Hole In The Wall

So one afternoon I’m sitting with Daniel at his psychiatric appointment because apparently he doesn’t lie when I’m in attendance with him. Odd, but true. I’m not really allowed to talk, just sit there. Clearly, I can make eye contact with him. Raise an eyebrow, pointedly stare, which I’m rather good at doing. I couldn’t help myself when I knew he’d be doling crap. Which is why I had been requested to sit in at some of his sessions. Lucky me.

Daniel had always talked to me. One of the reasons I was fascinated by his mind. Knowing he was diagnosed psychopathic, and knowing the psychiatric background of his mother, I knew his mind was a goldmine of information. So was his mothers. And since they didn’t see me as a professional, I wasn’t a threat to them. They could tell me anything. And they did. Much of it horrifying.

This particular afternoon, Daniel was talking about voyeurism. I already knew some of his past stories, beginning with his childhood. How he convinced a little girl when he was 9 years old and she was 7 to prance before him up on a boat rack his father had made behind the garage. He had convinced her to take off her panties and he’d throw mud balls at her vagina.  That was his earliest sexual memory.

Then the bomb hits. He turns to me and says he’s been watching me. He tells me that he had created a hole in the wall of the ceiling of the bathroom so that when I was in the shower or just in the bathroom, he could watch me.  Deal was, I couldn’t say a word. I wasn’t there for therapy, he was.

So there I am, stoic, quiet, blazing eyes, thinking a million thoughts. Feeling humiliated at the time. I knew he had committed this act on others, friends of his. But me? Whoa, the buck stops here. Apparently not. I did not consent, nor did the people he told me about. The little girl that he threw the mud balls at did not understand what she was consenting to. He was violating the law, although the law is sketchy depending on where you live geographically.

According to the DSM, voyeurs may have a background of alcohol and drug abuse, be obsessive-compulsive, have a background of childhood abuse, anti-social behaviors, attention-deficit disorder, personality disorders, bi-polar disorder and more. So no surprise there. My first reaction I believe was justified, and then I realized, it’s not my fault. I didn’t create him. I did not cause these behaviors. If it wasn’t me, it would have been another woman. And probably still is.

Just another rock to step over.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Survival Of A Psychopath(With Borderline Tendencies…Surviving The Master Manipulator/Narcissist.

Rose Kennedy, 1890-1885.

Rose Kennedy, 1890-1995.

It could be your demise if you don’t realize how the master manipulator is controlling your life. When the psychopath isolates you, and you realize you are alone, truly alone without any support, a coldness should envelop your very existence. But in many cases, if you are living with one, this doesn’t happen.

It doesn’t happen because the psychopath has created a false reality for you of a happy life together. He has parroted back to you your dreams, your desires, your wants and even your morals in his desires to acquire you. Once this cycle is complete, and for some, it doesn’t take very long, your horrific journey with a psychopath’s mind will start. What you thought of as your reality soon becomes a horrible nightmare concocted by a twisted mind. Your life as you once knew it, no longer exists. You are now alone at the mercy of a psychopath, a narcissist, or one of many destructive personalities that thrive on and through their victims until they no longer need their prey.

Sound harsh? It is. Sick and twisted? Most definitely. Can you escape? Perhaps. If you keep a network somewhere, somehow of people, friends, acquaintances that you trust in your life and who also trust you and know you explicitly. These people must know you better than the perpetrator of the wrongs being committed against you. Most people don’t want to get involved. Most people will walk away from you in these situations. That’s what our society has created. The “I don’t really want to get involved” attitude. And that’s partly understandable.

Why? Because most people are uneducated or under-educated about what true psychopaths, etc., can do to their victims. Most victims and Survivors do not and will not speak out about their trials and tribulations of their pasts. It’s too difficult bringing up past horrors. They say they want to move on, but the reality of the situation is that remembering what has happened to them is too painful. It is a hurt that goes deep into a dark place where no one should exist or ever have to visit or re-visit. A very select few have chosen to speak up about their experiences with men of these character/personality flaws. You’ll find these people in women’s shelters, usually as volunteers.

When I was a child, my father used to give me his sage advice. Sometimes, it sounded more like street sage advice. He was a sheriff’s officer, who also did work for the F.B.I., and I know he saw the dregs of society. He used to talk about the people who were institutionalized as if it was a dinner topic at home with my mother. That was his form of release. As a child, his stories were very difficult to listen to, imagining what these men had done to be put away.

One piece of advice my dad gave me as a little girl was “to always keep a card in your back pocket”. That advice has always stuck with me.

In the beginning of my relationship with this family, I had a particular hair stylist. I had used this stylist before for about 7 years before meeting them. Sandra, in her irrational imitations of me, decided to go to this stylist and have him copy my hair cut and hair color. When she came home to show me, I was aghast. She looked like a duplicate of me, at least from the head up. It was very eery. I went to my stylist and changed my hair cut and we discussed what had happened. He told me how she had made an appointment, gone in and requested to look like me. Well, money’s money, he said, and did what was requested. After all those years of my business, I would have thought he would have had better sense. About a month later, I made my usual appointment. I walk into his upscale salon, tell them my name, and sit down. Normally, he would take one customer at a time upstairs in his renovated townhome now salon. He usually would walk downstairs to greet his customer. When the receptionist called him to announce my arrival, he yelled down the stairs, “Tell her she’s late. Tell her I won’t be seeing her.” I wasn’t late. I was on time, which I told the receptionist. Something was wrong, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. She called back to him. She tells me that he said not to bother making another appointment, as he was cutting his client list. Now this didn’t make any sense to me. After seven years of camaraderie, beautiful haircuts, a wonderful relationship with my stylist, he won’t even talk to me? What’s going on?

