My reaction to the interview with Mary Ellen O'Toole
Mary Ellen O'Toole states that there are violent people, rapists and killers who aren't psychopaths: that is, they do not meet the standards for a clinical diagnosis - no neurotransmitter imbalances that can be quantified, no brain swelling or growth in the brain that can be measured, no gene that can be identified as the psycho gene and does not answer the questionnaire for the psychotic profile as required to be given the questionable status.
So when we talk about 1% who are strictly defined psychopaths, we are leaving out an unknown percent of the population that has developed psychopathic behaviors and become sociopaths.
I have seen laws applied stringently and abusively on some and applied lightly and forgivingly on others. I have seen HR departments that answer to a sociopathic lying boss who rewards everyone who lies and cheats for him and punishes anyone who is truthful and forthright. Within such HR departments I have seen truly legitimate HR people doing their job right laid off and crooked lying brown nosing HR people satisfying a criminal agenda promoted.
I like Mary Ellen O'Toole’s advice about listening. One of the maxim's I learned was that "if you aren't listening, you aren't learning anything" or transposed, "if you are talking, you aren't learning anything."
I am a little anguished about BK's suggestion to proactively police psychopaths, not because it's a bad idea but because it backfires.
There is already too much corruption and such a license to police people on the theory of what they might do opens a panacea of criminalizing people who haven't done anything to protect cronies who cheat lie and steal.
Famous failures in the past of proactive policing are exemplified in the example of a case in point: the Symbionese Liberation Army. Per Mae Brussel's research the Symbionese Liberation Army was created and justified as a way to catch criminals before they committed crimes. This was one aspect of COINTELPRO, a much larger crime prevention program in the 1960's which resulted in violating people's rights and creating more crime than it stopped. The SLA was formed by two CIA operatives working with a 2 ex-undercover LAPD officers. They recruited people to commit crimes.
The final conclusions were that
1) They created crimes that would not have happened otherwise.
2) They recruited people who may have never become involved with crime but were cajoled and coerced into crime.
I am reminded of a time I was very close to a person who was impeccably honest, ethical and fair, not to mention truly brilliant. We lived in a community where the criminal mentality was rather dominant. I was confided in, by an insider in the criminal world, that my friend was 'not' very smart. I was shocked.
I learned he was considered stupid and weak because he was forthright, honest, ethical and fair. Being smart is all about getting ahead faster and not getting caught.