Elliot Rodger's Manifesto Analyzed

By Jessika Endsley

Elliot Rodger was responsible for a mass shooting in Santa Barbara, California on May 23, 2014. He killed six people and wounded many more before killing himself. Elliot left behind a long manifesto, which many people across the country are reading and trying to understand in an attempt to know "why" this happened, and how to prevent it. With diagnostic words being thrown around (including Asperger's Syndrome) with little to no thought, careful attention must be paid to the information that Elliot left behind.

The Early Years

Elliot Rodger began and ended his life as a very privileged, spoiled brat. Much of his manifesto gives details of his privileged childhood, from being well-traveled at age four to private pre-school when his family finally settled in California, to having his own nannies. He was prone to emotional tantrums when he did not get his way, and this continued throughout his life. Other than his parents divorce when he was seven years old, he remembered childhood fondly. He had a lobster lunch for his seventh birthday and his best friend was a girl named Maddy. He tended to get jealous when his friends paid more attention to others, but this was the only sign of any real personality issues that he exhibited early on; taken by itself, it isn't that big of a deal. His life was good, and in his manifesto, he acknowledges this fact about his early years. He would miss the ignorance that accompanied them and remembered, in detail, what caused his misery.

Elliot's view of the world and what being successful meant was largely based around the ability to acquire female companionship. His father earned his respect by getting a new girlfriend so quickly after the divorce, and Elliot decided that this was definitely an admirable trait. Although the new stepmother was not his favorite person due to her inclination to punish him (even by sending him to his room when a friend was over - how horrifying) he had no real conflict with women during his childhood. Everything written about his childhood is written in longing for the ignorance he had before the evils of puberty; he noted that he didn't know that during and after puberty, other boys would be embraced by girls and he would be shunned.

"I realized that there were hierarchies, that some people were better than others." - age 9

Elliot was aware of social norms to a very shocking degree. This child knew exactly what was required to be a part of the sought-after "cool" crowd, and he did put much emphasis on such. He prompted his parents to take him to a salon at age nine to have his hair dyed blonde, so as to be "more admirable". He was pleased when other children decided his hair was "cool" and reveled in the attention for several days. The obsession he had with Pokemon was ended as soon as his peers deemed it lame, and he replaced it with the "cool" option of skateboarding, quickly acquiring a skateboard for both his mothers house and his fathers. If Elliot ever indeed had a restricted interest or an obsession, it was with being one of the "haves" in society - a cool, popular person. He adapted easily to the friends he desired to have, and did everything he could to fit in with them. These are not traits of someone on the Autistic Spectrum. These are traits of a spoiled child who may grow into a somatic Narcissist if given the chance.

"Only after the advent of puberty dues the true brutality of human nature show its face. Life will become a bitter and unfair struggle for self-worth, all because girls will chose some boys over others."

Ego issues became more apparent as Elliot got older. He quit skateboarding immediately when younger kids were able to perform better tricks; he had no real passion for the sport unless it would increase his likability. He was elated to be able to dance with girls at a middle school dance, adding that it would be the "only" positive experience with girls he would ever have. He may have even decided this would be the case that very night; he never again attempted to befriend a female. His carefree childhood would soon be far behind him as he fell into a puberty of delusion.

Puberty

Elliot Rodger hit puberty and his entire world, from his own perspective, came crashing down. While many people go through difficult issues in puberty and are riddled with confusion and awkwardness, Elliot felt he was special in his. He became very afraid of girls due to an experience at camp when a girl pushed him after he bumped into her and proceeded to scream profanities at him. This bad experience with one young girl who was startled and angry massively contributed to his phobia and obsession with women in the years to come.

"Cruel treatment from women is ten times worse than from men. It made me feel like an insignificant, unworthy little mouse."

In his world, the measurement tool for a man's self-worth was women. Being embraced by women meant the man was worthy of respect; the more women, the better. Being rejected by them was intolerable. Being ignored by them was intolerable. Women were shocking beings to Elliot, even when he first saw a picture of the naked human body. He felt even more traumatized when he first saw pornography at thirteen years old, proceeding to cry on the way home and feel a great deal of shame about what he saw. He was terrified of women, but only women could satisfy his ego. As he observed his peers, he determined that the more aggressive a boy was, the more likely girls were to like him. Unfortunately, he carried this observation from middle school to high school and then into the real world.

"Not getting any sex is what shaped the foundation of my miserable youth." - 13

In middle school, Elliot began to socialize less. His usual play-dates happened less due to moving and due to his friends taking up different hobbies or being too busy with other friends, while Elliot spent long hours playing World of Warcraft after his mother moved into an apartment, which he deemed "embarrassing and low-class." He failed to recognize that his social life dwindled due to his own extremist gaming rather than the move into an apartment. His laziness and vanity killed his social life, and he took solace in World of Warcraft and Halo. Elliot was very socially aware and knew that acting "weird" would gain him attention, and however negative it may have been, attention was very important to Elliot. He needed to be seen and he needed to be noticed. He much preferred to be bullied and teased over being ignored, and although he would prefer being "cool" to being "weird," he had no tolerance for being ignored whatsoever.

"Infamy is better than total obscurity."

Freshman year did not make Elliot any happier. He grew very angry and upset when he learned that other fourteen year old boys were already sexually active. This shocked him, because he still felt like a child. He didn't know how this was possible, and hoped they were lying, but to his dismay, a friend offered proof of his own sexual activity. He was sinking further into self-imposed isolation and failed several classes due to his excessive playing of World of Warcraft. He was sent to summer school, where he passed the time waiting to go home and play more.

