This course covers the many facets of the psychopathic personality. It considers how people with no conscience affect our lives and how we can deal with them. In a time where this condition seems to be gaining prominence, the course offers empowering solutions to finding more sanity in what seems to be becoming an increasingly insane world.
What you will receive
6 Video & 6 Audio Recordings
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In his book, Without Conscience, Robert Hare argues that we live in a camouflage society, in which some psychopathic traits – egocentricity, lack of concern for others, superficiality, style over substance, being ‘cool’, manipulativeness, and so forth – increasingly are tolerated and even valued.
Cold-blooded and remorseless psychopaths who blend into all aspects of society have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of business, politics, law enforcement, government, academia and other social structures where they often have devastating impacts on people around them. People who lack a conscience inhabit every aspect of society, from national politics to local schools.
This course covers the unique psychology and prime motives of psychopaths, helps us learn how to better detect these predatory manipulators, and examines how to repair lives turned upside down by malignant narcissists who do not embrace the same moral play book most of us share.
This course is ideal if
- You want to learn more about the psychology of the psychopath, and better understand the full spectrum of psychopathic traits.
- You are interested in understanding our cultural fascination with psychopaths.
- You want to know how to clearly identify a psychopathic person, and what to do if you find yourself in a relationship with one (romantically or professionally).
- You are interested in exploring the opposite end of the psychopathic spectrum: radical altruism.
Class 1. What is a Psychopath?
The word psychopath, of course, is quite loaded. All kinds of psychological traits and behavioral theories hitchhike on this human condition. This course discusses them orients participants with the following terms:
- Asocial Person: self-involved to the exclusion of others
- Narcissistic Person: self-involved yet needs to be seen and admired by others
- Antisocial Person: harmful to the welfare of others
- Sociopath: aggressively anti-social
- Psychopath (Malignant Narcissist): the most dangerous predators on earth, lacking in empathy and incapable of imagining the common good
This class discusses causes and conditions that may support the growth of psychopathy, and explore various ways to identify people who have this condition in order to gain a greater understanding of it.
Class 2: Psychopath Nation
Symptoms of psychopathology can be found throughout societies, particularly during periods of accelerated transition and socio-economic strain. At certain junctures in history, entire nations have been grabbed by the psychopathy of a single charismatic leader. Psychopathic tyrants stay in power because most others are deterred from speaking the truth. Psychopathic epidemics can flare up in that silence. It is important for us to have a greater understanding than the social sciences have thus far provided about the power of psychopathy to move nations. Some psychopathic nations gained infamy for their aggression on other states, others for the treatment of people inside their borders. In most places, people knew what was happening but could or would not try to stop their nation’s tyranny.
Mohandas K. Gandhi considered these 7 traits to be most perilous to human society:
- Wealth without Work
- Pleasure without Conscience
- Science without Humanity
- Knowledge without Character
- Religion without Sacrifice
- Commerce without Morality
- Politics without Principle
His commentary depicts some of the essential conditions for a psychopathic nation to flourish and lays the foundation for this class.
Class 3 (1st half). Homopsychopathus – A Variant Species?
Are psychopaths a variant species? Do people who are incapable of developing a moral conscious conscience represent a specific strain or somewhat different variety of human being? It is possibly so. Their behavioral characteristics, brain functioning, information, sensory and emotional processing, feeding habits, and moral playbooks are different from the rest of us. They inhabit human society as naturally as sharks dwell in the sea. And they are just as dangerous. From the dawn of recorded history we have images of monsters, which seem to embody psychopathy. This class also explores contemporary mythologies to add insight to our ongoing attempt to understand this problem through our collective imagination.
Class 3 (2nd half). Psycho Killers, qu’est-ce que c’es?
Vampires, Mobsters, Blood-thirsty Aliens and Other Celebrities. The second part of Class 3 covers the prevalence of psychopathic characters in film and other media, and explores our cultural fascination with them.
Class 4 (1st half). Dangerous Liaisons – Sexual Predators and their Prey
People whose lives are turned inside out by a psychopathic lover, mate or intimate acquaintance are often shocked when they realize the full extent of the damage done to them. Someone whom they felt to be trustworthy and witnessed their most intimate selves, betrayed them. Victims of psychopaths are not simply naïve. The best clinically trained professionals are often taken in. This class considers how to clearly recognize a psychopathic lover and what to do when you find yourself in relationship with one.
Class 4 (2nd half): Caution – Psychopaths at Work
Just as psychopathic personalities are more highly concentrated in the criminal underworld, they also occur more frequently in certain professions. Psychopathy affects people in all races and cultures and across the spectrum of economic and social status. Soulless, predatory people blend into all aspects of society often with devastating impacts on the institutions and the people around them. Some arenas attract psychopaths to places and positions where prey is more abundant. In certain professions, such as litigation, the stock market, corrections, combat sports, politics or warfare, psychopaths can be more highly rewarded. This class discusses strategies for dealing with psychopaths in the workplace.
Class 5. Psychopathic Healers And Saviors
When a person held in high regard betrays someone, it can leave a particularly severe wound in their psyche. In Freud’s era, the prevalence of incest was kept in the closet. In a similar manner, abuse by priests and others who society holds to higher moral standards have often been suppressed by powerful organizations allied against victims’ best interests. Psychopathic healers are charismatic individuals who charm us only to exploit us. This class looks at cults and other spiritual and religious institutions to learn how to better identify psychopathic saviors, and what to do when they are unmasked.
Class 6. Radical Altruism – Care of the Soul of the World
The final class will examine a range of positive, pro-social, anti-psychopathy trends in our culture. It will focus on hope and underscore the opposite end of the psychopathic spectrum. This could be called something like: extreme altruism, radical philanthropy or conscious compassion. Many people today are resisting despair and fear through creating powerful and inventive initiatives to counter the influence of others who are destroying the natural environment, unraveling the social fabric, undercutting the national economy and eroding our political trust. This class examines the philosophy of leaders who are making contributions toward others feeling more empowered to improve the conditions of their individual, familial and community lives.
By the end of this course, you will
- Be able to identify psychopathic behaviors and personalities.
- Have strategies for dealing with psychopaths.
- Have experienced reflective practices and further reading to help integrate what you learn during the course.
We here at Jung Platform want to make these programs available to anyone. If you would love to participate yet can’t pay for the full course, then please send us an email at [email protected] and describe why you feel you qualify for a scholarship, how much you can pay, and what you will do to help the Jung Platform promote this and other programs.
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