So I begin to look for another. I find a wonderful woman in another town. She and I hit it off immediately. She is the owner of a salon that she herself has renovated, my age, and we have a lot in common. I don’t tell Sandra where I am going to cut my hair now, even tho she is aware of what happened at the Easton stylist. She wants to know, but I tell her she has her hair cut there, no need to go to another stylist.

Eventually, she finds out. Through snooping, through Daniel telling her, I have no idea how she found out, but she did after about a year and a half. Now I’ve been going to visit this other stylist throughout this time period, very happy with my cuts, very happy with the service, and we’ve become friends. Sandra isn’t aware of our friendship. I haven’t told anyone of the friendship. This was my card in my back pocket. It was no one’s business but my own.

One day I walk in to get my hair done, and this stylist tells me she has some very interesting news for me, but, I’d better sit down first. She takes me to another room where others aren’t present. She proceeds to tell me that Sandra Smith had been in for a haircut. I’m surprised. I tell her that I had not given Sandra her name. She knew this. She then goes on to explain that when Sandra was in for the haircut, Sandra was very talkative about me. As my friend is explaining this, she has a mysterious smile on her face. “Know what she claims you said about me?” she inquires. “I have no idea.” I tell her. “Sandra told me that you tell everyone what a horrible haircut I give. That I shouldn’t be running a business like this. And as far as coloring hair, I couldn’t color paper with crayons if I tried.” Then she started laughing. I was horrified. She quickly told me she didn’t believe a word Sandra said, so not to worry. After all, if I really did say those things, why would I keep returning to her for haircuts and put my head at her mercy?

“What did you say to her?” I asked. “Oh, I gave her holy hell. I told her she was a narcissistic liar that needed front and center and she wasn’t getting it. That she ruined your first stylist, so you came to me and now she’s trying to start stories with me. I told her it won’t work. When she tried to appease me with a huge tip, I threw it back at her and told her never to make an appointment here again. And I told her she needed to get back with her psychiatrist.” I began smiling at my friend who had defended me. One of a very few select people that weren’t afraid of the Smiths or who weren’t greedy and lured by their money. I had a new-found respect for this woman, a woman who had traveled across the US when she acquired the beauty salon, a woman who changed careers mid-life to start again. She was a former psychologist. That’s why Sandra Smith couldn’t pull the wool over her eyes.

But people like her were few and far in-between. She had the knowledge to understand what was going on. She didn’t know all of what was going on behind the scenes. But in the case of Sandra’s lying, she didn’t believe. And as far as Sandra’s many other lies, I would find out later that many people did believe her.

Sandra even went so far, (remember she worked in a flea market selling Avon), to tell people that I had died as a result of my motor vehicle accident. I found this out by chance. I was walking alone years after, in a flea market near that area where she had worked, when I met a former vendor. The look on their face was of a person that had just seen a ghost. Again, confusion on my face. They sputtered, “I thought you were dead.” Make a long story short, Sandra had been telling people in that area of that flea market that I had passed away from my injuries.

These two manipulators did a lot of damage for me. I’m still cleaning it up years later. And as difficult as it is for me to tell this story, when I repeat it to some so-called friends of mine, it is dismissed as  “Well, you can’t go on thinking about it. You have to forget about it. I’ve had stuff happen to me and I don’t think about it anymore.” “Stuff” happening to someone isn’t the same as abusive atrocities inflicted that are designed to isolate and deliberately hurt someone’s psyche. When traumas are inflicted upon someone, they don’t forget. The pain remains, whether they choose to remember or not.

Kahlil Gibran, 1883-1931.

Kahlil Gibran, 1883-1931.

One of my favorite quotes comes from Kahlil Gibran. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” It’s the scars that create the people we are today. We are born a blank canvas and each trauma creates a color, a dot on that canvas throughout our life. How we observe that canvas is up to us. How we perceive it is our decision. There are many ways to look at a picture. There are many ways to rotate it to view it. If it doesn’t work one way, turn it around. Just remember how strong your soul and character is. You have that quality. No one can take that away from you. That’s impressive. You have an indeterminable amount of strength to work with. Use it.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Survival Of A Psychopath(With Borderline Tendencies…Are You Dating A Psychopath?)

Are you dating a psychopath? The term psychopath seems to bandied around a lot lately. Not a common question, but for it seems to be a catch-all phrase for people who loosely fit a description of a person that seems darker than most and flies many of those red flags I often talk about.

One of the problems with dating a true psychopath is that you don’t know if they are one, unless they diagnosed by a professional and you are aware of that information. One human being cannot just label another a psychopath because of some behaviors they find distasteful. The word “psychopath” is not a word to be used lightly.

I hear it used as a joke often though in conversations with others. I listen to women talk about men they are dating and their “psychopathic behavior”. How “he’s a stalker…stay away from him…such a psycho!” And listening to people speak this way using words so frivolously makes me very uneasy.

Because it’s not fair to others. It’s not fair to just label people with words. That’s ignorance. That’s what our social media, television and movies have brought us to do. They have presented us with characters that have shown us bizarre behaviors of obsession. People, mostly the male gender but not always.  Remember Fatal Attraction with Michael Douglas and Glenn Close from 1987? I’ll never forget the wife stirring the pot in the kitchen when the dead rabbit parts came up from the bottom. Sleeping With The Enemy with Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin from 1991 details a wife attempting to go underground when her husband becomes violent and his stalking her. Bergin’s portrayal of how a stalker appears to be a  “nice man” to others who are uninformed and how his behaviors affect who he is stalking are right on the mark.

