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Is Frank Underwood A Psychopath? - By Chris Gearing

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Chris and Dr. Sylvia dig into whether or not Frank Underwood (from Netflix's "House of Cards") is a psychopath! click here.

Why We Love Carly Rae Jepsen's "I Really Like You" - By Chris Gearing

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Chris and Dr. Sylvia discuss the psychology behind why the internet loves Carly Rae's new music video! click here.

Christian Grey's Need For Control In "Fifty Shades of Grey" - By Chris Gearing

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Watch Dr. Sylvia Gearing and Chris Gearing discuss why Christian Grey has such a desperate need for control in the new hit film, "Fifty Shades of Grey" - txt to link goes here.

Trauma and Romantic Relationships In "Fifty Shades of Grey" - By Chris Gearing

Monday, February 23, 2015

Watch Dr. Sylvia Gearing and Chris Gearing discuss how trauma affects romantic relationships in the new hit movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" - click here.

Christian Grey's Childhood Trauma In "Fifty Shades of Grey" - By Chris Gearing

Friday, February 20, 2015

Watch Dr. Sylvia Gearing and Chris Gearing discuss the role of childhood trauma in the new hit film, "Fifty Shades of Grey" - click here.

The Psychopath In "Gone Girl" (SPOILERS) - By Chris Gearing

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Who is the psychopath in "Gone Girl"? - click here.

PSYCHOPATHS - Is Louis Bloom In "Nightcrawler" A Psychopath? - By Chris Gearing

Friday, January 30, 2015

Watch Dr. Sylvia Gearing discuss whether or not Jake Gyllenhaal's character in the movie "Nightcrawler" is a psychopath - click here.

What do you think of when you hear the word “psychopath”?

Most of us think of characters in movies like Heath Ledger’s Joker or Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The word has become an umbrella term for describing those we view as violent, manipulative, and dangerous. However, the work of Theodore Millon and Roger Davis on psychopaths has discerned ten distinct types of psychopaths.

Jake Gylenhall’s unsettling portrayal of Louis Bloom in the hit movie “Nightcrawler” is a brilliant portrayal of the unprincipled psychopath.This psychopath lives to prey on the weak, influence others to execute their will, and do whatever it takes to advance their self-centered agenda. They aren’t afraid to take calculated risks, but they truly believe that consequences only apply to those too stupid to avoid them.

Predator or Prey

Highly narcissistic and lacking any conscience, they stalk the streets as a predator looking for an opportunity. Normal human emotions including empathy are discarded since they are deemed unbecoming of the unprincipled psychopath. Exploitative, arrogant, and immune to the pain of others, the unprincipled psychopath approaches the world as a zero sum game. Winning is always at some else’s expense. He considers himself superior, self-disciplined, and incredibly effective.

Friend or Victim

Interpersonally, the unprincipled psychopath is a disaster. They manipulate situations and motivations to seduce others into their exploitative schemes. Other people are interesting only as long as they are useful or exciting. They are often able to temporarily maintain a charming façade and can even be well liked by certain people. Once they have triumphed, people are discarded ruthlessly, quickly, and even sadistically.

Defeat Thy Neighbor

The unprincipled psychopath enjoys using humiliation as an instrument of revenge. According to Millon, their mantra is, “Do unto others before they do unto you.” They extract every useful resource from the other person, and then they sadistically enjoy watching the confusion and subsequent horror of others when they discover the true agenda. Contemptuously, he enjoys the process of seduction and the subsequent suffering of his prey as they struggle to escape his web of deceit.

Source:

"Psychopathy" by Theodore Millon, et. al.

"The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson

"The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout

PSYCHOPATHS – Spotting The Psychopath Next Door, Part 4 - By Chris Gearing

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Watch Dr. Sylvia Gearing share the final five signs of psychopaths and how you can spot the psychopaths in your life - click here.

Psychopaths live among us.

They can be found in prisons and the criminal organizations you would expect, but they also have a grip on many of the power centers of our society. They are quite common in the fields of politics, business, the professions (law, medicine, etc.), and in your neighborhood. They walk among us silently and without notice, and they are often difficult to detect due to their charming personalities and well-honed ability to manipulate and deceive us.

Despite the ten different types of psychopaths, there seems to be a very useful system for spotting them called the Hare Psychopathy Checklist—Revised.

Here are Hare’s final five common characteristics of psychopaths:

16. Externalizing Blame

Accountability is not in their vocabulary. They blame everyone else for what went wrong and deny their part in any wrongdoing.

