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mysteriousloner Oct 29, 2018 12:56 PM
As a collective society, we are quick to ignore the notion of biological influences playing a part on our behaviour. But what's most interesting about psychopaths is the idea that their nature plays a significant role. Not only do they seem to have a predisposition to certain behaviours, but as you are aware, scientists have used MRI scans to examine the brain activity of people presumed to be psychopaths. Interestingly, they have found that brain areas responsible for emotion, aggression, impulse, and motivation (such as the amygdala) have reduced activity in the brains of psychopaths. But seemingly enough, this is not sufficient to cause their behaviour, since the biological structure of our brain alone cannot possibly be held responsible for conscious behaviour; it's a well-known fact that various studies have demonstrated the influence of learning and experience on our behaviour. Therefore, it can be assumed that in most cases, to fully constitute a psychopath, there has to be a genetic predisposition that is ultimately triggered by an environmental factor, such as upbringing, traumatic events, etc. Furthermore. I especially agree with your opinion that psychopaths are not just serial killers and co. Funny enough, Kevin Dutton (a British psychologist specialising in the field of psychopathy) has said that the occupations which have the highest proportion of psychopaths in the workplace are CEOs and Lawyers. This makes sense since it is a well-known fact that psychopaths are highly intelligent and use their cunning to get what they want - often inflicting harm on others in the process.

Aww, I love it when they do that. It's almost like they are displaying their emotional side.
My cat sometimes brings dead pigeons and the like to our front door, if that constitutes a gift, lmao. Does yours?
mysteriousloner Oct 28, 2018 1:01 PM
So if you agree with the idea that sociopaths are made (which, let's face it, is pretty much fact at this point,) do you believe that psychopaths are born? There are some psychologists that agree with this theory, but then there are some that refute it instead. Furthermore, your point about calmness is spot on; I couldn't agree with it any more. The most interesting thing about remaining calm when one is angry is that it enables you to keep your enemy/target anticipating and, in dire cases, fearing your next move. Like you said, not being able to read someone is scary. It makes you feel vulnerable. So in that sense, keeping your enemies waiting can be considered to be a sign of power; a technique that can be, and most likely has been, used in war. But when people show emotion and lash out, it almost makes them slightly vulnerable since it means that you can read them easier. Whereas displaying next to emotion makes you unreadable and have the advantage over your enemy. Lmao, I've just gone off on a tangent, too. Lol. And as you can see, I have a tendency to view people with two different types of scope: allies and enemies. Again, going off on a tangent, so I'll go feed my cat instead haha - something you can relate to deeply, of course.
mysteriousloner Oct 26, 2018 2:45 PM
That's a very interesting psychological viewpoint on their relationship. I would expect nothing less from someone who enjoys analysing humans lmao. I couldn't agree any more with the idea of Sangwoo being a sociopath instead of a psychopath, mainly due to the fact that he still feels some guilt and sympathy for Yoon Bum - primarily after he abuses him, that is. That also leads onto his Bipolar disorder, which seems more implicit and subtle. It's quite jarring for us to wonder if the next chapter will feature Sangwoo in his compassionate form or abusive one. I find myself often anticipating a moment when he snaps at Yoon Bum. I guess what I'm trying to say is that people similar to Sangwoo are arguably terrifying since they can be quite difficult to understand at times. But who doesn't like a challenge?

Well, when I first saw you, your love of cats came across in a prevalent way. As in, a blind man could see that you adore cats. To confess, there was a moment when I was split between deciding if you simply loved cats or were taking your obsession to the next level by becoming one. *shudders* But now it has become clear that you simply idolise them and nothing else, especially not declining to the state of furries (or at least I hope so.)

mysteriousloner Oct 25, 2018 3:14 AM
Absolutely. To live is to further your own ambitions, by any means necessary. That is what I believe the meaning of life is. After all, the end justifies the means.

Of course, you would be in your room with your cat. That does not sound surprising in the slightest. Would you ever consider dressing your cat up for Halloween? I know some people are really into that. Well, that's if your cat wouldn't resist it in the first place, lmao.

Yes, it is incredibly fucked up and contentious. But it is nice to get a glimpse at an abusive relationship since so many people believe that every yaoi relationship (in real life) is full of flowers and kittens. The most difficult part about reading it though is not necessarily the disturbing scenes, but more or less the questions raised by their relationship. E.G. there are some scenes where Sangwoo is genuinely nice to Yoon Bum, so you have to wonder if their relationship is abusive or just misunderstood. Crawling Dreams sounds like some messed up hentai lmao. When I read "cat-octopus" I instantly thought of everything wrong in this life, including furries. But mystery/psychological is my favourite genre, and cats are beautiful felines - so I'll add it to my list.

