This is a thoughtful piece by a well compensated sociopath and a PhD/researcher.

For those who have never, loved, lived with, or been raised by those with high levels of uncompensated sociopathy, this article offers the smallest glimpse of the “mischief” that can be inflicted.
My mother married a poorly compensated sociopath, who was an Episcopalian priest, “Father” became my step-father.

I’ve spent my entire life considering these dilemmas- & in the past few years I spent a significant amount of time researching his life, his lies, his aspirations
He tore our family to pieces, shattered our community, left a schism in our church and diocese that has never healed.

The rings of harm that he sent out into the world were extraordinary

I also learned the most important lessons in my life from him. For good and ill.
I spent a lot of time after my mother’s death and during my cancer treatment writing about him, and the “problem of evil” that he introduced me to - and what I have come to about it all.
I never pulled it together in final form because I’ve never been sure if the writing was simply for my own integration- or if it would actually be of use to others.

He is the priest I consulted in this essay:

whatashrinkthinks.com/deliver-us-tho…
And the story is how I came to this understanding. That sociopathy is a universal archetype, that exists on a continuum, and that no one is entirely free of it. And that it is a times a necessary energy, especially when we are confronting it full on in its unharnessed form
What I learned was that in order to protect myself and my siblings and my mother from him was that I had to be able to summon my own ruthlessness
And I was able to defeat him, often enough and ultimately , because my summoned ruthlessness was being used in service of a powerful love for my mother and brothers.

Ruthlessness in service of love is always more powerful than ruthlessness for its own sake.
He spent his whole life trying to figure out what the experience of love was, that he could tell he was lacking. And then becoming alienated and enraged because he was excluded from it.

And bored living in a world of humans who he could feel nothing for.
And taking wild risks, and manipulating anyone within reach so that he could feel something, anything
This is the novel he published, about the “good” thief, who is forgiven by Jesus. I bought this copy for $1.00 from Amazon - (he is long dead) and when I opened it, I saw it was signed by the author.
The dedication is to the wife he would dump two years later in order to insert himself into my family, and to the son he physically abused and who would estrange himself from him as soon as he left home.
For people who have know sociopaths intimately - this Trump regime and family dynamics have been viscerally horrifying.

There was never a second where we did not know what was happening.
And the only way to survive them is to harness your own ruthlessness in service of love.

whatashrinkthinks.com/the-harder-the…
Maybe I’ll re-look at what I have written. Maybe it would be of use to others trying to make sense of this era.
But the dilemma doesn’t only exist between “normal people” and “sociopaths”

The problem of ruthlessness, of evil, lives in each one of us. Our belief in our own “morality” and the projection of monstrosity onto others is one of the devils best tools.

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14 Oct
We have been experiencing an extended confrontation with our collective “shadow” - all the content that we do not want to know or admit about our national identity ( and many have had to life with as a daily reality) has risen to the surface, explicit, overt, undeniable.
Many bad actors intentionally attempt to obfuscate twist and contort these realities so that they can continue to accrue power. And so many others passively accrue advantages and experience “shock” or say “this is not who we are”
In order to survive a confrontation with our “shadow” realities, the truths we avoid and deny - these realities must be integrated into a more complete, more whole, more COMPLEX self-image.
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I have added some referral info for other low/flexible fee support groups to my page and will continue to do so as more people share resources.
Seven Corners Psychotherapy Practice in Northern Virginia offers two low-cost groups currently. One low-cost support group for teachers, and another low-cost group supporting protesters. sevencornerspsychotherapy.com/low-cost-groups
Seven Corners Psychotherapy also offers a pay what you can supervision group for play therapists.
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Any therapist, coach or counselor who wants to offer support to any population who might not be able to afford it is absolutely welcome to cut/paste/edit/repurpose any part of this support group link:

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I’m happy to amplify any sliding scale or pay what you can support groups- or answer any questions about how I have worked with this 10 week flexible fee model.
I think we need to start distributing support in more mutual aid models through this crisis.

Hanging on to old fee structures won’t be just or sustainable.

We need to lift up as many people as possible, and create wide nets.
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I offer an subscription essay series on my website- two teaching essays each month for therapists, counselors, etc.

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For the past year or so we have been working our way through Jung’s Children’s Dreams, dream by dream - and are approaching the end of that text.
I’d be happy to open the Seminar up to answer questions that therapists and counselors and other helping professions would like me to respond to- but I’d need an excellent catalogue of questions!

whatashrinkthinks.com/seminar-member…
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29 Sep
Does anyone know of support groups for Black helping professionals?
Sometimes the racial distribution of my support group is well balanced, half Black/half non-Black - and sometimes it is leaving Black registrants in the position of being "the only one" and I don't want to leave people who don't feel comfortable without support.
This is the info for my pay what you can support group -

Anyone interested in this model is welcome to use/edit/modify it for their own purposes.

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