Guest Post By Jacob Reddick- Halloween edition
You’ve met them before. Perhaps shaking their warm extended hand, squeamishly avoiding the cold-held gaze of the social predator. You felt elevated around their confidence in the fearlessness that is portrayed through the vector of their conviction. The psychopath is a calculating creature. A social vampire, knowing when they are being watched.
Psychopaths make small manipulations in their character to match another’s, best. Like a piece to a puzzle. The psycho can achieve this through charisma. It’s a genuine adaptive charm, contagious by its curiosity. They possess excitement to understand, and feel, but what is hidden in their charm is a cold vessel of extraction. Constantly gauging your re-activity, body language, and micro gestures in the coined; “cold readings”. They analyze one’s character to see if they can manipulate it into something more preferable in utility, or entertainment. Like their own unique addition to a painting, or piece of art. However, sometimes seeing beauty, and carving it into an uglier piece, is beauty, by virtue of art in itself. A creation out of corrosion.
What if you could portray the psychopaths social powers, but not possess their faults?
In his acclaimed book, The Wisdom of Psychopaths, Dr. Kevin Dutton explains how Psychos have shown to produce consistent theta brainwaves throughout the day. Theta brainwaves are conducive to drowsy, and meditative states. The ability to slow down the moment and decide, rather then to react. Calm like a bomb.
However, there are ways to combat their deliberate chaos. Psychopaths, like everyone else, are powerless to honesty. Observing the interaction in the moment with the attention it deserves gives us a chance to recognize, and interpret the behavior of another. Upon recognition of these traits we can then implement our own reaction, and plan of action for extraction. First, we must understand what the qualities are that attract us to these clever little monsters, in the first place.
The psychopath displays a social fearlessness that is helpful in making friends, and influencing people. They also display dominant body language, and possess charisma in a melody of humor, curiosity, and attentiveness. In social situations, the psychopath is most comfortable.
So, how can we navigate the unnerving social situations that we may find ourselves in?
Supplements, sound waves, and meditation.
Many people struggle with social anxiety. It can impair our progress by impeding the social chances that we take. Some supplements such as, Theanine, have been shown to reduce stress, and have recently become more popular in the social scene. Theanine is an amino acid analog, and naturally occurs in plants, and fungus species. The introduction of a natural stress reducing supplement, in conjunction with technology, may serve to help us gain some ground in an uncomfortable social situation.
Utilize sound-wave technology for getting in the zone.
MyNoise is my app of choice. I use MyNoise to help calibrate my mindset for the activity ahead. Sound-wave technology is just one other factor that can help ease us out of a twitchy mindset, and into the focused social lazer-beam of our psychopathic counterparts. With the aid of chewable cherry theanine, and theta sound-waves, we can help our state become more relaxed, while becoming more aware. Another powerful, yet awareness building exercise before we head out on the town, or into a business meeting, is meditation.
Meditation has been shown to reduce anxiety, while also increasing self-awareness. Meditation is underrated in our culture, but slowly growing in it's popularity. There are many forms of meditation, but what has worked best for me is the app, Headspace. Headspace is a guided meditation app that proclaims to make a difference in ten minutes for ten days of its use. After the application of Headspace into my daily routine, I'll never go back.
Implementing theanine, sound-waves, and meditation into our lives before the social shark tank, can help train us for encounters of the third kind. Acting not in an impulsive sense, but moreover in a calculated two-step dance move.
1 out of 100 people are considered to have psychopathic tendencies. Chances are, you run into these manipulative people more often then you think. Social economics is the song of the psychopath. Are you dancing?
P.S. If you want to see if you possess the characteristics of a psychopath, take the Psychopath Challenge.