A Systematic Extinction

There is no higher power than Evolution.

The significance of this in terms of personality disorders (specifically ASPD) is something I have attempted to highlight via my last few pieces. It’s a framework that applies to people who have these disorders, but how does this apply in a more general sense? You see, the psychopath is an extreme example. Because of how ill-adapted the antisocial brain is within the context of our modern day society, it was bound to go first. The antisocial brain has been reduced to fewer than 2% of the total population via natural societal growth (systematic man-manufactured “natural” selection).

‘So how much longer until Man-manufactured natural selection puts an end to people like you’, I hear you ask. My theory is that it probably won’t be able to. Systematic selection has its flaws, just like natural selection, and so the antisocial mind will probably never fully die away. After all, the antisocial mind has a very natural innate ability to outsmart its surrounding environment. This ability is the very reason the antisocial population will probably be able to survive in smaller numbers for at least a few thousand years. This is plenty of time – once humans are no longer bound to a singular planet the antisocial mind may be able to increase in numbers once again. For better or for worse.

Politically, Individuals who identify as conservatives tend to have a larger anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and right amygdala These regions of the brain influence decision making, information processing, and learned fears as well as other things. In fact, studies show that we can predict a person’s political stance (conservative or progressive) with a 71.6% degree of accuracy based on their neuroanatomy. This fact is astonishing, and should further solidify your understanding of how systematic selection works. While conservatives aren’t exactly seen as a danger to society (depending on who you ask), their patterns of thought, beliefs, self-identify, and behaviour are all influenced directly by their brain anatomy. Via the continuous development, moulding, and refinement of rules, laws, norms, and expectations, we begin to see how society is categorised depending on each individual’s brain structure.

While some brains get labelled as psychopathic and sociopathic, others get labelled as conservative and progressive,. There’s an entire spectrum of categories – and if you understand the brain and its place in society with this in mind, you should be able to begin to understand how society works in terms of systematic selection. In reality – whether you’re a serial killer currently mutilating a victim or a progressive at an equal-rights march – these are simply overt actions which exemplify how tiny differences in the neuroanatomy of people can dictate our behaviour.

Stigma, judgement, norms, rules, expectations, laws, societal frameworks, and moral compasses facilitate what could be seen as a method of ‘filtering the water’ (our population) – ensuring its purity. It’s a pruning system where we are simply trimming off the most ill-adapted genetic ‘leaves’ from the tree.

The fact that our system is able to group certain brains together is the very essence of our systematic evolution. It’s a matter of grouping and categorising, and then ultimately playing God to eliminate the most extreme and ill-adapted sub-groups. Many antisocial’s have been sentenced to death, locked away, unable to hold down jobs and also relationships (and therefore do not pass on their antisocial genes), and also become rejected by society. Other sub-groups such as conservatives aren’t exactly outlawed, however their patterns of thought and moral views have become increasingly frowned upon over the last century. This is definitely not to suggest we will one day view conservatives as psychopaths, however, it is important to note that the further back in history we go, the more we would have accepted the antisocial gene as normal.

As I have attempted to explain this system, it may seem as if I am describing a conscious and carefully orchestrated plan, but this is not the case at all. While society discards ‘bad’ genetic material very slowly over time, most of this happens without malice intent. In saying that however, most may agree that this systematic evolution is necessary if we are to progress as a civilisation. After all, this system is able to target problematic groups within a population.

EKMO

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  1. You put so eloquently things I have been thinking and saying for quite some time now. I am adopted and I have always said that if my adoptive parents would have had a biological child that child would have been a serial killer due to their blend of genetics. God knew what he was doing in not allowing that to happen. But you have nailed it with the Darwinian theory here. And to further that proof, my Narcissistic Personality Disorder (also cluster b) Father’s brother was also not able to have children either and had to adopt, so their genetic line stops with them. My mother isn’t a narcissist but raised me with narcissistic parenting and has a plethora of issues, perhaps a dissociative personality disorder or detatchment personality disorder of some type, u can’t quite figure out what she is, but she came from a highly narcissistic personality disorder mother (my grandmother), and was an only child, so her genetic line stops with her as well now. My friend’s husband has a twin sister who is a narcissist who is unable to have children as well, again, natural selection. This is always something I got on the banal level, but never quite formulated this idea fully of the Darwinian concept being at play. Brilliant!! Thank you for this nugget of insight!

