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From Internet Troll to Psychopathy Expert: The Con-Artistry of Thomas Sheridan

by Joe Quinn and Niall Bradley
Sott.net

Sun, 19 Aug 2012 00:20 CEST

Compared to, say, ten years ago, a lot of people today are aware of and talking about psychopaths. On the one hand this is encouraging, but on the other, it’s a little troubling. It is heartening to see awareness of psychopathy breach the mainstream frequency fence here and there, but the signal-to-noise ratio, as with all knowledge relevant to the growth and survival of decent human beings, remains high on the ‘noise’ side. We see ridiculous studies in the news portraying psychopaths as curable and articles making the rounds about how not having a Facebook account may indicate that someone is a psychopath. We’ve also seen Twitter being touted as a tool for ‘spotting psychopaths’ and, just today, news that the US justice system is considering acceptance of biological evidence that someone is a genetic psychopath in court with a view to using it to mitigate the sentences of criminal offenders. The reasoning being that psychopaths can’t help being psychopaths, that they lack free will and therefore they bear diminished responsibility for their crimes.

Well, yeah, that’s exactly why they need to be held under lock and key permanently.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised that the burgeoning awareness of psychopathy has been vectored away from the truth of the matter in this way. This is an information war after all, so if the psychopaths in positions of power gauge that the ‘psychopath awareness train’ has left the station, they would naturally be working around the clock to load it with nuclear capabilities in the hope of derailing it, or at least sending it down the wrong track. The name of their game is to misinform people about what psychopaths are really like by trivialising and obscuring the issue: hence the proliferation of junk science that claims psychopaths can be cured, that psychopathology is a harmless evolutionary adaptation, or that psychopaths can be spotted based on analyses of their Twitter feed and Facebook page (or the lack thereof).

A case in point is an author who has written a couple of books of the issue. When Irish artist Thomas Sheridan published Puzzling People: The Labyrinth of the Psychopath in 2011, we initially felt that, overall, Sheridan had done a decent job of synthesizing the available information on psychopathy, which is largely walled in by academic jargon, and putting it together for a wider audience. Four of his five core characteristics of a psychopath were sound (except for ‘high testosterone’ – there’s no correlation between psychopathy and baseline testosterone), but we had reservations about some of the ‘secondary characteristics’ he listed as markers for psychopathy, and worried that they tended towards ‘spotting the psychopath’ based on visual cues, such as being able to read the condition in someone’s eyes.

Those of you who have read Dr. Robert Hare’s Without Conscience will remember that the best psychotherapists are fooled from time to time, even when they practically have a clipboard in front of them with a patient’s history that is stamped ‘Probable Psychopath’! Yet here was, Thomas Sheridan – a new author on psychopathology – stating with absolute certainty, in a book that provided no citations, that “when one becomes skilled in recognising these traits and pathologies, psychopath-spotting becomes relatively straight-forward.” [p.10]

Really? That certainly hasn’t been our experience. Sheridan also claimed in Puzzling People that “all psychopaths get it in the end.” [p.108] Not only is this not true, it must run counter to reality given that the vast majority of people are totally unaware of their existence – at least, they are limited to an awareness of psychopaths as mass-murdering sadists, whose numbers are tiny relative to the psychopathic population as a whole. Our research actually puts their number at around 6% of the global population (and that may even be conservative), so the overwhelming majority of the planet’s 420,000,000 psychopaths live from cradle to grave undetected, leaving a swathe of emotional, social and financial destruction in their paths. And this is to say nothing of the massive destruction wrought by the actions of psychopaths in positions of power in governments and corporations who almost invariable get away with mass murder.

Much of Sheridan’s Puzzling People read like it would not have been out of place on the Cassiopaea forum, so despite our reservations about some of Sheridan’s claims, we nevertheless endorsed his book and encouraged SOTT readers, family members and friends to pick up a copy. From correspondence with the author, we learned that he had been a big fan of our work for several years. He has also been a member of our forum since 2009, when he introduced himself as “Transsociopathica, Demonic Sociopath Entity Destroyer”.

