Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. – San Bernardino Mass Shooting

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Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.-San Bernardino Mass Shooting

Listen to Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D. as he is interviewed on America Now with Meghan McCain regarding the San Bernardino Mass Shooting on December 2, 2015. On December 3, 2015, Dr. Nuccitelli was interviewed by Meghan McCain during her three-hour national radio broadcast discussing the San Bernardino Shooting tragedy. As you will hear during this brief interview, Ms. McCain asks Dr. Nuccitelli provocative questions surrounding the husband and wife team who brutally murdered fourteen people and wounded twenty-one.

Although the assailant couple, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, pledged their allegiance to an Islamic State leader on Facebook, authorities were not prepared to conclude this travesty was a terrorist attack or workplace related at the time of this show. In response to Ms. McCain’s question regarding the ability of terrorist groups to use social media as an influential tactic for motivating other terrorists, Dr. Nuccitelli affirmed her query. Concurring with Ms. McCain, Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D. strongly suspects the San Bernardino Mass Shooting at the Inland Regional Center was an act of terrorism and not simply an act of workplace violence. Dr. Nuccitelli would like to say Thank you to America Now with Meghan McCain for inviting him to be their guest. To listen to his interview with Ms. McCain, simply click on the radio image here.

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Dr. Nuccitelli presents his belief that cyberspace is becoming, or already is, an extension of cyberspace. He strongly believes that cyberspace has effects upon the human mind not yet explained by modern science. For those interested in learning a little about what Dr. Nuccitelli is referring to, it is recommended to Goggle the terms Reality-Virtuality Continuum, Disinhibition Effect and the works of Carl Jung. If the San Bernardino shooters were influenced by their online activities, Dr. Nuccitelli believes his two iPredator sub-constructs, iPredator Bridge and ODDOR were involved.

Since the beginning of human civilization, ideology has driven people to commit atrocious acts of violence. In the Information Age, the seeds of militant ideology are easily nourished. Once a person or group of people are validated in their extreme views, the probability of implementing their violent plans grows exponentially. For a yet to be determined reason, cyberspace has an uncanny ability to speak to the dark side of human consciousness. Living in the Information Age, Cyber Terrorism and iPredators will become permanent fixtures of the human experience. With each passing year, homeland security must focus on cyber attack prevention.

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Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist and cyber criminology consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adler University in 1994. In 2010, Dr. Nuccitelli authored the dark side of cyberspace concept known as “iPredator.” In November 2011, he established iPredator Inc., offering educational, investigative, and advisory services involving criminal psychology, cyberstalking, online predators, internet trolls, the dark side of cyberspace and internet safety. Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field over the last thirty-plus years and he has volunteered his time helping cyber-attacked victims since 2010. His goal is to reduce victimization, theft, and disparagement from iPredators.

In addition to aiding citizens & disseminating educational content, Dr. Nuccitelli’s mission is to initiate a sustained national educational and awareness internet safety campaign with the help of private, state, and federal agencies. He is always available, at no cost, to interact with online users, professionals, and the media. To invite Dr. Nuccitelli to conduct training, media engagements, educational services, or consultation, please call him at (347) 871-2416 or via email at drnucc@ipredatorinc.com.

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iPredator Inc. is a NYS based Information Age Forensics Company founded to provide educational and advisory products & services to online users on cyberbullying, cyber harassment, cyberstalking, cybercrime, internet defamation, cyber terrorism, online sexual predation and cyber deception. Created by a NYS licensed psychologist and forensic psychology consultant, Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., their goal is to reduce victimization, theft and disparagement from online assailants. In addition to assisting citizens, iPredator Inc.’s mission is to initiate a nationally sustained internet safety and cyber attack prevention educational & awareness campaign with the help of private, state and federal agencies.
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Phone: 347-871-2416

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JonBenet Ramsey – Her Last Christmas & Cold Case Homicide

 

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JonBenet Ramsey-Cold Case Homicide Q & A

In early April 2015, I had the honor of interviewing my friend and associate, Laurence L. Smith, M.S. about his recently published book addressing the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey in 1996. “The Last Christmas of JonBenet Ramsey” is a methodical and exceptional manuscript chronicling the last days of JonBenet and the investigation that followed. Laurence Smith and his profiling skills truly speaks to the Dark Psychology of human consciousness. Pasted in Q & A format are several question and answers from my interview.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. | Given the amount of material and books written about the JonBenet Ramsey case, how does your book become a definitive account of this case, including the naming of her killer?

Laurence L. Smith, M.S. | A great question. This case demanded a multi-dimensional perspective, especially psychologically. All of the published material written or spoken via the media about this case involved people who were journalists, novelists, law enforcement personnel, and others not having a sufficient psychology background to grasp the psycho-dynamics of the case to make an astute analysis. Other than the early publication of Dr. Cyril Wecht’s book, few resources were comprehensive.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. | Because police and media members often zero in one or two so-called ‘persons of interest’, how wide of a net did you cast to include as many viable suspects as possible?

Laurence L. Smith, M.S. | I devoted an entire chapter to placing a hypothetical intruder in a scenario to see how viable a suspect he should be. I also devote an entire chapter to placing various psychopathology criminal types in scenarios to see if any appear to be the most viable or likely killer of JonBenet.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. | How about Ramsey family members, how in-depth did you go in examining their viability for being responsible for JonBenet’s death?

Laurence L. Smith, M.S. | John, Patsy, along with sons Burke, and John Andrew Ramsey Jr. were exhaustively analyzed for any possible role in her death, with a definitive finding for each. (Daughter, Melinda Ramsey, was in Georgia working as a nurse at the time of JonBenet’s death.)

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. | Because of the crime scene and forensics there were many in the media and in Boulder law enforcement who believed JonBenet’s murder was either a botched robbery, kidnapping, or the result of a pedophile. How did you reconcile this seeming dilemma?

Laurence L. Smith, M.S. | Realizing the contradictory actions, if any of these criminal types had been involved, I came to see that this was a non-focused crime and that the murder of JonBenet was essentially a cover-up.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy. D. | How did you arrive at a motive for JonBenet’s murder?

Laurence Smith, M.S. | There wasn’t really a motive as one generally views a motive in a murder case, but rather a murder out of perceived necessity as a cover-up.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy. D. | How long do think the entire killing scenario was?

Laurence L. Smith, M.S. | Creating a more realistic time-line than the one police were working with, I believe at least 3 or 4 hours were consumed in the overall crime, including its staging and writing of the innocuously worded ransom letter.

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Michael Nuccitelli, Psy. D. | Re-known FBI profiler John Douglas told the media and television viewers that he believed the crime scene appeared staged. At what point did you formulate a definitive analysis as to what type of criminal type the individual was who murdered JonBenet?

Laurence L. Smith, M.S. | Even prior to Mr. Douglas’s statement I had come to see the crime as one that was amateurishly staged and carried out, as if it were a seminal occurrence for this type of crime by the perpetrator, thus eliminating career criminal types or individuals having a criminal record.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy. D. | In boldly stating that your book is a definitive account of who murdered JonBenet how can you state that so unequivocally?