So our society believes we know who these stalkers and psychopaths really are because we have watched these movies and programs. Television has spewed forth programs like Criminal Minds that although good in their attempt at showing and talking about who these people are have a very serious flaw in them along with movies.

The problematic psychopath cannot be “fixed” in an hour or two. He or she doesn’t go away that easily and law enforcement doesn’t find them and lock them up in a matter of a week or a few weeks as depicted on the huge screen you are watching the program.

Following what I’m saying? That’s called entertainment. It’s where people live vicariously through others. They experience an event second-hand because they are watching it, not actually experiencing it.

And they enjoy what they are watching because they are not feeling the emotions that the characters go through. The audience can walk away and talk about the psychopath which leads back to the problem of people not really understanding what a true psychopath is about. They only know what they have seen and been told.

And that information can be dangerous to those that take it and apply it without truly knowing the full spectrum of knowledge or understanding of obsession, stalking and how a psychopath destroys another’s life. Labeling people can lead to destruction of character if you truly don’t know the person. Thus it is important to know the true personality signs of a person and what they really mean before you make a decision as to whether you are dating a truly diagnosed psychopath.

I knew there was something wrong with Daniel within weeks of dating him.  Within the month of dating him, I realized something was amiss between the relationship with his mother and him. I felt it. I brought a psychiatrist in on his case that I knew was excellent  in the field of bi-polar after  the original psychologist I brought Daniel to for consultations. One of Daniel’s first attempts of suicide involved using his mother’s bear gun in our living room.  Sitting alone with him, the gun and his rambling thoughts while only knowing him a few weeks brought realization to my involvement with a very sick man.

I had no way of knowing that he had access to this gun. I didn’t know about this gun at all. Sandra apparently had stored it, along with a few others in her home in a cabinet in Daniel’s old bedroom. Unlocked, and unsecured, the weapons were available to him. She knew the volatility of her son. She had raised him and had been through his criminal past, his violence and other suicide attempts. The idea of keeping these guns available no longer makes me wonder why she did. On the day he had attempted suicide on my couch with pills and she watched him beginning to go into a deep sleep, she nonchalantly asked me to go shopping with her and not call 911. To her that day, it seemed easier to allow him to die. To her way of thinking, his demise by suicide was a blessing. For me, it was tantamount to murder. And Sandra and I fought for my phone. See:  https://sorceressofthedark.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/survivor-of-a-psychopathwith-borderline-tendencies-should-i-have-allowed-him-to-die/.

Signs. Attempting suicide is a diagnostic sign of a person that is ill. Does it fit a psychopath? It fits into many criteria of people. One of them could be a psychopath with other disorders. True assessments of a psychopath can only be determined by a doctor.

I will ascertain certain points throughout my writings about this family. They are factual. I was an attendant and privy to many sessions that both Daniel and his mother had with psychiatrists and psychologists. I lived with them. More than one doctor advised me to leave my situation. More than one doctor asked me if I had any way to leave my situation. Many asked if there was any opportunity for me to exit my situation quietly without telling anyone. I was advised to leave the state.

Doctors knew at times their hands would be tied when they could only commit him for 72 hours. Doctors also knew my situation with my physical health at that time and how exiting my situation was near to impossible. An unraveling mystery was appearing before them of a situation where some knew a predator was at hand living with prey that needed to be removed somehow. Add to their unraveling mystery a mother that would act surreptitiously. I imagine for some they perhaps hoped that a miracle would happen to separate me from this nightmare. That miracle eventually did happen and I survived, but not without lasting memories.

The July 2012 issue of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Bulletin (Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States) is dedicated to psychopathy and the study of psychopaths. http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/july-2012/psychopathy-an-important-forensic-concept-for-the-21st-century. As others write of their statistical findings from their interactions from their visits with psychopaths, I write of my life with a psychopath.

As those who watch stories that are wrapped in an hour for entertainment can walk away, I cannot. The people who dedicate their lives to unraveling the threads of the lives of a psychopath are dedicated to a mystery that haunts and mystifies them. It is a search to determine what drives these convoluted minds to work as they do. And once caught, what does our society do with them?

So the word “psychopath” isn’t a laughing matter. It isn’t a joke. It isn’t a term to be used lightly in describing your boyfriend or girlfriend. These are true personalities that manipulate people, lie deliberately, do not feel emotion, have no cursory thought for the law, have deliberate agendas and ruin other’s lives. That’s the short version. They aren’t just “bad boys” or “bad girls”. They aren’t people who you can rehabilitate. Their illness is rooted in infancy, signs are seen in childhood and develops over a course of time in adulthood.

They are out there. They are very seriously sick people who others need to isolate themselves from. They will attempt to destroy you if you don’t set precautionary measures for yourself with a supportive network. That network includes(if available and trusted) your neighbors, friends, family and local law enforcement. Articulate your concerns when you are absolutely sure of your facts. Make your plans silently, answer to no one and then get out. Keep a journal of activities that have occurred, keep a running document of any activities with your local law enforcement that you are aware the person has committed for future reference. Retain your paperwork in a hidden safe place with copies. The day may come when you are asked to present a history of their behaviors and actions towards you.