Elliot was taken out of school at age fifteen after becoming severely distraught about the way the bullies were treating him. His parents kept him out of school until they could decide what to do to alleviate his emotional pain and suffering, finally deciding on a smaller school. Elliot found the new school to be peaceful, although he did not respect the other students because they severely lacked in the "cool" factor. As he grew further into the teenage years, Elliot had no desire to learn to drive like his peers did. His overwhelming preoccupation with what others thought about him was only drowned out by his persistent video gaming.

Young Adulthood

As Elliot moved closer to becoming an adult, his hatred and bitterness towards women and sex in general intensified. He felt that it was a clear sign of the lack of justice in the world that his close friend was born into a richer family than Elliot, much less that he had an active social life and sex life. This friend had everything Elliot felt he could not have. He spent three weeks in France and enjoyed the socializing that he participated in while in the bars. It was a brief taste of what "normal" teenagers got to experience before he traveled back to his lonely life in the United States.

He began thinking about how the world could be run fairly and justly by preventing anyone from having a sex life. Elliot felt that too many people were given pleasure they did not deserve through sex, and that he was being persistently denied this pleasure. Despite the fact that he feared women and would not approach them to try and establish any kind of relationship, he placed blame firmly on the women for their supposed preferences. He felt he was entitled to what others seemed to attain so easily, and if he could not have it, no one should. He spoke to a close friend about these thoughts, and his friend quickly learned what was driving them..

"I began to have fantasies of becoming very powerful and stopping everyone from having sex...If I can't have it, I will destroy it." - 17

Elliot was surprised with a plane ticket to Morocco to go live with his stepmother and her family. He despised the country and threw a tantrum; his parents wanted him to try life somewhere else, away from the bullies and World of Warcraft. After a failed attempt to run away, he was sent to Morocco for what turned out to be only a long, tearful week. Relieved to be back home in the United States once more, he tried to develop a new found enthusiasm for life. He enrolled in a single class in college. His stepmother arrived back home soon after, and kicked him out of his fathers house permanently. He called his father weak for not preventing this from happening. Elliot still decided to push forward by doing nothing at all in an attempt to attain the life he wanted.

Elliot's mother began dating a wealthy man and Elliot asked her to marry him, or any wealthy man, so that he could "finally" be a part of a rich family. His mother asked him to stop suggesting such and grew angry when Elliot asked her to sacrifice her own well being for his happiness. He began lifting weights to look more like the muscular men that women liked, but still made no real attempts to make contact with them.

"I frequently went on walks around my mothers neighborhood in the desperate hope that someone would befriends me or a girl would talk to me. Nothing of the sort ever happened." - 18

Elliot Rodger, narcissist mass murderer

Elliot Rodger, narcissist spree killer

At age eighteen, Elliot got his drivers license and his mother gave him her old car when she got a new one. He began to feel more like an adult than a child, finally. He specifically chose his new college of Moorepark due to the amount of blonde women he saw on the campus. Elliot was determined that every hate-filled thought from his past was due to his inability to acquire a beautiful, blonde girlfriend, which he hoped to find at his new college. He gave up hope quickly; he observed far too many happy couples walking on campus in the precise area where he had fantasized about walking with his own future girlfriend. Since the sheer amount of women at the college had not granted him his wish, Elliot decided that becoming a rich writer would attract all of the blonde women he could ever ask for. He never actually wrote anything worthwhile until writing his manifesto.

Elliot began a pattern of dropping his college classes in a fit of rage when he grew sick of observing a particular jock and his girlfriend flirting in his class. Since he was only taking one class and feared his mother would no longer support him upon learning he had dropped the class, he called a friend and quickly got a job. To his dismay, the job was a menial custodial job and he quit within a few hours. He said it was "beneath" him, being the self-entitled brat that he was. He showed much disdain for anything he considered not to be a part of the upper class, exhibiting and extreme superiority complex mixed with his undeniable self-loathing. His parents showed some pity for him, and when Elliot was nineteen, they began talking about a plan for Elliot to move to Santa Barbara. He was excited at the prospect of a renewed life in an active area. He would surely be able to lose his virginity there.

Elliot dropped his sociology class on his first day in Santa Barbara, unable to cope seeing yet another jock with what he viewed as his "ideal" girlfriend. He had no concept of women as people; he didn't seem to realize that women had their own opinions, preferences, and thoughts. They were only walking measurements of a man's self-worth - purely sexual objects. He felt it was a massive injustice that no one reached out to him when he was in public in Santa Barbara, although he still made no attempt to speak to anyone of either gender. He did attend a karate class for a short period of time, but quit when his closest friend, James, was disturbed by Elliot's vicious hatred and violent thoughts. Elliot didn't know why James did not share his bitter enthusiasm since he himself was also a virgin. This same friend was very nervous about Elliot while at a birthday party due to a male at the table being very attractive and charming. Elliot had made it very clear tot his friend that he hated men who could attract women. This uncontrollable anger would lead to the end of James' friendship with Elliot.

Some men get to have beautiful girlfriends like that, and some don't. I am among those who are denied such a pleasure, and that is why I hate life." - 19

Elliot's mother decided that it would be worth it to pay $900 a month for Elliot to have an apartment in Santa Barbara. He knew that she was growing weary of dealing with him on a daily basis. Elliot quickly had conflict with a roommate because the black boy mentioned having had sex at a young age with a white woman. Elliot didn't understand how a black man (who he perceived to be a lesser being due to his race) had been granted sex with a white woman, when Elliot himself was still a half-white virgin. He determined that the female gender was mentally flawed for not preferring an "intelligent gentleman" like himself, and he was disturbed, shocked, and traumatized by this discovery. He had no concept of women being attracted to personality and to various kinds of them and didn't understand that the amount of time he spent picking out his "fabulous" shirt and doing his hair had not barring on a woman's attraction to him. His disdain for women grew more intense with each day, leading him to have severe fits of rage when seeing attractive couples walking around Santa Barbara. He began to think of assaulting couples in public, particularly one blonde girl and her Mexican boyfriend he saw while visiting with his father. It was not long before he began assaulting couples.

