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Is Casey Serin a Sociopath?

Casey Serin, Fliptard Extraordinaire

Casey Serin, Fliptard Extraordinaire

 

(OK,  so that photoshop doesn’t look as nice as I’d like it to be).

You do learn a new thing everyday on the Internetz. Sometimes, even two. Allow me to share with you a wonderful quote Mr. FutureShock put forward on Steve Serin’s World’s Worst Blog.

Inside the Mind of a Sociopath

This excerpt is from: “The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless vs. the Rest of Us” by Martha Stout Ph.D. (Broadway Books, New York, 2005, ISBN 0-7679-1581-X). 

…Or let us imagine the opposite extreme: You have no interest in power. To the contrary, you are the sort of person who really does not want much of anything. Your only real ambition is not to have to exert yourself to get by. You do not want to work like everyone else does. Without a conscience, you can nap or pursue your hobbies or watch television or just hang out somewhere all day long. Living a bit on the fringes, and with some handouts from relatives and friends, you can do this indefinitely. People may whisper to one another that you are an underachiever, or that you are depressed, a sad case, or, in contrast, if they get angry, they may grumble that you are lazy. When they get to know you better, and get really angry, they may scream at you and call you a loser, a bum. But it will never occur to them that you literally do not have a conscience, that in such a fundamental way, your very mind is not the same as theirs.

The panicked feeling of a guilty conscience never squeezes at your heart or wakes you in the night. Despite your lifestyle, you never feel irresponsible, neglectful or so much as embarrassed, although for the sake of appearances, sometimes you pretend that you do. For example, if you are a decent observer of people and what they react to, you may adopt a lifeless facial expression, say how ashamed of your life you are, and talk about how rotten you feel. This you do only because it is more convenient to have people think you are depressed than it is to have them shouting at you all the time, or insisting that you get a job.

This is a pretty scary scenario for everyone involved. From time to time I love to indulge in sillyness and outright assholiness, but I’m being dead serious at this point about two things. 1) I don’t know shit about psychiatry or psychology, but 2) probably neither do you. But I have a blog and you don’t, so you’ll sit down and read the inane drivel what I’m about to post.

What are the chances of Casey being a sociopath? That’s a good question. I’ve posted a couple of excerpts every now and then as to how Casey fits certain descriptions of a psycho, but this is the first time I’ve read a paragraph that perfectly describes what Casey is all about.

No conscience:

I honestly didn’t think the stuff I did was that bad. Just grey area type of stuff. Especially since all the people helping me do it (gurus, wholesalers, investors, mortgage brokers) didn’t seem to think there is much to worry about.

They are good people and wouldn’t cause me to do something truly “illegal”.

http://iamfacingforeclosure.com/33/will-i-go-to-jail-for-mortgage-fraud

Handouts from friends:

I borrowed $3000 from a friend today. I will use this money to launch a come back.

http://iamfacingforeclosure.com/52/borrowed-3000-to-launch-a-come-back

The $3,000 that I borrowed from a friend got us through last month. Now that’s all gone. (Oh and I have to pay him back one of these days too).

http://iamfacingforeclosure.com/80/man-i-need-a-real-job-or-something

My stay with my current Australian host is coming to an end this week due to some complications. So I figure I take advantage of some recent exposure in Sydney Morning Herald (and Argentina) and ask.

Can somebody offer me a place to stay so I can finish up some stuff here in Australia?