Laurence L. Smith, M.S. | I believe that once one reads my book and sees the effort made to thoroughly examine suspects and suspect types who remotely could be considered viable as the murderer, overwhelming evidentiary material and circumstances will clearly show who the murderer is.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy. D. | Given that there is no statute of limitations on murder and this case remaining officially open, do you ever see this murder case being resolved and officially closed?

Laurence L. Smith, M.S. | Unfortunately Dr., this case will remain open interminably, lest someone associated with the murderer or has direct knowledge of the murderous events makes an official statement naming the murderer, which is more than highly unlikely.

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Laurence L. Smith, M.S.

Laurence L. Smith, M.S. is a past member of American Psychotherapy Association who now devotes his time to consulting or testifying in major criminal trials. He obtained his M.S. Degree in criminal psychology from the University of Chicago in 1996 and has since been in the psychology milieu in various capacities, including psychotherapist, clinician, counselor, and corporate consultant.

“The Last Christmas of JonBenet Ramsey” is Laurence L. Smith’s initial foray into authoring a non-fiction true crime book. This book purports to show how 6-year old celebrity child, JonBenet Ramsey, came to be murdered on Christmas day, 1996 in Boulder, Colorado. In the process, naming whom her killer was in a case where her murder heretofore officially remains unsolved. This aptly titled book is a definitive account of how situational circumstances led to her death by her killer. A murder described by Laurence L. Smith, M.S. as a non-focused killing. To purchase his book, visit his website at http://www.laurencelsmith.com/

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Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist and cyber criminology consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adler University in 1994. In 2010, Dr. Nuccitelli authored the dark side of cyberspace concept known as “iPredator.” In November 2011, he established iPredator Inc., offering educational, investigative, and advisory services involving criminal psychology, cyberstalking, online predators, internet trolls, the dark side of cyberspace and internet safety. Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field over the last thirty-plus years and he has volunteered his time helping cyber-attacked victims since 2010. His goal is to reduce victimization, theft, and disparagement from iPredators.

In addition to aiding citizens & disseminating educational content, Dr. Nuccitelli’s mission is to initiate a sustained national educational and awareness internet safety campaign with the help of private, state, and federal agencies. He is always available, at no cost, to interact with online users, professionals, and the media. To invite Dr. Nuccitelli to conduct training, media engagements, educational services, or consultation, please call him at (347) 871-2416 or via email at drnucc@ipredatorinc.com.

God Bless JonBenet Ramsey

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Phone: 347-871-2416

Dark Psychology – Blog Version by Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

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Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

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Dark Psychology includes all criminal and deviant behaviors committed upon other innocent victims. Although many people are intrigued by the discussion of the serial killer and psychopath, the vast majority of predators hunting human prey are not engaged in murder or sexual deviance. If this writer were to make an estimate, he would put the percentage of human predators at roughly 70% of the total pool of people who are out to victimize others, but who are not involved in murder or sexual deviance. The remaining 30% are the most dangerous because they seek physical human contact.

This writer has constructed what he believes is a sound theory of the human predator. Dark Psychology assumes what lives within all of us is a potential reservoir of violent malicious energy. All human aggressive and hostile dysfunctional behavior lies on a continuum of purposiveness defined by this writer as the Dark Continuum. Most of these behaviors lie somewhere on the Dark Continuum with most being in the category of subtle, mild and with fleeting thoughts and minor shortfalls. The reality though is Dark Psychology is a universal phenomenon, and there is no dispute all of us, at times in our lives, have had at least thoughts of sheer violence and predatory fantasies.

The difference is the vast majority of humanity has never acted upon those thoughts. The reason is that we have a low Dark Factor equation compared to the predators. The Dark Factor is the realm, place and potential that exists in all of us and is part of the human condition. This concept is one of the more abstract terms of Dark Psychology, because it is so hard to illustrate via the written expression. For criminal and deviant people, their Dark Factor is elevated; influencing them to move in a direction towards what many define as evil and this writer defines as a trajectory accelerating towards the Dark Singularity.

“It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.” Alfred Adler [1870-1937]

Alfred Adler’s theories were a powerful influence in this writer’s creation of Dark Psychology. He strongly adheres to Adler’s philosophy that behavior is purposive. The only slight philosophical divergence from Adler is this writer’s belief that all behavior is 99% purposive. He holds the remaining 1% as being within the realm of the black hole of the Dark Singularity. The black hole of the singularity is the area of evil that the predator comes close to, but never reaches.

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Dark Singularity

The Dark Singularity is the potential in all of us to behave as a predator, hunting human prey completely and utterly devoid of purpose. This writer also strongly subscribes to Adler’s theory of subjective processing. Dark Psychology and the human predator have a highly distorted perceptual filtering mechanism. For them, it is no longer about being compassionate and kind. Their subjective processing colors all of their thoughts, emotions and perceptions with blackness and venom.

At some point in the development of the human predator, he/she actuates his thoughts and feelings and starts down the long road of what contemporary criminologist call psychopathy. Within time, their subjective processing filter becomes divorced from experiencing remorse. They come to perceive that the victimization of others is deserved by those who are too naive to protect themselves.

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Dark Factor

Given that, a large portion of human development surrounds social acceptance, the predator somehow moves into the arena where his/her Dark Factor becomes an active force fueling an urge for the destruction of others. Once touched by the realm of psychopathy, he has entered the point of no return. Just as light cannot escape a black hole, the human predator cannot escape the path towards the Dark Singularity. Interviews conducted by forensic profilers and research scientists with convicted notorious psychopaths have proven the theory of accelerated movement towards the Dark Singularity.

Some believe, this accelerated trajectory to victimize others is more similar to what has been called a compulsive dependency theory. Although this writer agrees with the compulsive dependency hypothesis of increased needs by human predators to victimize others, Dark Psychology assumes these needs can become needless and less purposive.

Not only have psychopaths divulged a perception of experiencing a sense that their evil acts accelerate in frequency, but also their experience of acting as predator takes on an addictive quality. Using cosmology once again as a metaphor for Dark Psychology, the closer matter approaches a black hole, the faster mass accelerates and can never swing away from the black hole’s awesome gravity. Interviews with psychopaths almost exactly mimic this universal law of astrophysics.

As society moves further into what is defined as the Information Age filled with digital technology and cyberspace, Dark Psychology and its impact on humanity will be tested at greater rates. Given the veil of anonymity cyberspace offers all humanity, the question remains is if the nefarious aspects living within all of us will recognize there is a realm of free reign called the digital universe. Dark Psychology is the study of the chasm within us all, which only the few enter, and even fewer ever exit. Without a natural predator to cause humans to rally, we prey upon one another.