"I had to make up for all the years I lost in loneliness and isolation, through no fault of my own! It was society's fault for rejecting me. It was women's fault for refusing to have sex with me."

The first physical assault on a couple that Elliot partook in was at Starbucks when he observed a blonde woman with her "punk" boyfriend. He felt intense anger and followed them to their car, splashing his coffee all over them before running away. This would not be the last time he used coffee as a weapon, later splashing hot coffee on two girls he saw standing at a bus stop who did not return a smile he gave them. His violent thoughts were intensifying as he assaulted people In public in this petty fashion. In his writing, he repeatedly expressed a desire to pull the skin off of his "enemies." His rage against couples and pretty women was interfering with his ability to eat in public, attend classes, and function daily in general. It was no longer just jealousy; it was a phobia. He was convinced, despite his lack of attempts to make friends or speak to women, that they treated him with disdain.

"I wanted to kill them slowly, to strip the skins off their flesh." - 19

He had no real problems with his new roommate, Spencer, but was sure he had a psychological problem with his presence. Elliot was uncomfortable with his self-imposed isolation being judged by others. He stopped calling the few friends he did have because they were unpopular and therefore he could not benefit from them. Elliot's obsession with the superficial continued, and he returned to Santa Barbara after winter break with a new persona and a suave accent in hopes of being desirable. When this new persona did not turn his life around and his Facebook-stalking of a girl from his math class revealed that she already had a boyfriend, Elliot dropped the class and all hope was ended of the life he wanted in Santa Barbara.

Day of Retribution - the Massacre

"Those girls deserved to be dumped in boiling water for the crime of not giving me the attention and adoration I so rightfully deserve!"

Elliot narrowed his life choices down to two extreme options: he would either win the lottery, or he would have to end his life after getting revenge on the world. He did not register for another class because he was set on these two options. Soon after returning to Santa Barbara, he verbally attacked college students in a park, full of rage, before shooting them with a water gun and then running away. The adrenaline it gave him was intoxicating. It seems he was already practicing for failure before even learning he had lost the lottery. When he learned that someone else had won, he attacked his bed with a fake sword and stabbed the air with his pocket knife. He drank a bottle of wine in his room during an emotional tantrum, drunkenly spilling it into his laptop and ruining it. When his mother agreed to reimburse him for a new one, he spent time at the shooting range while waiting for the laptop.

"There I was, practicing shooting guns because I had a plan to carry out a massacre." - 21

After another emotional breakdown due to losing the lottery, Elliot's parents became very concerned and worried about him and decided to send him to a psychiatrist. He hastily bought a handgun before winter break and sent links to PUAHate.com for his parents to read, "confirming" his theories on why women were not attracted to him, the magnificent gentleman. As Elliot spiraled further downward into self-pitying depression, he decided he would plan for five months before acting on his anger and hate in the name of "justice."

"I wanted to kill as many attractive young couples as I possibly could." - 21

A young counselor that was assigned to help Elliot only evoked more anger from him because he was young, attractive, and he was even more jealous of his social skills counselor because he had slept with women before. For a short period of time, he also worked with a female counselor (who he only agreed to see because she was blonde) and when she moved, he never again would speak to a female counselor, determined that it was the same thing as hiring a prostitute. He would refuse to take any advice from his counselors because they did not to wish to help him in his fight against society. He would never make any real effort to acquire the life he wanted, and would continue to blame women and society in general for his "misfortune."

Elliot went to a party in Santa Barbara in hopes of losing his virginity at age twenty-two. But, rather than making conversation with any of his peers, Elliot drunkenly attempted to push girls off of a ledge onto the concrete below after observing them talking to other males. To his dismay, the brutish males decided to push him off the ledge instead, injuring his leg. He limped back to the party to retrieve his stolen sunglasses and got beaten up for the first time. He limped home, and at the hospital the next day, he lied about what happened and the case was eventually dismissed because there was no proof of either party's story. Elliot had been asking for trouble by assaulting girls at a party, and he knew it.

"If girls had been attracted to me, they would have offered to walk me to my room and take care of me. They would even have offered to sleep with me to make me feel better." - 22

Although advised by several mental health professionals that he should move from Santa Barbara due to the rowdy party culture that resulted in his injury, Elliot still concluded that he would be forced to kill. Elliot even expressed his disdain for women to a long-term friend, who asked him not to do anything rash, and Elliot assured him he would not. This was the last time he saw this friend. Soon after, his stepmother bragged to him about his little brother, Jazz, and how he would be a young actor and that he was very socially adept. This is when Elliot decided he would indeed have to kill his little brother and his stepmother; if Elliot couldn't have that life, neither could Jazz. He also decided that he would enjoy killing his two new, nerdy roommates in their sleep as well. If they had been more pleasant, however, he asserted that killing them would have been less pleasant. Only superior people were worth the guilt.

"...They will realize their crimes when I slaughter them all on the Day of Retribution. How dare they reject a magnificent gentleman like me!" - 22

The original date for the Day of Retribution was April 26, 2014, and he began to boy more guns and ammo. Phase one of his Retribution would be to silently lure the people of Santa Barbara into his apartment to kill them after murdering his roommates. The second phase would be to punish women for what they had denied him, namely by attacking a nearby sorority house. The third and final phase would be to kill his little brother and step-mother before killing people on the streets in an SUV (although he ended up using his BMW.) Elliot planned on ending his life in an overdose, peacefully. Of course, this did not pan out exactly as planned.

