My greatest victory as a writer will, at first glance,
seem simplistic and lacking imagination. Why? Because my star achievement is
that I'mableto write. I was a
prolific writer between 1987-1997. During this time, a traditional publishing
house helped me to birth three novels, five short story collections and a
variety of articles and stories in anthologies and magazines.
My muse was alive and well. The burning passion to write
glowed continually. Did I take this for granted? You betcha! I'd simply sit
down, put my fingers on the keyboard and whoosh, words streamed onto the page.
Winter is a
dormant time; a time when we relish the blessing of a warm home, sheltered from
storms and brisk evening air. As winter drifts and spring finds its way, the
first twinges of the new season reawakens us.
butterflies bow to curtsying roses and bees court honeysuckle. I watch the
leaves of the willow tree cha-cha with the breeze. A sense of renewal and
growth are right around the corner. Women wear their flirty skirts and men play
football in shorts. Yet, for those of us with writer’s block, a thick wall of
ice isolates us from the new season.
you ever heard of an exorcism being performed on a psychopath? Do you think
this might be a viable option to try? (I mean in jail and not used as
rehabilitation for possible release.)
I have never heard any case of psychopathy being “cured” by any means. Since
psychopaths are not delusional, I do not believe that psychopathy can be
“cured” through an exorcism. Although
there are occasional cases, psychopaths normally do not report being
“possessed” by entities, and even those that do, like Son of Sam, the Night
Stalker, or Danny Rolling, the sincerity of their claim of possession is in
Life Events And The Criminal Mind
A lone child is balled in a corner squinting against
relentless sunlight at a flock of birds that pass overhead.
The boy’s hands move up to crowd his ears against the violent
rasp of children mocking him in the nearby schoolyard.
Does he imagine reaching up to snatch a bird from the sky,
snatch a child from the crowd, or snatch himself from the arms of an abusive
What’s going through his mind?
Maybe he’s thinking he wants to hurt something or someone
because inflicting pain will make him feel better.
1. RSB: I've read different answers to the question, "What is the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath." Some say they are the same. Do you agree? My understanding is that a sociopath can be a psychopath, but not always, yet a psychopath is always a sociopath. Is this incorrect?
PV: I would not agree that a psychopath is always a sociopath, although many sociopaths are indeed psychopaths. Nobody seems to be in agreement on this issue and the current standard diagnostic manual in American psychiatry, the
My just released novella, Dream, explores the life of Veronica Armatti, a married, infatuation addict. Infatuation addiction falls in the same category as food addiction, sex addiction, love addiction and other addictions that are normally a healthy part of life. What's the difference in, let's say, being infatuated with someone and being an infatuation addict?
The infatuation addict lives to be engulfed in the titillation and newness of an affair. It's an escape away from problems--those buried deep, and those as simple as a feeling anxiety.
By Jennifer Chase @jchasenovelist
You probably have seen an episode of Law and Order: SVU
or Criminal Minds
during which the police psychologist explains a brain scan of an accused criminal to a packed courtroom. It makes for great television, but does this premise reflect real science? The answer appears to be yes. With that affirmation comes perhaps the more difficult question – what do we do with that information?Research published over the last several years
From: Peter Vronsky's "Serial Killers, The Method and Madness of Monsters."
People should learn to see and so avoid all danger.Just as a wise man keeps away from mad dogs,one should not make friends with an evil man. --Buddha
Caution: This is not a how to guide to survival, but more so information based on FBI interviews with serial killers and those who managed to survive. The following information presents some of the options available. All have risks involved, are not fool proof methods, are not recommendations from either the myself or Peter Vronsky, the author of "Serial Killers.
From “The Sociopath Next Door,” Martha Stout, PHD
1. Accept that some people literally have no conscience.
2. In a contest between your instincts and what is implied by the role a person has taken on–educator, doctor, leader, animal lover, humanist, parent–go with your instincts.
3. When considering a new relationship of any kind, practice the
Review Of first six rules:
1) Accept that some people have no conscience.
2) Trust your instincts.
3) Practice the Rule of Threes.
4) Question authority.
5) Suspect flattery
6) If necessary, redefine your concept of respect.
7) Don’t Join The Game. Intrigue is a sociopath’s tool. Resist the temptation to compete with a seductive sociopath. Trying to outsmart, psychoanalyze or even banter with a sociopath can easily draw you in and distract you from protecting yourself.