Was Anton LaVey (author of the satanic bible) a sociopath?

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    It appears to be as such.

    #388926
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    I think he was just some freaky dude who wanted to be special.
    Everybody wants to be special, he just wanted to be EXTRA special.

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    Oh yeah. Don’t forget on his deathbed he stated the whole thing was a joke to piss off hippies.

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    Clearly, he also started the Church of Satan in 1966 I believe.

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    A distinct possibility.

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    Isn’t that self explanatory?

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    Not at all. I think he was more of a satirist, in the same vein as L. Ron Hubbard.

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    he was just completely self absorbed. recall the devil said in his heart, ‘i will ascend above the heights of the clouds, i will set my throne above the stars of God, i will be like the most high.’ the satanic church is following suit. but the very next verse says ‘nevertheless you will be thrust down to hell’

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    Anton LaVey was just a very odd man, before he became “Satanic”, he was just a carny.

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    He grew up in the circus did he not?

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    No, just different.

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    I don’t know. But God (author of the Christian Bible) surely was!

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    Egomaniac yes, sociopath no..

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    He was apparently a very intelligent and gifted student who started to get too much power and a lot of accolades. He went too far and it escalated into drugs, sex, violence and a lot of other crazy sick stuff, like branding his female follower’s and harming others.
    Whatever he started out believing ended up in a very sick twisted philosophy. Was he a sociopath? Maybe more of a cult figure with a lot of inadequate people who followed him and did his bidding because they believed in him.
    Was his followers any sicker than say, The People’s Temple and Jim Jones? It is all a matter of degrees…

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    Not anymore than Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, of Billy Gramm.
    You should google him and read his biography, it should tell you what you want to know.

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    He plays the calliope, what does that say about him?

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    Did he kill or torture anybody or any animals? No (and his S&M practices don’t count, as those were all weird but consensual). Satanism specifically forbids killing other people or animals in its rituals. He was just an atheist who hated the hypocrisy and repression promoted by mainstream Christian religion, and came up with symbols and rituals parodying Christianity to help people “deprogram” themselves from it. Granted, he made some good money in the process and plagiarized much of his Satanic Bible, but everybody who personally knew him thought he was basically a nice guy and hardly a sociopath.

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    He was a good example of “when Goths go wrong”!

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    answer: No, he was someone who thought for himself and rejected believing in anything on “faith” and groveling. He was a showman, con man and enjoyed being rebellious, he admitted that.

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    Not necessarily.

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