Inside The Mind Of A Psychopath
I did my project on what Psychopaths do, and I was trying to find out why they did this. I chose to do this project because my brother is taking Psychology in college right now, and I want to be able to conversate with him about the topic. I recently learned that he is learning about psychopaths in his future years of college. This makes me be able to start a conversation with someone though.
I used a couple sources to find out what the blue part of the CT scan is. In a psychopath’s brain, the blue part of the brain is the damaged part, either mentally or physically. If you look up a brain of a psychopath compared to a normal person’s brain, you will see that the psychopath has a greater blue area. The more blue you have in your brain CT scan, the more affected your brain is, and the more damaged it is, so the more pain you will have. More pain that you have mentally the more psychotic you are and the ‘crazier’ you are.
There are two topic about this though… Psychopaths and Sociopaths. I had to learn the difference between the two. The definition of a Psychopath is a person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior. So what I said about the brain. They suffer a mental disorder and the disorder gives them a violent social behavior. There are a couple of people who acted very deeply on this. For example, Ted Bundy. He was crazy and violent. The crazy part of him would act disable, use crutches in public, and around women he found attractive, he would ask them for help. He would then rape and kill the women he got to come with him. That’s where his violent part is… He killed the women. He did go to two trials and get the death sentence from both of them. On January 24, 1989, he was given the electric chair. He’s not the only one though. Some of them can get very dark. Some people can be, and are just driven crazy by their pain.
Some personality disorders psychopaths have is an antisocial personality. This means that psychopaths tend to not have many friends, they keep to themselves, and a lot of other things. In my presentation I showed a family CT scan picture. In this picture, the father, Jim had APD, which is abnormal personality disorder, which is one of the things that can drive you crazy. Abnormal personality disorder is just ‘unusual personality disorder’ in a fancier word. Other psychopaths can carry paranoid and a borderline personality trait. Paranoid is when one loses touch with reality do to exaggerated self-importance. Thinking you are so important that someone might be after you. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects how you feel about yourself, and how you relate yourself to others, and last of all, how you behave.
Psychotic people will go for anyone. One of the people I put in my project is a woman. This woman went for her family, while Ted Bundy went for random women. This woman killed a couple of her family members. Her name is Nannie Doss. I will not go too in depth because she did some really crazy things. Psychotic people can target anyone, and they will do a lot to get to you. Once you’re a psychopath, you can’t just become normal again. Unless you go to an Insane Asylum, and work it out, and get rid of it. This is not a way of curing yourself now, because according to Scott M Carter on the Quora website, asking: Do insane asylums still exist? Scott said that there are no more Insane Asylums that are up to date. Though there are no more Insane Asylums, Scott says that there are psychiatric hospital units that psychopaths can go to.
There are so many more disorders that can be associated with Psychology. There is another disease a lot of people might have heard of, Bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is when people have mood swings that can go from normal to as low as depression, and then all the way up to manic highs in their mood. Manic is otherwise known as Mania. Mania is periods, or short time intervals of great excitement, delusions, over activity, and euphoria (another word for intense excitement and happiness). There’s also the thing that everyone knows, anxiety. There’s social anxiety, panic disorder, and separation anxiety disorder. Social anxiety is the fear of going out in public and being watched. Not only being watched, being judged by the society around you. I can understand why people would have social anxiety disorder, because our society today can be very judging and it can be very rude sometimes to some people. Things going on now can prove what I said in the sentences above. Panic disorder is when someone has had, or is having multiple sessions of a panic attack. A panic attack, as some people know is when someone has a sudden intense of fear, and discomfort from out of nowhere. It’s like a magic trick… something isn’t there one second, and the next second, it is there. Some panic attacks are caused by stress. Some things that might cause serious stress like panic attack stress could be when a loved one dies, or when you get a divorce, and you were very in love with this person. Another thing could be when you lose a job that you really liked. This all puts stress on you, and it could give you a panic attack.
There are more disorders. There is agoraphobia. It is just like the antisocial disorder. The definition of agoraphobia is when you fear, or have anxiety disorder type thing. When you fear or avoid places that might cause you to possible feel trapped, helpless, or just straight up embarrassed. This phobia most of the time develops because of having one or multiple panic attacks in the past. The past panic attacks cause them to fear for possible future panic attacks. This is why they try to avoid situations that might cause them to feel trapped.
Another disorder many people might know is PTSD. PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This can be seen in some movies, but it is real. PTSD is reliving one of the most stressful moments in one’s life. This could be seeing death in war. A good example of this is in the movie “Hacksaw Ridge”, Desmond’s father was in the war, and told his son not to enlist in the war. The reason for this is PTSD. In an early scene of the movie, they were having steak for dinner. When they were having steak, the father saw blood come from the steak. At this moment, he remembered the moments of the war, and seeing death, and blood. Other things that cause this could be Nightmares, like in “Iron Man”, flashbacks, bursts of anger, difficulty remembering aspects of the event.
Last that I will list is Dissociative Amnesia. This is just a temporary loss of memory. When I say temporary, I do not mean a day or two. According to https://www.verywellmind.com, this can last for brief periods of time ranging too many years. This is caused by some type psychological trauma.
All of the disorders that I mentioned in the paragraphs above were all from https://www.verywellmind.com/a-list-of-psychological-disorders-2794776. This website included causes of the disorders, and what the disorders were themselves.
Psychopaths, once again can be anyone you know. They can be anyone you see. According https://www.livescience.com/16585-psychopaths-speech-language.html 1% of the American population are and can be identified as a psychopath, as in they were checked in to a psychological hospital unit, or just classify themselves as a psychopath. Psychopaths might do anything to get what they want, depending on how they are treated by their people around them. Take Nannie Doss for example. She was a psychopath. What she did was terrible. She killed 9 people that were all maybe close to her. They were relatives. You can also take Ted Bundy in to mind. He acted disabled, which is terrible for a person to do because of all of the real disabled people. He then baited women that he found attractive to his car by asking them for help to his car, he then raped and killed them.
Psychopaths can be anyone, and can be anywhere.
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