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  • James 08:00 on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Songs about psychopaths – Spotify playlist now available! 

    Howdy, gentle readers. 
    Terrifying, dead shark eyes: Check. - THE COVER OF SWIFT'S "BAD BLOOD" SINGLE

    “Love’s a game. Want to play?”

    Long time followers of this blog may remember a post from 2015, Psychopaths in Song. It lists an ever-growing number of songs that I (and plenty of other readers) have discovered seem to be about psychopaths.  This is not, and has never been a list of my favourite songs, nor of those that others like. But there are a hell of a lot of great songs from Frank Sinatra’s smoothly crooned promises, to Taylor Swift’s cycle of destructive relationships, each track has been picked for its illumination of one or more of the aspects of the psychopathic condition.
    Now, our humble list has been turned into a Spotify playlist! It has over 140 songs spanning practically every genre and era of the past sixty plus years of popular music, so give it a listen here.
    My thanks go to the many people who have contributed song ideas since the post was first published. The continued interest in the article means a lot to me. Of course, if there are any songs you know that really should be on the list but have been missed, do get in touch.
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    • nowve666 10:22 on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The wide range and diversity of these songs suggests that the great Dionysus needs psychopathy to be properly creative. What would people sing about if not for that?

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      • James 18:00 on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m just intrigued. What has Dionysus got to do with this?

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        • nowve666 19:40 on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Dionysus is the god of music. Ever read Nietsche’s The Birth of Tragedy?

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          • James 07:49 on December 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            That was supposed to be a reply to you.

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    • James 07:48 on December 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Right. I knew he was the god of wine, but I guess he wouldn’t be much of a god if he couldn’t multitask. I haven’t read any Nietzsche in full.

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  • James 12:25 on October 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Holding back the tide. 

    A reader asked:

    “Do you think a psychopath could see the benefit of utilizing cognitive empathy……since we all live in this planet? Our governments and corporations are run by psychopaths and the abuse is rampant and detrimental to the species since trauma shrinks the brain and in all honesty those who lack empathy are a special kind of stupid. Why can they not see that it is to their advantage to give a shit about others even if it’s for the selfish reason of reducing the bullshit they get from people in the long term. Plus it would increase the average IQ and improve everyone’s living conditions. Why wouldn’t a psychopath want that? Can’t you learn to use your abilities for good?”

    Thanks, ‘bunny foo foo’ (http://en.gravatar.com/hsousse), you’re right. Some of us are intelligent enough to realise this, and modify our behaviour accordingly.

    However, sometimes old habits die hard, and we are only human. I have recently done some stuff which definitely wasn’t part of the plan to “be good” and in the longer run has proved destructive for myself as well as others; at the time, though, it was just fun to let loose and cause a bit of destruction. Yes, fun.

    What you have to understand is the majority of psychopaths have, to a greater or lesser degree, a sadistic streak, and all crave regular stimulation and excitement. So, unfortunately, conflict is inevitable, even with psychopaths who have a desire to be more conscientious.

    I’m not saying it’s not my fault. I still have a free will and the ability to make rational decisions, but when making decisions that are in the interests of everyone, I am fighting against my instincts and genetic programming.

    If you want to understand what that’s like, try to imagine yourself doing something which you think immoral, say kicking a puppy while wearing heavy boots, or deliberately saying something to make your mother cry. If you have any sort of imagination, you can probably feel some sort of discomfort just at the thought, as though your body and mind are already resisting the actions which don’t come naturally to you. It’s difficult attempting to be something you’re not, even for a while.

    None of this is an attempt to excuse past or present misdeeds, this is just a way of improving understanding, and breaking the empathy barrier that exists between you, dear reader, and me.

    Perhaps you can recall a time when you tried to act in a way contrary to your nature, and found it more difficult than you thought. If you ever have, let us know in the comments. We might find common ground on which cognitive empathy can grow and flourish.

     
    • Amaterasu Solar 11:17 on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry it took so long to get to reading this – life has a penchant, it seems, for getting in the way. LOL! I do admire You, James, for Your awareness, if not for choices of a psychopathic nature You make.

