El Paso & Dayton: Same

Are El Paso and Dayton the same pathology?

Dr. Childress:  Yes, pathological anger and pathological violence; the terrorist mind.

One is an act of racist hatred, the other an act of psychological alienation. They are both the same pathology, different variants – pathological anger and pathological violence.

Are Las Vegas, the Pulse nightclub, and Parkland the same pathology?

Dr. Childress:  Yes, pathological anger and pathological violence, the terrorist mind.

One is a lone act of random violence by an older man, one is an act of homophobic fear, one is a student shooting and killing fellow classmates.  They are all the same pathology, different variants – pathological anger and pathological violence.

Are the Boston Marathon bombing and Oklahoma City bombing the same pathology?

Dr. Childress: Yes, pathological anger and pathological violence, the terrorist mind.

One is religious oriented violence with foreign alignments against the public, the other is a domestic home-grown attack from a White, staunchly nationalistic American directed toward the government.  They are both the same pathology, different variants – pathological anger and pathological violence.

Are the Charleston church shooting and the Nice truck attack the same pathology?

Dr. Childress: Yes, pathological anger and pathological violence, the terrorist mind.

One is racist violence of hatred, the other is religious violence of distorted ideology.  They are both the same pathology, different variants – pathological anger and pathological violence.

Is 911 the same pathology as Columbine?

Dr. Childress: Yes, pathological anger and pathological violence, the terrorist mind.

One is a planned religious-motivated violent attack by foreigners against the country, the other is the act of mentally and emotionally unstable young American students targeting classmates they know.  They are both the same pathology, different variants – pathological anger and pathological violence.

The first step is to recognize the pathology, pathological anger and pathological violence – the terrorist mind.  The reason we have not recognized the pathology yet, is because we are still captivated in it.  We don’t see pathological anger and pathological violence… as being pathological.  We see it as a variant of “normal.”

From within our unresolved – and unseen – trauma, we consider pathological violence… normal.

War.  We consider war, normal.  It’s not.  It is deeply pathological violence and savagery.  It is not normal.  War is not normal, war is exceedingly pathological.  It is a mass insanity of trauma, savage violence, pathological violence.  It is not normal.

That is why, the first blog on the Terrorist Mind targets the “normalcy” of war.  It is not normal.  Yet we think that savage violence is normal… we even have a word for it… war.  We glorify it, we erect statues and tell stories.  Savage violence, is good when we do it to them.  We need to savagely brutalize whole categories of humans (the Germans, the Japanese, the Americans, the French, the “enemy”) because they are going to savagely brutalize us if we don’t do it to them first, and better.

We develop better and better ways to brutally savage our fellow humans, those we deem “the enemy” humans; developing airplanes that drop bombs, the V-2 rockets on London, the firebombing of Dresden, Hiroshima.  We have armored tanks, cruise missiles, rockets launched from drones by pilots thousands of miles away, like a video game, launching a bomb that explodes flesh, rips and tears bodies open, kills and maims other humans… because they “deserve” it – they are the “enemy” humans.

Acceptable savage violence.  Normal savage violence.

We remain still trapped in the pathology of trans-generational trauma – the rippling of trauma through generations – damaged empathy, damaged social community, damaged human bonding.

It is the same pathology, but we can’t see it because we are still the pathology.

The psychiatric diagnostic system of the American Psychiatric Association (the DSM-5) identifies pathologies of sadness, pathologies of anxiety, pathologies of motivation, pathologies of self-control, even pathologies of happiness (mania in bipolar disorder), yet there is no diagnosis for pathological anger or pathological violence.

We don’t see anger and violence as pathological.  It’s normal.  After all, isn’t war normal, when it’s our war, isn’t “defending ourselves” a good thing, defending ourselves against the “enemy” humans.  Of course it is.  We celebrate our violence, when it’s our violence against “them” – the human “enemy” – the “Germans” – the “Hindus” – the “Protestants” – the “Blacks” – them, the bullies, the others who have when I have none, the “enemy” humans, flexibly defined by our needs and fears and insecurities.

The enemy humans, violence against them is a good thing.  We need to protect ourselves, after all, of course we do, we need to protect ourselves from “them” – from the “enemy” humans – flexibly defined based on our needs and fears.

It is the same pathology; pathological anger and pathological violence, the terrorist mind.

In order to see the pathogen, we must first free ourselves from the pathogen.  We cannot see that which we are, the trans-generational transmission of complex trauma.

Once we see the pathogen, we can begin to identify its core structure and variants.  We cannot identify the structure of the pathogen until we first recognize there is a pathogen – a common set of damaged information structures in the brain – causing the pathology – causing pathological anger and pathological violence – there is a common set of damaged information structures that creates the terrorist mind.

