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daily 05/24/2011

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    • Tony said the day he arrived at the dangerous and severe personality disorder (DSPD) unit, he took one look at the place and realised he’d made a spectacularly bad decision. He asked to speak urgently to psychiatrists. “I’m not mentally ill,” he told them. It is an awful lot harder, Tony told me, to convince people you’re sane than it is to convince them you’re crazy.
    • “Right,” he replied. “I volunteered to weed the hospital garden. But they saw how well behaved I was and decided it meant I could behave well only in the environment of a psychiatric hospital and it proved I was mad.”
    • I glanced suspiciously at Tony. I instinctively didn’t believe him about this. It seemed too catch-22, too darkly-absurd-by-numbers. But later Tony sent me his files and, sure enough, it was right there. “Tony is cheerful and friendly,” one report stated. “His detention in hospital is preventing deterioration of his condition.”
    • On the outside, Tony said, not wanting to spend time with your criminally insane neighbours would be a perfectly understandable position. But on the inside it demonstrates you’re withdrawn and have a grandiose sense of your own importance. In Broadmoor, not wanting to hang out with insane killers is a sign of madness.
    • But then I read Maden’s next line: “Most psychiatrists who have assessed him, and there have been a lot, have considered he is not mentally ill, but suffers from psychopathy.”
    • “They say psychopaths can’t feel remorse,” said Tony. “I feel lots of remorse. But when I tell them I feel remorse, they say psychopaths pretend to be remorseful when they’re not. Trying to prove you’re not a psychopath is even harder than trying to prove you’re not mentally ill.”
    • tem 1 Glibness/superficial charm

      Item 2 Grandiose sense of self-worth

      Item 3 Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom

      Item 4 Pathological lying

      Item 5 Cunning/manipulative

      Item 6 Lack of remorse or guilt

      Item 7 Shallow affect

      Item 8 Callous/lack of empathy

      Item 9 Parasitic lifestyle

      Item 10 Poor behavioural controls

      Item 11 Promiscuous sexual behaviour

      Item 12 Early behaviour problems

      Item 13 Lack of realistic long-term goals

      Item 14 Impulsivity

      Item 15 Irresponsibility

      Item 16 Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

      Item 17 Many short-term marital relationships

      Item 18 Juvenile delinquency

      Item 19 Revocation of conditional release

      Item 20 Criminal versatility

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daily 05/18/2011

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