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Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist and cyber criminology consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adler University in 1994. In 2010, Dr. Nuccitelli authored the dark side of cyberspace concept known as “iPredator.” In November 2011, he established iPredator Inc., offering educational, investigative, and advisory services involving criminal psychology, cyberstalking, online predators, internet trolls, the dark side of cyberspace and internet safety. Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field over the last thirty-plus years and he has volunteered his time helping cyber-attacked victims since 2010. His goal is to reduce victimization, theft, and disparagement from iPredators.

In addition to aiding citizens & disseminating educational content, Dr. Nuccitelli’s mission is to initiate a sustained national educational and awareness internet safety campaign with the help of private, state, and federal agencies. He is always available, at no cost, to interact with online users, professionals, and the media. To invite Dr. Nuccitelli to conduct training, media engagements, educational services, or consultation, please call him at (347) 871-2416 or via email at drnucc@ipredatorinc.com.

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iPredator Inc. is a NYS based Information Age Forensics Company founded to provide educational and advisory products & services to online users on cyberbullying, cyber harassment, cyberstalking, cybercrime, internet defamation, cyber terrorism, online sexual predation and cyber deception. Created by a NYS licensed psychologist and forensic psychology consultant, Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., their goal is to reduce victimization, theft and disparagement from online assailants. In addition to assisting citizens, iPredator Inc.’s mission is to initiate a nationally sustained internet safety and cyber attack prevention educational & awareness campaign with the help of private, state and federal agencies.
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Phone: 347-871-2416

Dark Psychology – Definition of the Psychological Construct

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Dark Psychology Definition & Review

Visit iPredator’s Dark Psychology webpage to review or download, at no cost, the darkside of human consciousness construct and conceptual framework authored by iPredator Inc. founder, Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. If not interested in clicking to another site, provided below are useful concept definitions.

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Dark Psychology: Dark Psychology is the study of the human condition as it relates to the psychological nature of people to prey upon other people motivated by criminal and/or deviant drives that lack purpose and general assumptions of instinctual drives and social sciences theory. All of humanity has the potentiality to victimize humans and other living creatures. While many restrain or sublimate this tendency, some act upon these impulses. Dark Psychology seeks to understand those thoughts, feelings, perceptions and subjective processing systems that lead to predatory behavior that is antithetical to contemporary understandings of human behavior. Dark Psychology assumes that criminal, deviant and abusive behaviors are purposive and have some rational, goal-oriented motivation 99% of the time. It is the remaining 1%, Dark Psychology parts from Teleology.

Dark Psychology encompasses all that makes us who we are in relationship to our dark side. All cultures, faiths and humanity have this proverbial cancer. From the moment we are born to the time of death, there is a side hidden within us that some have called “Evil” and others have defined as criminal, deviant or psychopathic. Dark Psychology posits there are people who commit these same acts and do so not for power, money, sex, retribution or any other known purpose. They commit horrid acts without a goal. Simplified, their ends do not justify their means. There are people who violate and injure others for the sake of doing so. Within in all of us is this potential. A potential to harm others without cause, explanation, or purpose is the area explored. Dark Psychology assumes this dark potential is incredibly complex and even more difficult to define.

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iPredator

iPredator: A person, group or nation who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, coercion, stalking, theft or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology [ICT]. iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age or gender and are not bound by economic status, race, religion or national heritage. iPredator is a global term used to distinguish anyone who engages in criminal, coercive, deviant or abusive behaviors using ICT. Central to the construct is the premise that Information Age criminals, deviants and the violently disturbed are psychopathological classifications new to humanity.

Whether the offender is a cyberbully, cyberstalker, cyber harasser, internet troll, cybercriminal, online sexual predator, cyber terrorist, online child pornography consumer/distributor, online psychopath or engaged in internet defamation or nefarious cyber deception, they fall within the scope of iPredator. The three criteria used to define an iPredator include:

  1. A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT.
  2. The usages of ICT to obtain, exchange, deliver and tamper with harmful information.
  3. A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.

Unlike human predators prior to the Information Age, iPredators rely on the multitude of benefits offered by Information and Communications Technology [ICT]. These assistances include exchange of information over long distances, rapidity of information exchanged and the seemingly infinite access to data available. Malevolent in intent, iPredators rely on their capacity to deceive others using ICT in the abstract and artificial electronic universe known as cyberspace. Therefore, as the internet naturally offers all ICT users anonymity, if they decide, iPredators actively design online profiles and diversionary tactics to remain undetected and untraceable.

Cyberstealth, a sub-tenet of iPredator, is a covert method by which iPredators attempt to establish and sustain complete anonymity while they engage in ICT activities planning their next assault, investigating innovative surveillance technologies or researching the social profiles of their next target. Concurrent with the concept of Cyberstealth is iPredator Victim Intuition [IVI]. An iPredator’s IVI is their aptitude to sense a target’s ODDOR [Offline Distress Dictates Online Response], online & offline vulnerabilities, psychological weaknesses, technological limitations, increasing their success of a cyber-attack with minimal ramifications.

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Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist and cyber criminology consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adler University in 1994. In 2010, Dr. Nuccitelli authored the dark side of cyberspace concept known as “iPredator.” In November 2011, he established iPredator Inc., offering educational, investigative, and advisory services involving criminal psychology, cyberstalking, online predators, internet trolls, the dark side of cyberspace and internet safety. Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field over the last thirty-plus years and he has volunteered his time helping cyber-attacked victims since 2010. His goal is to reduce victimization, theft, and disparagement from iPredators.

In addition to aiding citizens & disseminating educational content, Dr. Nuccitelli’s mission is to initiate a sustained national educational and awareness internet safety campaign with the help of private, state, and federal agencies. He is always available, at no cost, to interact with online users, professionals, and the media. To invite Dr. Nuccitelli to conduct training, media engagements, educational services, or consultation, please call him at (347) 871-2416 or via email at drnucc@ipredatorinc.com.

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Founded by Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D., iPredator Inc. is a NYC Internet Safety Company founded to offer educational and advisory products and services to online users and organizations on cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cybercrime, internet defamation and online sexual predation. iPredator Inc.’s goal is to reduce victimization, theft, and disparagement from online perpetrators.
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Phone: 347-871-2416

Bipolar Disorder & Mood Disorder Notes by Dr. Nuccitelli

Bipolar Disorder & Mood Disorder Notes

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Bipolar Disorder Notes

by Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

iPredator Inc.

April, 2014

“Bipolar Disorder | Offline & Online Environmental Considerations” is an educational article for families, loved ones and healthcare providers seeking information about those suffering from Bipolar Disorder and related psychiatric disabilities. Authored by Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D., a NYS licensed psychologist, forensic consultant and author of the Information Age forensic construct iPredator, the article provides helpful information addressing Bipolar Disorder in both offline & online environments. 

Disability: Disability is defined as a physiological and/or psychological impairment that negatively limits one or more major life activities in a person’s life, there is an established record of these limitations and a general consensus that the person exhibits impairment.

