Some disturbed characters have a particularl lust for power. They rabidly pursue it, seek it for its own sake, and inevitably abuse it when they manage to acquire it. Power doesn’t corrupt character. Corrupt characters abuse power.
The Psychopathy Spectrum All disturbed characters on the psychopathy spectrum are significantly impaired in their empathy capacity. But exactly where a person lies on the spectrum depends upon just how devoid of empathy they are and what other problematic traits they also possess. Psychopaths: lack empathy are extremely decietful, manipulative, conning possess a certain glibness, … Continue reading Understanding The Psychopathy Spectrum
Presently, there’s no treatment for severe character disorders. This is especially true when it comes to psychopaths.
The character disorder spectrum is vast. And it has multiple dimensions, too. To understand it fully and to know how to cope is to have power. And that’s what this ensuing series of articles is all about.
As much as we crave naturally intimacy, many of us learn to fear it. We try to stay open. But painful experiences invite us to close. The hallmark of our character disturbed age is the lack of genuinely loving relationships.
Hardness of Heart What do we mean when we talk about “hardness of heart”? Folks with hardened hearts have an impaired ability to empathize. They also have an impaired ability to truly connect. This makes healthy, intimate relationships virtually impossible. The harder one’s heart, the harder it is to achieve real intimacy and to truly … Continue reading Character Disturbance and Hardness of Heart
Some things are well worth fighting for. But there’s a way to go about this enterprise that builds as opposed to destroys.
Assertiveness is fair, principled, disciplined, fighting. And it’s the kind of just self-advocacy coupled with mindful concern for the impact on others that defines healthy character.
Egomaniacal characters are grandiose narcissists. And their grandiosity sometimes borders on the delusional.
Covert narcissism is narcissism under cover. Covert narcissists can be quite lovable and charming. So, beware. What you can’t readily see can hurt you.