Tuesday, August 9, 2011

James Arthur Ray: Classic Byronic hero or calculating and manipulative sociopath?

Am I the only person who's head starts to hurt when reading a James Arthur Ray post ::: or am I just a nit picky bitch??? 

There is a strange and uncomfortable wisdom in recognizing your own insecurity... A stark realization of our own fragile nature and the true illusion and false nature of security
08/08/2011 [posted on twitter via TwitLonger]

Poetic ::: but geeze ::: kind'a misleading and ambiguous.  Which goes to the heart of most of James Arthur Ray's posts ::: they often mean so many different things ::: that the true meaning may be lost to anyone but the writer.  And I have questions as to how truly insightful James Arthur Ray really is.

The words in this post are literally dripping with drama.  "strange and uncomfortable wisdom"  (how mystically dark and poignant).  Like the tortured Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights ::: whose all-consuming desire for Cathy is the excuse he uses to destroy himself and everyone else in his orbit.

So is James Arthur Ray now saying he wants us to believe he's an insecure man ::: and that this insight is uncomfortable for him?  Is he saying he's a smart guy for recognizing his own insecurity???  How soulfully romantic sounding ::: is James Arthur Ray a classic Byronic hero or a calculating and manipulative sociopath?

Fast forward to "A stark realization (how bitterly dark) of our own fragile nature (how human and mortal sounding) and the true illusion (talk about conflicted) and false nature of security (more conflict and bitterness)."

How completely over the wall off the top and over done!

Here's the thing that bothers me ::: NOTHING James Arthur Ray has written in this post uses the first person singular tense.  Which by itself isn't all that weird, however, when when you realize that most of his tweets are written in either second person singular or third person plural it kind'a makes you wonder about the writer.  But then that's just my opinion ::: and I'm a fat old persnickety, excuse me, nit picky bitch.  (At least I got the bitch part correct)

James Arthur Ray speaks of "your own" insecurity (second person singular) and "our own" fragile nature (third person plural).  These changes of tense he uses are subtle and easy to miss at first glance.  But like a lot of James Arthur Ray's posts, his tilted verbiage is off enough to set off my inner alarms.  The question is ::: are these weird grammatical shifts in tense accidental or intentional?

Before and during the trial James Arthur Ray professed his desire to teach ::: his innocence and all-consuming desire to provide value (whatever hell that means) to others. Yet while trying to prove his innocence he allowed his defense team to basically say anything they felt like ::: to destroy friends, clients and coworkers (everyone in his circle) ::: destroying himself in the process. Proving you can't profess innocence while (lying, stealing, maiming and conning) acting guilty.

Kind'a makes you wonder about the integrity of the man AND the value or meaning of what he posts online.

Wikipedia Information on Byronic Hero and antisocial personality disorder (see sociopath)

The Byronic hero typically exhibits several of the following traits:
  • Arrogant
  • Cunning and able to adapt
  • Cynical
  • Disrespectful of rank and privilege
  • Emotionally conflicted, bipolar, or moody
  • Having a distaste for social institutions and norms
  • Having a troubled past or suffering from an unnamed crime
  • Intelligent and perceptive
  • Jaded, world-weary
  • Mysterious, magnetic and charismatic
  • Seductive and sexually attractive
  • Self-critical and introspective
  • Self-destructive
  • Socially and sexually dominant
  • Sophisticated and educated
  • Struggling with integrity
  • Treated as an exile, outcast, or outlaw

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fourth edition, DSM IV-TR = 301.7, a widely used manual for diagnosing mental disorders, defines antisocial personality disorder (in Axis II Cluster B) as:[1]
A) There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three or more of the following:
  1. failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest;
  2. deception, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure;
  3. impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead;
  4. irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults;
  5. reckless disregard for safety of self or others;
  6. consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations;
  7. lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another;
B) The individual is at least age 18 years.
C) There is evidence of conduct disorder with onset before age 15 years.
D) The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode.

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