Btw, have you watched attack on titan s3 yet? The first half is finished. Or unless you plan to wait until the next half has aired?
mysteriousloner Oct 23, 2018 2:25 PM
I noticed that, too. Your theory would make sense, considering the death note (forbidden fruit) tempted Light and eventually ruined him. Well, that is if you consider Light to have gone morally downhill after using the notebook. In my opinion, he became a better person because of the notebook (controversial and unpopular belief, I know.)

I just started reading that now, and honestly, I really like it so far. You are certainly right about it being dark and creepy. Plus, it feels appropriate to read it near Halloween. Webtoons are great, also. They're a lot easier to read than manga, for obvious reasons. Interestingly, reading it reminded me of Killing Stalking - another great webtoon that you should check it out. It will 100% fuck you up but in a good way. (Mostly.) I mean, it's about an abusive relationship between stalker and stalkee where the stalker contemplates leaving it but feels unable to. I dare you to read it, basically.
mysteriousloner Oct 22, 2018 2:48 PM
I completely agree with you there. The scene where they dry each other off from the rain before L's death is encumbered with so much biblical imagery it's unreal. I guess you could even say that the apple itself pertains a lot of biblical significance. It is done so well throughout the anime that it fits with Kira's ideals, something which wouldn't work in other shows (as well.)

Oh cool. What is it about? I'll check it out if you recommend it.
mysteriousloner Oct 22, 2018 3:35 AM
It is slightly better than the manga. To be honest, some of the drawings in the manga aren't amazing and in some scenes, they even look a little basic. Whereas in the anime, the animation is obviously not amazing by today's standards but it fits the mood pretty well. And plus, we cannot forget to mention the brilliant soundtrack. Songs like "What's up people?" and Zetsubou Billy are great and chaotic.
mysteriousloner Aug 31, 2018 1:52 PM
Wow, that is so dark of you to say, Laura. But I also empathise with your disgust for children - especially the young ones. They're the devils. In our new world there will be no more spoilt, whiny children; instead, all the young children will grow up with a strong sense of justice. We would need to establish a new system, mwaha. We would be overthrowing the government, similar to *cough* AOT S3 *cough* Gotta say, though, plotting a Coup d'état is so thrilling: it would involve backstabbing, betrayal, murder, manipulation on a worldwide scale, and more. Oh, I feel so much better already.

The tale of your cat is such a tragic and sorrow tale, indeed. But every great villain needs a tragic backstory to fuel them and their ambitions. So you should think of your cat as the turning point in your life - as you said, you were never the same after that day. And who knows, when we become omnipotent rulers you can have all the cats in the world. Wouldn't that make you very happy? In fact, another reason to love Japanese culture so much is that there is actually a cat island in Japan. As the name suggests, it is an island solely and exclusively dedicated to felines. How wonderful! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHLLDOyZepY)



mysteriousloner Aug 28, 2018 12:18 PM
Such an excellent idea. To produce results, not only do we need the influence of Lucas but also the support of a minority. Like Kira, we need people so devoted to our cause that they would follow our orders without question. This could be one of the following: starting a protest/uproar, making a stunt/political message, spreading rumours, leaking juicy information about the people we intend to take down, etc. Of course, we should not disclose the full details of our plans as the CIA or FBI could be watching ;)

Perhaps I am the real Kira. In that case, you should be careful not to disrupt my plans, mwahaha. Unless you crave death, that is. And why is it not surprising that you would dream of robbing candy stores? Perhaps you miss the sweet days of being an innocent and naive child that you wish to go back and take something from your childhood, but permanently, such as candy. Or maybe you hate children so much that you wish to deprive them of delicious and succulent food? Either option is cool - I won't question your motivations ;)

Aw, that's a shame. It must have been really hard for you and your family. It's horrible when your cat runs away. My ginger cat ran away too, during the fireworks last year. It's unfortunate when that happens. I guess they're so independent and free-spirited that it makes sense. And my dog is a Shihtzu haha. The thing about them is that they are so lazy and fluffy that they almost look as cute as a cat.

Yes, I've heard of them. They are cute indeed.
I have never seen a real-life one since they mostly live indoors. But it's true that they look like wrinkly socks hahaha. And when they grow up they start to look like little aliens. If only they were cheaper, and didn't require different fur oils and a little extra maintenance when it comes to keeping them clean and looking after them.

mysteriousloner Aug 27, 2018 6:36 AM
Yes, he agreed to them. Tonight I expect him to address me as his superior, but we'll see about that. And what Millie said is 100% true. I also like the fact that you already knew the answer, yet you pretended not to know and innocently asked in order to gain some useful information from Allistair. I knew you were the right partner for manipulating and taking over the world. Speaking of such, we should definitely take over SWA first and then, like the ambitious climbers we are, take control of England and slowly expand our influence onto other countries. Now that Lucas is head boy...well, you know what I'm going to say: now Lucas is a very useful pawn in the game, he must be manipulated and used to further our own ideas in SWA. It would be fantastic as Lucas puts forward these proposals that are secretly ours, and as such, we would control the school from the shadows. Mwhaha.