For those who suffer from Bipolar Disorder or any form of psychopathology, the challenges presented in adaptive functioning and employment environments can be complex, daunting and anxiety provoking. Related to employment, a recent survey compiled by the Depression and Support Alliance estimate that 9 out of 10 Bipolar Disordered adults reported their illness directly impacted work performance and employment relationships. Not to say that medication, exercise, proper diet, therapy, spirituality and a healthy lifestyle cannot reduce these negative consequences, but the cyclical & unpredictable nature of Bipolar Disorder can become a full time job in of itself.

Mirroring the signs and symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, many sufferers often seek out employment opportunities that tend to be intense, project based and short in duration. Even when employed in what would be considered a structured and predictable job, the Bipolar Disordered person tends to manage their task requirements with intensity and hyper focus. Although a structured work environment, with predictable task assignments, have been shown to be most conducive, the idea of a daily routine can easily lead the Bipolar Disordered person to feelings of boredom and disenfranchisement.

For the Bipolar Disordered person, a structured work environment that provides organization, stability and predictability is by far the best employment plan. The byproduct of a structured schedule and predictable work environment reduces the probability of the prime trigger for all Bipolar Disordered persons, which is over stimulation. For the Bipolar Disordered person, environmental employment factors that are stimulation focused are problematic.

As stated, a healthy lifestyle combining organization, stability and predictability is paramount for reducing the negative consequences of Bipolar Disorder. Although Bipolar Disorder has its own unique quality and conditions, compared to other types of psychological dysfunction, a healthy lifestyle that prioritizes organization, stability and predictability is preferred.

A large part of a healthy lifestyle is recognizing the vital importance of medication management and healthcare provider support. It cannot be stressed enough that a consistent dedication to medication management is crucial to behavioral stability. Just as someone who suffers from Type I Diabetes that requires regular insulin shots throughout the day to maintain proper functioning, so too does the Bipolar Disordered person has to prioritize their medication regimen.

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What are Mood Disorders

Bipolar Disorder:Bipolar Disorder is a severe and disabling  cyclical psychopathology characterized by manic, hypomanic and depressive states. Affecting 2.2 million Americans, Bipolar Disorder begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life. Just as all mental illnesses, Bipolar Disorder falls upon a spectrum of severity and chronicity. Clinical studies report that 80% of Bipolar Disordered adults experience multiple manic episodes throughout their lifespan and 15% end their lives in suicide. Bipolar Disorder is distinguished from Major Depressive Disorder by the presence of manic or hypomanic episodes. Bipolar Disorder is a spectrum of disorders and included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders [DSM-5] category of Mood Disorders .

Mood Disorders: Mood Disorders are a large, broad spectrum group of clinical syndromes that feature mild to severe mood disturbances, which interfere with a person’s well-being and life functioning. Currently,  Mood Disorders are segmented into two separate groups. These two categories include Unipolar Depressive Disorders [absence of hypomanic or manic episodes] and Bipolar Disorders characterized by experiencing episodic Depression, Hypomania & Mania. Secondary mood disorders are a class of psychiatric mood dysfunctions that occurs due to medical illness or mood/mind altering substances ingestion. Depressive disorders range from major depressive episodes to the mild depression manifestation called Dysthymia.

Bipolar Disorders, sometimes referred to as “Manic Depression”, are combinations of manic, hypomanic, major depressive and mixed episodes. These disorders include Bipolar Disorder I, Bipolar Disorder II, Bipolar Disorder NOS and Cyclothymic Disorder. Bipolar I Disorder is characterized by a history of at least one manic episode and one depressive episode. Bipolar II Disorder is characterized by hypomanic episodes alternating with depressive episodes. Cyclothymic Disorder is a mood disorder that is not as severe or chronic as Bipolar Disorder I or II. Bipolar NOS [Not Otherwise Specified] is a combination of manic, hypomanic and depressive themed episodes that do not meet criteria for the other three mood disorders.

What is Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder [Bipolar Disorder]: Bipolar Disorder [aka, Manic Depression] is a psychiatric disability that typically involves affective states of Depression, Mania & Hypomania. Although not clinically confirmed, research suggests that Bipolar Disorder is inherited and possibly passed down by the maternal second allele recessive gene [aka, mother] as opposed to the paternal primary allele dominate gene [aka, father]. Given the extreme complexity involving the human genome and dominant/recessive genetic markers, the genetic links  related to Bipolar Disorder have yet to be accurately mapped.

Using a broad description, Bipolar Disorder is defined as  a mood disorder involving  cyclical affective shifts ranging from euphoric feelings, expansive thinking and irritability [aka, Mania] to sadness, hopelessness, helplessness and fatalistic thinking [aka, Depression]. The frequency, severity and behavioral manifestation caused by these mood shifts are indicative of gauging the Bipolar Disorder severity and chronicity. These mood shifts occur over discrete periods of time and vacillate in impact to daily functioning [aka, Rapid Cycling]. A list of Mood Disorder signs and symptoms is as follows:

Manic, Hypomanic, and Depression Phase Symptoms List

Bipolar Disorder Manic Phase Signs & Symptoms

  • 1. Increased energy, activity, restlessness, racing thoughts and pressured speech.
  • 2. Periods of feeling “high”, euphoric and an unrealistic positive mood.
  • 3. Extreme irritability, short tempered and distractibility [aka, Hypomania].
  • 4. A decreased need for sleep without feeling tired.
  • 5. Unrealistic beliefs in one’s abilities and powers [aka, Grandiosity]
  • 6. A pattern of uncharacteristic poor judgment.
  • 7. Periods of behavioral change that is different from baseline behavior.
  • 8. Periods of hypersexual thoughts, fantasies and/or actions.
  • 9. Increased use, abuse or experimentation of mood/mind altering chemicals [aka, cocaine, alcohol, prescription medications].
  • 10. Provocative, agitated,  intrusive, aggressive or obsessive compulsive themed behaviors.
  • 11. Denial of experiencing a manic state.
  • 12. Periods of heightened work/academic performance and creativity.
  • 13. Loss of appetite and/or weight loss.
  • 14. Increased physical activity that may or may not be health driven.
  • 15. Easily distracted by non-relevant environmental events.
  • 16. Increased involvement in high risk or impulsive offline and online activities.
  • 17. Periods of increased online/offline spending sprees & poor financial choices.
  • 18. Increased focus on “pleasure-seeking” offline and online activities.
  • 19. Increased drive to achieve offline and online goals & creative endeavors.

Bipolar Disorder Depression Phase Signs & Symptoms

  • 1. Persistently feeling sad, anxious or empty.
  • 2. Feeling helpless, hopeless or pessimistic.
  • 3. Feelings of guilt, shame and worthlessness.
  • 4. A loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary offline and online activities.
  • 5. A sense of decreased energy marked by feelings of being “slowed down” or fatigued.
  • 6. Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
  • 7. Periods of feelings restless, irritable and uncomfortable.
  • 8. Periods of patterned sleep disturbances [Hypersomnia, Hyposomnia].
  • 9. Loss of appetite and weight or increase in appetite [aka, binge eating] and weight gain.
  • 10. Reporting chronic pain or other persistent bodily symptoms.
  • 11. Thoughts of death or suicide, including suicide attempts.
  • 12. Persistently feeling anxiety, worried and nervous.
  • 13. Increased frequency and longevity of weeping.
  • 14. Decreased sexual appetite and/or sexual thoughts, fantasies and/or actions.
  • 15. Increasingly isolated and social activity withdrawal.
  • 16. Marked reduction in physical activity and/or physical coordination.
  • 17. Increase in slowed, jumbled or slurred speech.
  • 18. An Increase in ignoring or avoiding important daily employment/academic tasks.
  • 19. Poor performance at school or work.

