psychiatrist, I don’t remember his name, wrote that a good intuitive way to tell whether or not some choices that someone made, came from biological differences between his brain and normal brains, is that if you can’t imagine how you yourself, or others with basically normal motivations, would want to do it, then this likely arose from biological differences.  In looking at the choices included in the list on webpage 4, you could see several, such as compulsive gambling and kleptomania, that most people wouldn’t want to do, unless you included some psychoanalytic theories about how these things have some sort of symbolic value to these people and they need what they’re supposed to symbolize.  Yet the same could be said about some of the behavior problems that seem less freaky, such as drinking or drug problems.  This is probably the main dynamic responsible for codependent relationships.  Lovers or spouses of addicts likely figure that as long as they’re clean and sober at the moment, all that the “codependents” have to do is provide ideal relationships, and this would naturally win the addicts’ lifetime allegiance.  The big problem is that addicts, even when they’re clean and sober, aren’t likely to respond to this as normal people would, so the “codependents” would likely be told that they’ve just got to accept that that’s just the way the addicts are, that no one else has been able to change the addicts so why should these codependents be able to, etc.  The “codependents” could even give them marriages that could be so great that they could leave them delirious, so the addicts could just drink in and drench his soul with the great feelings that such a life would bring.

Way back in Elizabethan England, Robert Burton wrote in The Anatomy of Melancholy, about whether depression really does result from a normally-functioning mind, “Why doth not reason detect the fallacy, settle and persuade, if she be free?”  When you see hyperthymic behavior, it may, on an intuitive level, give you exactly this same impression: If that person really did decide to do that with his reasoning power, then why didn’t she detect the fallacy, settle and persuade him just how pointlessly destructive that was?

A doctor’s webpage on Hyperthymic Personality Disorder, says, “Individuals with a hyperthymic personality disorder are persistently more happy and optimistic than normal.

“They have marked enthusiasm for life but on the other hand tend to be rash and show poor judgement.”

Since this results from an overexcitement along with disinhibitions similar to those that would come from booze, this looks more like the behavior of someone under the influence of stimulants with the same disinhibiting effects as booze, than it does to choices that risk-takers would make.  Intuitively, these two come across very differently from each other, though most of the time, if one insisted on being scientific, tolerant, “realistic,” etc., he could still say that you can’t prove that the behavior is radically different from slightly excessively normal human imperfection.

In fact, killer Brian Nichols’ claimed insanity, looks a lot like an extreme version of HPD.  According to a CNN webpage on his pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, “In court papers, the defense claims Nichols suffers from a disorder that ‘overmastered’ his will to refrain from criminal acts,” and, “The defense says Nichols has been diagnosed with a disorder that involves delusions that he is persecuted, as well as grandiose thinking.  Those suffering from such a disorder may function normally and behave rationally, defense attorneys said, but when they encounter circumstances that ‘touch their delusions, the delusional disorder will preoccupy them and instruct their thinking and actions.’”  Since HPD is diluted mania, naturally the delusions would tend to be grandiose.  If one is sure that what he did was acceptable, he’d naturally think that those who hold him accountable are persecuting him.  Since these delusions result from overactivity from the brain, they’d naturally be there more in some situations, such as when the person is under stress, and when he really wants to do or believe something.  Since he’s as disinhibited as someone under the influence of booze would be, this would overmaster his will not to harm others.  And though to talk about delusion and disinhibition might sound radically different from normal human imperfection, a lot of normal human imperfection involves an unwarranted believing what one wants to, impulsivity, etc.  Most HPD behavior looks like it’s somewhere between slightly excessively normal human imperfection, and Brian Nichols’ delusions.

As I go into on my webpage on how an attraction to hyperthymics could easily seem codependent, Hyperthymic Personality Disorder could very easily look like both the remorselessness characteristic of pedophilia, and the more extreme end of the slightly-excessively-normal destructive behavior that modern Western culture insists that we accept because we shouldn’t try to “control” red-blooded free spirits, we should be realistic about human nature, etc.  Both Hyperthymic Personality Disorder, and sexual perversions, have been linked to malfunctions in the frontal lobes of the brain.  Since alcohol causes disinhibition by anaesthetizing the frontal lobes, both HPD and the remorselessness of pedophilia, has the same abnormal qualities as does the disinhibition from booze.

Yet this sort of disinhibition could also have an appealing, pro-freedom and dynamic, quality to it.  Those who insist that you minimize others’ destructive behavior since then you’d be more well-adjusted, would also insist that rashness and poor judgment constitute mistakes, not a personality disorder, and all must be self-reliant and allowed to be imperfect.  The webpage selling this pro-pedophilia pendant, on a pro-pedophilia website, describes it in a way that sounds like a beneficent version of both sadism and self-satisfaction, “A magnificent jewel with forms, both gentle and strong, that can express the intensity and the deepness of a feeling as well as the balance and the harmony of a relation.  The open line formed by the two hearts represent duration and liberty, a link that holds and sustains without attaching.