Where Puzzling People was a compilation of the research and insights of others, Sheridan’s second book, Defeated Demons, Freedom from Consciousness Parasites in Psychopathic Society, is enriched with his own ‘original’ material. The long and short of it is that Defeated Demons is ‘not even wrong’.

In a section called ‘The Self-Raised Predator’ (p.24), Sheridan proclaims that the fact that psychopaths are born into this world is “propaganda by the pathologically-driven, genetics-obsessed elitist faction that psychopathy is ‘all in the genes’… a myth peddled by prescription-happy psychiatrists… and creating enormous anxiety among ordinary people.” Raising the issue of psychopaths in power abusing research into genetic psychopathy is one thing; throwing the baby out with the bathwater by stating that there is no genetic component to psychopathy is something else altogether. Whether or not Sheridan realised it, by doing so he discarded the core problem of psychopathy altogether. By definition, psychopaths are born, not made. According to all of the psychiatrists and psychologists that have spent years researching the topic, and psychopaths themselves, psychopathy is not an acquired mental illness that can be fixed.

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AUDIO — It is Now Time to Walk Out of Hell (Thomas Sheridan Lecture)

Thomas Sheridan
May 20, 2013

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VIDEO/PODCAST — Stefan Verstappen Interview – “Defense Against the Psychopath, Pt. 2” – #215 | Gnostic Media

Gnostic Media
Oct 2, 2014

GM_215This episode is part 1 of how to identify and deal with psychopaths, and is called “Defense Against the Psychopath,” and was recorded on Thursday, September 18, 2014, and was released on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

My guest is Stefan H. Verstappen.

Stefan Verstappen is a Canadian writer, researcher, and adventurer. He has published six books and several dozens of articles on a variety of subjects. His latest book is, The Art of Urban Survival.

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Part 1:
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PODCAST — Susanne Posel Speaks with Thomas Sheridan on Psychopaths

HARDLINE with Susanne Posel
Oct 13, 2013

This episode of HARDLINE with Susanne Posel features Thomas Sheridan as our special guest. We discuss psychopaths in our culture just as America watches these psychopathic events unfolding in real time.

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VIDEO/PODCAST — Stefan Verstappen Interview – “Defense Against the Psychopath, Pt. 1” – #214

Gnostic Media
Sept 24, 2014

GM_214This episode is part 1 of how to identify and deal with psychopaths, and is called “Defense Against the Psychopath,” and was recorded on Thursday, September 18, 2014, and was released on Saturday, September 24, 2014.

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VIDEO — Thomas Sheridan interviewed on One Step Beyond — Puzzling People: The Labyrinth of the Psychopath

Jakob Steen Madsen
Sept 17, 2011

Thomas Sheridan on Sky 200

[Ths video was taken from an excellent youtube playlist called “The Labyrinth of the Psychopath”]


DOCUMENTARY — Defense Against the Psychopath (Full length Version)

Stefan Verstappen
Dec 14, 2010

Defense Against the Psychopath is a documentary excerpted from chapter one of my book; The Art of Urban Survival. Teaches people how to recognize and defend against our society’s most dangerous predators, psychopaths.

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PODCAST — Remedy Roundtable 04- with Joe Atwill, Bill Joslin, Ryan Gilmore and Jan Irvin – “Psychopaths: The Morally Insane” – #211 | Gnostic Media

Gnostic Media
Sept 2, 2014

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This episode is Remedy Roundtable 04, titled: Psychopaths: The Morally Insane.

Released on Thursday, August 14, 2014, Recorded on Monday, August 18.

In this series we have an international team with the Joe Atwill – the author of Caesear’s Messiah, who’s been on many times before; Bill Joslin from Canada – whom we introduced a few weeks ago with our video Meditation: Deconstructing Nonsense; and also Ryan Gilmore – host of Inside Out Asylum, in the UK. Both Joe and I are in Southern California.

