- Aug 16, 2008
- Reaction score
This didn´t look like genuine crying to me. She had been given a cue word by her team: "skull".
I can hear them say: "Casey, when they get to the point where they talk about finding the skull, you´ve GOT to show emotion."
She seemed very attentive, like in ready, steady, GO! She wasn´t emotional at all in the leading up to the moment the skull was mentioned - she knew it was coming, just the thought of it would have made any normal person very emotional!
But not Casey - oooh no. Cue-word "skull", and she immediately goes into a sad excuse of a "crying" fit. At first she can´t even get it right - she looks angry where she´s supposed to look sad; she looks aggrieved - almost like a little girl who doesn´t get what she wants.
Then she starts poking her face, wiping, picking, checking for tears. This was a pathetic show of non-emotion. And I mean pathetic in the most pathetic sense there is. I almost feel sorry for her: she HAS no real emotions, she is an empty shell. There is no Casey; only a shadow of a silly girl who once was and who wanted so much to be in a hot body contest that she killed her daughter - to put it crudely.
WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE DEAD BODY OF HER TWO-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! And she can´t even at least fake anything that even resembles grief and horror. She can´t because she doesn´t know these feelings when they are not about her.
Casey is irritated. She is extremely irritated that we all just don´t leave her alone. She did nothing but get rid of her little brat (sorry Caylee), which was HERS and none of our business. She is FRUSTRATED that she can´t just lie, lie,lie, and walk out of this annoying situation. Why don´t people just believe what SHE says - they always did at home.
Casey can´t SWALLOW she´s that FRUSTRATED and ANGRY. That is what her facial expressions convey to me. Poor empty, dumb Casey - and I DO feel sorry for her.
:goodpost: Right on. Narcissists are at their core empty shells. Their sense of self is a creation, carefully matained so as to present the image they would like the world to imagine represents them.
She is indeed exhibiting characteristics typical of sociopaths as well. Her inability to actually feel emotions is clear from her obviously inappropriate reactions to events or cues -- like "skull" -- that would elicit immediate and genuine reactions from others.
Some pyschiatrists believe that narcissists exist in an arrested state of emotional development, generally involving trauma induced at an early age. That would be consistent with emotional responses such as the ones she displays which are highly infantile and lacking mature perspective as to the degree of intensity and appropriate setting for their display. The irritated reaction you describe would be entirely consistent -- and appropriate -- in a very young child, but is obviously jarring to us when we see it coming from an adult. All of these things argue for a significant personality disorder, but it in no way absolves her of responsibility for her own actions.