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What is Rapid Cycling?

Rapid Cycling:Rapid cycling is defined as a pattern of four or more manic, hypomanic or depressive episodes during the course of one year. If these four episodes occur within a months period, it has been termed Ultradian Cycling. As the term suggests, rapid cycling is an accelerated shift in mood swings that shift from mild to intense. Once Rapid Cycling begin, the episode can last from a few hours to several days. The duration for those who have suffered Rapid Cycling report feeling as if they are trapped on an emotional “roller coaster” that they cannot stop or control. Rapid cycling primarily involves experiencing a series of  behaving impulsive, engaging in uncontrollable outbursts and feeling extremely irritable and angry.

In addition to being intense and frightening, Rapid Cycling episodes occur randomly having no predictable pattern. Rapid Cycling differs from other forms of Mood Disorders. People suffering from Rapid Cycling are unique in how they respond to conventional and experimental treatments compared to other people with Bipolar Disorder. With its sudden, random and unpredictable mood changes, Rapid Cycling is more complex and difficult to manage than other types of Bipolar Disorder.

Cyclothymic Disorder

Cyclothymic Disorder: Cyclothymia is a mood disorder that causes people to experience mild to moderate hypomanic and depressive episodes. Using a broad description, Cyclothymia  is a mood disorder involving  cyclical affective shifts ranging from euphoric feelings, expansive thinking and irritability to sadness, hopelessness, helplessness and fatalistic thinking. The frequency, severity and behavioral manifestation caused by these mood shifts are less severe and chronic than Bipolar Disorder. Cyclothymic mood shifts occur over discrete periods of time and vacillate in life impact.

As stated, Cyclothymia is a milder form of Bipolar Disorder involving recurrent mood disturbances that vacillate between Hypomania and Dysthymic Mood. From a diagnostic standpoint, a person only has to experience one hypomanic episode in order to meet DSM-5 criteria for Cyclothymic Disorder. Although only one hypomanic episode is required for diagnosis, most individuals also experience  dysthymic episodes. Cyclothymia is similar to the less severe form of Bipolar II Disorder, whereby mood disturbances manifest most frequently as hypomanic episodes. Given that Cyclothymiacs experience mostly hypomanic episodes, feeling creative and highly efficient, they rarely seek therapeutic assistance. It is only when they experience states of Dysthymia that behavioral healthcare help is sought.

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What is Hypomania

Hypomania: Hypomania falls within the Bipolar Disorder spectrum describing the less severe and extreme manifestations of a full blown Bipolar Disorder manic phase. Hypomanic states do not include periods of psychotic and grandiose thinking  and do not cause life and work functioning dysfunction. Hypomania can occur during the Bipolar Disordered person’s progression into full mania or happen in lieu of a full blown manic state. It is during hypomanic states that a Bipolar Disordered person experiences a sense of heightened creativity and performance.

Individuals in a hypomanic state have a decreased need for sleep, are more outgoing, extroverted and competitive combined with having a great deal of energy. Although part of a psychiatric spectrum disturbance, many people who become hypomanic enjoy the experience and feel elated about life. In fact, it also during the hypomanic phase when a Bipolar Disordered person may cease taking their medication and/or engaging in treatment.

Unlike full mania, those in a hypomanic state can function appropriately at work, school and in interpersonal relationships. Related to Bipolar Disorder, hypomania often becomes the precursor to a full blown manic episode and used as a preparation alert by a Bipolar Disordered person’s support system.

A second negative consequence of hypomania involves a Bipolar Disordered person’s loved ones, family and co-workers. Given the Bipolar Disordered person, in a hypomanic state, is not acting psychotic, grandiose, bizarre or abnormal, it is very easy for loved ones to conclude they are “cured”, rehabilitated or far more functional than they really are. Unfortunately, hypomania is a temporary affective state and not a permanent condition.

Following Hypomania, the Bipolar Disordered person progresses into a full blown manic state or returns to their baseline experience generically known as a “normal” state. Just as some experts define hypomania as a stable non-pathological temperament rather than a psychiatric episode, they also differ in their definitions of a Bipolar Disordered person’s “normal” state.

Bipolar & Work Function

The effects of Bipolar Disorder upon a person’s work function can vary widely ranging from exceptional work performance and creative genius to habitual absences, gross negligence and provocative customer relations. Depending on the severity of their episode [aka, manic, hypomanic, depressive], an employee may initiate a sick leave that can span a couple days to several weeks. If their episodic states are mild, an employer may not even recognize their employee is experiencing a low grade mood disturbance. In fact, the vast majority of Bipolar mood shifts an employee experiences are rarely observed by an employer, supervisor or business owner. Most mood disturbances a Bipolar person experiences is intrapsychic and rarely noticed unless intensely observing the person.

Suffering from a mental illness should not prevent or hinder anyone form endeavoring to climb the proverbial corporate ladder. Behavioral healthcare providers, vocational professionals and occupational therapists recommend being mindful of ones strengths, weaknesses and psychiatric limitations. A psychiatric and/or developmental disability does not have to be the defining reason for not applying for an employment position of interest. The key to employment success is taking the time to assess if the skills, aptitudes and work functions are manageable. Just as important is confirming whether or not the employment opportunity includes job functions that may trigger or agitate a person’s dormant Bipolar state.

Within the vast majority of known employment realms lies those opportunities when functioning as an  administrator or manager are available. A strong manager and administrator is essential to the success of any business. They need to have strong planning and organizational skills, while avoiding impulsive behavior and decision making. Having impulsive and intense managers and administrators may come with a price and there are several disadvantages to having such leadership at the helm. Although impulsivity is not chronically pervasive among all mentally ill adults, these counterproductive management traits are central to Bipolar Disorder I, and at a lesser degree, for those who are Bipolar II or Cyclothymic.

Administrators who practice rational, deliberated business management behaviors tend to be more successful in the long run. The key terms describing a manager at risk for not being successful administrating subordinates are impulsive and intense. Impulsive and/or intense management behaviors are at much higher rates of triggering destabilization in the workplace. Impulsive managers change expectations constantly and offer employees minimal levels of consistency regarding what is expected. Instead, employees are left to guess how and when they should respond in employment situations because they are unsure about how his/her manager or management team will respond to their actions.

In relationship to employee relations, an absence of known expectations for employees can make the manager-employee relationship stressful and one that ultimately leaves employees fearful of their own place within the business. For example, impulsive managers who tend to fire employees on a whim may command the fear of their employees, but only out of a sense of necessity and survival. Employees in these situations do not perform their jobs because of loyalty to the manager, but out of fear of losing their job or some other unknown punitive consequences.

