posted on Jan, 4 2013 @ 02:41 AM
I am not feeling very confident in the assertion that these qualities necessarily denote one to be a psychopath.
What I percieve is that in social groupings, a structure tends to emerge, an organization, which makes cohesive cooperation possible.
It is a sort of macro-model of an entity- with a head and body, a will and instincts, parts which mirror the various parts of an organism.
A head emerges, which is higher, can see further into future and long term effects.
It has the job of projecting a vision, an intent or goal unto that future.
It stears the body into movements which are chosen according to their long term effects and delayed gratification, all focused towards the goal
Doing this means one has to be able to shut out to some extent, or ignore, the urges for immediate gratification, and even the physical/emotional
signals of stress or discomfort.
This is leadership position, and is a form of acknowledged, or legitamate power- a mirror of our conscious will.
But there is just as much power that lies within the "body" or "follower" positions.... but it is not acknowledged it remains
unofficial....the mirror of our subconscious drives, which actually have a lot more influence than we tend to recognize and acknowledge! It is where
passive aggressivity comes in, manipulation.....
So as far as power goes, these roles are not actually more than any others in reality.
But it is like role playing. And where I see a mistake here is the suggestion that peoples personalities are somehow "fixed" -you are like this or
I am a mother, I have been a teacher, a boss, and my hobby is training horses and dogs. In these roles, I am leader or dominant. My submissives play
the role of body, and are free to explore their emotions and their physical senses in the moment, trusting me to look further and beyond and insure
their security and pleasure in the future. They choose this role for their own reasons, one of them being the experience of connection with peers,
empathy, selflessness, which is part of being one of the "cells" of the body.
But outside the contexts of these roles, I play the role of follower or submissive in other relationships and places- I am student, employee, and
submissive of various kinds.
With each, I change and enter a different part of myself- I can be a psychopath if this description is what one uses to determine that, and I can also
be a very sensitive and empathic collegue too.
This is just one of the ways the passive aggressive or manipulative "body" attempts to deny responsibility and impact the "head".