Law enforcement officials will take you seriously if you are serious and have a factual, documented history. Although some may take your words lightly and pass you off as a disgruntled girlfriend, be polite. Try the next shift of officers. Talk to the police chief in your town. Schedule an interview with your District Attorney of your county. Bring the documentation you have accumulated. Pictures, police reports, years of interactions with a person that interferes with your life deliberately after you have told them not to is called stalking and harassment. It is illegal. Obsession with the psychopath can go hand-in-hand. I know. I’m still waiting for mine to end.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Survival Of A Psychopath(With Borderline Tendencies…Attempted Murder By MVA, Butcher Knife…Part 2.)

One cold day in November, a late Saturday evening, he appeared at the bedroom door.  Daniel had formerly been growing his hair longer, past his shoulders. He had now shaven his head, completely clean. He had stripped down to just his jeans, and was in his bare feet. His eyes were as dark as the black of night on a new moon.

He stood in the doorway to the bedroom for a moment, leveled eyes with me as I lie on the bed reading, and I knew. I saw the look in those black eyes, and I knew what was about to happen. I had seen that look before, just a few months earlier.

Daniel lunged at me. He grabbed a pillow, jumped on top of me, and tried to asphyxiate me. With all my might, and whatever my adrenaline would allow me to do, I fought with all my strength. I began kicking and clawing at him. I had clogs on my feet, the type nurses wear and I was using them against him. While he was fighting to get them off of me, I managed to break free from him and off the bed.

My father was a Sheriff’s Officer. From the time I was a small girl, he had always taught me little tricks should someone try to attack me. When I was a young woman, I learned martial arts defense. It was now, these thoughts came back to me. I couldn’t scream,  non-vocal and non-verbal from the accidents.

I managed to fight Daniel off and push him away. As I recount this story I know that adrenaline pumps through a person when fear for your safety is occurring. I started to run as best I could out of the bedroom and down the second-floor hallway. He ran after me and caught up to me. He grabbed me by the neck and began to strangle me.

The hallway wasn’t very long and he had me cornered in the bathroom, the end room facing the front of the home. Three times, he had his fingers and hands around my neck. Three times, I remembered to put my fingers between his. But he did have me down on the floor. This was a fight for my life.

When I managed to get up again, and started to move away from him, he caught me. He threw me against a solid oak door that led to the attic in the home. I hit my head, and started to slide down. I saw stars for the first time in my life. I knew I needed to focus. But here was the key to how I did manage to focus. Daniel spit on me as I slid to the floor.

He spit on me. Where I grew up, spitting on someone is the ultimate insult. For some reason, altho I knew he was trying to kill me, that he spit on me was humiliating and angering me. He then turned and ran down the stairs. I sat there for a moment, and remembered I needed to focus.

I stood up shakily, thought about the phone downstairs, and went quickly down the flight of stairs. As I picked up the phone, I hit 911. Luckily, in this county, 911 patches into the home address from where the call is made on a landline. I managed to mumble that a man is trying to murder me. As soon as I said that, Daniel grabbed me from behind, and dragged me into the kitchen. I held the portable phone but Daniel had no idea that I was holding it.

He had me around the waist, and in his right hand brandished a butcher knife. He held it to my neck and asked me if I wanted it to my neck or to my abdomen. I had brought the phone with me, and placed it down on the table as he was dragging me into the kitchen. I wanted 911 to hear my death recorded. That’s what I thought was going to happen.

There’s more to what happened in my kitchen that late November night as Daniel held me by my waist with his left arm and brandished a butcher knife in his right hand against my neck. I knew I needed to convey to 911 that an emergency was at hand and Daniel was not of sound mind. 911 also needed to know that Daniel had weapons and he had used them in his attacks on me.

My mind was racing and I’m sure this only took seconds but I yelled to Daniel, “Where did you get that butcher knife?” He answered back loudly, still holding me around the waist, with the butcher knife at neck height, “I got this butcher knife to mother-fucking kill you…”. That’s what I had hoped he would answer. I prayed that 911 heard what Daniel was screaming in my ears. All I could think about were my three children and I wanted them to know  that if Daniel murdered me he was the one responsible and how he did it. I needed him to admit his intent for 911 if I was going to die.

I knew if he answered that one comment perhaps I could say one more and distract him. At this point, in this position, a person will say and try anything to save their lives. This is what I said to him. “Who is going to clean my blood from our white kitchen floor? Your Mother?”  From the back of my mind I was able to focus and I used my resources to send the knife flying one way, have his left arm open to release me and have his body semi-slump all at the same time.

I flew around the table, grabbed the phone and headed for the front of the house. The 911 operator was still on the line. He asked me if I was ok. I told them Daniel now was holding a belt and he was attempting to strangle me with it. The operator told me there were five patrol cars out in front of my home, the officers were about to break in and he was letting them know I was at the front door attempting to get out now.

The rest seems surrealistic to me as the front door opened and I seemed to be lifted out and taken to safety by an officer. The lights of the patrol cars were focused on the front of the porch and the house was now brightly lit. Officers were in position with guns ready. Daniel appeared at the door of the home, saw the officers, the cars, the guns pointed, and dropped the belt. He raised his hands up in the air and said, “Arrest me…I’m trying to kill my wife.” He was never married to me. He was delusional in his thought process.

I’m here today. 911 sent officers speeding to my home. They did break in. Daniel,arrested on straight $30,000 bail, did attempt suicide in jail that night. He spent 5 months in jail,  his mother hired an attorney, Daniel was released with this sentence: time spent, an anger management course and 364 days of probation.

