Due to the all of the recent acts of violence between movie theatre shootings in recent weeks and following the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in St. Louis County yesterday, I felt it might help people to become more aware of signs and symptoms by people who may associated with these types of behaviors. In doing so, I have pulled from my second book Offenders and Abuse, 2nd Ed. (2009) on profiling offenders and community awareness. Many of the following traits, signs, and symptoms can be profiled of those who commit, have committed, or may commit such crimes against innocent bystanders or animals.
Psychopaths & Sociopaths
Psychopaths and Sociopaths are not easily identified in a crowd because their mind tends to differ more intricately than more people. They are exceptionally calculative and disciplined with their sound judgment. They often think about three to four steps ahead before they make their first action. They are able to anticipate and alter their plans accordingly with little or no time to prepare. Most people tend to look at things inside-in; meaning that if they were inside a box, they would look for way to get out. They tend to see things outside-in; meaning they would look for a way to get out as well as a way to get in to cover all bases. Their mannerisms, thoughts, and tactical actions all bleed together to form the perfect portrayal of unbalanced moral fibers. The mind of a psychopath/sociopath goes way beyond what society believes to be considered insane. They often justify their thoughts and actions as rational and normal to their environment. They may appear to be normal and a pillar of the community but if we were to observe all their behaviors individually, it would be clear that they are far from
normal by society’s standards. Reference: Female predators of child sexual abuse: A review of the clinical and empirical literature Cooper et al. (1990); Higgs et al. (1992); Marvasti (1986); Rowan et al.
Psychopaths typically know the difference between right and wrong but live erratic lives. Sociopaths typically know the difference between right and wrong as well but lack remorse and empathy of others. Both are likely to torture and murder people and animals, simply because they are curious of the outcome. This is likely due to hatred towards their victims and for psycho/sociopathic sex offenders these are ways of satisfying their own sexual pleasure; although, for some it is to fulfill their thirst for blood and disembodiment. They tend to be oblivious to those around them and view others as insignificant pawns for them to toy with. For these types of sex offenders, they often see things like rape and sexual assault as perfectly normal way of life. So, where do these urges derive from and why do they tend to be so powerful to overcome? Imagine that you were infused with so much power that if you wanted to, you could steal what you wanted, commit heinous crimes like murder and have sex with anyone who you wanted to regardless if they were to say no—knowing that you could never get arrested for it or be held accountable for your actions—would you? Probably not but for psychopaths and sociopaths, they fantasize about things like these and believe that they are consumed with so much power that nobody can stand in their way. They do not see these things as crimes nor feel compelled to fight their urges. As far as they are concerned, they can take what they want and it does not matter to them who they hurt along the way. Likewise, sex offenders tend to feel consumed with so much power that they are reluctant to avoid their temptations regardless of who they may hurt along the way. In the end, it is more often than not about the power and control; and not about the rape or sexual assault.
Nature vs. Nurture Predisposition
Both personality disorders are the result of either genetics or environmental factors. Sociopaths tend to be associated with environmental factors meaning they fancy nature over nurture as their effective behaviors. Whereas, psychopaths, tend to be associated with biological factors derived from family nurture or lack thereof.
COMPARISON: PSYCHOPATHS & SOCIOPATHS
- Impulsive & erratic behavior
- Tends to exhibit antisocial behavior
- Tends to leave clues behind and at times may wish to get caught
- Unable to maintain romantic relationships
- High predisposition to criminal violence; risk taker, impulsive behavior towards violence
- Lacks remorse and empathy
- Controlled & often meticulous Behavior
- Tends to take calculated risks, minimal exposure to getting caught
- Tends not to engage in romantic relationships but appears normal in social relationships; tends to be social predators
- Well-disciplined behaviors, takes risks, criminal resourcefulness, fraudulent deeds, and premeditated violent crimes; antisocial behavior
Antisocial Personality Disorder refers to a mental condition in which an individual has a long-term pattern of criminal behavior. This behavior includes but is not limited to manipulation, exploitation, and violating rights of others. Antisocial Personality Disorder is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV). In order to satisfy the DSM-IV’s requirements, the individual must meet at least  of the following elements:
- Dishonest and Untrustworthy
- Fails to conform to lawful social norms
- Impulsive behavior, fails to follow-through with goals
- Reckless disregard for safety of self or others
- Irritability and aggressive behavior associated with repeated physical fights or assaults
- Consistent irresponsibility associated by repeated failure to sustain dependable work or honor financial obligations
- Lack of remorse, associated with deliberately hurting, mistreating or stealing from others
While the rooting factor is unknown, a child whose parents exhibit antisocial tendencies or suffers from substance abuse are said to be at high risk for Antisocial Personality Disorder. Typically, males are at a greater risk than females. Antisocial Personality Disorder tends to be associated more with psychopathic personalities. Children who torture animals and engage in pyromania with no regards to property are excellent candidates for the disorder. A sociopath/psychopath is often characterized as the ‘classic bad boy’ persona meaning that they are creatures of habit and predisposed from early childhood to be one who prefers antisocial relationships. I am not suggesting that every adolescent who isolates themselves from their peers are automatically labeled as having sociopathic tendencies. Social norms do however indicate that some degree of mental imbecility may be present for those who meet the required criteria by the DSM-IV.
An individual’s conduct is dependent of their developmental mindset where it controls the basic functions of mentality and strengthens instinctive tendencies. The ideology here is that a sociopath/psychopath is one who has a detachment from emotional connections to others. This is often characterized by one’s own failure and success at the level of human personality. Thus, a person perceived by society as ‘normal’ would not be seen as self-centered or insensitive towards the well-being of their fellow man. Whereas, the person who experiences only personal gratification, narcissistic tendencies, and has an extreme dislike and intolerant of others will be perceived as ‘abnormal’ by society’s standards. All of which encompasses one’s human personality levels.
Signs and Characteristics of antisocial behavior includes:
— Lies, steals, and cheats
— Abuses alcohol and drugs
— Lacks remorse and empathy
— Repeatedly breaks rules and laws
— Disregard for the safety and welfare of other
— Physically abusive towards others, often angry
— Charming and skilled manipulator with the emotions of others
(also known as the Eddie Haskell Syndrome, from ‘Leave it to Beaver”)
So, if you know of someone who exhibits this criterion then I urged you to use extreme caution around them and contact your local authorities before they hurt themselves or others. The new school year is beginning very soon. If you believe someone may commit an act of violence against their school and fellow students and faculty or you know someone who jokingly talks about harming others, please take all threats as the real deal and report them. It is always better to report something or someone and it not be anything rather than do nothing and God for Bid….