How?

How do we identify the core structure of the pathogen?

In genetics, they’re looking for LUCA, the Last Universal Common Ancestor, the life form that was the last common life ancestor to all the other forms of life.  They do this through several methods, one of which is to look at commonalities across the genetic codes of all life.  If all life has that strand of genetic code, it probably originated in LUCA, our last universal common ancestor of all life.

We too have a field population of “all life” for pathological anger and pathological violence, once we see the pathogen’s existence, once we free ourselves from our unresolved trans-generational trauma, once we’re free of the pathogen’s unseen hold on our psychology.  The method for identifying the pathogen’s structure is the same as for LUCA, identify the information-packages, the “genetic code” structures, common to all forms of pathological violence, then group variants by information-structure features.

The key is to first see that there is a single pathogen – Parkand, 911, Oklahoma City, El Paso and Dayton, Nice, the Boston Marathon, Las Vegas, the First Baptist Church in Texas, the Manchester bombing, Paris, Mumbai, Christ Church, Sandy Hook… pathological anger and pathological violence – the terrorist mind.

What is the “genetic structure” for a pathology?

A recognized genetic biologist, Richard Dawkins, wrote a landmark book on genetics, the Selfish Gene.  In this book, in Chapter 11, Dawkins introduced a new construct regarding the code-structure of information, he coined the construct of “the meme” to imitate “the gene” of biology.  A meme, according to Dawkins, is a coherent unit of information.

That is the unit for analysis in identifying the structure of a psychological pathogen, its information structure, its meme-structure.

Themes

In clinical psychology, there is a differentiation between content and process.  The content is what we talk about, the process is in how.  For therapy, and as a clinical psychologist, 90% of the valuable information is in process, not content.

What we talk about contains only 10% of the valuable information, process (how) contains the other 90% of both information and value.  Early career psychologists work heavily in content for minimal change and success.  Later career psychologists work more fully in the process, with much greater change and much greater success.

Content is safer for the therapist psychologically, process is more challenging because it requires greater self-authenticity.  Therapists start with content when they are anxious, they trust process as they develop comfort.

The units of process in psychotherapy – the meme-structures – are found in the themes of the pathology.  Themes, both large and small, the organizing themes for the issues, each reveals an underlying meme-structure of the pathology – internal working models of attachment – schemas of being with – our transference – a unit of our organizing structure.

Our brain is organized to make meaning of information, and the meaning we make reveals the imprint of the experiences that created those organizing structures.  The individual structures are recognized by their distinctiveness in individual psychology. The pathogenic structures are recognized by the commonality of their meme-structures across variants.

There are three common information-structures, meme-structures, to the pathogen of the terrorist mind:

  1. A profound absence of empathy.
  2. A failure of shared morality.
  3. A sadistic gratification in causing suffering.

El Paso: a profound absence of empathy, a failure in shared morality, a sadistic gratification in causing suffering.

911: a profound absence of empathy, a failure of shared morality, a sadistic gratification in causing suffering.

Parkland: a profound absence of empathy, a failure of shared morality, a sadistic gratification in causing suffering.

Paris: a profound absence of empathy, a failure of shared morality, a sadistic gratification in causing suffering.

Mumbai: a profound absence of empathy, a failure of shared morality, a sadistic gratification in causing suffering.

Christ Church: a profound absence of empathy, a failure of shared morality, a sadistic gratification in causing suffering.

Dayton…

It is the same pathogenic structure across all cases of pathological anger and pathological violence; the terrorist mind.

The first step is to see the pathogen.  We cannot see the pathogen as long as we are captured by it.

World War I was mass insanity, pathological anger, pathological violence.  World War II was mass insanity, pathological anger, pathological violence.  And in truth, there is no such thing as “war” – that is a politely said pathological euphemism for extreme human savagery, brutality, and human cruelty to other humans. .

We are family.  Have you forgotten?

We come from one source, we are people from a single tribe, we are a people of a shared humanity.  We are family.

There is no enemy in our family, there is pathology, there is treatment.

We cannot see the pathogen until we are no longer captured by the pathogen; pathological anger and pathological violence is never normal.  Then begin to identify the common structures.  Group the structures into their variants, variants of damaged empathy, variants of damaged social morality, variants of sadistic-shame.

Each of the pathogen’s main structural lines for the Terrorist Mind (1. absence of empathy, 2. absence of shared morality, 3. sadistic gratification from causing suffering) will unlock a door.

It is the same pathology, the same trauma pathogen.

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857.

 

 

 

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