The Hopkins Hoax
A Brief Psychological Profile of Frank Hopkins
The following profile was created based on information provided by various individuals involved in this controversy. The sources used include research on Hopkinsí life and letters from his wife.
Based on the articles, letters and research performed by various academics Frank Hopkins had more than likely created a fictitious past. While many people in American society tell social lies or embellish resumes, Hopkins took this relatively normal behavior to a new level.
Based on research that disproves many of the key elements of his history I have determined Mr. Hopkins to be a narcissist with sociopathic tendencies.
To understand this analysis it is important to understand the basics of criminal psychology.
All people exhibit certain basic behaviors as part of their human nature. Selfishness, fear and control comprise the basic elements of our behavioral nature. Each of the three elements has a positive and negative side.
When a personís life is calm the positive side of these three elements is exhibited especially with their inner circle [children, spouses and family]. When a person experiences stress or trauma the negative side becomes more pronounced. These reactions - in emotionally stable people - are a natural reaction based primarily on biology.
However in emotionally unstable people these reactions are a routine part of their everyday lives.
To clarify, being emotionally unstable does not mean that a person is mentally ill. Emotionally unstable individuals have personality disorders acquired in childhood by modeling behavior from aggressive/dysfunctional parents or the effects of childhood trauma. The two basic categories of violent/aggressive behavior personality types are sociopaths and psychopaths. A sociopath is a violent leader type or instigator a psychopath is a violent loner type. If a person has not exhibited violent behavior then we use the terms sociopathic or psychopathic tendencies to describe their behavior.
Frank Hopkins profiles as a narcissist with sociopathic tendencies. Narcissists generally see themselves as special, uniquely talented individuals compared to other people in society. They also have a well developed skill for deception.
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