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Can Someone Confidently Claim That They Have a Diagnosis Without a Professional Diagnosis Given?

I have been researching psychopathy and ASPD since I was in my teens. Based on how I am, my lifestyle, my WELL known personal abilities to manipulate and influence, along with my absolute lack of empathy (unless it’s something that affects me directly), and of course that I am very smart and conscious of my decisions. I don’t get in trouble because I am smart enough to avoid getting caught. I will come up with other ways, even if that includes convincing others to join me.
I am fully aware of how people show empathy, concern and helpfulness. I have full ability to portray this if the situation calls for it (Death of someone, someone’s personal problems, Etc.) I cheat, I exchange sex for money, I make up sob stories to get people to do my yard work, Etc.

From the past 16 years of studying personality and behavioral disorders, I am 100% confident in saying that I do have ASPD (psychopathy if you will).

When I’ve been hospitalized for violent outbursts and harm, I made sure not to show any indications of this. I tell them what they want to hear; I get out.

I do not plan on seeking any treatment for multiple reasons. I am honestly perfectly happy with my abilities and lifestyle, plus I don’t want anyone to know. If someone knows that your empathy is a show, or that you’re manipulating them, then the secret is out. Power lost.

Based on what I know about my true inner self, and what I know of many disorders, is it safe to self-diagnose? Since most psychopaths and sociopaths don’t seek out treatment, how do professionals truly know the actual percentage? It’s averaged that this applies to approx. 4% of the US population…but what about non-criminal psychopaths who do not seek treatment? Could that percentage actually be much higher?

Can Someone Confidently Claim That They Have a Diagnosis Without a Professional Diagnosis Given?

A.

Being intelligent, even at the genius level, does not make one a professional in any area. A professional has very comprehensive and advanced knowledge in a particular field. As a society, we have determined through laws and regulations, the requirements to refer to oneself “as a professional.”

Remember the adage, passed around in the legal field, “a lawyer who represents himself, has a fool for a client.” Self-representation or self-diagnosing, is always a mistake.

If you were to go to college and major in the appropriate field, attend graduate school, complete the necessary internships, etc., you would be a professional and qualified to diagnose. However, you would still be a fool to attempt to diagnose yourself.

Dr. Robert Hare is “the” expert on psychopathy. He developed a diagnostic test or checklist, which is renowned and accepted around the world. His diagnostic tests may only be used by professionals and not just by any professional. Anyone administering his test must undergo advanced training in the administration of the test and the interpretation of the test’s results.

In short, not only should you not engage in self-diagnosing, you couldn’t possibly do so with any degree of sufficient accuracy, regardless of your intellectual abilities. That goes for you and Albert Einstein (if he were still alive).

Don’t do anything illegal. Don’t do anything immoral. Strive to be a better person every day. Gain insight into your being with the help of a competent therapist. That’s good advice for you and in actuality, everyone who can afford it. Good luck.

Dr. Kristina Randle

Can Someone Confidently Claim That They Have a Diagnosis Without a Professional Diagnosis Given?

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

APA Reference
Randle, K. (2018). Can Someone Confidently Claim That They Have a Diagnosis Without a Professional Diagnosis Given?. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2018/07/03/can-someone-confidently-claim-that-they-have-a-diagnosis-without-a-professional-diagnosis-given/

 

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