17. Unable To Commit

Long-term commitment is difficult and avoided at all costs. Psychopaths may enter and exit many marriages without achieving a true attachment to any partner. People are objects to be used until a better, more alluring partner appears.

18. Juvenile Delinquency

They often get in trouble with the law early in life. Defiant to the end, they are not intimated by the legal system or any form of authority.

19. Rebuking Authority

A running theme, any form of authority is to be disobeyed and, if possible, undermined. Even with lesser forms of oversight like probation, they feel compelled to rebel and often commit yet another infraction that results in more severe consequences.

20. Opportunistic Criminals

Criminal activity can take thousands of forms and can be found at every level of society. Psychopaths are experts at finding illegal opportunities to engage in. The depth and range of criminal activity reinforces the psychopathic mindset of “the ends justify the means.”

Sources:

"Psychopathy" by Theodore Millon, et. al.

"The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson

"The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout

PSYCHOPATHS – Spotting The Psychopath Next Door, Part 3 - By Chris Gearing

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Watch Dr. Sylvia Gearing share the third set of signs of psychopaths and how you can spot the psychopaths in your life - click here.

Psychopaths live among us.

They can be found in prisons and the criminal organizations you would expect, but they also have a grip on many of the power centers of our society. They are quite common in the fields of politics, business, the professions (law, medicine, etc.), and in your neighborhood. They walk among us silently and without notice, and they are often difficult to detect due to their charming personalities and well-honed ability to manipulate and deceive us.

Despite the ten different types of psychopaths, there seems to be a very useful system for spotting them called the Hare Psychopathy Checklist—Revised.

Here are Hare’s common characteristics of psychopaths, eleven through fifteen:

11. Sexual Promiscuity

Sexual gratification and promiscuity are a part of the psychopath lifestyle, and sexual partners are selected, used, and discarded on a whim. Psychopaths use coercion, exploitation, and even sexual assaults to meet their sexual needs.

12. Early Evidence

Many psychopaths portray these characteristics early in life, and they often demonstrate antisocial behaviors and interpersonal cruelty as a child or teen.

13. Stealing Dreams

Psychopaths are predators of the hopes and dreams of others. They have difficulty creating and executing goals and plans of their own, and they want quick wins with little work. They choose to excel by exploiting the labors of others and stepping in to take all the credit.

14. Impulsivity

Temptations are difficult to resist, and they recklessly pursue any pleasurable opportunity with little thought of the consequences. They feel that they are invincible, and they don’t need to worry about the consequences that normal people face.

15. Irresponsibility

Psychopaths fail to honor their obligations or their promises. They often betray the trust of others by repeatedly walking away from financial, social, and business agreements.

Sources:

"Psychopathy" by Theodore Millon, et. al.

"The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson

"The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout

PSYCHOPATHS – Spotting The Psychopath Next Door, Part 2 - By Chris Gearing

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Watch Dr. Sylvia Gearing share the second set of signs of psychopaths and how you can spot the psychopaths in your life - click here.

Psychopaths live among us.

They can be found in prisons and the criminal organizations you would expect, but they also have a grip on many of the power centers of our society. They are quite common in the fields of politics, business, the professions (law, medicine, etc.), and in your neighborhood. They walk among us silently and without notice, and they are often difficult to detect due to their charming personalities and well-honed ability to manipulate and deceive us.

Despite the ten different types of psychopaths, there seems to be a very useful system for spotting them called the Hare Psychopathy Checklist—Revised.

Here are Hare’s common characteristics of psychopaths, six through ten:

6. Lack of Remorse

Psychopaths experience no guilt or remorse when they witness the destruction that they cause in the lives of others. Why should they feel badly? You were simply out played.

7. Shallow Emotions

They may try to give the appearance of appropriate concern for the welfare of others, but they lack the empathy required to pull it off. Sooner or later, it soon becomes clear that their agenda is the only thing that ever mattered to them.

8. Cold As Ice

Psychopaths are ruthless and cold to the core. They have no tolerance for the emotions of others, and they do not regret or even think about the destruction and trauma they inflict upon others.

9. Parasitic Lifestyle

They regard the labors and resources of others as their property to be used for their own selfish gain. They are convinced that hard work is not required, and the ends justify the means without any thought of morals or decency.

10. Emotional Outbursts

Psychopaths lack the ability to control the expression of powerful and intense emotions that flare in reaction to the every day disappointments and frustrations of life. Even though they are emotionally abusive to those around them, they rationalize their impulsive verbal tirades and emotional assaults on others as deserved or justified.

Sources:

"Psychopathy" by Theodore Millon, et. al.

"The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson

"The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout


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