The day he was released, when his victim should have been notified ahead of time, the warden called me after Daniel was released, apologizing, saying he come into work and didn’t know Daniel had been released earlier. I found out just as Daniel and his mother were walking up the flight of stairs to my bedroom. Sandra had kept a key to my home.

Life with the psychopath and his mother. The mother that always thought her son was perfect. That her son could do no wrong.  I know she brought him back into my home after his release from prison to torment me. She didn’t want him in her home.  Now, she knew what he was capable of performing.

He never should have been allowed back into my life. Without being able to speak, without being able to verbalize fully my rights should have been guarded more carefully by the law. But as a victim, they weren’t.

Very few were schooled in Daniel’s psychotic behaviours back then. The prison psychiatrist accurately diagnosed him as a psychopath. But Sandra and her son had originally eluded me. They fooled the neighbors. They fooled all those around them. It’s what people with these illnesses do. It was only Sandra Smith’s word against mine. And my word wasn’t there then. It was only hers and his.

And then my own personal prison-time began with Daniel and his mother.

Peace.

Sorceress

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Survival Of A Psychopath(With Borderline Tendencies…The Son Of A Narcissist Mother)

The tales of the narcissistic mother. How she throws situations at her child. How she deliberately twists and turns her words to make her child feel as if everything is their fault. She’s good at it. She’s had a lifetime at practicing.

For some of the adult children of her, I do have pity. They have never been able to outgrow the horrible feelings of inadequateness that this mother has bestowed upon them. The hidden belittling towards the child she chooses forever to desecrate. The narcissistic mother never stops. She just goes on and on and on.

For the others that have been able to crawl out of the hole that this mother has dug for them, I salute you.  You earned much in the way of salutations. You first had to live through the belittling and torturous psychological abuse,  you had to identify it, and you had to move away from it. And if you decided to stay in contact with your narcissistic mother, for whatever reason, (and I make no judgements here because many do stick around),  but you do it on your own terms, you my friend, without a doubt, deserve a medal to wear proudly.

I talk about narcissism with a mother, but it is a psychiatric condition found in women and men alike. It can be found in a partner both female and male alike. It can be found in a child, also. An adult child.  For clarification, here is a classic definition of narcissism:

“Traits and signs:

Thomas suggests that narcissists typically display most, sometimes all, of the following traits:[5]

Hotchkiss’ seven deadly sins of narcissism

Hotchkiss identified what she called the seven deadly sins of narcissism:[6]

  1. Shamelessness: Shame is the feeling that lurks beneath all unhealthy narcissism, and the inability to process shame in healthy ways.
  2. Magical thinking: Narcissists see themselves as perfect, using distortion and illusion known as magical thinking. They also use projection to dump shame onto others.
  3. Arrogance: A narcissist who is feeling deflated may reinflate by diminishing, debasing, or degrading somebody else.
  4. Envy: A narcissist may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person’s ability by using contempt to minimize the other person.
  5. Entitlement: Narcissists hold unreasonable expectations of particularly favorable treatment and automatic compliance because they consider themselves special. Failure to comply is considered an attack on their superiority, and the perpetrator is considered an “awkward” or “difficult” person. Defiance of their will is a narcissistic injury that can trigger narcissistic rage.
  6. Exploitation: Can take many forms but always involves the exploitation of others without regard for their feelings or interests. Often the other is in a subservient position where resistance would be difficult or even impossible. Sometimes the subservience is not so much real as assumed.
  7. Bad boundaries: Narcissists do not recognize that they have boundaries and that others are separate and are not extensions of themselves. Others either exist to meet their needs or may as well not exist at all. Those who provide narcissistic supply to the narcissist are treated as if they are part of the narcissist and are expected to live up to those expectations. In the mind of a narcissist there is no boundary between self and other.”

Taken from :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissism. Read more at the link provided.

Another description of narcissism:

The DSM IV describes narcissism as:

“DSM IV definition: Someone who suffers from Narcissistic Personality disorder (NPD) has at least 5 of the following characteristics:

  1. has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  2. is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
  3. believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
  4. requires excessive admiration
  5. has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
  6. is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
  7. lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
  8. is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
  9. shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

Associated Features: Depressed Mood Dramatic or Erratic or Antisocial Personality

Differential Diagnosis Some disorders have similar or even the same symptom.

Histrionic Personality Disorder;
Antisocial Personality Disorder;
Borderline Personality Disorder;
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder;
Schizotypal Personality Disorder;
Paranoid Personality Disorder;
Manic Episodes;
Hypomanic Episodes;
Personality Change Due to a General Medical Condition;
Symptoms that may develop in association with chronic substance use.”

The DSM IV is considered controversial by some for its opinions expressed in its manual.

“The DSM has attracted praise for standardizing psychiatric diagnostic categories and criteria. It has also attracted controversy and criticism. Some critics argue that the DSM represents anunscientific system that enshrines the opinions of a few powerful psychiatrists. There are ongoing issues concerning the validity and reliability of the diagnostic categories; the reliance on superficial symptoms; the use of artificial dividing lines between categories and from ‘normality‘; possible cultural bias; medicalization of human distress and financial conflicts of interest, including with the practice of psychiatrists and with the pharmaceutical industry; political controversies about the inclusion or exclusion of diagnoses from the manual, in general or in regard to specific issues; and the experience of those who are most directly affected by the manual by being diagnosed, including the consumer/survivor movement. The publication of the DSM, with tightly guarded copyrights, now makes APA over $5 million a year, historically adding up to over $100 million.” See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diagnostic_and_Statistical_Manual_of_Mental_Disorders for more information.