      I can honestly say that I have never chosen to do anything that was not of My nature – but I can envision it well – the idea of kicking an innocent creature hurt My heart, and I don’t know what I might say to make anOther cry… I cannot imaging WHY I would want to, and motivation would be the birth of ideas on things to say.

      Still, (ironically) I can empathize with Your dilemma. Being sadistic at times and having to choose between that and something that would keep seas calm would add conflict within.

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    • bunny foo foo 07:10 on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for writing this. I am trying to figure out what exactly I am. I think I am something like “Dexter”. I didn’t start out as a sociopath but due to extreme trauma and repeated abuse I sorta became one and as I was growing up I realized what I was becoming and would think about my funeral and how people would respond to my death ( I was 10 at the time ). I didn’t want to become a serial killer it seemed kinda lonely and not what I wanted. So I set about redesigning my personality and character. Later, as the years passed I had learned to practice cognitive empathy on a daily basis almost as a religion. After 23 years of trying to undo the damage that was done to me and return to my original self I finally felt authentic empathy. I began to see the world differently and my relationships improved. I began to see abuse towards others whether by me or someone else or even an apath condoning the abuse as abuse against me. I started to understand our interconnectedness more clearly. I eventually became an empath as I was likely always one but the trauma had rewired my brain towards sociopathic tendencies. Yes I used to do cruel things and had difficulty relating to people’s emotional world due to emotional numbing……..not a problem now. The problem with being an empath is that they are often targets to psychopaths, typically because in an unhealthy state they are codependent (covert narcissism) but as I became emotionally healthier I become more of a realist and had to make a conscious decision to raise my level of narcissism in order to protect myself but only to a point where is was for self protection and not to a level of becoming the thing I had come to despise ( an abuser ). Now after vacillating between the two extremes I find myself somewhere where I would imagine law enforcement often falls. I want to hunt the bad guys (abusers) and end them. Granted people in law enforcement and setting governmental policies for the supposed betterment of society are often psychopaths and narcissist themselves I am not quite like them either. I don’t want to abuse the abuser nor do I find enjoyment at the thought of killing them off. I really just want to sterilize them and lock them away and treat them kindly if they earn it if they don’t earn it then solitary. If no hope of them to be nothing but a detriment to their own species then regretfully yes kill them. I’m thinking of the most violent and destructive the rest would be interesting to study and perhaps rehabilitate. Humanity is a really dumb monkey species and they will be the cause of their own extinction……if we don’t rein in the destructive members and evolve bringing empaths in charge then we are doomed to extinction. What is the psychopath’s place in our social ecosystem…….what is their purpose but to be a parasitic virus that needs excising. So while I’m not sure what to call what I am as I’m more of a hybrid, people like me are probably like society’s immune system and not a detriment.

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      • James 13:11 on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        People like you should terrify society. Your final solution “for the greater good” has been tried before by others like you who were convinced they were right. Thank G-d you are not in power.

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        • Amaterasu Solar 11:14 on November 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          My solution has everything to do with removing the tools to power over Others. We just now have the technology to do that, historically speaking. One of the key technologies is hidden and suppressed, but I personally know it’s there…

          Anyway, if the tools to power over Others are removed, though We cannot solve for Individuals choosing unEthical behaviors, We are then dealing with Individuals who have to do Their dirty work personally, as opposed to being able to pay Others in huge numbers to do it.

          I do not advocate any “precrime” – like genetic discrimination – and only advocate for the Ethical solving of any problem any Individual chooses to create.

          I will be posting My latest video to the end of solving for the psychopaths in control on Our planet shortly.

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          • James 07:14 on November 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            Deleted this nazi shite from our rabbit friend. Yes, there is no freedom of speech on my blog posts. Sue me.

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            • Amaterasu Solar 15:49 on November 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

              NAZI??? Me? The Nazis want to be in control of the planet. What I propose is Individuals in control of Self, within three Laws of Ethics. But thanks for the delete, dear One. I’m sure the psychopaths in control are happy that You deleted it. LOLOL!

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              • James 13:26 on November 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

                Not you, the comment you replied to, from Bunny Foo Foo. But yours got deleted as well, because it was a reply.

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          • James 07:15 on November 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            Amy: leaving a whole week between posts is perfect. Thanks for addressing my earlier concerns.