Elliot postponed his plans until May to avoid killing his father. He posted videos on Youtube, demanding an explanation by women for why they were not attracted to him and secretly hoped someone would offer him sex. No such thing happened; instead, men posted comments making fun of him, and he was reported to the police for the suspicious videos. Shocked by seven police officers pounding on his door, he assured them that he was not suicidal, and decided to keep a loaded handgun with him in case they returned and he needed to kill them before escaping. He was told his mother had reported him, but he could not confirm this. He removed many of his videos.

"If they had demanded to search my room...that would have ended everything." - 22

In the final pages of his manifesto, Elliot gives details of the evils of women and of what should be done to prevent future generations of men from suffering from them. He assured the world that sex is the most evil concept known to man, and that women are in control of this evil, ignoring the fact that sex is the foundation of procreation and human life. He believed that women are not capable of morals or thinking rationally because of their commonly chosen type of man. Elliot knew that he hated women because he had not had their companionship, and deluded himself to the very end that this was not his fault, but the fault of the entire female gender.

Aftermath

There has already been much speculation about what caused Elliot Rodger to become what he was, as a common human response to tragedy is to analyze and prevent. If he indeed had any form of Autism, he had not been made aware of it, and it does not show in any way in his own writing or in his video. Elliot Rodger had no real obsession outside of sexual fetish-phobia, and was very aware of social norms. He adapted to new situations fairly easily as a child - something that he very uncommon in Aspergers Syndrome. But whether or not he had it is irrelevant, because it did not cause him to hate women or to commit murder.

Elliot Rodger very clearly had severe Narcissistic Personality Disorder and severe Social Anxiety. No mental illness made him a hateful, spoiled, self-entitled child of a man. His personality did. He was handed the very best from birth, onward, from new cars "just so he would feel better" to new wardrobes and apartments as his parents tried desperately to make him happy. Elliot had no concept of work, and this translated into his social life. He was lazy and self-indulgent; many men less attractive than Elliot, with less money and no red-carpet experience, have grown up to marry beautiful women. Elliot refused to try and refused to approach others even to make friends, much less to make small-talk with any women. To say that this shooting could have been prevented by women, or that it was not a sexist act, is to say that women everywhere should make a conscious attempt to offer sex to lonely shut-ins in order to not be shot. Elliot was a Narcissist who believed himself so superior that he should not have to lift a single finger to get the life he wanted, and no amount of psychological counseling or hand-outs would have prevented his delusions from growing more intense with age.

It could be argued that Elliot should have been locked away due to his mental state, but Elliot was not insane. He did not experience psychosis, and he knew the consequences of his actions. Elliot was well aware that he was using women as a scapegoat for what he called his "miserable and pathetic life." In his final days, Elliot was more calm than he had ever been, because his social anxiety was dying the closer he got to death - and the closer he got to becoming a murderous god. Seven people are dead, and only one of them can truly be blamed.

"I am the closest thing there is to a living god." - 22

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1.  Kim    Sunday, June 1, 2014

The best analysis I have read. Thanks!



2.  Jane Hu    Monday, June 2, 2014

This article was very well written. After reading Elliot's manifesto, and after reading couple of analytical reports about his mental condition it is clear that he had major signs that pointed to narcissistic personality disorder. He had absolutely NO empathy just belligerent rants and antagonized people in his story.

Elliot never really talk about how others felt in his manifesto or how his parents were feeling. He's always "boo hooo, it's me...poor me....why don't girls like me....?" He talked about how when he hit puberty it was his miserable downfall from his happy childhood. Really? Everyone goes through that kind of stuff.

Granted, he was an introvert, highly sensitive, and suffered social anxiety which didn't really help him to meet girls, but there are people like that (like myself) but they turn out okay.

In the end I think he was just had NPD and he was the the one that dug himself in to his own hole.

Rest in peace to victims of Isle Vista killing.



3.  Jessika Endsley    Monday, June 2, 2014

Thank you. I looked for any sign of potential cognitive empathy that I could while reading the manifesto and could not find any. His anxiety and sensitivity may have been the only thing that prevented him from being a more "successful" mass murderer or serial killer.



4.  Jessika Endsley    Monday, June 2, 2014

Thank you



5.  Joe Smith    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

This has been my analysis too: Social anxiety and narcissistic personality disorder. A very bad combination indeed. People with SA tend to be shut ins who feel left out and ignored, that can be painful by itself but a narcissist would really have trouble since they desire attention and admiration more than a normal person would. His social anxiety conflicted with his narcissism and it tore him apart inside. He wanted to be loved and admired by women but didn't have the courage to talk to them. His narcissism then lead him down a different, darker path. One where he kills a bunch of people and becomes famous for it and he gets the attention his narcissism demanded. He did not seem to care or mind at all that being dead wouldn't allow him to experience it.



6.  Tim     Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What psychological profile do you put on school administrators who allow children to be bullied? Study the outcome of prisoners of war, and the Manchurian mind shaping techniques, and see if you might do a version two. Oh, read "Shock Doctrine" .... if you've read it, read it again.



7.  Tim     Tuesday, June 3, 2014

This 'diagnosis' of "Social Anxiety" disagree! I think it was post traumatic personality disorder. The early ears were full of associative traumas, or associative phobias. The Pavlov's dog research covers this extensively. I read through the manifesto, looking for a break point, and what I discovered was a traumatic event where the pared condition response between EXTREME & CHRONIC treatment from parents, friends, strangers.



8.  Tina    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

It should be taken into consideration that Elliot’s friend Philip Bloeser said :

"Everyone is focusing on Elliot’s lack of success with women, but they need to appreciate he was unable to communicate with anyone. He was so shy and painfully awkward. He had a boring personality and he didn’t talk."

Being severely narcissistic and at the same time being "socially illiterate" weirdo
makes it a difficult combination. I also wonder whether the way and the
environment he was brought up did trigger/cause his narcissism.



