Female Psychopaths: Hidden In Plain Sight

The article in the July 2019 issue of Psychology Today “What Makes A Female Psychopath Different” by Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., and the inspirational true story, “Marshall”, written by Michael and Jacob Koskoff and directed by Reginald Hudlin are critical pieces to watch and read. Both the article and movie capture the importance of sustaining balance and perspective in the era of the #metoo movement. Society, as a collective consciousness, needs to keep their eye on the ball and remain steadfast to insure we are monitoring these predatory women just as mindfully as their predatory male counterparts.

One must be aware that there are Female Psychopaths who feel emboldened by the #metoo movement. They are weaponizing the legal system to obtain bogus restraining orders, alienating their children from good fathers, and gaining power through manipulative channels to advance their insidious self-serving agenda(s).

If the allegations and evidence is deemed baseless then lawmakers need to consider implementing law(s) to combat such mendacity. Possibly fining the perjurer and holding them to a monetary judgment to be awarded to the falsely accused, a written public apology, mandatory community service at a domestic violence facility, the right for the innocent victim to sue and collect damages for defamation, and any/all legal expenses to be paid by the violator. However, if two or more individuals/entities target an individual possibly formatting a law referencing and modifying sections of the Civil RICO Law which may apply to cases such as these. There are endless possibilities…

Attached is the journalistic piece in its entirety and below is just one highlighted paragraph from this riveting editorial on What Makes A Female Psychopath Different by Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.

“Overall, according to researchers, female psychopaths seem to be less physically violent than males. While the evidence on gender differences is mixed, females who develop the disorder may show it through verbal and relational aggression—perhaps harming someone socially through gossip or ostracism. Female psychopaths appear to have a stronger need for others’ approval, worse self-image, and more anxiety relative to males. They might use flirtation and sexual behavior, feign suicide attempts, or pretend to be the victim of an assault to get what they want”.

In the movie “Marshall”, Attorney Thurgood Marshall’s beautifully crafted final analysis and legal abridgement of socialite Eleanor Strubing is brilliant! Marshall’s co-counsel Sam Friedman delivers the closing summation. Eleanor’s husband is a successful, abusive, and controlling man who frequently travels on business leaving Eleanor alone and idle. Eleanor’s mundane existence, along with her pathological desire to preserve and maintain her public image, has no limits. Subsequently, this would be a breeding ground for her web of lies. Eleanor, after engaging in consensual sexual relations with her African American chauffer, fears she is pregnant and tragically decides to feign an imaginary narrative as a means to cover up the affair. She would ultimately choose to embark on a self-destructive path by pointing her finger and falsely accusing Mr. Spell of rape… and the calculated actions and ensuing consequences of a refined demure manipulative psychopath unfolds.