Aretaeus of Cappadocia, “the clinician of mania,” in second century AD Rome, described hyperthymic personalities as, “characterised by gayness, activity, superficiality and childishness.”  The superficiality and childishness of that message from the pervs, are along those lines.  Yet obviously they figured that to say that on a webpage open to everyone, would look both pro-freedom and balanced.  When pervs say that, it looks pathological.  Yet the pro-freedom appeals of the commitment-phobic man who feels a need to end his relationship, would have this same sort of logic.  He’d insist that his unfair treatment of the woman he’s now cutting out on is what’s right, that the problem is that what she expects is more than just a balance between, “duration and liberty, a link that holds and sustains without attaching.”  Of course, in the case of both the pedophile and the commitment-phobic man, this “balance” would mean that they’d have what they narcissistically consider to be “duration” “holding” and “sustaining,” when this is what they want, and “liberty” and “without attaching,” when this is what they want.  His gayness and activity could only make what he says seem more convincing, since he looks so confident, dynamic, healthy, etc.

David France’s book about the pedo-priest scandal, Our Fathers, says, while describing a study of pedo-priests done in 1984 that showed that though many think of ephebophilia, or adults’ sexual attraction to teen boys, is just another form of homosexuality, ephebophilia actually comes from the same sort of brain malfunction as pedophilia and other perversions, “Scanning their brains, he discovered they suffered mild to severe frontal lobe dysfunction, manifesting as impaired verbal fluency, attention deficits, poor impulse control, poor judgment, problems sequencing and organizing thoughts, and a tendency to ‘perseverate,’ or cling to inappropriate mental operations.”  This “poor impulse control, poor judgment,” is the same as, “tend to be rash and show poor judgement,” in such a way that, intuitively, looks like a relatively mild brain malfunction.

Steven Carter, in Men Who Can’t Love, calls this commitment-phobic pattern, the “pursuit/panic syndrome,” “All that really means is that the guy does a one-thousand-degree pursuit until he feels that the woman’s love and response leaves him no way out of the relationship—ever.  The moment that happens, he begins to perceive the relationship as a trap.”  While this book treats such behavior as if it’s slightly excessively normal human imperfection, just the way that some men are, this “pursuit/panic syndrome” is exactly the same as the symptom of some hyperthymic personalities that Freud described in Mourning and Melancholia, in 1917: “Manic-depressives show simultaneously the tendency to too-strong fixations on their love-object and to a quick withdrawal of object cathexis.  Object choice is on a narcissistic basis.”

Despite the fact that most Hyperthymic Personality Disorder behavior could easily seem to be just slightly excessively normal human imperfection, it really is possible to recognize much HPD behavior on an intuitive level.  Sure, those who narcissistically had quickly withdrawn their object cathexis, would probably think that your subjective intuition is just trying to “trap” him, but such behavior really does have a distinctive character to it.  You could probably also then prove how hard-wired such behavior is, that most people would never do such a thing, yet he repeatedly does what Freud just happened to have linked with hyperthymic personality in 1917, or something equally narcissistic.

Another pattern that one can both intuit and then prove, and which can also be seen in pedophiles and other sex offenders, is that the people tend to be smart, yet their disinhibition makes them do things that look stupid.  Child Molesters: A Behavioral Analysis For Law-Enforcement Officers Investigating the Sexual Exploitation of Children by Acquaintance Molesters, by Kenneth V. Lanning of the FBI, says about “preferential” pedophiles, meaning those who are sexually attracted particularly to pedophilia, rather than their molesting kids because they want to vent their aggressiveness, “At the other end of the motivation continuum are the more ‘preferential’ sex offenders.  Although they can be unintelligent and poor, they tend to be more intelligent and more likely from higher socioeconomic groups....   They are more likely to consider these needs rather than the risks involved and therefore make ‘needy’ mistakes that often seem almost stupid.”