9.  ShaunS    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The male response is exponential. The female response is linear. That's also true sexually. So the male goes: 0...1...2...10 and punches you on the nose. The female goes 0... 1.... 2.... 3.... 4.... 5.... 6.... 7.... 8..... 9.... 10.... and then punches you on the nose. Notice the difference. The female requires a longer response, and will view the typical male response as an attack. Meanwhile if the male encounters the female response he will assume that she doesn't like him (or fall asleep waiting).

What happens in practice is this: Suppose a guy is an Ice Hockey player and the female is a fan. She will go to his matches for weeks and every time she 'watches him' play it will build up some more time on her linear response. At a certain point on the graph she will want to speak to him. She'll say "I like you" and he will say "Let's F***" and she will agree because his exponential response has just filled in the top part of her response graph. Along comes Elliot and having seen how simple it is to pull girls he will try the same to the girl sitting next to this one, and gets slapped in the face. He'll then say "Girls hate me" without ever realising that the first girl was watching the guy play Ice Hockey for months. The guy she sleeps with will assume that his exponential response worked because he too failed to notice the girl watching him play Ice Hockey for months. The couple is then blissfully ignorant of how all this just happened.

In conclusion my actual analysis reveals that Elliot did not realise that he needed to be visually on display and viewed in a positive light for at least a month by a girl, before approaching the girl or waiting for her to approach him thus indicating the point that she had reached in her response curve... before responding in an exponential way. Further more a quick check on Google just revealed that no one else seems to know this either.

He failed to place himself on display by doing some kind of visible sports that would allow females to 'watch him' for a long period of time. There is a sexual requirement on the part of the female to absorb the male through observation to pad out the linear response curve. By playing computer games he was not visible. Where these games involved guns he learnt to emphasize his male exponential responses... but needed female linear responses (chess or something more visible). Finally the Cretine (substance) would have boosted his testosterone further, enhancing the male exponential response leading to the outcome.

The single most important issue appears to be the realisation that females need to watch males for a time before they can response to them. The requirement to achieve this is to be visible. The loner is not visible.

A female will always observe the males around her, even if she has someone. Elliot avoided situations in which females were present. Every strategy and response that he followed was flawed. If he had a psychiatrist able to give the above then he would have been smart enough to strategise a solution. So... poorly educated, with no one able to give adequate advice. His teachers failed him, his parents failed him, the dim witted human race failed him, but above all of this he himself failed because he didn't live long enough to work out the answer for himself. More importantly he did not accidentally have these responses and tendencies that other guys had despite his attempts to copy them and in conclusion you may very well have just seen evolution and natural selection pan out in real life.



10.  JBrickley    Sunday, June 8, 2014

NPD+SA explains a lot. Reading the manifesto reveals he's elevating himself above all others while spinning an isolated feedback loop of anger in on itself. The more isolated he made himself the more the spin tightened and without any input from reality the more twisted his thoughts. Having dealt with a bout of depression myself, I know all too well the way one can retreat into oneself and damaging thoughts can spiral and feedback on themselves. Depression to me felt like I was stuck at the bottom of a well unable to climb out. Eventually the depression subsided and resolved itself and I've only experienced a milder form a second time. Having a good understanding of what happened, only made clear once the depression left me, allows me to avoid it in future. I do believe the immature mind of an adolescence contributed to my dilemma. As I grew older my mind matured and I realized how foolish my thinking was. Wether or not you believe in the Christian God, the Bible makes a heck of a lot of sense. Reading the Bible for me, helped a great deal. It clearly defined what was right and wrong and it put my mind on a proper path to real happiness. Doing for others, forsaking selfishness, submission to a higher power, understanding true love, suppressing lust, releasing anger, forgiving, praying, studying the word of God, etc. It changed me completely and it provided an inner peace that cannot be logically explained. The writing of Elliot Rodger is 180 degrees out of phase with Christianity which makes it pure evil. So no, I don't think he was insane, I think he was evil!



11.  randomjuice    Sunday, June 8, 2014

Wow. That is some deep shit.



12.  Jessika Endsley    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I definitely agree that he did not communicate well or that he was too afraid to try. I also thing his environment contributed to his Narcissism (although a different environment may have just caused a different malfunction) although I do not think his upbringing directly led to his actions at all.



13.  Jessika Endsley    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This may be applicable to the general female populace. I personally never required much time to decide if I was or was not interested in a male counterpart.



14.  Jessika Endsley    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Although I do not really believe in a blanket "good" or "evil" I think I understand what you are saying.



15.  Jessika Endsley    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Yes. His Narcissism could not be fed and that lead him to becoming what he did. That's why his manifesto is basically a big suicide note.



16.  Jessika Endsley    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

He was never traumatized in his early years. You can disagree all day, facts will not change. He was never treated particularly badly. His perception was extremely off-kilter with reality and he was too anxious to make things happen that would make him happy.



17.  Jessika Endsley    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Administrators who allow children to be bullied should be fired at best.



18.  ShaunS    Saturday, June 14, 2014

I think I should add another comment here. Parents are automatically 'lucky' people, but this doesn't mean that their children will be 'lucky' too. If they are not then their parents cannot help as they have no experience of being 'unlucky'. There is a solution that was found. The 'unlucky' child (male) should study the life, work, and hobbies of the 'lucky' parent (father) prior to the parents getting married. What the father did before he was married almost certainly resulted in him becoming part of the 'lucky' group. If the son was in the same business, or followed the same hobbies as his father prior to getting married, it seems likely that the son would acquire the same 'luck' as the father.

So, if you yourself are part of the 'unlucky' group then you should try to adopt your parents lifestyle prior to marriage. In America the Amish community are always a good role model. In earlier times the children always went into the family business. So failure and being 'unlucky' is a modern disaster caused by the modern culture.