Managers, administrators and business owners who act impulsively also tend to lack focus. They jump from one task to the next vacillating between various tasks. In addition to impulsive task attention shifts, the rate of vacillation is directly affected by how the course of their work day is proceeding. These types of managers have no real sense of organization and do not prioritize their activities. This lack of focus is contagious and can affect the entire employee population under the charge of the impulsive manager.

A manager who does not himself focus on the most important tasks does not know how to properly prioritize and delegate responsibility among employees. Employees will too lack this focus and not know which tasks should be the most important because those tasks have not been delegated as such by the manager.

Impulsive managers often have difficulty motivating employees to consistently meet their employment objectives. If employees do not have the focus or know what their expectations are, their ability to meet employment objectives will be severely hampered as a result. Business goals may be occasionally achieved, but usually by the hard work of employees who meet goals despite the impulsive behavior of their manager. Impulsive managers provide employees with little guidance in terms of providing a model for behavior. This leaves employees to figure out their own path to meeting their goals.

Impulsive management behaviors are one of several traits that a supervisor or administrator cannot possess when attempting to mobilize subordinates to successfully complete their employment functions. It is for this reason that when an owner or administrator is considering putting a Bipolar person at the helm of a business operation involving subordinate employees, impulsive management behaviors be confirmed as not being exhibited.

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Bipolar Disorder and the “Normal State”

Just all psychopathology, Bipolar Disorder falls upon a spectrum of disability. For those who fall along the mild to moderate side of the Bipolar Disorder spectrum,  feeling “normal” can be experienced between affective shifts. Longitudinal research on Bipolar Disorder suggests that these periods of feeling “normal” can be extended if the person prioritizes a consistent healthy lifestyle, as well as, working closely with his/her healthcare providers.

Although generally accepted that Bipolar Disorder and many other psychiatric disabilities have been part of the fabric making human civilization, no known cure, procedure or methodology has successfully cured Bipolar Disorder. The healthcare industry continues to close in on the causes and correlates of Bipolar Disorder, but no proven cure behavioral and/or medical to date has been successful in developing a cure or means of arresting the illness into a state of dormancy. In fact, opposing  philosophical camps of medical and healthcare experts continue to debate the causes, treatments and even the interpretative experiences of the Bipolar Disorder.

To illustrate the complexity and lack of professional consensus understanding Bipolar Disorder, there are experts who passionately debate what it means for a Bipolar Disordered person to feel “normal” between affective shifts. For some healthcare experts & professionals, they subscribe to the hypothesis that a Bipolar Disordered diagnosed person can live, feel and experience “normality” who is not suffering from a psychiatric illness. They believe that they can be held within an indefinite dormant state provided the patient  prioritizes his/her recovery. Under this premise, recovery is defined as a persistent commitment to  medication monitoring, therapeutic  treated and behavioral observation.

Within the realm of Bipolar Disorder, the “normal” state is described as a period of time when the Bipolar Disordered person is not experiencing a manic, depressive or hypomanic episode. It is during this “normal” state that experts differ in their definition and prognosis.

For some healthcare providers, the “normal” state is defined as how the person would function if they never suffered from Bipolar Disorder. During this “normal” state, the Bipolar Disordered person is non-pathological and can behave at full functioning levels. Even if the Bipolar Disordered person is being helped by psychopharmaceuticals  to enter and remain in a “normal” state, these healthcare providers and scientists subscribe to the notion that the “normal state” is who they would be if they never suffered from Bipolar Disorder.

If the Bipolar Disordered person is assessed or reports being in a “normal” state and he/she acts irrational, impulsive, sullen or narcissistic, it is not caused by the Bipolar Disorder, but due to their own personality constructs, which include both constructive and destructive components.

Similar in philosophy are healthcare providers and pharmaceutical advocates who believe that psychopharmacology treatment can help a Bipolar Disordered person lead a productive life without ever again experiencing states of mania, depression or hypomania. In essence, they believe that medication, therapy and family support are capable of metaphorically “curing” the person of his/her Bipolar Disorder.

Psychiatrists, western trained physicians and pharmaceutical advocates are the predominant segments of professionals who subscribe to this philosophy. It is not out of the ordinary for a western trained physician to tell family members of a Bipolar Disordered person patient that their loved one will be “fine” so as long as he/she takes the recommended medications.

The opposing segment of healthcare providers and scientists do not view the “normal state” of Bipolar Disorder as a full recovery, cure or permanent cessation of psychopathology. To them, the “normal state” is a temporary period of time whereby the Bipolar Disordered person is not experiencing a manic, hypomanic or depressive episode. Although not experiencing these states, they are still at risk for environmental stimulation events triggering a manic, hypomanic or depressive episode. Given the energy and persistence required to habitually prioritize their medication and therapeutic treatments and behavioral plans, being fully compliant 100% of the time cannot be assumed.

Psychologists, holistic and eastern trained physicians and holistic rooted psychiatrists are the predominant segments of professionals who subscribe to this philosophy. For these healthcare providers, they view Bipolar Disorder as a life long illness that must always be prioritized. These professional segments do not subscribe to the notion that psychopharmacology treatment can essentially eliminate future episodes. In fact, it is when Bipolar Disordered persons enter a hypomanic state or conclude that they are cured that medication cessation thoughts become evident.

Combined with loved ones, healthcare providers and a support system that supports the concept of a “Normal State” often encourage or do not dissuade the Bipolar Disordered person from ceasing their medication regimen. For the Bipolar Disordered person’s  loved ones, it is natural for them to be receptive when a medication and/or treatment holiday is considered. Family members and loved ones are encouraged to educate themselves on their loved ones psychiatric dysfunction from an educated consumerism standpoint.

It is important to feel comfortable with the Bipolar Disordered person’s treating healthcare provider. To encourage this relationship, family members and loved ones are recommended to actively educate themselves on new medications, medication management topics, mood disorder spectrum topics and community services.

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Resources

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Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist and cyber criminology consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adler University in 1994. In 2010, Dr. Nuccitelli authored the dark side of cyberspace concept known as “iPredator.” In November 2011, he established iPredator Inc., offering educational, investigative, and advisory services involving criminal psychology, cyberstalking, online predators, internet trolls, the dark side of cyberspace and internet safety. Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field over the last thirty-plus years and he has volunteered his time helping cyber-attacked victims since 2010. His goal is to reduce victimization, theft, and disparagement from iPredators.

In addition to aiding citizens & disseminating educational content, Dr. Nuccitelli’s mission is to initiate a sustained national educational and awareness internet safety campaign with the help of private, state, and federal agencies. He is always available, at no cost, to interact with online users, professionals, and the media. To invite Dr. Nuccitelli to conduct training, media engagements, educational services, or consultation, please call him at (347) 871-2416 or via email at drnucc@ipredatorinc.com.

