In reply to:
Regardless of the predominantly aggressive or passive character of the antisocial personality, what is remarkable is that their gratification is linked to bodily functions, to eating, drinking, drugs and alcohol, and sexuality is divested of its object relations implications, divested of love and tenderness.
I think I'd generalise their statement slightly:
"... what is remarkable is that their gratification is linked to the senses
, to eating, drinking, drugs and alcohol, fast driving, dangerous sports, risky activity in general... anything that feels different, is 'on the edge' ..has got the buzz. And sexuality is divested of its object relations implications, divested of love and tenderness, of all emotional content
So... As Ive generalised the original proposition, it ends up looking like a restatement of "High sensory input activity
" in my first post in this thread.
Psychopaths inhabit the realm of the senses.
As they experience no emotional satisfactions of the normal type - for example the feelings of a 'job well done', the natural emotional bond of fatherhood or motherhood - the pursuit of sensory gratification tends to be extreme to fill the emotional void... they seem desperate to feel...something
. Always jumping from one thing to the next to stave off the boredom
- which as everything
is ultimately unsatisfactory (repeated sensory stimulation with no emotional gratification rapidly palls) , seems to be the Ps main problem in life.
this is item 3 on Hares PCL-R checklist:
3. NEED FOR STIMULATION or PRONENESS TO BOREDOM -- an excessive need for novel, thrilling, and exciting stimulation; taking chances and doing things that are risky. Psychopaths often have a low self-discipline in carrying tasks through to completion because they get bored easily. They fail to work at the same job for any length of time, for example, or to finish tasks that they consider dull or routine.
Antisocial Personality, Sociopathy, and Psychopathy