Elliot was NOT a movie director. If he had been he would have had lots of girlfriends and would have married early in life. It's still difficult for many people to follow their parents as the children often want to do something else, but doing something else does bring it's own risks of failure.



19.  Sarah Vaughter    Saturday, June 14, 2014

That makes sense, but we should neither forget genetic and cultural factors. Sometimes, children are quite different in character from their parents and just not cut out to follow similar paths, esp. not in a different world than their parents grew up in.

One can't "cure" narcissism, for example. Also, IQ regresses towards the average.



20.  GeorgiasPeachie    Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jessika- EXCELLENT piece. You are 100% right. He was a typical personality disorder with rigid thinking and a victim identity. No amount of therapy works because he is immoral. He was not mentally ill. No amount of mental health services would have changed anything. Only a diagnosis of narcissism and antisocial and a red flag that he could not buy guns or be in a home with anyone who had guns. This is the only answer i can think of.



21.  Jessika Endsley    Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thank you. The mass hysteria surrounding this and calling for action around those who are "mentally ill" is just a void attempt by society to feel safe. This person was not mentally ill, but mental illness is treatable and Narcissism really isn't. I agree that a diagnosis and ree flag not to buy gun would be the only logical preventive measure.



22.  GeorgiasPeachie    Sunday, July 13, 2014

And actually- I do not think he had social anxiety. I think he had avoidant personality disorder instead. He obviously had antisocial deceitfulness/lying, repeated physical assaults, disregard for the safety of others (murder), failure to work, and lack of remorse. But look at the criteria for avoidant;
(1) avoids occupational activities that involve significant interpersonal contact, because of fears of criticism, disapproval, or rejection

(2) is unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of being liked

(3) shows restraint within intimate relationships because of the fear of being shamed or ridiculed

(4) is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected in social situations

(5) is inhibited in new interpersonal situations because of feelings of inadequacy

(6) views self as socially inept, personally unappealing, or inferior to others

(7) is unusually reluctant to take personal risks or to engage in any new activities because they may prove embarrassing

Again, parents need to know and teach their children about the criteria on personality disorders. If his three roommates knew these danger signs they could have moved out and saved their lives. A social worker I met told me about an ebook called fraud in mental health by the therapist. I bought it on my nook and so far- incredible!



23.  Jessika Endsley    Sunday, July 13, 2014

Social anxiety is a key component of Avoidant Personality Disorder. Although Avoidant doesn't pop out just from reading the manifesto, reading what has been said by people who knew him could point to it. He "tried" a bit more than a typical Avoidant would (such as by moving to Santa Barbara, although he did little else.)

Since his socially-based anxiety was so severe, Avoidant would make a lot of sense, which may give him the armchair diagnosis of "Personality Disorder NOS - avoidant and narcissistic features."

Good call



24.  ShaunS    Monday, July 14, 2014

One of the problems here is to distinguish the cause and effect in terms of mental illness. If Eliot Rodger had a girlfriend he would not have developed narcissistic tendencies - those were caused by not having a girlfriend. Likewise avoidant tendencies would have faded away in the presence of a girlfriend.

You should also consider that many mental disorders such as Autism, Epilepsy, Schizophrenia, can be traced back to Vitamin D deficiency, it's just that the science hasn't been done yet. So potentially a simple cure.

If you say he had poor social skills and should have learnt better social skills, then you're flagging up the fact that these are not taught in schools and clearly need to be. If you say that these people (of which there are many) expect things to happen automatically, well now you need to consider the salmon returning to their spawning grounds. Science says, because they want to pass their success onto their offspring, but evolution says, the salmon that didn't died out and what is clearly indicated is some form of Eugenics, a signal of some kind, selectively breeding many species on the planet by manipulating their movements. A signal whose strength can vary such that it's decline would kill salmon not returning to their spawning ground (at some point in the past). If such a signal were in decline today it would account for the expectation of automatic socialisation - that would fail to occur. I point out that Elliot was born in London but was then taken to America some distance away. Any signal say to provoke puberty externally would be reduced damaging that process. Placing a couple on a distant planet may result in their children being sterile as we may be like the salmon and need to return to the Earth as our own spawning ground?

Tentative investigation suggests a 1,2,3Hz system influencing the brain stem. Males 120bpm 2Hz - God gave Rock & Roll to you. Did Elliot listen to Rock and Roll music? Females 180bpm 3Hz - Gabba? With a 1Hz 60bpm linker, classical music of some kind. This would be The Last Judgement of the Tarot the trumpet indicating a human control of the signal. My research continues in this area and the bpm speeds given represent calibration of the human brain (or at least the brain stem). If the suggestion here is true then the problem will get worse as the Earth's magnetic field declines. As a race if this were true then we could perhaps develop a new genre of music dedicated to these three tempos.

Was he Left Handed? Brain damage appears to be the cause but no one has asked that question. It's difficult to fix as the brain gets cross wired.

There are many issues to consider. There is much that we do not understand. In fact his parents may ultimately have been to blame. I think that the issue is currently being fudged. No solutions have been proposed and it's currently being swept under the carpet. Time is against us with a worsening trend. Our social culture is based on people being identical to each other, and even a very slight difference can result in exclusion and the feeling of exclusion (even if it's not present).

Finally I think that this is a big issue. I think that we need to oppose the view that it's very small and only affected one individual - until the next time, and the next, and the next. What steps have been taken to reduce the occurrence of this problem? I think that this should be viewed as the tip of a very large iceberg. I point out that this is the same as being a muslim terrorist - it's just that he wasn't an arab, sadly he didn't take up Islam first.



25.  Jessika Endsley    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

That is grossly speculatory that he would not have been a Narcissist if he had a girlfriend. He had clear issues with the entire social world, ranging from jobs that were "beneath him" to what kind of roommate was good enough. I believe he would have been a Narcissist even if he had a girlfriend - and he would have been a very controlling and abusive partner. His narcissism developed way before he projected it onto women.

