Malicious Parent Syndrome (MPS) is a term used to describe a pattern of behavior exhibited by a parent, usually during or after a contentious divorce or child custody battle, who uses their child as a weapon to hurt the other parent. MPS is not a recognized psychiatric disorder, but rather a behavior pattern that can be seen in individuals who exhibit high levels of anger, vindictiveness, and a desire for revenge.
Parents with MPS may attempt to turn their child against the other parent, engage in parental alienation, or use their child to gather information about the other parent. They may also interfere with the other parent’s court-ordered visitation, deny access to the child, or make false accusations of abuse or neglect.
MPS can have a serious negative impact on the child’s well-being, as it can cause emotional distress, confusion, and feelings of guilt and loyalty conflict. It is important for parents and professionals involved in custody and visitation disputes to be aware of the potential for MPS and take steps to prevent it from occurring.
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Sociopathy. The word makes “good” people cringe. It is a very real syndrome that affects young and old. In general there are ten real symptoms:
- Not learning from experience.
- No sense of responsibility.
- Inability to form meaningful relationships.
- Inability to control impulses.
- Lack of moral sense.
- Chronically antisocial behavior.
- No change in behavior after punishment.
- Emotional immaturity.
- Lack of guilt.
If you are a sociopath you probably don’t know it, but if you want to be a sociopath and have fun unlike all the other blockheads in the world, then this is the recipe for you.
Continue reading “A comprehensive beginner’s guide to becoming a sociopath”
Modern permissiveness and the new culture of entitlement allows disturbed people to reach adulthood without proper socialization. In a book meant both for the general public and for professionals, bestselling author and psychologist George Simon explains in plain English:
•How most disturbed characters think.
•The habitual behaviors the disturbed use to avoid responsibility and to manipulate, deceive, and exploit others.
•Why victims in relationships with disturbed characters do not get help they need from traditional therapies.
•A straightforward guide to recognizing and understanding all relevant personality types, especially those most likely to undermine relationships.
•A new framework for making sense of the crazy world many find themselves in when there’s a disturbed character in their lives.
•Concrete principles that promote responsibility and positive change when engaging disturbed characters.
•Tactics (for both lay persons and therapists) to lessen the chances for victimization and empower those who would otherwise be victims in their relationships with many types of disturbed characters.
Continue reading “Character Disturbance: the phenomenon of our age”
Pointing Fingers at Others. When you accuse a psychopath of wrongdoing, he’s likely to tell you that another person is just as bad as him or that humanity in general is. The first point may or may not be true. At any rate, it’s irrelevant. So what if person x, y or z–say, one of the psychopath’s friends or girlfriends–has done similarly harmful things or manifests some of his bad qualities? The most relevant point to you, if you’re the psychopath’s partner, should be how he behaves and what his actions say about him. The second point is patently false. All human beings have flaws, of course. But we don’t all suffer from an incurable personality disorder. If you have any doubts about that, then you should research the matter. Google his symptoms, look up psychopathy and see if all or even most of the people you know exhibit them. Of course, even normal individuals can sometimes be manipulative, can sometimes lie and can sometimes cheat. But that doesn’t make our actions comparable to the magnitude of remorseless deceit, manipulation and destruction that psychopaths are capable of. Furthermore, most of us, whatever our flaws, care about others.
Continue reading “Dangerous Mind Games: Pointing Fingers at Others.”
Real victims are heroic; pretend ones are dangerous. Here are a few of the latter variety who have popped up in the true-crimeheadlines. In 2017, Lloyd Neurauter convinced his 19-year-old-daughter, Karrie, that his soon-to-be ex-wife had ruined his life and that he was going to commit suicide if she didn’t help him kill her mother; she did.
Disgraced U.K. citizen Julie Parker will be sentenced in March 2021 for her fraud conviction; in 2017, apparently short on wedding cash, she funded her nuptials by telling friends and family members that she had been diagnosed with cancer and only had a year to live. Like the good people they were, they all chipped in to make sure she had the wedding day she dreamed of.
And, last but certainly not least, there is Jaclyn McGowan. Apparently enraged that a one-night stand with her victim, Jamie Aitken, did not lead to something more, McGowan began a campaign of harassment that included pretending to be pregnant (showing him baby scans and wearing a belly prosthesis), seeking money for alleged baby goods, and attempting to turn his family against him by making false accusations of mistreatment and neglect.
The study of the interaction and interdependence of psychological variables at various level of awareness.
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