Thomas Sheridan on Tír na Saor Community Radio!

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Thomas Sheridan on Tír na Saor Community Radio!

Time: January 29, 2014 from 8pm to 10pm
Location: tirnasaor.com
Event Type: radio, interview
Organized By: Kev
Latest Activity: Feb 6, 2014

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This Wednesday Kev will be joined by researcher, artist, and writer Thomas Sheridan. Many of you will be familiar with Thomas's ground-breaking work exposing the mindset of the common psychopath, this week he will be sharing his insights on Cults.

We will be discussing cults like the Thule Society and Nazism (SS), Scientology, the Raelians, and many others. Examining the group mindset and inner workings of such groups we will consider the psychopathic tendencies and characteristics that they possess. 

Tune in from 8pm on the homepage (www.tirnasaor.com) or use this link to go direct to the radio player (http://station.voscast.com/51f6a5e8575a5/).



This is set to be a highly informative and interesting show and is certainly not to be missed!

You can check out Thomas's Blog here: http://thomassheridanarts.com/home.php

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Comment by arausio on February 6, 2014 at 21:53

"By definition, psychopaths are born, not made." Oh Dear! Are shop-lifters by definition born too :) ? Scanning your link to sott now. Oh Jesus! the whole fucking world is at war each other... there was never this amount of controversy when I used to research in the library before the days of the interweb.

Comment by arausio on February 6, 2014 at 21:23

The source I used is http://www.whale.to/c/know_thy_self.html

I'll give that link of yours a watch now. Cheers.

Comment by arausio on February 6, 2014 at 20:33

Arausio: I completely get where you're coming from. Any popular idea scares me by virtue of it being popular. Yet I would urge you to look more into Sheridan's work.

I am currently in the process of doing just that.

Some areas of life and subjects are by definition the realm of the subjective, with the idea of honing your judgment abilities (don't you find it a bit fishy that like Christianity the new prevailing paradigm is also in the business of telling us we can't use our subjective discernment?) 

Yes, I do find that pehnominum somewhat fishy, and it is by no means unique to Christianity.

Sheridan makes it clear that there is no genetic basis of psychopathy... so no... it doesn't remind me in any way of eugenics.

I was not referring to Sheridan in this instance, I was referring to those in the camp who do claim that there is a genetic factor at play. However Sheridan has claimed that secondary psychopathy can be identified by a ring finger being longer than an index finger, (I wonder how many people reading this are now frantically checking out the length of their index fingers in relation to their ring finger), a receding hair line, heavy growth of facial and body hair, acne, high cheek bones and a low brow ridge. Now that does smack of Eugenics.


Name me one thing left in this world that hasn't been used in a sinister manner against us.

Daffodils.


The idea of halting investigation and intrigue because someone will twist it around is a bit of a cop out, imo.

I don't think I suggested the halting of any investigation into anything. My point is that investigations based on intuition alone are not good enough, and will not stand up to any sort of scrutiny. While intuition is important, intuition depends greatly on past knowledge and occurrences in a specific area. Sheridan might have a great deal of experience dealing with psychopaths, if he does this does still not guarantee that his intuition is correct (because some can be biased).

Sheridan intuits that, “A genuine psychopath will have the most bizarre music collection, from Doris Day to death metal.” If someone every creates an Internet Radio station that plays a collection of Eclectic tunes, I am sure you will agree that we must therefore have a psychopath on our hands!

What is the scapegoat of the wastrel giving cover to?

My intuition tells me it was a cover for the scapegoating of the poor and sick, the undermunsch if you will.

Did Sheridan suggest these people should be punished? Nope. He goes on to suggest "NO CONTACT EVER AGAIN".

Well.... isolating someone is a punishment is it not? The prison system uses this form of punishment to great effect.

In my subjective experience - apologies in advance for gathering life experiences and believing my own convictions - the only way to get an asshole of any kind of wake up to their being an asshole is if everyone gradually exits their life and they have to wonder.

Or you could arrange an intervention and tell the person they are being an asshole and explain to then just exactly they are being and arsehole and inform them of the negative impact they are having on those around them.

So psychopath or no, if we're talking about a guy who lives off of someone's government, pension, or business money, drinking and smoking in front of the tele doing fuck all with his life.... I'd say "NO CONTACT EVER AGAIN" is perfectly reasonable advice to take.

