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Sociopath Street: Local Starts Online Support Community for Sociopaths (VIDEO)

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Tom Carlson
Jessica Kelly
Jessica Kelly is a sociopath. She is 28 years old, not a serial killer, works a white collar tech job and has identified as female since her early 20's. She has a blog. She says she experiences no remorse and "little to no effective empathy."

Just six months have passed since her diagnosis, and Kelly says she wants to "demystify" the condition and educate the public. Last week she launched SociopathStreet.com, an online forum she hopes will become a community of support for other sociopaths and those with antisocial personality disorders.

"I am outing myself because I think there is a lot of misinformation, and there is a lot of stigma," she says. "When people hear the word sociopath they run. I want to paint a somewhat humanizing picture of the condition."

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Up until now, Kelly says she's kept her diagnosis a near-total secret, revealing the truth only to a select few friends. But in the past month she's taken steps toward bringing her identity out of the shadows.

Kelly was understandably worried when her therapist first suggested sociopathy could account for her emotional callousness, manipulative tendencies and antisocial impulses,

"I had never heard the word sociopath in any sort of clinical context before this year," Kelly says. "I associated the word with deeds that many would consider repugnant or evil."

"What if I was sociopathic?" she recalls thinking at the time. "What would that mean for my relationships? What would that mean for my professional career? What would that mean if, God forbid, I ever got wrapped up in the legal system? But my curiosity was massive. I needed to know."

Kelly gave Daily RFT permission to speak with her therapist, who requested her name not be published. She tells Daily RFT that bringing up sociopathy as a possible diagnosis was the result of two long years of working on Kelly's identity issues and depression.

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Tom Carlson

"It's typical for people to stop and try to do a little introspection and figure out if they're sociopathic themselves," Kelly's therapist says. "Frankly, that impulse, in and of itself, kind of excludes them from the sociopath class. Just the fact that you are willing to go through a level of reflection, [sociopaths] don't do that."

When it came time find out if Kelly was a sociopath, her therapist administered the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, which involves an inventory of 20 personality factors --superficial charm, grandiosity, pathological lying, etc.-- and a semi structured interview.

(A note on terminology: There is some debate on whether if there's a difference between a sociopath and a psychopath. Kelly uses the terms interchangeably. Both are included under the umbrella of "antisocial personality disorder.")

Non-sociopaths who take that test will usually score between 0 and 10. Kelly scored above 30, the Hare test's benchmark for sociopathy.

"After the diagnosis was given I had an initial period of peace, where it seemed that everything finally made sense," Kelly says. "Then that quickly moved into a state of denial. I wondered if I could ever go back a life where there wasn't this baggage around my neck."

In July, Kelly founded her website, Psychogendered, where she wrote anonymously under the name Anathema. The blog tops 150 posts, containing an intimately detailed (and frequently disquieting) chronicle of Kelly's life story.

Her blog has become a hub for a small but involved community of sociopath (or sociopath-identifying) bloggers and Tumblr users.

In the real world, Kelly gave a presentation on the subject of her own sociopathy to a crowd of 35 at the Shameless Grounds coffee shop earlier this month. The speech started her thinking that outing herself would make her message that much stronger.

Sociopath Street, though, is Kelly's most ambitious project, since it involves creating a sociopath-moderated forum for other sociopaths. She knows building a community out of individuals with various forms of antisocial personalities won't be easy.

"Its not the first forum of its kind, and It could implode at any moment," she says. "But unlike most forums devoted to the subject, it's going to be moderated, not just for quality but for discourse. The idea being it needs to be an information hub and not an ego stroking funfest."

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com


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14 comments
enmukee
enmukee

The reason for the disproportionately high number of sociopaths in the US is forced natural selection caused by penal transportation policies of the UK.


"North America was used for transportation from the early 17th century to the American Revolution of 1776. In the 17th century, it was done at the expense of the convicts or the shipowners. The first Transportation Act in 1718 allowed courts to sentence convicts to seven years' transportation to America. In 1720, extension authorized payments by the state to merchants contracted to take the convicts to America. Under the Transportation Act, returning from transportation was a capital offense"

Charlie Cochran
Charlie Cochran

I swear I thought it was about Stevie Ray Vaughn. Whatever.

The_EB
The_EB

You guys nailed it right on the head. What we really ought to do is round up all these social degenerate, less than worthless, SCUMS OF SOCIETY! and shoot them all.


It's the only humane thing I can think of. 

ezmereldastella
ezmereldastella

An online forum for sociopaths???HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA!!!!! Good luck with moderating THAT!!!! As llafazane1 below says, these people need payoff and are parasitic - a group of them together will either be impossible or dark and plotting beyond belief....As information about this disorder spreads into society's collective knowledge, something will have to be done about these people and they arent going to give up their reign of terror easily - will they go further underground, finding better ways to hide their inhumanness??? Willl they still try to control even though they have been sussed, and be humoured as people with a disability?? What will happen? Hopefully it will make for a better world...We will stop getting FB posts about how shit the human race is and start realising that it is actually very few who make most of the trouble....Us ''normals'' will get a big ego boost and sort out the faults we DO have instead of feeling guilty for the BS that isnt ours...Im just musing here, but thanks to the internet and free knowledge the age of the socio will hopefully be over soon....There will be no more ''Jeremy Kyle Show'' because there will be no fun in watching when we know WHAT these people are, WHY they abuse others and muck up their lives and HOW they will never change...It will cease to be entertaining....Imagine a world where those in charge of making the world better MAKE IT BETTER!!! Where bankers and politicians ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT PEOPLE!! Just imagine....

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

I think this is fascinating. Thank you for doing this interview. What a brave person she is for shedding light on a diagnosis that is quite scary. I disagree with other posters....she does and will continue to need a support group. With no moral compass it would be hard to maintain relationships, jobs, and a sense of belonging. Someone needs to be there to help distinguish right from wrong. Information is not the enemy. It is the start to getting help.

llafazane1
llafazane1

Newsflash: She didn't have to keep her sociopathic diagnosis a secret from friends and family. As a sociopath, those closest to her are probably the most frequent victims of her abuse. Sociopaths need the sympathy of others to be able to continue to operate and abuse new victims unhindered. It is so unusual for a sociopath to even admit to sociopathy, that the payoff of starting the website, touring and speaking and garnering an endless supply of attention, and the ability to control the conversation must have been a high payoff for this person. Sociopathy is non-treatable. Sociopaths do not ever successfully finish treatment or have good success with therapy because they cannot, will not stop manipulating/abusing. 


The highest functioning ones are fantastic at garnering sympathy, and blaming everyone else for their problems.  You can't humanize sociopathy; the behavior is disconnected from what makes us human (empathy, the ability to see things from anyone else's perspective).  As one who was raised by a narcissistic sociopath, I'm not buying any of this. A true sociopath would only fake this kind of introspection for some kind of emotional payoff. 


Unless a lot has changed in the last year, look up any mental health study on diagnosed sociopaths and anti-social people, these people cannot be awakened from their abusive ways. 

Ash Hinkle
Ash Hinkle

If you're a sociopath why would you need a support group? Not trying to be cheeky.

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