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Archive for August, 2010

Freedom to lie: Stolen Valor Act ruled unconstitutional

The Stolen Valor Act of 2005 makes it illegal for anyone to claim military decorations that he or she did not earn. It’s a straightforward law that states:

Whoever falsely represents himself or herself, verbally or in writing, to have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the Armed Forces of the United States, any of the service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces, the ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration, or medal, or any colorable imitation of such item shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

The executive sociopath

Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer published an in-depth article about Carl Greene’s reign of terror as executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority. It’s a classic illustration of an executive sociopath.

Read At PHA: Humiliation, groping, banishment—Ex-employees and others describe a fiefdom of abuse under Carl Greene at Philly.com.

Games our minds play

After the sociopath, when the fog starts to lift, many of us ask ourselves, “Why didn’t I see what was going on?” According to a new book, we should probably cut ourselves some slack.

Read Book Review: The Invisible Gorilla on Scienceblogs.com.

Link supplied by a Lovefraud reader.

Donna Andersen on Radio Amerika tonight

Tonight I’ll be a guest on Radio Amerika Now, hosted by Barb Adams. The show airs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Central Time. I’m on for the first two hours, talking about:

  • Sociopaths as human predators
  • Spiritual lessons from a run-in with a sociopath

The show is available over the Internet. If you have questions, you can call in on the show’s toll-free line. If you miss the show, you’ll be able to listen to a podcast later.

For more information, see Radio Amerika Now.

Posted in: Donna Andersen

Experienced clinician says psychopathy is a spectrum

This week we are continuing to discuss The Psychopathic Mind by J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D. The author is diplomate in forensic psychology, former Chief of the Forensic Mental Health Division for San Diego County and Past President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. As I said last week, my initial reaction to the book was rather negative because I believe this author has made some assertions that have become the basis for inaccurate folklore that has spread over the internet (to be discussed in the coming weeks). But Dr. Meloy made up for all that by setting the record straight on a very important issue—the spectrum of psychopathy.

Revolving jail door for UK criminal

David Fairbaim of the UK was released from prison, given £45 to get home, spent all the money drinking, spent three hours in a hospital, and then robbed a garage. He’s been doing it all his life.

Read Career criminal, 37, jailed for the 73RD TIME for robbing shop only hours after release from prison, on Dailymail.co.uk.

Link supplied by a Lovefraud reader.

Posted in: Laws and courts

Donna Andersen interview on Marieclaire.com

The public relations folks for the Investigation Discovery TV show, Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?, arranged for me to be interviewed by a blogger at Marieclaire.com. She asked me how people get deceived by con artists, which gave me an opportunity to talk about sociopaths.

Read Are you dating a cheater?, at Marieclaire.com.

When He’s Just A Bad Dude

It’s easy to get obsessed with, fixated on, “labels” and diagnostic categories like sociopath, psychopath, malignant narcissist, narcissist, etc. To be sure, labels and diagnoses can be important and informative.

In the case of “sociopathic” individuals, for instance, we know that there’s no changing them; we know that there’s no real hope for their redemption; and so, if you’ve correctly identified a sociopathic type, you can know that it’s pointless, self-destructive to invest another minute of your time in him. And this is a good thing to know.

Donna Andersen on ‘Who the Bleep Did I Marry?’

Donna Andersen, author of Lovefraud.com and the new book, Love Fraud: How marriage to a sociopath fulfilled my spiritual plan, was featured in the Press of Atlantic City today. The article mentions her appearance tonight in Who the Bleep Did I Marry?, 10 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery channel.

Read After losing her heart and her money to a con man, A.C. woman tells her story to help others, on PressofAC.com.

LETTERS TO LOVEFRAUD: Final words to the sociopath

Editor’s note: Lovefraud received this e-mail from a reader who we’ll call “Judith.”

I hope you read this, you know who you are.

I have remained silent for too long. I never used my voice to express how I felt about your actions toward me. I stayed quiet while you stalked and harassed me when I chose to cut all ties with you. I was too worried about what would happen if I spoke up. During that time, I thought no reaction from me would be best and it was. I’ve since changed my mind and I have determined that there is a difference between “reacting” and using my voice to heal myself.

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