A very easy layman’s guide to personality disorders can be found here:  http://www.halcyon.com/jmashmun/npd/dsm-iv.html. Written with excerpts from the DSM-IV, this piece takes apart disorders and puts them into easily understood terms for the layperson.

Narcissism as described from halcyon.com:

“1. An exaggerated sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements). Translation:  Grandiosity is the hallmark of narcissism.

2. Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.  Translation: Narcissists cultivate solipsistic or “autistic” fantasies, which is to say that they live in their own little worlds (and react with affront when reality dares to intrude).

3. Believes he is “special” and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).  Translation: Narcissists think that everyone who is not special and superior is worthless. By definition, normal, ordinary, and average aren’t special and superior, and so, to narcissists, they are worthless.

4. Requires excessive admiration.  Translation: Excessive in two ways: they want praise, compliments, deference, and expressions of envy all the time, and they want to be told that everything they do is better than what others can do. Sincerity is not an issue here; all that matter are frequency and volume.

5. Has a sense of entitlement.  Translation: They expect automatic compliance with their wishes or especially favorable treatment, such as thinking that they should always be able to go first and that other people should stop whatever they’re doing to do what the narcissists want, and may react with hurt or rage when these expectations are frustrated.

6. Selfishly takes advantage of others to achieve his own ends.  Translation: Narcissists use other people to get what they want without caring about the cost to the other people.

7. Lacks empathy. Translation: They are unwilling to recognize or sympathize with other people’s feelings and needs. They “tune out” when other people want to talk about their own problems.

8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him.  Translation: No translation needed.

9. Shows arrogant, haughty, patronizing, or contemptuous behaviors or attitudes.  Translation: They treat other people like dirt.”

I’ve chosen three presentations of narcissism simply because each human mind digests material differently. We all have different learning styles and I want those who have come here to truly understand the narcissist.

I lived with a psychopath and his narcissistic, histrionic mother for a number of years. Dealing with these two people led to an incredible journey of becoming a Survivor with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The thought processes of both Daniel and his mother Sandra were unlike any other people I had ever encountered.

Daniel’s mother was classified as a narcissist. Her tales to me often spoke of the ways she used people in her different jobs. She would often laugh at her intricate ways to use people without their knowing. She would build her stories to a crescendo and then sit back to her audience and demand respect, praise and attention . I questioned her methods of arrogance. I often found her repulsive in her attention-seeking methods at the expense of others. In the end of our relationship, her despising me eventually became built on my honest appraisal of her spoken truths that were thinly disguised lies for others in her mission to always manipulate people.

Daniel had blocked many memories of his childhood and with good reason. He often talked of his abuse during childhood. At times, he would question Sandra openly of her parental tactics in front of me, often putting her on the defensive/offensive. If she couldn’t blame someone else for her abusiveness as a parent, she would walk away from the conversation and ignore him. Nothing was ever her fault, unless in her eyes, the outcome would have been well-received.

Sandra admitted to me she drank heavily during her pregnancy and during the earlier years of his childhood. She blamed her drinking first on her obstetrician’s recommendation for her pregnancy. She told me that she couldn’t keep any food in and was constantly vomiting during her pregnancy with Daniel.

Queasiness is  quite common for the beginning of a pregnancy. In her words, she told me that her doctor told her that she should “drink beer and eat saltines” for her pregnancy if “that was all she could keep down”.  I have no way of proving or disproving what this woman told me. I do find it difficult to believe that a medical doctor would recommend his pregnant patient to drink alcohol. Medical advice has changed through the decades, of course.

I will offer that any child whose mother drank throughout the nine months of development has a definitive opportunity for a host of problems in their physical and mental capacities after they are born. As she continued to drink, she offered the excuse that she did “continue to drink for the sake of her marriage”. She never took ownership of her problems and the problems they might have caused for her son.

Environmentally and genetically, he never had an opportunity to thrive with his narcissistic mother. That is not an excuse for any of his behaviors. Many people go on to surpass abuses and victimization. Others do not. Does a narcissistic mother create a psychopath? I have no answer for that. I don’t think anyone does. There are many views and reasons on how a psychopath is created. I had the opportunity to live with one. I still suffer to this day from the experience.

Peace.

Sorceress.
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Survival Of A Psychopath(With Borderline Tendencies…Phishing…Harassment…On And On….)

I visited Doc Holly recently. Physically, I’m doing far better than she ever expected. I thank the higher powers that I believe in for this. I believe firmly in Karma. I believe that what goes around comes around.

For instance, take Sandra. Put in an assistance-living home, she was a woman that always took care of herself and was extremely active. She didn’t like others helping her and having to depend on someone else. If she did have to depend on someone else, then she would want to call the shots and be the center of attention. When a person is in a nursing home, they are but one of many patients, and in a long line of people who are taken care of daily. She would have to wait her turn every day. No longer free to jump into her vehicle at will, stuck in her room, waiting at the mercy of others to care for her. Karma’s a bitch and it will get you every time.

I wonder sometimes why I am spared. Daniel left me for dead in the first motor-vehicle accident. Granted, I sustained injuries and the climb back to walking and talking was exceedingly difficult. But I made it back. I faced down his black cold eyes and the butcher knife in his hands wrapped around my neck. I’m still here.

There is some reason for all of this. After I received the PFA from the courts, Doc Holly kept encouraging me to write my story about them and their abuse of me. She would tell me that although the story was horrific and seemed surreal, it needed to be told. It took me a few years to begin to even think about putting down my thoughts on paper. My nightmares were too intrusive. I couldn’t sleep. Daniel was still stalking me. I was moving every few months when he would find me. Eventually, I felt safe in a home I had in a county that assured me they don’t tolerate abusers like him. That’s when I started to write.