You see, if I were a criminal, I wouldn't get arrested because they would never catch me. Why do you think I want to study Law at Uni? So that I could get away with murder, mwahaha. What crime would you be arrested for? I could imagine you as an arsonist for some reason hahaha.

Yes, it's no doubt that you would choose a cat over anything in this world - you must really worship them! That is true about dogs: I have to wash mine every weekend, take him out for 2 walks a day, and then feed him 3 meals because he is so fat and greedy. Whereas, like you said, cats are their own spirit and do whatever they please, given that you have fed them first, of course. Did you ever see that cat again? It's a shame when they move away and never come back.

Oh my, that giff is hilarious hahaha. There are so many memes made out of that gif.
What is your favourite breed of cat? Black, by any chance? My favourite breed of cat has to be a sphynx cat because they look like little cute aliens.


mysteriousloner Aug 26, 2018 5:03 PM
Mwhahah, perhaps that is exactly what I am. The dead are simply my humble and obedient servants. In fact, Allistair messaged me earlier on today and asked me why I hated him. I agreed to tell him the reason on 2 conditions: (1) that he address me as his superior whenever he is in my presence, and (2) swear that he with faithfully execute any task that needs to be fulfilled to the best of his ability, effectively meaning that he will be under my command. Mwhahaha, it feels good to be evil! And yes, Lucas has just become so corrupted by being around me for too long. As in, it's not a coincidence that as soon as he spends time with me, he ends up in a detention and swears more; you could say that my influence over him has been significant. In fact, because you have an interest in the dark arts and the socially unacceptable, why don't you join me in deceiving and bending everyone to my will? You might enjoy it and be good at it ;)))

Yeah, I've heard of that website. It would be so fascinating to write a letter to a criminal and in the unlikely case, get a response. Even then, just knowing that the criminal you wrote to could be reading your letter is an experience itself. Can you imagine writing to a notorious serial killer and gaining an insight into how they think and perceive the world around them? That would be awesome, and certainly, a thing to put on your personal statement, lmao. And what you mentioned about Ted Bundy's childhood is so interesting because it just emphasizes a psychopath's ability to camouflage themselves in society and remain hidden, working from the shadows. That alone is actually quite terrifying. Like you say about the religious freaks...is that not just hypocrisy? How can you even kill people from other religions in the name of your religion? It doesn't make sense.

Aww, I love cats. They're so elegant and aloof, constantly giving you the impression that they're controlling you. Unlike dogs, they're so independent that they are not tiring to look after. I only wish that they were, in general, more loyal to their owners. Other than that, they are majestic and mysterious creatures who deserve to be worshipped by us pitiful and shameful humans. What cats do you have? And whilst on the subject of them, here's a cute picture of one:






mysteriousloner Aug 24, 2018 3:19 PM
I never thought that you would be interested in the subtle art of manipulation, for you seemed innocent (well, not 100% but somewhat) and very moral. Perhaps I had misjudged you and your capacity for evil. Such a shame. Now I will have to retrace my steps and change my upcoming plans a little. Mwhahah...But whilst on the subject of manipulation, some of my enemies had definitely changed because of it. There are two classic examples: Allistair and Lucas - they are both products of my manipulation. Yet the greatest thing is, neither of them knows it. Anyway, I managed to manipulate Alistair by making him think that I hated him, but in reality, I was indifferent to him. As a result, he was constantly trying to impress me and earn my recognition. In that sense, he was an attention-seeking puppy who yearned for his master's approval. Mwhahah. And Lucas...well, I have manipulated him in the sense that he has become corrupted for being in my presence for extended periods of time. Now he is my somewhat obedient servant.

Oh no, don't belittle yourself for sympathising with criminals; some of them are wrongfully convicted anyway. In fact, a study from 2014 found that 4.1& of convicted people on death row are later to be found innocent. (http://www.pnas.org/content/111/20/7230) As you have mentioned, however, sympathizing with criminals is a very interesting concept: like with you, it occurs to me at times. The most notorious killers in America have very fascinating childhoods, and as psychology students, it is mind-opening to look into their past and try to come up with a reason as to why they acted the way they did. For instance, Ted Bundy (as you are probably aware) is the most notorious serial killer in America. But the most interesting thing about him is not his crimes per se, but rather his childhood. It was reported by one of his aunts that she woke up to a young, child version of Ted Bundy laying knives down on her bed, pointing them at her. If anything, that seems to have catalysed his homicidal tendencies. But we will never know for sure.

