WASHINGTON- May 15, 2013- “I think I’ve been a great citizen”- O.J. Simpson.
He’s back! As usual O.J. Simpson is denying his guilt, insisting he had nothing to do with the crimes he is serving time for. It wasn’t enough he claimed innocence for the death of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman (1994) during his murder trial, now he is claiming the same degree of innocence while he is actually serving time for armed robbery and kidnapping.
Does this guy actually believe himself and is vying to get free to continue his highly publicized commitment to search for the “real killers” of Simpson and Goldman, in denial or just simply mentally disturbed? Never in recorded history has anyone been charged with such heinous crimes attempted to rely on his charm, stardom and affability twice under such circumstances.
Stuart Fischoff, a professor at the of California State University, Los Angeles, suggested Simpson feels he can “Talk his way out of anything because he has” and he goes on to say Simpson was, by his and his friends account, “harassed by the law.”
There we go. He was harassed for no reason at all.
Dr. Charles Figley, a Fulbright Fellow and professor of psychology at Florida State University, said Simons actions are the result of a person eager to stay in the spotlight and to “Maintain his level of fame-even infamy” and “displays behavior not necessarily associated with a disorder, unless its borderline, but with stress and caused by lack of money or drug use.”
Fischoff said Simpson’s ego was encouraged and bolstered by his acquittal in the Simpson Goldman case and his large fan base and large sum of money protected. Fischoff also wonders aloud if Simpson has a personality disorder.
Fox 5 News contributor and analyst Dr. Keith Ablow allows for the possibility Simpson has Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and a drug or alcohol problem. Ablow is concerned Simpson has Bi-polar Personality Disorder. Ablow cites with reasonable certainty Simpson may have an underlying mental rage issue.
Some mental health professionals have suggested Simpson displays enough symptoms of NPD and perhaps Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD) to be classified as such. Let’s review the criteria for each.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder-According to the Mayo Clinic, NPD is a disorder where a person has an inflated sense of self-worth and a deep need for admiration. Some of the symptoms include but are not limited to:
-Believing you are better than others.
-Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness.
-Expecting constant praise and admiration.
-Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings.
-Taking advantage of others.
-Being jealous of others.
-Having fragile self-esteem.
-Trouble keeping healthy relationships.
- Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans.
The Mayo Clinic goes on to say someone with NPD may cross the border with self-confidence and self-esteem.
Sound like Simpson? Many people feel this description is about dead on, particularly in light of publishing a book titled “If I Did It” which gives a personal overview of how Simpson claims he would have offed his wife and her lover. How narcissistic is this? How inconsiderate of the Goldman family and those who love Nicole Simpson? What a horrible, self-serving means of keeping one’s self in the spotlight.
Also, by publically claiming he would stop at nothing to find the so-called “Real killers”-if they happen to be on the same golf course he is on at the same time and voluntarily surrenders with a full confession, shows no remorse and denial.
Let’s face it, if the police did not think Simpson murdered the two, they would still be searching for the “Real killers” with an active, official open case and since a celebrities wife was brutally butchered, would pull the plug on resources to find the culprit.
Some say the case is unofficially closed. In all likelihood, if someone were to step forward today and admit the crime, they would have to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to be believed.
The Mayo Clinic describes ASPD as a person’s way of thinking, perceiving situations and means of relating to others as dysfunctional and destructive. Those with ASPD have no regard for right and wrong and disregard the rights, wishes and feelings of others.
Those with ASPD manipulate, control, and treat others harshly and with indifference, frequently violate the law, behave violently, impulsively, lie and show no remorse or guilt. They most often have problems with drugs and alcohol. Other symptoms include but are not limited to:
-Disregard for right or wrong.
-Persistent lying and using deceit to exploit others.
-Intense egocentrism, exhibitionism and superiority.
-Child or spousal abuse.
-Lack of empathy for others, poor and abusive relationships.
-Failure to learn from consequences or behavior.
As they say in police jargon; sounds like our man.
Let’s take off the glove(s): If Simpson were not saddled with NPD and ASPD, he would have to prove this beyond a reasonable doubt and this seems unlikely. The criteria does fit and Simpson must admit.
Paul Mountjoy is a Virginia based writer and is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.
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