Sex is all I need. And a girlfriend.
Just sex and a girlfriend. And maybe a nice car, a generous allowance, and a scenic place to live where there are people my age to hang with. Oh, wait . . . I already have a nice car, affluent parents and picturesque surroundings teeming with potential friends.
Sex. That’s all I need for my life to be wonderful. If I don’t get it, blonde sluts are going to pay. I will have retribution.
Rodger’s skewed perspective has become the subject of serious commentary and hilarious sarcasm, as well as speculation that he was gay and didn’t know it. Others claim he was experiencing self-hatred. Psychologists are weighing in now. And they are confirming what I have believed all along: Having sex or being in a relationship would not have kept Elliot Rodger from going on a sociopathic murder spree [in Isla Vista, near Santa Barbara, California].
CBS reported the opinions of psychologists on Rodger’s mental state in this article from May 29:
Elliot Rodger killed six innocent people in California blaming his rage on a non-existent sex life and not having a girlfriend in videos he posted on YouTube before the murders. But if Rodger did have relationships and sex with women, some psychologists suggest that he still would have gone on his rampage because his problems run deeper than just claiming to be a virgin.
“If Rodger had the capacity to be in a real, loving relationship I would imagine that he would have been much less capable of such callous behavior towards others,” clinical social worker and psychotherapist Laura Miller told CBS Hartford. “His disconnect from the humanity of others and their inherent worth would likely preclude any such relationship from occurring, however. So I don’t think having a girlfriend or sex is the issue here, but rather a direct result of his lack of self-awareness and lack of empathy towards [others].
Another expert really hits the nail on the head, in the same article:
Dr. Michael Broder, a renowned psychologist, also agrees that Rodger had more issues than what he tried to explain in his manifesto.
“He wasn’t a bad looking guy, he didn’t seem to present any obvious problems that would make him somebody that would make girls or women avoid him,” Broder, who is a bestselling author of Stage Climbing: The Shortest Path To Your Highest Potential, told CBS Hartford. “So obviously the reason he has had these problems with members of the opposite sex, is because his problems were psychological in nature.”
Broder explained that Rodger created some sort of barrier between him and the opposite sex.
“If I have to guess there is something that created barriers between him and women that made dating not work and then of course he has this extreme reaction,” Broder said. “The thing that strikes me more than anything else is that behavior like this does not happen just like that. With killers like Adam Lanza, James Holmes, and Rodger, there has to be warning signs that these extreme actions can take place.
“It is important for clinicians to pay attention to such signs and to model appropriate empathy, while striking a balance between that and being manipulated by such a patient into not setting appropriate limits or intimidated into not confronting dangerous tendencies,” Miller said. “Antisocial personalities like these mass killers need unfortunately a kind of help that they are least likely to seek out, which involves a real human connection with a therapist who can also monitor their behavior closely enough to protect them from becoming dangerous and take necessary precautions when possible.”
Here’s what I got out of the doctors’ assessments: Rodger’s psychological problems created a barrier between himself and peers. He needed to make a “real human connection” with an empathetic therapist who could identify the warning signs and take precautions. Can I get an uproarious “DUH”? I could have told you that! Thank you, that’ll be $250 per hour.
by T.M. Burroughs
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