“How words give them away”
“To examine the emotional content of the murderers’ speech, Hancock and his colleagues looked at a number of factors, including how frequently they described their crimes using the past tense. The use of the past tense can be an indicator of psychological detachment, and the researchers found that the psychopaths used it more than the present tense when compared with the nonpsychopaths. They also found more dysfluencies the “uhs” and “ums” that interrupt speech among psychopaths. Nearly universal in speech, dysfluencies indicate that the speaker needs some time to think about what they are saying.”
“With regard to psychopaths, “We think the ‘uhs’ and ‘ums’ are about putting the mask of sanity on,” Hancock told LiveScience.”
“Psychopaths appear to view the world and others instrumentally, as theirs for the taking, the team, which also included Stephen Porter from the University of British Columbia, wrote.”
“As they expected, the psychopaths’ language contained more words known as subordinating conjunctions. These words, including “because” and “so that,” are associated with cause-and-effect statements.”
“’This pattern suggested that psychopaths were more likely to view the crime as the logical outcome of a plan (something that ‘had’ to be done to achieve a goal),’ the authors write.”
“And finally, while most of us respond to higher-level needs, such as family, religion or spirituality, and self-esteem, psychopaths remain occupied with those needs associated with a more basic existence.”
I, me, my
Oh my. Oh bama...
Eat your peas.
We think the uhs and ums are about putting the mask of sanity on,
This makes sense because there is no CORE, no SELF, no foundational ‘touchstone’ from which identity springs.
In sociopaths and Narcissists, their entire energies are devoted to propping up facades, donning masks, so as not to alienate people around them, to avoid being outcast/abandoned: their greatest fear.
Therefore, the ‘ums’ and ‘uhs’ give them time. TIME to search for what they believe might be proper to say in a given situation. Which they then “mirror”...or pretend to feel...
since in truth,
they have no EMPATHY, no core.
There’s no there there.
The empty eyes give them away too.
But they never get their ‘mirroring’ quite right -
remember the joking about the Texas fires?
Between the voice patterns and the eyes, most people’s guts tell them “something’s not right” (see: “The Gift of Fear”)
Trust your gut.
Obama’s mask is slipping.
“Um’s not an answer!” This is what Judge Judy says to the psychopaths in her courtroom. :D