Preferably on the east coast: Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. But I’ll consider other areas. “Beggars can’t be Choosers” right? Some help with travel expenses would be much appreciated as well.

http://iamfacingforeclosure.com/246/need-a-new-place-in-australia-and-maybe-overseas

Depression:

This is one of those days… I woke up feeling overwhelmed by this intense pressure. I feel despair and helplessness. I’m normally pretty optimistic (sometimes overly). But today just I’m down… I feel like the odds are against me. I want to give up.

http://iamfacingforeclosure.com/57/overwhelmed-by-despair-and-pressure

I got kind of depressed for a week or so. I didn’t want to think about it. The head-in-the-sand type of thing. But now I am beginning to face my problems.

http://iamfacingforeclosure.com/1/why-i-am-facing-foreclosure

Feelings that the world is treating him unfairly:

Yes, I’m here in Australia. The rumors are true. But a lot of people are slanting the story to make it seem worse than it is. These people are spreading crap about me to ruin anything left of my name and ruining the reputation of everybody who is associated with me.

http://iamfacingforeclosure.com/241/australia-and-idiot-haterz

 About $400 lost. Fraud clicks are not my fault but Google doesn’t care. I should have turned on the IP filter thingy but I figured the haterz wouldn’t try that stunt again. I figured wrong.

http://iamfacingforeclosure.com/245/roadblocks-for-worlds-most-hated-blogger

Just got back to Sacramento and I’m not welcome home. That kinda sucks… That’s all I can say.

http://iamfacingforeclosure.com/260/not-welcome-home

 

The list goes on and on and on. But I don’t want to bother you with all details. The fact is – Casey has a stunning track record when it comes to similarities with a sociopath.

I dug a little deeper (not much, though) and found another Haterz posted a “How to spot the sociopath” linkie. I’m posting it and quoting my impressions on Casey Serin. Remember: 25 points or more qualify you as a probable sociopath. 2 points for “fully”, 1 point for “partially”, 0 points for “no way”.

  1. Do they have problems sustaining stable relationships, personally and in business?
     Galina. LossMit. Duane. NoLimitsLadies. Angel. Solid YES. 2 points. 
  2. Do they frequently manipulate others to achieve selfish goals, with no consideration of the effects on those manipulated?
      Mother and father conned into signing credit for Hammar. Galina scrubbing toilets. His constant begging of James to pay for his trips. This list is too extensive to type in its entirety. YES. 2 points.
  3. Are they cavalier about the truth, and capable of telling lies to your face?
     Casey never tells the truth. He himself said so during one of his trips to Utah. He lied to lenders. He’s a master of falsehoods. If there were a three point mark here, he’d get it. Solid 2 points.
  4. Do they have an air of self-importance, regardless of their true standing in society?
     Casey believes he doesn’t need to work. He despises formal education and those who have jobs. He believes he’s destined for greatness. Again, solid 2 points.
  5. Have they no apparent sense of remorse, shame or guilt?
     The only time he faked remorse was when Galina dumped him, and he seemed to forget her pretty easily after Tanja appeared. For a recent divorced man, he doesn’t display any sort of remorse whatsoever. He doesn’t regret having bought his 8 homes either, and he has openly declared he doesn’t intend to pay one cent back anymore. 2 points.
  6. Is their charm superficial, and capable of being switched on to suit immediate ends?
     According to WeWantTheFunk and other sources, he’s always charming. I’d have to say 1 point on this.
  7. Are they easily bored and demand constant stimulation?
     1 point. He’s easily bored, but he’s also happy doing nothing.
  8. Are their displays of human emotion unconvincing?
     He has never showed real emotion. People can yell at him he’s a criminal (like in all Talkcasts) and he’ll be calm. It’s as if he doesn’t understand feelings. Solid 2 points.
  9. Do they enjoy taking risks, and acting on reckless impulse?
     8 homes bought on lies. Leaving his wife for Australia on a minute. Leaving his wife for Tahoe. Screwitletsdoit™ Solid 2 points.
  10. Are they quick to blame others for their mistakes?
     He has always blamed market conditions, Duane, Mark, Nigel and others for his failures. 2 points.
  11. As teenagers, did they resent authority, play truant and/or steal?
     Casey started a pyramid scheme when he was young. The Internetz never forgetz. 2 points.
  12. Do they have no qualms about sponging off others?
     We’ve already covered the topic with proof straight from his old blog. 2 points.
  13. Are they quick to lose their temper?
     Not really. Casey is very much in control of it. Zero points.
  14. Are they sexually promiscuous?
     Casey has never been sexually promiscous – at least, he has never made it clear. He prefers males, remember. Casey Serin is gay. Zero points.
  15. Do they have a belligerent, bullying manner?
     No, Casey is controlled, calm and charming. Zero points.
  16. Are they unrealistic about their long-term aims?
     Passive income. No work. Great empire. Next Roberto Culosaki. YES! 2 points for the lad!
  17. Do they lack any ability to empathise with others?
     As we’ve conclusively proven, Casey doesn’t care about anyone but himself. 2 points.
  18. Would you regard them as essentially irresponsible?
    Casey hasn’t yet realized he has destroyed the Serin family name in America for a long time to come. His FICO is completely laughable. His job prospects are zero. Yet he doesn’t seem to realize this. His favorite phrase? It’s all good.™ Two points.

