Disturbed characters tend to feel so entitled to whatever they desire that they believe the ends always justifies the means they employ to secure their wishes.
Three problematic thinking patterns tend to co-occur and keep the disturbed character from developing a sense of personal responsibility and accountability.
Disturbed characters tend to set virtually unattainable standards for everyone else, while feeling no concomitant sense of obligation to meet the expectations most of us would like them to accept.
Disturbed characters tend to crave stimulation and excitement and have an inordinate distaste for anything they might regard as “boring,” tedious, or mundane.
Disturbed characters think there’s nothing worse than admitting a mistake, backing down, or giving-in because it makes them look inadequate or “weak.”
Disturbed characters often think they’re so smart, so clever, or so “special” that they can do what most others wouldn’t dream of trying and somehow get away with it. They see themselves as “legends in their own minds.”
Disordered characters are primarily concerned about what they want at any given moment.
Disordered characters hear what they want to hear, remember what they want to remember, and learn what they want to learn.
Disordered characters tend to perceive things in terms of black-and-white or all-or-none.
When the disturbed character wants something, he doesn’t necessarily think about whether it’s right, good, or legal — or whether his pursuit of it might adversely affect anyone. He only cares that he wants it. His incessant concern for himself and the things that he desires creates a pattern of thinking which embodies an attitude of indifference to the rights, needs, wants, and expectations of others.