Or you could first try to understand or empathize why they are like that, have they always been like that, is there a way out of their current situation, and not jump to the immediate conclusion that they must be a psychopath and isolated.





Comment by It, Which is That on February 6, 2014 at 17:36

And may I ask, Arausio: What is the scapegoat of the wastrel giving cover to? The buck stops with us all, my friend. This fixation with the idea of cause and effect really did a number on our collective sense of responsibility. Why does an asymmetrical world always need a responsible party A.K.A. someone to blame? Without this paradigm there's no question of  the wastrel being a scapegoat because it's just being pointed out what's being done and what kind of attitude is prevailing in this kind of person. Did Sheridan suggest these people should be punished? Nope. He goes on to suggest "NO CONTACT EVER AGAIN". In my subjective experience - apologies in advance for gathering life experiences and believing my own convictions - the only way to get an asshole of any kind of wake up to their being an asshole is if everyone gradually exits their life and they have to wonder. So psychopath or no, if we're talking about a guy who lives off of someone's government, pension, or business money, drinking and smoking in front of the tele doing fuck all with his life.... I'd say "NO CONTACT EVER AGAIN" is perfectly reasonable advice to take.

Comment by It, Which is That on February 6, 2014 at 17:15

Arausio: I completely get where you're coming from. Any popular idea scares me by virtue of it being popular. Yet I would urge you to look more into Sheridan's work and check out his Youtube channel and his Sunday radio shows which he archives there. It's not ALL about the psychopath stuff, and he has some AMAZING insights to share. e.g. those you find in his documentary "End of an Eire"

Some areas of life and subjects are by definition the realm of the subjective, with the idea of honing your judgment abilities (don't you find it a bit fishy that like Christianity the new prevailing paradigm is also in the business of telling us we can't use our subjective discernment?) in order that your subjective perspective is clean of ulterior motives and ignorance. The areas of social life and experiences we have as Human Beings has not yet been quantified in a scientific understanding or psychological system. This here escapes the mastery of one particular system of understanding. It's the reason we have people like Sheridan - artists.

Sheridan makes it clear that there is no genetic basis of psychopathy... so no... it doesn't remind me in any way of eugenics.
And so what if talking about this subject makes it popular and thus something "the powers that be" can latch on to and abuse? Plenty of things we the people have developed that have been used against us, but they were originally good things that inspired thought and confidence in the ordinary man and woman. Name me one thing left in this world that hasn't been used in a sinister manner against us. The idea of halting investigation and intrigue because someone will twist it around is a bit of a cop out, imo.

Back to the subjectivity of psychopathology. Sure, a lot of people mislabeling others as psychopaths to hide their own cunning and violence, yet the judgment of many is being honed. Sheridan stresses many times that we should refrain from witch hunts and gives his suggestions on how to correctly do that. Ultimately it's down to the accuser's own power of conscience. You can deprive others of free will and call that unfortunate if you like.
Once you're no stranger to your own Shadow, or in other words, you clean out your damn closet, then it's not hard being accurate in identifying psychopaths. It's intuition. And when you let a relationship with one of these people drag on long enough it's sadly obvious what the person is, because they wont give up and their ultimately stone cold inside. They don't even want the opportunity to experience empathy, they see such approaches as vulnerability.

I hope my thoughts have been consistent and clear.

Comment by arausio on February 6, 2014 at 16:06

@ It Which Is That. You are correct, I don't know his character intimately enough. As I stated I have only come across his work recently, and my reaction to him is primarily based on that 5 min youtube video that was posted back in 2010. I fully accept that my reaction was a somewhat knee-jerk reactionary one. My main objection to his comments in relation to “wastrels” and the“faux handicaps” is that they are not backed up with anything concrete, and are purley subjective statements that smack of scapegoating, now having said that, Thomas does state that he is not coming from a Scientific background, so I guess he can be forgiven for the subjective remarks.

I don't doubt there are people out there who are devoid of empathy. Have I met any? I don't think I can definitively say that I have met a person who is completely devoid of empathy. I have met people who have shown empathy for some sections of society and its members, yet have shown little or no empathy for other sections of society and its members. I have met people who have shown empathy for all sections of societies and its members, and even people who have shown empathy for all creatures, but I have yet to met anyone who has shown no empathy at all. I would be interested to hear of your dealings with the people you have met who display no empathy, if you are willing to share those experiences.