28 points.

From that same article:

A score of 25 or above suggests strong psychopathic tendencies.  This does not mean the person is a potential mass-murderer: socialised psychopaths are not mad, nor do they have to resort to violence.  Even so, a close professional or emotional relationship with a socialised psychopath is likely to prove a damaging experience.

 

Steve, your brother ain’t gonna help himself.  Ever. Help him as fast as you can. I’m no professional, but even a dumbfuck like me knows your bro is in deep, deep shit.

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Horatio Alger and Casey Serin

Hello boys and girls.

I’m sorry I haven’t been as active as usual. I needed to do some stuff we normal humans have to do in order to eat (ie, work). I still can’t understand how people like Casey Serin can do nothing all day and survive. And blog. And go on camping trips. Aw, well.

Casey Serin, enjoying the fruits of hard labor

Casey Serin, enjoying the fruits of hard labor

 

In today’s post, we are going to talk about a good old fellow, who went by the name of Horatio Alger. Ring a bell? No?  Well. Horatio Alger was a 19th century author who became famous because of his stories, who always featured a rags-to-riches theme for the young ones to enjoy. According to his vision, everyone could achieve anything they set their sights to.

An unintentionally funny (and appropiate) Horatio Alger story

An unintentionally funny (and appropiate) Horatio Alger story

Now, this is where it gets interesting. I don’t know whether Casey ever heard of Alger, but if he didn’t, then at least he’s pretty familiar with the American Dream. Or at least a very perverted version of it. Michael Moore was the first author that linked Alger to the way american people will allow their politicians and businessmen behave, simply because they hope that someday they’ll be rich, too;  they’ll also be above the law, so it’s better not to attack them far too much.

 “So, here’s my question: after fleecing the American public and destroying the American dream for most working people, how is it that, instead of being drawn and quartered and hung at dawn at the city gates, the rich got a big wet kiss from Congress in the form of a record tax break, and no one says a word? How can that be? I think it’s because we’re still addicted to the Horatio Alger fantasy drug. Despite all the damage and all the evidence to the contrary, the average American still wants to hang on to this belief that maybe, just maybe, he or she (mostly he) just might make it big after all.”

Michael Moore

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. Casey has bought line, hook and sinker the American Dream, mixed with a bit of Alger. Check it out.

The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.

James Truslow Adams

Here’s the thing. Casey (just like he quotes the Bible) is selectively ignoring certain aspects of Alger / Adams. 

  • He wants the riches, but refuses to work.
  • He places riches and power above humility and morals.
  • He ignores the fact that opportunity is dependant on ability or achievement, choosing instead to go with “passive income” from heaven.
  • He believes the “dream” represents money, power, high wages and an easy life.
  • He hasn’t realized that the American Dream will, in the end, “allow him to attain the fullest stature of which he is innately capable” (meaning he’ll be the stain underneath the carpet of life).

James was right. The Europeans (or Asians, or Uzbekis) have a hard time interpreting the American Dream. Just ask Casey Serin.