posted on Jan, 3 2019 @ 01:33 PM
As developmental psychology and developmental neurobiology chug forward, it is becoming increasingly plausible that there is no such thing as someone
who is "born a sociopath".
A simple, yet easy thought-experiment to consider in relation to this claim is the pervasiveness of symmetry dynamics in the organization of
the matter of the world around us. Are you - the human being reading this - not an expression of this phenomena? Are you - do you imagine - a
'centrifugal' dynamic, as opposed to a 'centripetal' dynamic?
To believe the myth of an 'inborne' sociopathy is to believe that some types of matter - sociopaths - don't pursue the path of least resistance,
and that is too great and too fantastical a claim to take at face value. What more plausible - and simple - Occhamz Razor informed - explanation
should replace this?
Humans are more than clever enough to reason the existence of symmetry as a dynamical force of nature. Indeed, Empedocles reasons in just such a way
when he associates love with 'centripetal' forces and hatred with 'centrifugal' forces. But it is a profound and utter delusion - a yet a
disturbingly common and universal one among the human species - to fall in love with your own idealized self-image, and succumb, despite all logic, to
the monstrous fallacy that you are somehow "above good and evil".
Fundamentally, trauma means "overwhelmingly ones resources". So that, if you know about something, and feel the capacity to tolerate something
others would find intolerable - i.e. killing - than you may think yourself to be above trauma. Again - a fallacy - a fallacy borne from an ignorance
of how your brain has been structured, and the fact that your awareness of being is in itself one big structured dynamic encoded within the
microgenetic dynamics of your brain.
So where then is the sociopath made, since many psychologists succumb to the mythos that sociopaths are "born" - giving them exactly the sort of
idealized self-representation that makes them feel so tough and invulnerable.
“For the development of possible sociopathic personality disorder (and predisposition to violence and aggressive behavior toward others, with
egosyntonic aggressiveness) the traumatic condition must have been experienced very early, beginning possibly in utero, in the prenatal period,
especially in the last trimester when the HPA axis and central amygdala are in a critical period of maturation.” – Clara Mucci, Borderline Bodies:
Affect Regulation Therapy for Personality Disoders; pg. 36; Norton, 2018
Very early indeed implies a ritual type abuse that begins at the moment of conception. We're talking about - in today's parlance - attempting to
control a woman's natural inclination to form an attachment with her fetus, and via such prevention of attachment formation, creating within the core
of that child's developing nervous system a profound tendency to resist or withdraw from feelings of connectedness with the Other.
Indeed, the brain of a child who is developing in this way will not form a normal amygdala or a cingulate cortex. The brain of a sociopath is bound to
look different - not because they are "genetically" different - but because the ontogenetic process of development is being heavily biased and
undermined by a vicious, hateful, and sadomasochistic fantasy that the self is "beyond good and evil". Such a formation - a spirit, to be sure - is
a very, very old one. So old that it requires a tome of a some size to make sense of how human beings could have become this way.
What is most astonishing about the phenomena of sociopathy - the "4%" of those amongst us - is how poorly understood the whole of the phenomena is
by academic psychology. Genetic has since given way to epigenetics, and the notion of a human being that manifests a "phenotype" - or form of being
- that isn't informed by interaction is slowly being understood as a pipedream, a delusion that has constantly evaded our attention despite its
nonstop occurrence in the structuring and functioning of our minds and our relationships with one another.
The love of power lies at the root of this psycho and social pathology. But what really stimulaes the formation of this condition is a type of being
"overwhelmed" taht is comparable to the feelings of being overwhelmed experienced by a person with social traumas, who, when feeling positive
emotions (a phenomena fundamentally dependent on social dynamics) feel themselves overwhelmed by the presence of the power ating upon them: that is,
the power of the other - the other faces without, and the Other, the source of the traumas, embodied within their own awareness within - the
internalization of the 'aggressor' which has since become the persecutor of the self.
That the source of positive feeling of self could be fundamentally social, and yet the human self could be driven into a sadomasochistic nihilism that
denies any such dependency on others, is a bizarre, and insane situation to find ourselves in. By definition, the sociopath has a malformed brain
which does not easily - or effectively - represent the embodied feeling needs of the Other. Why this is is quite intelligible; but that it is so
resistant to being "reprogrammed" is largely a function of the power of the expectancy within their genetic-epigenetic control system of "how the
world is" - and therefore, if humans are crazy, sadistic, and evil, and this "world" - the physical, and material - is where we live, then the
material world is evil, and my being in this world in this way is thus a confirmation of that evil: I am evil because I am supposed to be
This rationale emanates from the social-spirit which controls the symmetry dynamics of self and other, and although it is a "truth" of the events
which summate up towards this sort of (asinine) philosophy, once a different perspective, a more encompassing perspective, is introduced, the brain
dynamics of the perceiver/cognizer will reflexively represent their own coherency as a dud - and hence, will produce a defensive reaction against that
higher level coherency - that higher symmetry, which reveals the harsh, unvarnished truth.
Change is what has been happening over the last few thousand years of humankind, with the "Axial age", Buddhism, Judaism, The Pre-Socratic
philosophers, and later on the ecumenism of Christianity, has been leading to a more and more coherent representation of the human self vis-a-vis the
manias of shamanic belief systems which lie at the very root of state and official institutional controls on religion, the economy, and the military.
With the emergence of science, the mythological consciousness took an even greater blow, as the theoretical imagination - the part of us that inquires
to understand things in contingent ways, with ever greater subtlety and nuance, marches forward, mythological consciousness and the idealization of
self that it is based upon will gave way to the power of theoretical consciousness, and to the truths that it lays bear before our eyes.
Shame. There is no more powerful truth of what we are than that we are creatures which suffer shame when we are related to asymmetrically, and when we
relate to others asymmetrically. The cognitive manifestation of shame is often referred to as 'guilt' - but the core it radiates out from is purely
a function of the symmetry dynamics of our interacting bo