Don't you find this whole psychopath labelling business rather disturbing? I have this unnerving feeling that “psychopaths” could very easily become the new scapegoats in a similar vain to the Jews in Nazi Germany. I am sure you can see the parallels between Eugenics and Genetics and the potential for massive abuse here. I am glad to see that Thomas Sheridan is not in the, “lock them all up and remove them from the gene pool camp” as others appear to be.

I think we have to be extremely careful and mindful when when it comes to this “psychopath” labelling business. Given the highly subjective nature of the term, and in the absence of carrying out large scale FMRI scans on the general population, anyone showing signs of detachment or individuality has the potential to fall into the “Psychopath” category.

It really is a fascinating area of research, and in closing I should thank Thomas for popularizing it. Thanks for the link to Thomas' blog Asolas, I will be sure to check out more of his work at a later date.

Comment by It, Which is That on February 3, 2014 at 16:38

Arausio: I would suggest that you don't know Sheridan's character intimately enough. He recognises that "wastrels" are not necessarily psychopathic, and I'm sure he has sympathies for a mind which feels time is best spent drinking and smoking in front of the TV (or the computer, most likely). Yet there very much are creatures in the world devoid of empathy. If you haven't met one yet, you haven't lived enough life. If you've met one and you believe there's empathy in there somewhere if you dig far enough, then I'll kindly warn you that your neck is on the block. Some people will leach off you until there's nothing left, and some of these people are wastrels.

The observation that Thomas Sheridan is making any generalizations here is an exaggerated one. 

Comment by Kira Young on January 29, 2014 at 21:13

That was great!

Comment by Kira Young on January 29, 2014 at 18:13

Looking forward to it!

Comment by arausio on January 29, 2014 at 17:11

The work of Thomas Sheridan is relatively new to me and I must confess I have not researched his work fully, but I am somewhat disturbed by certain aspects of his view on what Psychopathy is and how easily he and others throw this label about. The man himself has been accused by numerous people of being a Psychopath. I guess this is par for the course, and no one is beyond suspicion these days.

Over the years the term “psychopathic” has been transmogrified from meaning psychologically damaged to socially damaging, and as currently used, implies a specific category of people inherently committed to anti social behavior as a consequence of personal abnormalities or deficiencies.

The most frequent objection to this concept has been that such a category is a fiction, a misleading stereotype, a myth, and nothing more than an exaggeration between the deviant and the conforming, much of the supposed evidence presented is based on nothing more than anecdotal evidence. To my surprise you have fallen into this trap too.

I came across a piece of such anecdotal evidence in one of his video presentations from 2011, “Labyrinth of the Psychopath 10 - The Wastrel, Parasite, Freeloader, User”. In this video he makes the claim that, “The most common form of psychopath, beyond a doubt is the wastrel psychopath” he then proceeds to relay an anecdote about an enabling single mother from a working class background who finds herself being victimized by a psychopathic freeloading man who moves in with her and proceeds to sit around all day drinking beer, smoking, and watching television, he then go on to make a further diagnose a middle class man with a makey-up disease as psychopathic! based on what I don't know.

I have difficulty with the absurdity of most DSM diagnosis, however his diagnosis of psychopathy in both instances is beyond absurd. I can't but help wonder if these diagnosis of his are nothing more than mere projections, coupled with the perpetuation of well worn stereotypes of the poor and disabled. I would expect this kind of propaganda from the bowels of a Tory think tank. I must say I was quite alarmed to hear this coming from him given the seriousness nature of the subject matter and the current attacks on the poor and disabled. Even the use of the words, “wastrel, Parasite, Freeloader, User.” all shocking and reminiscent of the language of eugenics.

I am sure one can appreciate it does not take a great deal of inference to see where this type of thinking and rhetoric can leads. I hope he has some damn hard evidence to back up his claim that deviance (that which deviates from the norm) is in fact psychopathy.

Where is the empathy for these people? How are we to know that the Middle class man in faking his injury? How are we to know that the working class man is not suffering from depression. The fact is we don't know. Where is the evidence for this mass of psychopaths? To label these people as psychopaths based on essentially nothing is outrageous and dangerous at best. Let 's deflect from the bankers and oligarchs and focus on the real problem of the parasitic psychopathic poor and fake disabled masses of seems to be the message of the video in question.

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