Not only do these perverts feel unusual needs, but they also have the unusual disinhibition.  It’s just as if smart people were significantly under the influence of booze, so they do exactly those sort of disinhibited things, which would “often seem almost stupid.”  As you may have noticed in the news stories about celebrities or other achievers who get in trouble with the law, many of them are smart, yet the impulsivity in their crimes looks almost stupid.  They also could very easily have bizarre qualities to them.  Since these people had such great careers, you’d think that they’d realize that these banal crimes would cost them so much that they’re certainly not worth it.  Their great lifestyles would also mean that you’d think that they’d be satisfied without having to commit those crimes.  Yet despite how self-defeating such behavior ultimately would be, it could be called “selfish,” in that it satisfies what could be called short-sighted and strong versions of normal desires.  Psychoanalysts could even interpret such behavior as subconsciously self-defeating, since how their behavior would hurt themselves was very obvious, yet they chose to do it anyway. Just like commitment-phobic behavior, some might dismiss this as slightly excessively normal human imperfection, yet if this level of obliviousness to consequences really were slightly excessively normal, just imagine how often we’d hear about people causing huge disasters that they easily could have prevented, because, “Oh, well, people can get irrational.”  The same pattern would apply to those who are smart but haven’t developed great careers, yet they commit banal crimes, and/or develop booze and/or drug problems, which also have the sort of impulsivity that would “seem almost stupid.”  This, also, is the sort of behavior that could best be sensed intuitively, yet once you have, you could prove how much it fits the distinctive pattern of la vida maníaca.

Those with addictive personalities would simply do whatever they feel like doing at the moment.  Just imagine how Bill, whose suicide note gives the impression that his soul was so lacking that he aimed to look trite chipper and hip as he was about to kill himself, would respond if a woman tried to give an ideal relationship to him in the spirit of normal give and take.  He wouldn’t have much sense for how much she’s giving.  He wouldn’t appreciate what most people get deep satisfaction from appreciating.  As the guy on Scan said, those who are stimulus-seeking eventually get tired of anything and everything, so they keep needing (i.e. will freak out from boredom if they don’t get) either something new or something artificially colorful, “in fact, some scientists have said that when it’s bad enough, you literally get to a point where you must drink to preserve your sanity.”  Certainly the spouses of those like this, figure that these stimuli are so measly that it makes no sense that they take precedence over both the great relationships they could have, and the horrors the booze or dope would naturally cause.  In essence, it seems unnatural that the women automatically expect natural responses from the men.  The same may apply to other efforts to win over addicts, such as the educational efforts of groups like MADD, their idea that people close to those killed by drunk drivers have memorial candlelight vigils which include songs like “Remember Me” and “I’ll Remember You,” which may have as little long-term effect on alcoholics as does the suffering of their own family members.  Even the threat of prison sentences, or even actual time spent in prison, may not mean anything to those who obviously don’t care about the natural consequences of alcohol abuse, so why would they care about any artificial consequences?

Even when the addicts aren’t under the influence of drugs or addictive cravings, they’re likely to think that the drug or alcohol scene is a cool form of rebellion, though these very same people conform to the expectations of their respective countercultures.  They go after the booze or drugs as if they simply mean good feelings, though even elementary school kids know that the long-term effects are hardly desirable.  Even elementary school kids know where alcohol or drug problems lead.  In fact, a member of AA said that his alcoholism has taught him that a good question to ask to determine whether or not doing something would be common sense is, “Would a dog do it?” meaning that even dogs would know instinctively what’s wrong with tuning in turning on and dropping out, whether on booze or illegal drugs.  And most people would find a life of pursuing chemical thrills at all costs to be very loveless and Spartan.  One symptom of codependency is that codependents have this strange belief that they could “change” addicts, even sober addicts, into people who have as much caution as dogs have.

And this leads to one of the big problems in dealing both with those who have dual diagnoses, of both an addiction and a mental disorder, and with those with other behavior problems less serious than addiction, and that’s differentiating social stigma of mental disorders, from an awareness of the cognitive distortions that really do exist and really are dishonorable for good reasons.  The DDF (Dual Diagnosis Friendly) and MMF (Methadone Maintenance Friendly) website says, “DDF (Dual Diagnosis Friendly) and MMF (Methadone Maintenance Friendly) are free use designations for 12-Step Groups, and any organization, business, church group or individual who wishes to indicate that they are a safe, loving and caring place for such persons to share and be involved in.”  This website says that it aims to fight the social stigmas against the dually diagnosed.  To me, the word “social” in “social stigma” means that the dishonor is based on social norms, like bigotry.  This traditionalism may include a belief that if heroin addicts need methadone then this means that they don’t have the backbone to handle their addictive cravings alone.  But these stigmas don’t include an awareness that dually diagnosed addicts, in particular hyperthymic addicts, have more going on than just others’ hang-ups against them.  If a heroin addict who’s on methadone relapses anyway, this isn’t just a lack of good ol’ American backbone, but a presence of the addict’s insistence on the excitement of heroin, an insistence that most people who are equally free from cravings wouldn’t have.  These same cognitive distortions could also lead to disruptive behavior that seems to be within the American norm, since this is just the cognitive distortions leading to drug abuse or criminality, just writ small.




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