The rest of what you're saying is so asinine and irrelevant that I'm not going to entertain it - putting neurological disorders into the same class as this nut does not really work in the world of logic, and trying to blame the world for Roger's bratty behavior doesn't work either.
Sure didn't work for Roger's himself.



26.  Aunt Lucy    Thursday, August 28, 2014

Elliot Rodgers may have been a spoiled brat, though everyone around him probably fit the same description. Peer pressure in areas of high class snobbery is intense, and this must be factored into the equation. Aren't over 90% of the people Elliot was living around somewhere on the high end of the narcissistic spectrum due to their extreme wealth pursuits? Sure there are nice rich people, though there is a strong streak of snobbery in certain wealthy communities.
Psychology focuses on the individual, yet the influence of surrounding society needs to be included by sociology. The U.S. has more people with mental illnesses and personality disorders than any other nation closely followed by Japan. These are both high stress societies with great expectations on wealth, sex and success, otherwise you are labeled a "loser" or "disappointment."
Why did Elliot go over the top with his severe narcissism on a killing spree while others remain "legally narcissistic" and blend in with society? Maybe our collective social value system need to be reevaluated so that we can stop creating conditions that make severe narcissists like Elliot Rodgers, Ted Bundy, and others.



27.  Guest    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Here's the link to the best analysis I've read.

http://timothylachin.com/?p...

Elliot Rodger: Amoeba, Misogynist, or Wizard?

As a citizen of the 21st century, which is to say a
slave to the Internet, I have now read enough articles about Elliot
Rodger to come to the conclusion that no one in the United States
understands anything about anything. Every article I have read gets everything wrong.

The facts: on May 23rd, 2014, Elliot Rodger went on a
killing spree in Santa Barbara, stabbing and shooting six people to
death before committing suicide. In the weeks leading up to his rampage,
he posted a number of videos on YouTube in which he expresses his rage
towards the popular kids in general, and popular girls in
particular, for rejecting him. He returns again and again to the fact
that he is still a virgin, a fact which he blames on the cruelty of the
women who have rejected him all his life.

Where to start? The first thing we need to do is dismiss any attempt
to understand Rodger’s actions by referring to ideological non-concepts
such as virulent misogyny or entitlement. The second thing
we need to do is dismiss any attempt to understand his actions by
referring to the sterile concepts of cognitive-behavioral psychology
(“He suffered from antisocial personality disorder”). If we want to have
any hope of understanding why Elliot Rodger killed all those people,
the first thing we need to do is establish a distinction between structure and discourse. What do I mean?

The attempts to understand the Rodger shooting generally fall into
one of two categories. Either “mental illness” (structure) or “virulent
misogyny” (discourse) is invoked as an “explanation” for his actions. In
both cases, “analysis” consists in sticking a label on Rodger and
passing this tautology off as an explanation. This is as far as public
thought goes in the United States these days.

If we want to understand Elliot Rodger, we need to analyze the place where structure and discourse (do not) meet.

Anyone who watches the Elliot Rodger videos and believes that he did
it for the reasons he states is a dupe. Anyone with an ear for the truth
ought to be able to hear that when Elliot Rodger uses words like blond, beautiful, alpha male, happiness, women,
etc. he is using them as a series of neologisms. In other words, for
Rodger, these signifiers mean something radically different than they do
for everyone else.

Rodger is, clearly, obviously, visibly, psychotic. I work in a
psychiatric hospital. One of my most important responsibilities as a
clinician is recognizing psychosis in its larval form. Of course,
Rodger’s psychosis is far from larval in the videos he uploaded to the
internet. In any case, American psychiatry has become so etiolated
thanks to cognitive-behavioral pseudoscience and the enormous piece of
propaganda that is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders (the would-be Bible of mental health disorders assembled and
published by the American Psychiatric Association) that no one knows any
longer what psychosis even is. By multiplying ad infinitum the
various spurious “disorders” of the brain, the DSM destroys any
possibility of establishing diagnostic criteria that both cut reality at
the joints and respect the singularity of each patient. In the best
cases, these false “disorders” are the simple result of bad science, bad
ethics, and the ambient bad epistemology that characterize hypermodern
America. In the worst cases, they are invented by drug companies and
pushed by APA shills to make that money.

What is psychosis? Speaking broadly, it is a disturbance on the level
of the symbolic register. The psychotic is cut off from his body and
cut off from the rest of humanity because language does not function
“properly” for him. Language is not a tool for communication and never
has been. When is the last time anyone communicated with anyone else?
Language for humans is more like sunlight for plants. Without language,
our bodies and minds do not know how to regulate themselves. The parade
of variously crippled and ill psychotics I see every day at the clinic
testifies to the debilitating consequences of being incompletely
inserted into what Lacan calls a discourse, which might be described as
the story we tell ourselves about what is real and what is not, what
constitutes truth and what does not.

One of the clearest symptoms of psychosis is the use of neologisms –
words that mean something mysterious and incommunicable to the psychotic
subject. Usually these neologisms look like everyday words, which is
why we are lost without some reference to structure. One only needs to
hear Elliot Rodger repeat the word blond a few times to realize
that this signifier means a lot more to him than it does to your average
frustrated virgin. American psychiatry does not have the balls even to
try to understand the obvious connection between language troubles and
psychosis. As usual, cause and consequence are inverted, and language
troubles are dismissed as meaningless “word salad” rather than
recognized as the very cause of psychosis.

