems to solve) but surely a whole hell of a lot better, with the empathic majority allowing BEST solutions to emerge, not profit/power motivated choices imposed on Us.

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              • James 12:51 on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                But what you’re trying to do is take the psychopathy (which you equate with monetary and power systems) out of society. Sure, that doesn’t involve eliminating the psychopaths themselves but, as you claim here, it removes nearly all of the ways in which they hurt people.

                What I’m contesting is that is not the case, you may have cut out the power elite, but you’re forgetting all those ordinary psychopaths out there (95% +) who will be affected by the revolution only as much as anyone else, and will continue living their lives as they see fit.

                And that’s not even thinking of those who would absolutely take advantage of the (maybe just temporary, but still catastrophic) chaos that would ensue following the collapse of the state and the economy to do exactly as they please with no consequences for the very first time. I know I would. The society you have built protects you from us, and once you break that society you break the chains holding us back. Quoting Nelson Muntz (The Simpsons), because I sadly couldn’t find a clip, “The second you untie me, I’m gonna beat you to death, man.”

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                • Amaterasu Solar 23:47 on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                  Not exactly. Money/power systems PROMOTE Them to power – they’re not equivalent. I am trying to take Them out of power, yes.

                  And no, I did not forget. I just know that defrauding and taking Others’ stuff will have FAR less motive – even for psychopaths. Why take Others’ stuff when You can get it for free? HOW would defraud work without money. Maybe in interpersonal issues, but I have never claimed to solve for interpersonal issues.

                  And there is no need for pandemonium (chaos has infolded structure that emerges). It may be that the psychopaths will collapse things before free energy is released, but not much I can do about that. If We have free energy and awareness of the goals, the whole transition could be painless and done within a decade.

                  I do expect, if the psychopaths bring things down before I succeed, that pandemonium will ensue and the psychopaths will choose poor behavior. I hope to avoid that.

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    • air conditioning services 15:00 on August 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well it’s all up to the parents, on where they take their children and such.

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    • prettyvacantx 18:36 on December 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      The whole aspect of such intense eye contact gives me shivers just reading about it

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      • James 09:40 on December 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Good. I aim to creep you out, if nothing else.

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        • prettyvacantx 14:28 on December 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          You intrigue me more than anything else! But creepy and unsettling comes in a close second! 😉

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          • James 06:29 on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

            How kind!

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            • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 10:02 on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

              James, were you being facetious, or do you like people to think you’re creepy? And this brings up a great conversation about how much do words “hurt” you?

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              • James 20:14 on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                I was indeed being facetious. In everyday situations I aim to be as uncreepy as possible.

                Did prettyvacantx mean to hurt me with her words? If she did, it flew over my head, but I still don’t detect any malice even now. I think she’s above such things.

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                • prettyvacantx 17:03 on December 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                  I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone, I am sorry if it came across that way! I don’t have any malicious intentions, just genuine interest (and fact searching for an essay I’m writing!)

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                  • James 07:29 on December 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                    It didn’t come across that way to me. No apologies necessary. What essay are you writing, may I enquire?

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                    • prettyvacantx 08:02 on December 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                      A research paper on a topic of interest within the field of psychology & criminology. I decided to do it on psychopathy, with particular focus on behavior analysis and the minds of psychopaths 🙂 None of this would count as an official source but it helps with context.

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                      • James 12:48 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Sounds fascinating. If there’s any further way I can help, you only have to ask. What level of study are you at? I’m an undergraduate.

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                      • prettyvacantx 13:26 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        It would be great to ask you questions! I’m still in college (or what you university in England, I believe?) so I haven’t gotten my degree yet unfortunately. What did you major in?

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                      • James 17:04 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Undergraduate means I haven’t graduated yet either 🙂 Yes I’m at university, studying Philosophy, perhaps not what you were expecting…

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                      • prettyvacantx 17:37 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Not what I was expecting at all lol. Out of curiosity, what on earth drove you to choose Philosophy? 🙂

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                      • James 17:43 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Because it’s the coolest subject, of course.

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                      • prettyvacantx 17:51 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Pfff I beg to differ. Psychology could make Philosophy its bitch. :))

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                      • James 18:21 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Utter bollocks. Philosophy is the oldest academic discipline. There is philosophical study of every other discipline, including psychology, and I have to say that it doesn’t look good for you guys 🙂

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                      • prettyvacantx 19:00 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        What doesn’t look good for us?

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                      • James 19:07 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Basically, your discipline is a load of horseshit, lol 🙂

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                      • prettyvacantx 19:10 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Lol. Absolutely not, how exactly is it horseshit?

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                      • James 19:11 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Anyway, are you going to ask your questions, or just try to start an inter-subject war?

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                      • prettyvacantx 19:13 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Well damn, I was going to ask questions but then you had to get me all riled up by calling psychology horseshit lol

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                      • James 19:15 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        You started it.
                        If you’re that easily manipulated, maybe you’re in the wrong discipline.

                        Can we continue?

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                      • prettyvacantx 19:20 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        You started it and I am not easily manipulated at all. Do you have any form of private messaging because commenting is strenuous :))

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                      • James 19:25 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        “Pfff I beg to differ. Psychology could make Philosophy its bitch. :))”

                        You calling me a liar?

                        Oliver Butler (obutler2609@outlook.com) is who I pretend to be sometimes. You can message me there, if you wish.

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                      • prettyvacantx 19:29 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        That was a joke, not an attack man! And okay, thank you “Oliver”. :))

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                      • James 19:30 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        In future, you might want to not bother making jokes. They’re not your forté.

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                      • prettyvacantx 19:36 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        In future you might not want to judge me on one offhand joke made on the internet. I can produce quality humor when I want to, Oliver.

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                      • James 19:38 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        OK, look forward to laughing long and hard.

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                      • prettyvacantx 19:41 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Don’t condescend me, Oliver.

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                      • James 19:44 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Why not?

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                      • James 19:45 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Prove to me you’re worth respecting, if not get off my blog.

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                      • prettyvacantx 19:48 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        How am I supposed to do that then?

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                      • prettyvacantx 19:53 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        I wasn’t even being disrespectful, I was just being sarcastic, stop getting in my head and getting me all confused.

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                      • James 20:00 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Oh sorry 😦 You can email me if you want, I’m heading to bed. I won’t be around tomorrow much, so don’t fret if I don’t reply immediately.

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                      • prettyvacantx 20:09 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Okay, sweet dreams Oliver 🙂

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                      • James 20:10 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        Merci, bonne nuit, chérie 🙂

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                      • prettyvacantx 14:10 on December 11, 2015 Permalink

                        what you call *

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    • prettyvacantx 08:58 on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Not that you care, eh?

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    • nowve666 13:24 on December 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      James, you are majoring in philosophy? I thought it was French. Philosophy is an awesome discipline. I especially love Epistemology. Psychology seems an attempt at group think to me. Years ago, everyone was diagnosed as Schizophrenic. Now Personality Disorders are the rave. In Philosophy you have different schools of thought and each has it’s adherents. In Psychology, everyone has to embrace the one “true” idea. That’s actually a weakness of science, not just Psychology. But the “hard sciences” have a much stronger ability to find an objective truth that is lacking in the “soft sciences.” Sam Vaknin suggested psychologists could do better if they looked at their discipline more as philosophy than science.

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      • James 18:22 on December 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Sam Vaknin is full of shit. You’re right though, about everything.

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