Skip to comments.Psychiatrist: Lanza Was 'Pseudocommando' with 'Wounded Narcissism'
Posted on 12/18/2012 4:12:14 PM PST by servo1969
Psychiatrist James Knoll told CNNs Headline News today that Adam Lanza, the perpetrator of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, was acting in a ritualistic way during the horrific events. Knoll, who does research at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, said in a recent report that killers like Lanza see themselves as pseudocommandos driven by strong feelings of anger and resentment, in addition to having a paranoid character. He plans out the offense ritualistically, and comes prepared with a powerful arsenal of weapons.
The report continues: [The pseudocommando] most often kills in public during the daytime. And has no escape planned. Pseudocommandos are 'collectors of injustice' who nurture their wounded narcissism and ultimately retreat into a fantasy life of violence and revenge."
Knoll wrote that killers like Lanza have an obliterative mindset his self is already dead and his physical death is of little consequence in his own mind.
Knoll emailed HLN to let them know that psychiatry couldnt do much about these sorts of people. We think far too shallow about these events. We concern ourselves with metal detectors, security systems, 'profiles,' preventing 'the mentally ill' from obtaining firearms. This is shallow, facile thinking. Want to make a material impact? Think deeper. Cultivate a respect for how to teach compassion, nonviolence and personal responsibility in individual minds.
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Unfortunately, you’re right — there are truly evil people in the world, and toward evil one shows no mercy. (As a proud Jew myself, I feel like quoting the Talmud to liberals: those who are kind to the cruel become cruel to the kind.)
Lanza apparently was into videogames, which says not only a lot about our culture, as you said, but his state of mind: he broke off with reality and immersed himself in a fantasy world of power.
From what I know so far, much of what Lanza did seem premeditated:
1) He picked a school that had easy access (they knew his mother)
2) He shot his mother quite deliberately, which indicated a lot of issues with her.
3) He shot himself when he knew the jig was up (police found a lot of ammo on him, which suggested that had they not shown up, he would have killed more, showing he was aware of consequences)
4) He apparently tried to destroy his hard drive, which indicates that he wanted to hide something.
Had he suddenly snapped, run around raving, or thought the kids were Martians, it might be excused as schizophrenic behavior. (Though certainly not condoned.) But this seems cold-blooded.
(BTW, he looked strange — crazy eyes. So did the guys in Arizona & Colorado.)
That was my first thought as well, just from reading the title!
“Either the experts are keeping their findings more secret than the Dead Sea Scrolls, or they really dont know how to pre-diagnose it.”
Sorry, but the truth is that with the exception of the BAU Unit on TV, predicting criminal behavior is about at the stage where Roman Era future telling was.
For those unfamiliar with Roman methods of “Divination”, think ‘chicken entrails’. That’s right - looking at chicken entrails was considered to have predictive value. But don’t laugh too hard at those poor, backward Romans.
Those same “soft sciences” who now bring you predictive capability” just yesterday were touting Sigmund Fraud. Oops, make that Sigmund Freud. Hmmn, was that a ‘Freudian’ slip?
Do remember that one of the major foundational philosophies of soft sciences claiming predictive capabilities in human behavior was(and many still are) deeply committed to both Freud and his egregious lying about his “patients” who turned out to be imaginary.
But, let’s cut Siggie and his acolytes some slack - after all Freud may have heard ‘The Voices’ telling him about those fictional patients.
When ‘The Voices’ speak, Liberals listen.
I think that is exactly right.
From day one his brother said he had autism PLUS a personality disorder.
I understand autism is generally not violent
I understand autism is generally not violent
On what planet?
Yup on the non-verbal cues. (”Stop staring at me!”) Oh, and how about ‘subtle hints?’ Body language? Labrador retrievers... experts. Heelers, not so much.
Thank you for sharing your experiences. I’m actually amazed at the animosity aimed toward you in the replies. I don’t do non-verbal, but there’s a whole lot of anal ex-spurt on this thread. All I have for them is: if you’ve been there, no explanation is necessary. If you haven’t, none is possible.
So, as we head into the next year of ban the guns and jail the aspies, I leave you with this thought... would you trade it to be like them? I wouldn’t.
I blame Jar Jar Binks.
Thank you for your reasoned and polite post.
LOL! Well done!
Your ignorance is showing. People on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum have emotions as complex as the rest of us, and can be as sane, or as insane as anyone else.
Empathy may not come easily to people on the autistic spectrum, but you can raise such a child with good moral principles, a sound conscience, and a rational view of the world.
I concur, howerver, with your judgement of the psychiatrist and his psychobabble.
Scene from "Star Trek - The Voyage Home" where Bones comments on 20th century medicine.
“On what planet?”
From what I have read, the personality disorder mentioned by his brother on day one is the more likely cause of his violence.
Regardless of the technicalities, I want dangerous people isolated, not mainstreamed.
Autism is not a personality disorder.
Sieze the guns! Jail the aspies!
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