maybe it was part of an act, but he didn't seem particularly in touch with reality to me.Indeed.
On the other hand, probably more in the domain of personality disorder than mental illness. People can be completely "in touch" with reality, in a manner that designates them as clearly not psychotic, but yet harbour a belief system that justifies the most outrageous atrocities in their own mind. True psychotics are far too disorganized in their thinking to be able to carry out the sorts of acts that show up in the papers.
I'm glad he wasn't recognized as mental illness. As I don't think he was. Theres a fine line between mental illness and evil and evil is the side of the line he was on. If this were to happen today in Canada we'd lock him up for a year, put him on meds and release him to the public.Its amazing that hes such a household name, I guess it was the pop culture connection and bizarre imagery.
It always bothered me that he doesn't seem to have been recognized as someone with mental illness.
It also seems strange that hes infamous as the posterboy for spree killings...yet didn't actually kill anyone himself.
A very strange story.
Again, what we're dealing with here is a severe personality disorder, and not psychosis. Keep in mind that if he was psychotic, he could not have effectively manipulated his followers. And for that matter, neither could have Jim Jones, or other similar types. One can hold bizarre, and seemingly irrational (to us at least) beliefs that look like delusions. But it's the coordinated manner in which those delusional beliefs are maintained, communicated, and planned around, in a manner that is coordinated over time, that makes the difference between psychotic and other kinds of "problems".I'm glad he wasn't recognized as mental illness. As I don't think he was. Theres a fine line between mental illness and evil and evil is the side of the line he was on. If this were to happen today in Canada we'd lock him up for a year, put him on meds and release him to the public.