1. Psychopathy and bonding - an unsolved puzzle

By now, it is almost consensual that the trumpet is a psychopath. Psychopathy is a complex category and it relates to several classes of disorders codified in the DSM-V. Melania shows psychopathic features as well. @duty2warn
2. If psychopathy is characterized by the (neurological, inherited or acquired) inability to experience empathy, sometimes accompanied by the sexual arousal by the control of the "other" (by manipulation, torture, conning or murder), how can two or more psychopaths bond?
3. Is it possible that psychopaths can not only bond, but associate, organize around their common psychopathic desires? Nobody knows.

From a reputable mental health professional who worked with hospitalized criminal psychopaths for years, I've learned that they can. @duty2warn
4. Actually, they often do. That person was working on a case study of a "celebrity (male) serial killer" whose girlfriend was also a psychopath. She was prostitute - his preferred target - but instead of killing her, he bonded with her.
5. How? My friend was working several theories at the time.

Melania's behavior suggests that I'm looking at a similar case. She is callous, manipulative and emotionally resilient. She was a successful prostitute.
6. However, we have another important piece of data here. Contrary to what most of us previously thought concerning her marriage, that it was a business arrangement, she appears to have bonded with him.
7. How? Who knows. She seems to e a psychopath. Trumpets two older sons score extremely high, starting from torturing animals, something that evolved into an expensive ritual of murdering threatened species of wild animals.
8. So there you go: the new generation of neurologists and psychiatric researchers have a whole new research agenda: psychopathic families.


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Trump has exhibited sadistic pleasure innumerable times as well.
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