So I live next to this guy whose lies make my old lying self look awesome in comparison…He’s in prison for murder, thats true. The rest is Horse Shit served warm. Truth is i should feel for him. But i just can’t bring myself to do it. He’s angry as hell. And crazy to.
So it’s like a college course on Sociopathic behavior. Or looking into a mirror, that once showed me. And my personality. It’s sureal. I mean the violent attitudes. The dominate behavior. The con games. You name it. It is all the old old me. Crazy shit!
–Brent Brents 2-24-15
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Alot of you would say I’m a Psychopath. Honestly I was close. But even in 04 and 05 I had regrets about what i was doing. Yes I did relish the emotional hell I caused people. But I always did feel regrets. I still do. So I think it’s 50/50 that a sociopath can change. As for myself, I think, I know I’ve changed alot. Don’t get me wrong. There is still those moments when all the anger and rage return and I think fuck it all. It’s easy to fall back into sociopathic thinking and behavior. I know love and empathy. I’m very capable of expressing both genuinely. If i were a Psychopath I wouldn’t be capable of either. Nor would I be enterested in either.
-Brent Brents 11-2-14
Ok so Can a sociopath change? I think yes. But Not completely. We are capable of remorse even empathy. But It really takes being stripped of ones inadaqusies and bitterness. Rage and hatred.
Unlike psychopaths, Sociopaths have morals and rules they follow. Me I consider friendships sacred. And I would do any thing for my true friends. I don’t think most Sociopaths love themselves very much. So friendships are important means of finding and supplying themselves with love.
Ultimately we have to learn to love ourselves. Face the uncomfortable things we often bring upon ourselves. And face the violence we’ve committed upon others. A psychopath relishes the violence and pain they cause. As Sociopaths we might be assholes. But sooner or later we experience change.
-Brent Brents 11-2-14
Note from Amy:
A reader from Alberta named Holly wrote to this Diary of a Predator website earlier this month and said this in part about Brent Brents:
“Even if he is diagnosed a sociopath then why wasn’t he helped. Why is the word sociopath considered a moral weakness – yet people who are depressed or bi-polar are treated like porcelain?”
Which prompted this response, sent anonymously on 7/25:
I believe if Holly was to do a little further research on mental disorders, she would come to conclude that being a sociopath is not something that can be treated nor cured.
A reader from Edmonton, Alberta sent the following comment to this Diary of a Predator website:
Firstly, Amy I would like to commend you on your work. I saw the story on Investigative Discovery. I hope that you can pass onto Brent Brents that I do not believe he is a monster.
I do think believe mental health issues need to be addressed more than anything. The word “Sociopath” should not be used as a moral weakness. It should be seen as an opportunity to help a person. It IS a sickness – just like cancer.
I suffer with Borderline personality disorder. One of the most difficult disorders to diagnose.
Just to add I am not a doctor by any means but I can bet Brent Brents’ being diagnosed as a sociopath may actually be an inaccurate diagnosis. Even if he is diagnosed a sociopath then why wasn’t he helped. Why is the word sociopath considered a moral weakness – yet people who are depressed or bi-polar are treated like porcelain?
Just my thoughts. -Holly
Time: July 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm
Note from Amy: I got a very thoughtful email last year from a woman who is working on her master’s in counseling psychology. She had seen me on the Paula Zahn show on Investigation Discovery about the Brent Brents’ case, and wrote to offer her support of my work.
Now she’s doing some work of her own, through an excellent blog called The Feminist Rag–and I offer praise of it not just because she recently wrote a very nice blog about my work on Brents, but because she has insightful and interesting things to say. I began reading James Gilligan’s book Violence on her recommendation, and have learned so much from it. That book articulates so well the underlying causes of violence in our culture and why conventional solutions have failed to stem its tide.
Since the author of The Feminist Rag doesn’t give her name on her website, I won’t reveal it here. Below is an excerpt of what she wrote about her reactions to Diary of a Predator: A Memoir, in addition to some very kind things about my ongoing work which were gratifying to hear.
From The Feminist Rag:
Reading Amy’s book is not for the light-hearted; it took me on an INTENSE emotional roller coaster that had me wrestling with all kinds of conflicting feelings like disgust, terror, empathy and despair as I learned of Brent’s childhood, which was filled with unspeakable child abuse which, unsurprisingly and all too commonly, resulted in a full blown sadistic, out of control, violent, sociopathic man.
Alongside my disgust, despair, and terror, I also found myself feeling empathy for Brent because little tortured boys don’t just disappear, they slowly morph into violent adult men. This is not to say that ALL abused boys turn into sadistic men, but some do, it’s simply how life works — everyone copes differently with the inner hell such a childhood creates. Read more
Having been a sociopath from a very early age and “in the system” i learned to piss people off. Especially those who were assigned as counselors….I was especially good at being sarcastic. I was also very predatory. So i watched for weakness…I was and probably still could be good at provoking anger, humiliation or embarrassment. I had an obese female counselor who i ragged on constantly about her sweat pits and fat rolls in her neck. I could make her cry. Before all was said and done i had humiliated her so badly i was able to manipulate her for sexual favors and illegal activities. That was me at 15. An asshole.
Brent Brents 8-5-11