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Online Psychopathy List Released by Dr. Nuccitelli

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Online Psychopathy List Released

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Dr. Nuccitelli

Online Psychopaths [aka, iPredopaths] is an Information Age criminology and human consciousness construct replacing classic sociopathy and psychopathy. Online Psychopaths [aka, iPredopaths] is a severe personality disorder describing anyone who skillfully uses cyberspace to troll, identify, control and manipulate others. Driven by grandiosity or sexual perversion, they experience no remorse or guilt. Many iPredators and iPredopaths do not break the law and live unscathed by law enforcement, fraternal organizations, religious institutions and the legal system.

Provided in this article is this writer’s checklist of online psychopathic traits and tactics they use in cyberspace. At the base of the article is the link to the iPredator Internet Safety website where you can review or download, at no cost, the Dr. Nuccitelli’s Online Psychopath checklist, along with, his fully formatted PDF article.

Online Psychopath iPredator Link: https://www.ipredator.co/online-psychopaths/

Online Psychopaths | iPsychopath

Online Psychopaths [aka, iPredopaths]: iPredopathy is an Information Age criminology and human consciousness construct replacing the pre-Information Age profiles of sociopathy and psychopathy. iPredopathy is an advanced stage personality disorder describing any adolescent to adult male or female who skillfully uses Information and Communications Technology [ICT] to troll, identify, control and manipulate their human targets. Driven by grandiosity, sexual perversion or perceptual distortion, Online Psychopaths and iPredopaths experience no remorse or shame for the harm they cause others. Just as iPredators, many iPredopaths do not break the law and live unscathed by law enforcement, fraternal organizations, religious institutions and the legal system.

Using cyberspace [aka, Internet, Darknet, Usenet] and electronic devices, Online Psychopaths [aka, iPredopaths] design and implement their criminal, deviant, violent, deceptive and cyberstalking tactics. Their human quarries are  unsuspecting, vulnerable, submissive and internet safety ignorant children, older adults, unprepared businesses and psychologically distressed adults. Unlike the psychologically dysfunctional, developmentally immature and minimal to moderate anti-social personality disordered iPredator, iPredopaths do not experience guilt, remorse, shame or fear before, during or after their offline and online conquests and/or manipulative interpersonal dynamic strategies.

In addition to being devoid of remorse and shame, iPredopaths are extremely grandiose, habitually deceptive and highly dependent upon ICT to fuel, define and justify their dissociative perceptual fantasies. iPredopaths are similar in core beliefs to pre-Information Age psychopaths, but differ in behavioral signatures, stalking methodologies, choice of hunting environments, and psychodynamic faculties. Although at much higher rates of engaging in violent, sadistic and severely depraved behaviors than the general population, most iPredopaths are not homicidal, sexually perverted or overtly violent. In fact, using the persuasive and deceptive power of cyberspace, iPredopaths are capable of embarking upon offline opportunities endeavoring to become heads of state, corporate and community leaders, successful religious zealots and members of the political elite.

Given most cyberspace, social media and mobile device communications are primarily non-physical contact involved, physical interactions may or may not be the iPredopath’s modus operandi. Within the next century, the Online Psychopath will become the predominant form of apex human predator as pre-Information Age psychopaths extinguish, replaced by iPredopaths who are ICT, social media and internet savvy. Lying upon a spectrum of dexterity, proficiency and ICT skills, the segment of iPredopath most difficult to locate, identify and apprehend is Doctus iPredopath. Unlike the less advanced iPredopath, who is reliant upon ICT and cyberspace, Doctus iPredopath is proficient and manipulative in both offline and online environments.

Although Doctus iPredopath is habitually driven by perceptual distortions and grandiose fantasies, they are skilled at preventing their grandiosity from becoming a means leading to their identification and apprehension. The theoretical triad of Information Age darkside of human consciousness is iPredator, iPredopath and Doctus iPredopath [IP3].

In addition to being devoid of remorse and shame, iPredopaths are extremely grandiose, habitually deceptive and dependent upon ICT to fuel, define and justify their dissociative perceptual fantasies. iPredopaths are similar in core beliefs to pre-Information Age psychopaths, but differ in behavioral signatures, stalking methodologies, choice of hunting environments, and psychodynamic faculties. Although at much higher rates of engaging in violent, sadistic and severely depraved behaviors than the general population, most iPredopaths are not homicidal, sexually perverted or overtly violent.

In fact, using the persuasive and deceptive power of the internet, iPredopaths are capable of embarking upon offline opportunities endeavoring to become heads of state, corporate and community leaders, successful religious zealots and members of the political elite. Given most cyberspace, social media and mobile device communications are primarily non-physical contact involved, physical interactions may or may not be the iPredopath’s modus operandi. Within the next century, the iPredopath will become the predominant form of apex human predator as pre-Information Age psychopaths extinguish replaced by Online Psychopaths [aka, iPredopaths and Doctus iPredopaths] who are ICT and internet savvy.

“It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.” Alfred Adler [1870-1937]

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Doctus iPredopath | Apex Online Psychopaths

Doctus iPredopath [aka, Apex Online Psychopaths]: Doctus iPredopath is an Information Age theoretical criminology concept replacing the most successful of all pre-Information Age psychopaths [aka, traditional psychopathy]. Doctus iPredopaths are apex human predators who are Information and Communications Technology [ICT] skilled, highly intelligent, perceptually sadistic, remorseless and  masters of deception. Doctus iPredopathy defines the most proficient, elusive and skilled online psychopaths. iPredopathy is a severe form of characterological personality disorder defining  ICT skilled or reliant adults who engage in criminal, deviant and habitually deceptive online practices targeting vulnerable men, women, children and unsuspecting groups.

Unlike Online Psychopaths and iPredopaths, Doctus iPredopaths are commanders of identity cloaking, if they decide, combined with being proficient at exploiting and victimizing their human prey in both online and offline environments. Doctus iPredopaths do not fall upon a disorganized and primitive to organized and advanced continuum, as Online Psychopaths do, as their criminal acumen, ICT aptitude and sadistic appetites put them in a league of their own. All Doctus iPredopaths are highly skilled in the iPredator themed construct of Cyberstealth, as well as, the art and science of deception and calculating proficiency in manipulating their human prey. Doctus iPredopaths are capable of cloaking their true modus operandi by initially presenting themselves as harbingers of peace and social awareness.

Doctus iPredopaths [aka, Apex Online Psychopaths] can ascend to levels of becoming pillars of their communities, corporate and organizational leaders, heads of state and persuasive religious zealots. Although all iPredopaths are much more likely to implement sinister, vicious and diabolical online endeavors than iPredators, Doctus iPredopaths and Doctus iPredopath led groups are guaranteed  to methodically plot and implement their fiendish, malignant and deadly fantasies.

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Online Psychopath & iPredopath [iP3] Core Assumptions

I. iPredopathy  is a characterological personality disorder describing any male or female who uses Information and Communications Technology [ICT] to engage in criminal, deviant, deceptive or cyberstalking themed behaviors for the purpose of violent, criminal, deviant and deceptive offline interactions. Unlike many iPredators, iPredopaths do not experience guilt, remorse, shame or fear before, during or after their cyber attacks.

