excerpts from the book
Defense Against The
by Stefan H. Verstappen, 2011,
Of all the criminal types that inhabit our society, the psychopath
is by far the most destructive, the most successful, and the least
One may not notice a psychopath until you see him do something
that requires them to have a conscience.
You are more likely to find psychopaths in the boardroom than
on the wrong side of the tracks.
Within the highest circles of power and wealth, a lack of pity
and remorse is practically a prerequisite to success, and only
the psychopathic mentality can thrive.
Empathy is the ability to experience within oneself, the feelings
and emotions expressed by others. It is what allows us to feel
what others are feeling.
Empathy allows us to experience the grandeur of life, to be truly
alive, and it is one of the defining characteristics of what makes
... Psychopaths have no empathy and as
a result, they are neither truly human, nor truly alive.
Psychopaths realize at an early age that they are different, and
that they should act as everyone else does in order to be accepted
into society. They learn to mimic what they see others do, but
they can never understand why they should act this way.
Remorse is an emotional expression of personal regret felt by
a person after he or she has committed an act, which they deem
to be shameful, hurtful, or violent... A psychopath cannot feel
shame, nor comprehend that anything they do can be hurtful to
Psychopaths live in a falsely constructed worldview in which they
are both literally and figuratively god. Often seen as megalomaniacs,
they also have an equally overblown sense of entitlement.
Psychopaths are irresponsible because nothing is ever their fault...
Nothing wrong can ever originate with them and so the psychopath's
logic dictates that everything bad is always someone else's fault.
One of the earliest writers on the subject of Psychopathy, J.
C. Prichard coined the now defunct term, Moral Insanity as a way
to describe Psychopathy in 1835.
Without empathy, shame, and remorse [psychopaths] are free to
lie as often and as outrageously as they please... for the psychopath
lying is as easy and natural as breathing. This is why they often
pass polygraphs. They do not register the physiological reactions
that nonpsychopaths would when lying. They are so good at lying
they can fool trained psychiatrists and even other psychopaths.
What is important to know is that given the right circumstances
they can fool anyone.
Psychopaths are masters of manipulation and experts on knowing
how to push our buttons to use our emotions against us. They use
this ability to keep those around them confused, unable to think
clearly, and off balance.
Narcissists are so overcome with self-love that nothing else in
the world matters but them. They need a constant source of attention,
adoration, recognition, awards, and praise.
There are two basic types of narcissist, the Somatic, and the
Cerebral. Somatic Narcissists take pride in their looks and appearance.
They will flaunt their sexual exploits, brag of their accomplishments,
show off their muscles, and display their toys. They are often
health nuts, hypochondriacs and sex addicts.
Cerebral Narcissists love their own minds.
They are arrogant, condescending, and 'know-it-alls' that pride
themselves on being smarter than everyone else is. Contrary to
the somatic type, cerebral narcissists often regard their body
and its maintenance as a nuisance and burden and are physically
lazy, unfit, and often celibate. Their narcissistic supply comes
from fame, notoriety, awards, and displays of wealth to create
envy in others.
Psychopaths litter history with genocides and the destruction
of entire nations and empires. Historical examples include such
monsters as Stalin, Pol Pot, Ivan the Terrible, and Caligula.
While there are many that make it to the pinnacle of the political
stage there are also such historical figures as J.P. Morgan, Randolph
Hearst, and Mayer Rothschild, professional psychopaths that reach
the pinnacle of the financial stage where they cause no less misery
and destruction as their political counterparts.
In politics the professional psychopath's ruthlessness and cunning
gives them a distinct advantage over any nonpsychopath rival.
They make charismatic leaders manipulating and brainwashing the
naive, vulnerable, uneducated, or mentally weak. Mastery of lying
allows them to make whatever outrageous campaign promises straight
faced with, of course, no intention of keeping any of them. A
life spent faking being human give them the ability to assume
the roles of virtuous public servant, the perfect father, husband,
advisor, mentor, and everyman. In addition when things get rough
they have no inhibitions in playing dirty and readily resort to
murder, assassination, persecution, war and genocide.
Since most if not all 'great' religions are constructed on falsehoods,
compulsive liars make the perfect proselytizers. A look at recently
created religions such as Mormonism and Scientology show their
founders, Joseph Smith and L. Ron Hubbard respectively, were at
least compulsive liars, and more likely full-blown psychopaths.
Charismatic cult leaders such as Jim Jones and Sung Yung Moon
were indeed psychopaths, while televangelist preachers that rake
in millions from their gullible flocks are at best con artists
of the highest caliber.
There are certain groups that will attract psychopaths because
of the opportunities of power and influence membership provides.
Usually such groups will quickly become led and dominated by psychopaths.
Other nonpsychopathic members of these groups would have to become
psychopaths in order to survive.
The money and power of a corporation attract psychopaths. In a
corporate environment they have many advantages over their non-psychopathic
competitors for promotion. Not surprisingly most corporations
end up being run by psychopaths. As with a criminal gang a corporation's
culture adopts the twisted values of its leaders. Those who would
seek employment must likewise adopt or at least appear to adopt
the corporation's essentially psychopathic mindset.
A mob has no conscience. Individual members may or may not have
a conscience but when they are part of a mob, they will have none...
corporations are mobs. It would be a mistake to place your trust
in them since they can turn predatory in a moment and deprive
you of time,
In an organizational setting, psychopaths are the consummate office
politicians. The seek to create factions within the organization
and then turn those factions against each other to create as much
chaos as possible. Psychopaths swim in chaos and the more the
better. Secretly they start to draw the gullible, weak minded,
and fellow psychopaths to their side while intensifying their
efforts to have the most talented, honest, and incorruptible members,
ones that could have the strength of character to expose them,
expelled. They poison the environment in a variety of way so that
everyone feels irritable, edgy, and unable to perform their jobs.
Control of the organization slips into the hands of the source
behind the dysfunction, the psychopath who created it all.
Countries ruled by psychopaths become corrupt and brutish police
states constantly at war with created and imaginary enemies. The
population becomes paranoid, neurotic, and ultimately secondary
psychopaths. In a psychopathic culture, everyone must adopt a
ruthless attitude as a survival strategy.
Empathy cannot defeat the psychopath. You cannot change them,
you cannot reform them, you cannot find the goodness inside them,
you cannot show them the way to god, and you cannot teach them
about love. All these approaches are doomed to failure since psychopaths
can never understand nor can they care about these concepts. While
they may lead you to believe that you are getting through to them,
in reality, your empathy infuriates them and far from admiring
your compassion, they despise you even more. While you try to
'understand' the psychopath, they are secretly calculating how
best to cause you the most suffering.