Still shaking off the toxic slime from my weekend dip into the fortunate free-market psychosphere, not a good place for my mind, health or spirit, but takers are just following their nature too. So take the lively air, lovely, have another cigarette and learn by going where we have to go.
This morning ABC and NBC each did a segment on personality disorders, specifically the psychopath because psychopath is what we think when we talk about personality disorder. Bad people. Never mind the Avoidant personality disorder, characterized by feelings of inadequacy, social inhibition and extreme sensitivity to what other people think about them. Forget the insecure, clinging behavior of the Dependent personality or the detached, eccentric and socially isolated Schizotypal, no we’re serving Psychopaths with the toast and coffee, and to hell with the official word change from “psychopath” to “anti-social personality disorder,” which can’t quite capture the lurid appeal of the discarded “psychopath;” better to confuse the general public who conflate the word psycho with crazy, therefore all psychos are cut from the same cloth whether bi-polar, schizophrenic, post-traumatized, obsessive-compulsive or serial killer.
The jargon is so idealogically weighted it’s beyond redemption, the original, specific meaning of each construct buried beneath reams of dogma, revision, unexamined premises and unacknowledged theory. They APA famously argues semantics, I believe, to distract from the one word missing from the DSM: “aetiology.” The study of causes or origins, as in what makes people lose their minds. How can the bible of mental disorders fail to address something so basic as aetiology? Because it goes without saying, crazy people are constitutionally defective.
No wonder reading the DSM is like nothing so much as reading Mein Kampf. A point astutely made in a review on Amazon last month before it was quickly and unceremoniously removed from the website.
One more thing. I subscribe to Alley Dog Glossary, the psychology glossary word-of-the-day for grad students, normally I can’t be bothered to parse, but let’s have a look at the word of the day for Tuesday, 06-06-06
People with personality disorders have personalities that are outside social norms.
Like this is a bad thing.
Very often these people are not even aware that their maladaptive behaviors and personalities are so different than those of other members of their society.
Very often these sages are not even aware that their despicable and unwitting admissions are utterly transparent beneath that cloak of morality:
Only people who have personality disorders are maladaptive, the rest of society is healthy and wise. Though we do miss the plantation. Blast those misfit abolitionists!
Once a person accepts this paradigm, “You’re different and sick, and now you know it”, the next step is “Oh my god I have a personality disorder!” It is built into the paradigm, expected that she rush into self-loathing cures, headlong, as a lamb jumps for the knife, because that’s entertainment.
Where does that leave those of us who go Um…personality disorder? Oh, ok… Aware of the label’s implications and still okay with how we are? It’s not supposed to go that way! Heretic! Books will be written! Talk shows in production! Support groups established. How can you do this to me? You have a personality disorder! Right! Websites up and running!
In addition, these behaviors are so ingrained into the personality that the person accepts them as completely normal and has no desire to change them.
No one else’s personality is so ingrained that the person accepts it as completely normal, just these freaks under the microscope who so rigidly refuse to change for us, we paradigms of cognitive flexibility. You must agree.
Yes, Parent Culture works hard to make you see the light, and they’re counting on the corresponding shame to make you compliant, so they can exercise power and control over human behavior, without ever having to face their inner demons, which is what self-awareness is all about.
Nothing pathological about that, jerks. Some of my best friends are narcissists, and yeah, they know. Psycho-bigots have no clue where to begin with them. I know! What say we start with the founding father of the most widely taught school of psychology? How about here?
Maslow: If you tell me you have a personality disorder I don’t know whether to say, I’m sorry to hear that, or Congratulations!
They lack the decency to squirm when faced with a founding father of their own religion, who makes it impossible to reconcile the bigotry.
Maslow? Absolutely! Great, great stuff, I wrote a whole paper on the humanist!
Stop straining my credulity. Let’s get back to calling things what they are.
Works for me.