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Source: My Thoughts on the Admitted Liar

Eyes over at Eyes for Lies has a recipe for super liars. The traits that allow a person to be a super liar are:

  • A lack of a conscience (empathy or sympathy)
  • A keen wit to keep facts straight
  • An exceptional understanding of human behavior

She goes on to explain,

“…these cruel people know how to role play better than everyone else in society, and they will play the parts they need to in order to accomplish their goal. They will elaborate great schemes to get what they want, because in the end they don’t feel remorse. They actually get an emotional high that they outsmarted everyone and that no one is the wiser. This game of cat and mouse is what continues to drive them, and ultimately what creates their superior self-image of arrogance. It gives them great confidence, which is a natural tool to gain the trust of others.”

“But what is interesting about these people, as “Liar Liar” wrote, is that they do feel pain. They feel their own pain and that pain will often cause them to lash out with evil intent. These people are usually very vindictive, even if they do it anonymously or in private. Their pain can often be their downfall, because it fuels their desire for revenge, and revenge without a conscience is what ultimately exposes their evil deeds to the average trusting person, but often it is too late, and the victim by this point has usually paid the ultimate price.”

So, in summary, these people exhibit the following characteristics too:

  • A superior self-image
  • Arrogance
  • Great confidence
  • Vindictive

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Much like my post on Basic Plots, I want to explore endings here.

How many endings are there? There are some common ones but can they be categorized some how? Here are the three that I’ve discovered so far.

  • Happily Ever After
  • Sadder But Wiser
  • At A New Beginning

More (probably) to come.

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Source: Science of Murder – Discovery Channel

It’s a sobering concept and not for the faint of heart, but Dr. Jonathan Pincus, a veteran doctor, has developed a recipe for creating a violent criminal. These traits, in combination, drastically increase violent behavior. Serial killers and sociopaths often exhibit these traits in combinations. The traits are:

  • Brain Damage,
  • Mental Illness, and
  • Childhood Abuse

Examples:

  • Arthur Shawcross
  • Serial killer Gary Heidnik fell from a tree when he was 6. This caused neurological damage. He suffered from Schizophrenia, Paranoia, and Delusions. His father disciplined him by hanging him by his feet from a third story window.

Counter Examples:

  • Serial killer Ted Bundy had no reported cases of mental illness and no clinical diagnosis of brain damage.  He was known to have had an unusual childhood, but it did not include abuse.
  • Dennis Rader, the BTK killer
  • Ian Brady

Explanations for exceptions to this rule can be found in the psychology of personality disorders like the Psychopath. Common traits include:

  • Charm
  • Wordsmiths
  • Manipulative
  • Ego-centric
  • Grandiose
  • Callous

Psychopaths don’t process emotional information like other humans. Their emotions are subdued or detached. For example, research shows that psychopaths don’t sweat when in a stressful, apprehensious situation. As a group, they seem to lack the fear emotion and thus the sweating response.

From Romans 1:28-32 (NIV) …

(28) Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. (29) They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, (30) slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; (31) they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. (32) Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

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