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    1. Thank you for your feedback! Your personal examples are exactly the type of things I speak of when I try explain this concept to people. I have another “2 part post” on my page which explains my view on this evolution in a more general sense which I think you may find fascinating.

      Its quite a difficult concept to really put across in words but I tried my best here. It’s always satisfying when I hear from people such as yourself who seem to definitely understand my way of thinking on this matter. I’d be happy to discuss this stuff in more depth if you ever want to share more via email 🙂

      But yes, I think it’s important for society to really understand what they label as a disorder. Its not that we should change our system but more so that we shouldn’t class people like ourselves as “bad” people who should be removed from society. Every brain is capable of being dangerous if you set up the correct environment. Its all about an “adaptive” upbringing if you really truly want an antisocial/narcasistic mind to succeed.

      Again, thanks!

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      1. I have read through about 5 of your posts so far and am fascinated with your blog and intend to read much more. I had taken a hiatus from word press for a couple of months, so I am just now getting back to writing and reading. I am very grateful that you are sharing your thoughts on this blog so openly. I think this might help me to process some of my own issues in dealing with my NPD Dad.

        I have a lot of admiration for you for being able to recognize and manage your disorder so successfully. I am a musician by career but studied psych and social sciences extensively, read many articles on those topics as an adult and my best friend is a mental health therapist and we are also discussing things from a psych angle. I have educated myself extensively about NPD once I figured out that was what was wrong with my adoptive dad and why I was so damaged from him. He will never recognize himself as such. He is still in the blaming the world and he does no wrong mindset and will always reside there. So I commend you for taking ownership of your disorder and being able to manage your thoughts and regulate your brain with your mind (I LOVED that delineation).

        To your point in your last paragraph, I think one of the hardest challenges with this is to have the cluster B’s be able to recognize themselves as such and manage themselves so they don’t inflict damage on others. Because if it goes undetected (which my dad did until I figured it out, and still he’s not officially diagnosed, I just know what he is because of my extensive research and knowledge), it’s not always possible to keep all cluster B’s at Bay because some are so charismatic that they can easily slip through the system and inflict mental harm on so many people covertly, even when they did have a decent environment and upbringing. I am convinced (as is my best friend who’s the mental health therapist) that had my NPD dad been subjected to a more turbulent childhood, he would have easily become a violent offender. My “nature” and my brain are what saved me and enabled me to be a successful human being. My “nurture” and my mind should have me in a straight jacket. I always thought I was the crazy one until I figured out 4 years ago that my Dad had NPD and the veil lifted and I saw everything in Technicolor. And I realized that my mind was messed up in a traumatized sense, but I was inherently crazy the way my parents painted me to be and feel. So I think there would need to be a lot of screening done early on, since personality disorders cant be diagnosed until 18, and somehow more science figured out to find the markers for this to identify the cluster B’s earlier to ensure proper environment and treatment and management for all involved. Just my own personal opinion.

        Thank you again for your bravery to put your mind on display and your courage to fight this every day. I look forward to reading more.

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      2. Oh wow, so much points to speak on here! I’m going to give you a proper reply when i wake up tomorrow because I am fascinated about all you have to say.

        Thank you so much for your compliments – its honestly my main goal to help people like me. Because I definitely agree with you that most of us cannot/do not want to recognise ourselves and what we “are”.

        Again, I’ll reply tomorrow! Thank you for sharing your experience with me 😊

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