But that wasn’t the end of Daniel. I’ve had one attempted break-in at this home. I’ve had three acts of deliberate vandalism. I won’t move again. Both of these occurrences happened on Mother’s Day week-end the last two years I have lived in this home and reeked of Daniel’s signature. The first attempted break-in happened at about 3:30 a.m. outside my kitchen window. Someone had moved items I had placed in front of the window to gain closer access to it. They then broke the lock on the storm window to open it. My dog instinctively ran downstairs, hackles raised, teeth bared and snarling. She was ready to battle. I never had an opportunity to see who it was, because apparently something frightened them away.

I reported this attempted break-in to the police and they promised to keep an eye on my house constantly. I don’t feel afraid and never have felt frightened. My house is protected should anyone attempt to break-in. Enough said.

Two days later, after a walk with my dog, I went into my backyard. I was with a friend and we both stopped before we actually reached the yard. There are a few steps leading to the yard and I usually let the dogs run before me. This time, I pulled back on their leashes when I saw what someone had dug into the ground and left there for them. An 12″ by 12″ solid plate-glass window sheet was dug into the ground sitting straight up. If I had let the dogs keep walking ahead of me, they would have bounded straight into the piece of glass and cut their faces/snouts/noses on this glass. Luckily for me, I just happened to have my friend over walking the dogs with me for proof of this horrible incident.

I immediately called the police. When the sergeant arrived and took one look at it, he looked up at my roof, back down at the glass and said, “That didn’t fall off the roof. It seems its meant for your dogs. Someone dug it into the ground so they would hurt themselves.”  I agreed with him, telling him if whoever had done this wanted me to hurt myself, they would have left the glass flat, so I would have slipped on it instead. The look on his face was of pure disgust, that someone would attempt to hurt an animal. He knew the story about Daniel.  The department had discussed him apparently that day. Again,the police promised protection.

This year, a few days before Mother’s Day, someone punched in my screen door, reached in and ripped down my wreath. A day later, one of my dog’s tie-outs, which is dug into the ground a few feet, had been pulled out of the ground and thrown close to the house. The lead that used to be on it (a chain) was clipped into four separate pieces. So I reported it to the police again. Again, they’re monitoring the house. They really want to catch whomever is coming here on Mother’s Day each year.

My son told me he feels Daniel would pick Mother’s Day deliberately, knowing that I enjoy spending that day with my children. And if he could cast a shadow over that day by appearing and vandalizing my home in some way, then he’s done his psychopathic job. Personally, at this point, I realize the guy is one sick man. I’ve had so many offers to take care of him it’s laughable. He’ll trip himself soon. The day will be here quicker than he thinks. Another friend down in the area recently told me that Daniel stopped by his place and had this conversation with him:

Daniel: “I got married again. I’m real happy.”

Friend: “That’s great.”

Daniel: “Yeah, real happy. Couldn’t be better with this woman.”

Friend: “Wonderful. I’m glad.”

Daniel: “Hey…you see her(me) around? Do you know where she lives? Do you know what she looks like now?”

Friend: “Why you asking?”

Daniel: “Have you seen her? Has she been around? What does she look like? I know she always stops in to see you.”

Friend: “For someone who says he just got married and is so happy why you asking so many questions about another woman? You didn’t get married. No wedding ring on your finger.”

My friend told me Daniel became angry at being caught in his own lies and took off immediately when he realized his ruse about “getting married” didn’t work to try to elicit information about me from my friend. My friend had protected me and told him that he hadn’t seen me in years and that I don’t come down to those parts anymore. He said he could see right through Daniel’s phishing act and he wasn’t going to give him any information about me. Daniel never had remarried, it turned out.

It’s been over 13 years since I first met Daniel. It’s just short of 6 years that I received the first Protection From Abuse Order to evict him from my home. And just two months ago Daniel resurfaced from his last few years of going underground to hitting me with a lawsuit. And of course, he didn’t reveal the full history to his attorney about the relationship being one of extreme domestic psychological violence with him going to jail or that he is in contempt of his PFA by not fulfilling certain obligations that the original judge ordered on it.

The man sees only what he wants and that is his obsessions. He has vilified my reputation to his attorney for the second time in four years. Again, I’ve told this attorney to bring him to court and let’s argue it there. But Daniel won’t appear in court. Why? Wanted on warrants, the moment he steps foot in the courthouse he will be arrested. So he hires a lawyer to harass me, not telling the lawyer the full story, believing I will be upset at what he is doing. Except I’m not upset. Daniel needs to be accountable for all he has done. And that is what I have told this attorney. Because Daniel needs to not slip through the cracks again.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Survival Of A Psychopath(With Borderline Tendencies…Sandra’s Credit Card Scam…Part Two.)

The police department did ask me to come in and speak to one of their detectives about this alleged credit card theft of Sandra’s.The lead detective began by first leaving me messages on my phone that sounded almost undecipherable. My daughter decided to attend with me as my witness and also, my interpreter.

I had decided that I didn’t need my attorney to attend since I knew I was innocent of all charges. I did, however, have one on retainer through this time period of their constant barrage of attacks on my home, my person and my reputation. At that time, since I was slowly learning to verbalize again, I needed an aide in helping to clarify my thoughts when speaking with someone else. My mind was clear and I could see the words but I had difficult pronouncing them and actually verbalizing them.

