Skip to comments.Casey Anthony: Profile Of A Sociopath
Posted on 10/20/2008 10:59:20 AM PDT by Red Badger
Casey Anthony has finally been indicted for the first-degree murder of her daughter, Caylee Anthony. Casey is a sociopathic, superficial sensationalist. To a mental health professional, she fits the description of someone with an antisocial personality disorder - just a fancy name for "sociopath."
The disorder is recognizable by a lack of concern for others, as evidenced by her behavior after Caylee disappeared. She did not call 911 to report her daughter missing; that task was left to her mother, weeks after Caylee disappeared. While her daughter was missing, Casey was out clubbing, buying lingerie and other sundry items for herself from Target, and cooking dinner for her boyfriend and his roommates.
Casey has consistently displayed contempt towards authority figures, masked by a thin veneer of civility. Listening to the police tapes, it is easy to see that Casey appears to be quite respectful to the police interviewers. She portrays herself during these interviews as one who has been wronged by a (fictitious) babysitter named Zanny, who, according to her story, kidnapped her beloved Caylee. Casey has been, according to her and to her family, maligned, misunderstood, and martyred.
In reality, Casey believes she is above the law. She presents herself as a mother who is only interested in finding her child. Yet she has done nothing but lie to the police and fabricate stories.
Everything she does is designed to protect herself by outwitting and outsmarting the legal authorities. She continues to display a great disdain for law enforcement, as evidenced by her unwillingness to tell the truth or be in any way helpful in locating her daughter.
Psychopaths are superficially charming in their ongoing attempts to get their own way. Casey has the capacity to read others quickly and recognize their vulnerabilities. Once recognized, she knows how to exploit others' weaknesses. She seems to have no qualms about violating the rights of others. Casey stole her friend's checkbook and wiped out her bank account, and not a cent of the money was spent on Caylee.
It is typical for sociopaths to engage in illegal or deceitful behaviors. Compulsive lying is the norm. Guilt and remorse are not in their vocabulary. All sociopaths are incapable of feeling sorrow or sadness for their wrongdoings and destructive behaviors. Any tears you might see are for themselves. I am crying because I got caught, not because I am sorry for anything I have said or done. On some level, a sociopath takes perverse pleasure in getting away with illegal, irresponsible behaviors. Yes, a sociopath takes great joy in taking from others. "Joy" is the correct word.
To a sociopath, others are always expendable: family, friends, acquaintances. Once others have been bled dry, the sociopath moves on. Loyalty is not a part of who they are. They have no desire to change and no insight into their own behaviors and motivations. Caylee is missing, but Mom is partying and lying to both her friends and family about her daughters whereabouts.
Sociopaths are narcissistic and exhibitionistic, with no sense of shame. Nothing exists in their world but what they want - the ultimate Me, Me, Me syndrome. They are characterized by an excessive superficiality, in both thoughts and behaviors. They are easily bored and made restless by day-to-day responsibilities, an attitude which makes consistent parenting a drag and an impossibility. Sociopaths create their own reality, and in this instance, Caseys world did not include her daughter.
Casey was a parasite, living off of others. She had no high-school education, no job, no goals, no direction. But, to hear her story, she worked at Universal Studios and was attending college. A sociopath always views his or her problems as stemming from flaws in others, rather than taking responsibility for his or her own issues and the havoc they have created.
As a sociopath, Casey wants to control her own destiny and create her own reality, abhorring any form of criticism or denigration. At some point, she might experience feelings of depression. These feelings would not be because her daughter is missing or dead, but because she lacks the freedom she craves. Having been arrested and accused, she is no longer in charge of her own fate, and for a sociopath, who values freedom more than anything else, that is devastating.
Interestingly, sociopaths like Casey will expect others to attempt to belittle or use them. At times, the sociopath will willingly act in such a manner as to induce others to legitimately respond in a hostile or angry manner. Casey has repeatedly demonstrated this with her continued lying, lack of sadness about her daughters disappearance, and few displays of emotions related to the fact that her daughter Caylee is missing or dead. Listening to the taped interviews, one can easily discern that Casey expresses almost no emotion when discussing her daughters disappearance.
Sociopaths are incapable of remaining in love, or of even selflessly loving anyone. Their sex lives are most often impersonal and chaotic, and frequently they are bisexual. There is in them an emptiness, a coldness, a disconnection from others and themselves. Casey is incapable of truly understanding how much others can be made to suffer as a result of her behavior. It does not compute.
A sociopath's motto is: Competition is king, survival the agenda, and no one is ever, ever, ever to be trusted. A sociopath's mantra: Do unto others before they do unto you.
Sociopath diagnostic ping..............
“Sociopath” is so overused but this time it sounds right.
You could take that entire article and replace “Casey” with my brother’s name and it would fit perfectly..................
I was once stalked by a chick like this one.
It's off to the re-education camp for Dr. Mitchell.
...and you’re still alive? Or did you marry her?.............
Add my biological male parental unit to the list, and I have the physical scars to prove it.
i was reading this and thinking - OBAMA!
To a true sociopath, pleasure is all. They are pure “Id”. The direction from which the pleasure comes isn’t important...........
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
and this also describes the liberal mindset...
me me me
“I was once stalked by a chick like this one.”
I was once stalked by a guy like that. Of course it was 30 plus years ago and it wasn’t called stalking. There was nothing my parents and I could do about it. The guy finally lost it and was looking for me with a gun. Luckily I was out of town. His family had to have him committed and he got the help he needed. I never had anymore problems with him but I still worried about him.
I had no idea we were related! :)
My younger sister too. 100%
Technical detail, a “sociopath” is an individual with a learned or conditioned disregard for others. A “psychopath” is an individual who naturally disregards others because their brain is different from most people.
A common type of “sociopath” is a soldier taught to dehumanize his enemy, which fortunately is not as common as it used to be, found in situations of genocide like Rwanda, or ethnic cleansing, like in Bosnia.
Importantly, even “psychopaths”, who are not mentally able to empathize with others, are not *inherently* criminal or violent, because they develop other means by which they act in the correct and/or legal manner, no matter their lack of feeling or caring.
An oddity of psychopaths is that on occasion, they make superb leaders, because they accurately project an objectivism to the situation and their subordinates. That is, their emotions do not interfere with mission accomplishment, and subordinates are treated in accordance with their success and failure, not ulterior reasons.
This being said, if the woman in question is indeed a sociopath, then the question becomes, “Who trained her to be a sociopath?” If she is a psychopath, then it is meaningless to try and shame her, as she can only grasp that what she did was wrong from a technical, not emotional, point of view.
Sociopaths are totally unable to look at any situation from the eyes of another. They are unable to “moccasin walk”. The only pain is their pain, they look at things in the perspective of “see, look at all I have done for you, unable to acknowledge what many have done for the sociopath. They are controlling and selfish.
I know, I was married to one. Casey is one.
I know, I was raised with one. Casey is one.......
Very interesting. It’s mostly what we’ve been saying all along, but it was really interesting to read a doctors take on it.
Reading that I saw a whole lotta Bill Clinton.
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