Joe Atwill’s websites:
www.caesarsmessiahdoc.com
http://caesarsmessiah.com/
http://caesarsmessiah.com/blog/

Ryan Gilmore’s website:
http://insideoutasylum.com/

Trivium Education:
www.triviumeducation.com

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Past episodes:
Dr. James DeMeo interview – “Saharasia, Pt. 1″ – #007 – members only.
Dr. James DeMeo interview – “Saharasia, Pt. 2″ – #009 – members only.
Saharasia book:
http://astore.amazon.com/gnosmedi-20/detail/0962185558
A Conversation on LSD:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qaumQvMWBA

How To Become A Cult Leader:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4oEYQhtsYw

Well-known but misleading movie portrayals:

Psycho (1960) (Norman Bates)
•   depicts psychopaths as having multiple personality disorder

slasher movie villains (70s & 80s) (Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers)
•   deranged and manic criminally insane killers. Could be classed as psychopaths, but are very rare in the real world.

Silence of the Lambs (1991) (Hannibal Lector) (nb. Manhunter (1986) is more accurate)
•   Links psychopathy to cannibalism.

American Psycho (2000) (Patrick Bateman)
•   gives the impression that psychopaths are psychotic and hallucinate.

Accurate movie portrayals:

Gaslight (1944) (Gregory Anton)
•   A psychopath marries a woman to get at her jewels, and convinces her she is insane.

Clockwork Orange (1971) (Alex)
•   The state using aversion therapy to control a psychopath. It doesn’t work.

The Devils (1971) (Urbain Grandier)
•   portrayed as a victimised hero in the Ken Russell film and in the source novel (Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun (1952)) (see chapter 5 of Thomas Sheridan’s Defeated Demons (2012). Sheridan argues that Huxley is a psychopathic author defending the actions of a psychopathic character from history, and that the charming and sexually promiscuous Grandier was the real cause of chaos and strife at Loudun in 1634).

To Die For (1995) (Suzanne Stone)
•   Dr. Robert Hare consulted Nicole Kidman on her character

The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) (Tom Ripley)

The Imposter (2012 documentary) (Frédéric Bourdin)
•   low-level con man, who constantly changed his identity, spins an amazing web of lies on camera

Accurate symbolic fictional portrayals:

Some fantasy stories evoke the emotional realism of a psychopath using symbolism:

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) (nb. Count Dracula is in part based on real-life actor Sir Henry Irving)
•   drains life energy from victims (blood drinking)
•   can spread his psychopathy (by biting victims)
•   cannot self reflect (no reflection in mirrors)
•   can assume different personalities (shapeshifter)
•   able to seduce others (usually presented as very attractive to women)

Children’s Fairytales (various wicked stepmothers, imps, and wolves) Example: Rumpelstiltskin (16th century?)
•   predatory lender (creates gold out of thin air for the miller’s daughter in exchange for her life and first born child)
•   uninterested in riches, really interested in human ownership and control
•   Is defeated when protagonist becomes aware of who he really is (when she finds out his real name, a way of bringing something clearly into consciousness, the ‘spell’ on her is broken)

Marshall McLuhan: Classical Trivium

Adrian Raine’s “Anatomy of Violence”

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PODCAST/RADIO — What On Earth Is Happening #154 [Polarizing Dialectics Regarding Creation and Human Origins, Poisonous World-Views, Psychopathy, Satanic Mockery of Police and “The Dead”, and MORE]

What On Earth Is Happening

Date: 2014-05-03
Topics: Polarizing Dialectics Regarding Creation and Human Origins, Darwinian “Evolution” Theory, Creationism, Scientism, Religion, Brain Imbalance, Poisonous World-Views, Psychopathy, Pacifism, Mind Control, Consciousness, Epigenetics, Free Will, Power To Create Change, Satanic Mockery of Police and “The Dead”
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MUST SEE — How To Identify And Protect Yourself From Psychopaths, Thomas Sheridan 7may2013

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PODCAST/RADIO — What On Earth Is Happening – #150 [Order-Following As The Greatest Evil, How Dark Occultists insulate themselves from Natural Law Consequences, The Predator Mind-Set, and MORE…]

What On Earth Is Happening
Date: 2014-04-05

 

Topics: Origins of Psychopathy, Non-Human Intelligence, the Importance of Human Origins, Order-Following As The Greatest Evil, How Dark Occultists insulate themselves from Natural Law Consequences, The Predator Mind-Set, how Poisoned Worldview maintains the state of Human Slavery, what it means to do The Great Work

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