I was still walking at times with the aid of my walker, but if not needing the walker, always using my Canadian crutches. My body was still in physical healing mode from the horrific motor vehicle accident where Daniel had first tried to murder me and also, from his second attempt to murder me at home.

I went in voluntarily to the department along with my daughter. The detective was curt and asked why I had brought her with me. She explained and produced a doctor’s letter of verification about why her presence was needed at the interview. The detective threw the letter back at her and in a loud voice said, “Do you speak English? Then you don’t need an interpreter.” He then took me by the elbow (I was using Canadian crutches) and led me to the back of the station). I turned back to look at my daughter with anger in my eyes at this officer, knowing my rights were being violated. My daughter knew my strength and my determination. She told me she’d be there waiting for me.

When the officer had me back in his interrogation room, I noted that he was alone, without any other officer present. He began talking to me in a loud, abusive voice, more of a yelling tone. He began by making derogatory comments about my condition and telling me that I didn’t need the crutches. Then he continued about this story of Sandra being in the hospital and her credit cards being stolen by me. I wouldn’t talk to him and I wouldn’t say one word. I’m sure my face showed pure anger at this man.

Finally, after a barrage of insults from him, after him repeating the story again, after him asking me repeatedly when was the last time I escorted Sandra  to the hospital, I finally decided to talk. And this is what I said to this officer. “There’s something wrong here. You’re playing good cop-bad cop. Only there’s one of you here. So where’s the good one?”

This only infuriated him more. But I knew Sandra’s story of me stealing her credit cards was fabricated and he had absolutely no facts to back it up. I knew he wasn’t going to arrest me because I had done nothing wrong and he could not prove anything about Sandra’s story. Her story had simply been a lie to attempt to deflect the original officer from focusing on the damage to my home Daniel had created when he attempted to break in the day after the PFA had been issued, along with the fact that her son had been in violation of the PFA within 24 hours. She had created a story to try to make me look as bad as her son in the eyes of the law. It couldn’t work because there was no truth to it.

“Am I under arrest?” I asked. “Are you holding me?” This officer was getting more and more furious with me. I was not answering any questions of his. His questions to me were of no validity. “What was charged?” he was asking. “Where were the credit cards used?” All of the questions this man was asking really weren’t for me. I quickly realized when he turned the questioning to where and what the charges were that Sandra’s cards may have been used by someone else, but certainly not by me. Sandra, in her convoluted thinking again, was going to try to blame me for someone else using her credit cards.

The flaw in her plan was that I was still recuperating from my motor vehicle accident. I hardly drove my vehicle and if I did, it was only a few blocks to the local store. I was speculating that whomever used her cards used them somewhere at a distance that I could not have physically been. Now I decided to say a few more words to this arrogant police officer.

“I will tell you just a few more thoughts, and then I’m done. The last time I knew Sandra to be admitted to the hospital was on October 31st of 2004 when she feigned a heart attack at my home on Chelsea. All three of my children were at my home and can verify this story. A man named J was also there who is a paramedic and he gave her emergency treatment until the paramedics arrived on scene. She was taken to the hospital, where doctors there deemed her physical health perfectly normal but her psychiatric health to be of doubt. They wanted to admit her to the psychiatric ward. She left the hospital AMA(against medical advice) at approximately 4 a.m. when she called my home and took a cab to her home. It’s the same story I told the original officer when asked, it’s what I told you on the telephone when you first inquired, and the story hasn’t changed. There’s a reason for that. Because it’s the truth. I’m done talking to you.” There was a fire in my eyes, I remember. And I’m sure he saw it.

The man looked at me levelly, rather coldly. I just stared evenly back. I was tired, but disgusted with the Police Department’s Detective Division and their way of handling cases. This was getting ridiculous and my rights had been violated. I was innocent. But I knew at this point someone else was guilty of stealing her cards and using them. Sandra had the police convinced I had taken them. She was surreptitiously using the fact that there were charges on her cards not made by her and attempting to blame me for them when in reality, she knew who had used the cards.

All of a sudden, the officer began talking in a normal voice. “I knew you didn’t steal her cards. It was her son, Danny, all along. I always figured it had to be him. We had to check out her story, though. She blamed you and said you took the cards and made the charges. But we knew it was him that took her to the hospital in January of 2006, alone. You weren’t present. We knew from hospital records you weren’t present at her admission. He was the one that had access to her purse, her wallet, her cards. He was the one that stole the cards and used them. You’re free to go.”

Just like that. “You’re free to go.” Friggin’ free to go. After the harassment. After the blame of being called a credit card thief. After being left arrogant, obnoxious messages by this detective on the phone repeatedly and then in person. After being objectionably interrogated by this officer when all along he knew I was innocent but because it is his “job”, he had to investigate her finger-pointing at me. He turned and left the room, leaving me there. Just leaving me there by myself. I slowly walked out on my own with my crutches to my daughter, who was waiting outside. She was anxious to find out what had transpired. All I could say to her was, “Let’s get out of here. It was Daniel that stole his mother’s credit cards and used them. Sandra tried to twist it on me.”

I don’t know that I could make these stories up. Sandra’s thinking was bizarre and twisted and she would use her fury on anyone that she perceived to get in her path. Because she was so ill, so perverse, no one really knew what she was thinking and concocting in her mind. Now I know why her daughter escaped her, never looking back and refusing to talk to her. Her husband hated her and had planned to escape her, too. Lester died before he could leave her. The woman was pure evil and spawn a demon. That demon is Daniel.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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