Oh definitely. Misa is the element of joy and less-seriousness that a very serious and dark show like Death Note needed in order to relieve the continuous tension and heavy undertones from time to time. It is my opinion that she should be respected for her undying and perpetual loyalty and devotion to Light. As we saw on several occasions, she would do anything to please him. This need of hers and sort of desire to die for him is really interesting because it highlights how your feelings and emotions to someone or something can completely dominate you and your actions. Here we have another amazing nuanced meaning from Death Note.
hisdimples45 Aug 22, 2018 1:11 PM
Wow HAHAHAH, Nice to meet you too Laura ^_^
mysteriousloner Aug 22, 2018 10:10 AM
Do you want to know the truth? I didn't even turn up for the debate. It was a waste of my time, and I made that clear to my form tutor, lmao.
Now that you mention it, Light's manipulation was awesome, but the only reason why it turned me off was that it felt too soon. As in, it would have been better if it was displayed later on when he could no longer go back. But that's just my opinion, and the manipulation itself was fucking brilliant and so cunning. So if you are a sick person for rooting for him at that point, then you aren't the only sick person haha. We are both dark and messed up people, it seems. To be honest, at one point I went and rewatched that scene in order to learn a few manipulation techniques that could be used against my foolish enemies at swa, mwahaha. Suffice to say, in some cases, it has been useful. ;)
Yes, definitely. Villians are sometimes more interesting and complex than heroes. Their motivations often intrigue me. And as a psychology student, it's always fun to look at their childhoods and see if they affected their evil behaviour. That is an odd reason for cheering them on, but you have your reasons....just like I have mine, mwahaha. Moving on, to what you said about Mello looking like someone from an 80s rock band, that is a brilliant point. (Perhaps he left Bon Jovi to pursue Kira, lmao.) Now that you mention it, it really does seem intentional in the way that his costume was designed. Perhaps it's the little-nuanced details like that which make the story more interesting and significant.

Yes, that was some really good imagery on Ohba's or Takeshi's part. Perhaps it was Takeshi's idea since he drew the illustrations. But it could have equally been Ohba's idea. We'll never know for sure, unless we force the truth out of them, mwahaha. And in relation to Light's theme, I completely agree with you. When you think about it, Light's theme is a very sad and lonely song, with a hint of melancholy - which is appropriate for a character like Light.

That aside, another great song is Misa's theme. There are so many reasons why she's a great character and not simply a product of Light's manipulation, but I'll save that for another time. In the meantime, you should listen to it:

https://youtu.be/LTdVQUOH-Wo


mysteriousloner Aug 21, 2018 12:13 PM
Yeah, I see what you mean there. As in, there is a sense in Light's ideology about the world being rotten and in need of a *cleanse.* I personally believe in the death penalty, but you don't have to agree or disagree with that penalty to see and fathom Light's stance on justice. It was just when he started manipulating and using vulnerable people like Misa and Takada that I stopped rooting for him. And yes, Mello was great and definitely the better option between him and Near. He was so relatable as well - who wouldn't want to eat chocolate all day and put on no weight? Plus, I really felt and empathised with his desire to beat Near and in that sense, be better than everyone else. He certainly was an ambitious chocolate freak. It is a shame that we didn't see more of him or his backstory, because it would have been awesome if his character and motivation were developed a little bit more, in my opinion. And yes, get you a man like Watari and you're set up for life. I can't remember if he drove L in his limo on the rare occasion that L went outside, but if he did, then that's another bonus. It would be awesome to have someone bring you endless supplies of sweet food and drive you to places.

If they taught manga besides mundane 18th-century literature, it would be so much more interesting. Lmao, can you imagine: "Discuss how Tsugumi Ohba presents L as the greatest detective in the world in relation to context." Undoubtedly, all manga fans would excel at that kind of question. Or even, "How does Ohba present the theme of justice and morality in Death Note?" That sounds so exciting for once.

Oh, don't even get me started on the soundtrack. The biggest thing I love about it is the sudden change in music style. For instance, during the first half of the show when Light is calm and calculating, it was interesting how the music was also serious and appropriate. But then as soon as he starts to deteriorate into psychopathy, the music becomes more and more crazy and chaotic, just like his inner self. If you want to see what I mean, listen to the 1st opening and then the 2nd opening, "What's up people?" and you'll see the difference aha. I like to think that the change in music was deliberate. Speaking of such, I absolutely love one instrumental song from the soundtrack that you should definitely listen to. It hurts slightly because it reminds me of L's death:

https://youtu.be/XAFkWDLZ6YM