II. Although all iPredopaths meet criteria for iPredator, most iPredators are not iPredopaths.

III. To meet criteria for iPredator and iPredopath, online users must meet the three criteria of iPredator  as follows:  1. A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT. 2. The usage of ICT to obtain, tamper with, exchange and deliver harmful information. 3. A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.

IV.  Doctus iPredopath’s are the most elusive, ICT savvy, and criminally versatile within the Online Psychopath and iPredopath Group.

V. Unlike iPredopaths requiring ICT, Doctus iPredopaths are equally adept at targeting and manipulating their victims in online and offline environments.

VI. iPredopath and Doctus iPredopath share similar traits, modus operandi and developmental histories to classic psychopaths and sociopaths, but differ significantly in their preferred arenas for hunting targets and manipulating their support system.

VII. Online Psychopaths [aka, iPredopath & Doctus iPredopath] are more likely to engage in perceptual fantasy and dissociative experiences influenced by their habitual use of Information and Communications Technology.

VIII. Given the “veil of anonymity” afforded to all online users in cyberspace, online psychopaths seek out other online users who will conform and validate their perceptual distortions and bizarre fantasies.

IX. Most, if not all, of an online psychopath’s feelings of grandiosity and narcissism are fueled by Information and Communications Technology.

X. Although the vast majority of online psychopaths do not engage in violence and sexual perversion, for those who do, Information and Communications Technology and social networking sites are the prime tools and arenas used to troll, locate, and ensure physical contact.

XI. Unlike Doctus iPredopaths, iPredopaths are dependent upon Information and Communications Technology to manipulate, deceive and victimize others.

XII.  Just as classic psychopaths, Online Psychopaths & iPredopaths vary in dexterity, typologies, existence of mental illness, intelligence and quantity of victims.

Dark Psychology

Dark Psychology: Dark Psychology is the study of the human condition as it relates to the psychological nature of people to prey upon other people motivated by criminal and/or deviant drives that lack purpose and general assumptions of instinctual drives and social sciences theory. All of humanity has the potentiality to victimize humans and other living creatures. While many restrain or sublimate this tendency, some act upon these impulses. Dark Psychology seeks to understand those thoughts, feelings, perceptions and subjective processing systems that lead to predatory behavior that is antithetical to contemporary understandings of human behavior.

Dark Psychology assumes that criminal, deviant and abusive behaviors are purposive and have some rational, goal-oriented motivation 99% of the time. It is the remaining 1%, Dark Psychology parts from Adlerian theory and Teleology. Dark Psychology encompasses all that makes us who we are in relationship to our dark side. All cultures, faiths and humanity have this proverbial cancer. From the moment we are born to the time of death, there is a side hidden within us that some have called “Evil” and others have defined as criminal, deviant or psychopathic.

Dark Psychology posits there are people who commit these same acts and do so not for power, money, sex, retribution or any other known purpose. They commit horrid acts without a goal. Simplified, their ends do not justify their means. There are people who violate and injure others for the sake of doing so. Within in all of us is this potential. A potential to harm others without cause, explanation, or purpose is the area explored. Dark Psychology assumes this dark potential is incredibly complex and even more difficult to define.

iPredator

iPredator: A person, group or nation who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, coercion, stalking, theft or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology [ICT]. iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age or gender and are not bound by economic status, race, religion or national heritage. iPredator is a global term used to distinguish anyone who engages in criminal, coercive, deviant or abusive behaviors using ICT. Central to the construct is the premise that Information Age criminals, deviants and the violently disturbed are psychopathological classifications new to humanity.

Whether the offender is a cyberbully, cyberstalker, cyber harasser, internet troll, cybercriminal, online sexual predator, cyber terrorist, online child pornography consumer and distributor or engaged in internet defamation or nefarious online deception, they fall within the scope of iPredator. The three criteria used to define an iPredator include:

  • A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT.
  • The usage of ICT to obtain, tamper with, exchange and deliver harmful information.
  • A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.

Unlike human predators prior to the Information Age, iPredators include the multitude of benefits offered by Information and Communications Technology [ICT]. These assistances include exchange of information over long distances, rapidity of information exchanged and the seemingly infinite access to data available. Malevolent in intent, iPredators rely on their capacity to deceive others using ICT in the abstract and artificial electronic universe known as cyberspace. Therefore, as the internet naturally offers all ICT users anonymity, if they decide, iPredators actively design online profiles and diversionary tactics to remain undetected and untraceable.

Cyberstealth, a sub-tenet of iPredator, is a covert method by which iPredators attempt to establish and sustain complete anonymity while they engage in ICT activities planning their next assault, investigating innovative surveillance technologies or researching the social profiles of their next target. Concurrent with the concept of Cyberstealth is iPredator Victim Intuition [IVI]. An iPredator’s IVI is their aptitude to sense a target’s ODDOR [Offline Distress Dictates Online Response], online & offline vulnerabilities, psychological weaknesses, technological limitations, increasing their success of a cyber-attack with minimal ramifications.

Just as pre-Information Age criminals, deviants and aggressors, most iPredators have the capacity to experience remorse, guilt and shame, even if these traits are imperceptible at best. iPredators include the largest segment of humanity who engage in malevolent and deceptive online practices. They can be technologically skilled or unskilled, functional or dysfunctional, destructive or self-destructive and covert or overt in disclosing their identity. A sub-tenet of iPredator is iPredator Bridge defining online users who engage in the same aggressive and harmful online activities as iPredators, but are motivated by distorted beliefs of moral conviction. The definitions of iPredator Bridge & Cyberstealth is as follows:

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Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist and cyber criminology consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adler University in 1994. In 2010, Dr. Nuccitelli authored the dark side of cyberspace concept known as “iPredator.” In November 2011, he established iPredator Inc., offering educational, investigative, and advisory services involving criminal psychology, cyberstalking, online predators, internet trolls, the dark side of cyberspace and internet safety. Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field over the last thirty-plus years and he has volunteered his time helping cyber-attacked victims since 2010. His goal is to reduce victimization, theft, and disparagement from iPredators.

In addition to aiding citizens & disseminating educational content, Dr. Nuccitelli’s mission is to initiate a sustained national educational and awareness internet safety campaign with the help of private, state, and federal agencies. He is always available, at no cost, to interact with online users, professionals, and the media. To invite Dr. Nuccitelli to conduct training, media engagements, educational services, or consultation, please call him at (347) 871-2416 or via email at drnucc@ipredatorinc.com.

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Founded by Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D., iPredator Inc. is a NYC Internet Safety Company founded to offer educational and advisory products and services to online users and organizations on cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cybercrime, internet defamation and online sexual predation. iPredator Inc.’s goal is to reduce victimization, theft, and disparagement from online perpetrators.
New York City, New York
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Phone: 347-871-2416

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