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