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  • GeneticPsychosMom (Tina) 18:06 on October 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    National Character Counts Week: Welcome to Pathocracy 

    “There is nothing accidental about the destruction narcissistic psychopaths, especially in power, inflict on the world. Destruction is coded in their character defect. They not only lack empathy and conscience, which makes them incapable of understanding human values, but they are driven to hurt and destroy everyone and everything that stands on their way to power and self-aggrandizement, and/or reminds them of their weaknesses. It is not a question of IF a narcissistic psychopath in power will destroy his world, but how soon.”

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    Image result for trump offends soldiers widow“The presence or absence of conscience is perhaps the deepest human division.”

    Ian Hughes

    Last week Donald Trump put another nail in the coffin of health care for American citizens, especially the most vulnerable ones; undermined the painstakingly drafted and internationally supported Iran nuclear deal; challenged his Secretary of State to an IQ test; chastised residents of Puerto Rico for their audacity to suffer and die in a hurricane-caused mayhem, and berated football players for their willingness to protest racial injustice. He also proclaimed the next six days, October 15 to 21, National Character Counts Week.

    Yes, you have read that correctly.

    The man who lies easier than he breathes (there is that perpetual snort, you know), who takes sadistic pleasure in the pain and suffering of others, and who lives for adulation and revenge without any efforts at disguising his destructive motives, lectures America about character.

    Let it…

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    • nowve666 19:06 on October 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “The presence or absence of conscience is perhaps the deepest human division.–Ian Hughes”

      They call this kind of thinking “splitting.” It’s all or nothing. Those with a conscience are good, or, at least, can be good. Those without are “evil.” You should know by now that one doesn’t need a conscience to be a decent human being. May I suggest “https://kiasherosjourney.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/can-a-psychopath-be-good/ Can I Psychopath be Good?” or “https://kiasherosjourney.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/free-to-choose/ Free to Choose?”

      There are plenty of divisions of humanity besides the presence of absence of conscience. How about cowardice vs. courage? Or intelligence vs. stupidity? Or wisdom vs. folly?

      You have been going into Trump’s misdeeds in great detail. But what about the fools who voted for him? They can’t all be psychopaths. I have read that a study found most conservatives have an enlarged amygdala in the area of fearfulness. These fools support the same policies as Trump but they are mostly NTs. Meanwhile, there are psychopaths who are politically progressive. I don’t think Trump, himself, is really a conservative. I think he’s an opportunist. He has embraced the politics that got him into office. That hardly makes him a good person. He’s an asshole. But attaching a diagnosis to him as professionals, who should know better, have done and many more laypeople keep doing adds nothing to understanding the problem. The problem is we have a government that is politically on the wrong path. The problem with Trump is his politics, not his personality.

      I agree with the Goldwater Rule: Don’t “diagnose” a political figure without the clinical support that it takes to correctly make a diagnosis. Whether he is a psychopath, a narcissist or an NT, Trump has a dreadful agenda. As the Bible says, “By their fruits shall ye know them.”

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      • James 11:39 on October 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        “The problem is we have a government that is politically on the wrong path. The problem with Trump is his politics, not his personality.”

        He does have a repellent personality as well, however.

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    • nowve666 14:40 on October 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The biggest problem I see is in the morons who voted for this turkey and even still support him. I just read your “Holding back the tide” post about psychopaths using cognitive empathy to make the world a better place if only for our own advantage. I have wanted to do this for years. I have marched in political protests, even volunteered. But current events have made me feel so cynical that I can’t bring myself to even want to save the world. While I realize that’s wrong since there are some people worth saving, the massive stupidity that seems to move the planet is just overwhelming. My current attitude is “apres moi le deluge.” I wish I could care. It would make life more interesting.

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      • James 07:32 on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        For some, changing the world is about leaving a tangible mark on the place after they’re dead. I can see why you might not be interested by that, since your death seems inconsequential to you.

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    • nowve666 14:40 on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I would change the world if I could. But the tiny impact I would have compared to the enormous effort it would take on my part. How about you? Are you active? You know, I just read that the DNC admitted they rigged the primary. And these jokers want me to donate to them? The kept a candidate who could have won from running and put Hillary there. She ran the most lackluster campaign I ever saw. It’s their fault we have Trump. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

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