A number of the various commentators and armchair psychologists who
have analyzed the Rodger case have drawn attention to his narcissism.
This is as close as anyone has come to recognizing the true nature of
Rodger’s psychosis. Psychotic narcissism is of an entirely different
nature than non-psychotic narcissism. Elliot Rodger is not a young man
with an outsized ego. Elliot Rodger is a formless, shapeless amoeba
riven by aggressive and sexual drives who is desperately holding onto a
partial mirror image in order to avoid total psychic collapse. What we
ordinarily refer to as “narcissism” involves a detour through the gaze
of the Other. When Brad Pitt admires himself in the mirror, he is seeing
himself through the eyes of the readers of People Magazine. In other
words, he has internalized this gaze and identifies himself by it. He is
integrated into a collective discourse.

When Elliot Rodger tilts his head at the same weird stereotyped angle
again and again to show off what he believes to be his best profile, he
is not seeing himself through the lens of the Other’s beauty ideals as a
non-psychotic would. He is trying, desperately, to make this Other
exist, to insert himself into society as such by disappearing into this
one fixed “photograph” of himself. He has confused two registers, the
register of symbolic belonging and the register of imaginary belonging.
Symbolically, linguistically, he cannot make a “detour through
the Other”, one that would format his mind and body and allow him to
join the community of alpha males and blonde babes he vituperates
against. In the absence of such a symbolic identification, he can only
attempt to repair this hole in his psyche by “covering” it with an
identification on the level of the imaginary, which is to say the level
of the image. The stereotyped, stilted way he speaks, poses, shifts his
head, puts on and takes off his sunglasses, etc. shows that Rodger is
attempting to imitate an “alpha male” from the outside in rather than
from the inside out. The very domain of interiority is unavailable to
him. This is the reason why he killed those people, not because
he was a virgin. Rodger’s psychosis was in place long before he ever
dreamed of holding hands with a beautiful blonde sorority girl.

So, on the level of structure, Rodger is psychotic. This means
that the detour through the Other, through the discourse, the ethics,
and the epistemology promulgated by official society, is foreclosed to
him. The ability to make this detour and see oneself from the outside is
the line separating neurosis from psychosis. This essentially
uncomplicated notion of structure, which is so crucial to the
understanding of psychic suffering of both the neurotic and psychotic
variety, is nowhere to be found in the thousand-plus pages of the DSM-V,
which substitutes an infinite multiplication of spurious disorders for a
properly dialectical understanding of subjectivity.

Rodger is a psychotic who latched onto one of the many circulating discourses available
on the Internet in an attempt to metabolize the (literally) unspeakable
suffering that wracked him on the level of mind and body. This
suffering was unspeakable for the simple reason that only the
Other is capable of giving us those words with which we can effectuate a
synthesis of mind, body and discourse. Here is the true origin of
Rodger’s murderous hatred for the alpha males and females he ended up
killing. They are the winners who stand in for the official Other as
such, that Other to which Rodger has no access. It is worth repeating
here: in its last essence, this Other is nothing but language as such,
speech as such, intersubjectivity as such (which always passes through
language of some sort). Unable to recognize the true, ethereal, symbolic
nature of this Other, Rodger could only approach it via the imaginary
register, which is to say the register of appearances. Hence the blond hair.
This particular trait is shorthand, in the circulating American
imaginary of mastery – which is of course a screen for the discourse of
capitalism – for winning, for making it, for being an insider. When
Rodger first learns, at the age of nine, that he is not cool, he
responds by dying his hair blond. Restated in more analytic terms, when
faced with the enigma of the Other, with his own inability to assume a
place in the Other, Rodger responds by mobilizing the signifier blond,
which represents, in the imaginary, the Other’s desire. The rigid,
mechanical character of this response to the enigma of the Other’s
desire is already a clinical indication that Rodger is operating within a
psychotic structure.

What, then, are the origins of Rodger’s psychosis? They are to be
found where one might expect them to be found – in his early childhood,
in his relationship with his parents, in his earliest dealings with the
Other he came to reject and refuse, perhaps for a good reason. It is
precisely Rodger’s own refusal and rejection of this Other that he
misrecognizes as the blond Other’s refusal and sexual rejection of him.
Why sexual? Because it is on the level of sexuality that we experience
our deepest sense of identity, of being, of humanity.

I have no idea why Rodger became psychotic, but I do know that it had
nothing to do with any of the reasons he cited in his videos, and which
he gleaned, like a crow making a nest of clothes hangers, from the
despairing, masochistic discourse he found on websites such as
PUAHate.com and Wizardchan.org.

This brings me to the second point I would like to discuss, namely
the discourse itself. Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree not because
of the discourse of “normalfag” or “Chad” hatred he found on the
internet; he went on a killing spree precisely because he could not fully enter this discourse. It is the failure of
PUAHate and Wizardchan (as well as every other discourse) to furnish
Rodger with an identity, with a body, that led him to pass to the act.
If Rodger frequented such websites and attempted to ape their
discourses, it is because only such melancholy discourses – on the
border of neurosis and psychosis – were capable of reflecting back to
him some shred of his own inner experience.

When an anonymous user on Wizardchan claims that he hates Chads and
normalfags (wizardchan slang for sexually active, socially integrated
men) and blames them for his troubles, we should not automatically see a
future Elliot Rodger. On the contrary, we should see a troubled person
who is using the shared discourse of melancholy as a step on the ladder away from melancholy itself,
which is a refusal of discourse in the face of loss. Such discourses
play a valuable therapeutic role for the very troubled people that post
there. There is no way for such people to approach intersubjectivity
without starting from the bottom, which is where these wizards find
themselves. Most of them will pull themselves out of the swamp of
melancholy suffering/enjoyment sooner or later. It is no one’s business
but their own. Some of them will stay there. Some of them will kill
themselves, but none will do so because of anything they read there.

Or will they? My encounter with Wizardchan was an uncanny experience
for me, in the Freudian sense of the term, which is to say
simultaneously familiar and alien. It was uncanny for me because I used to be a wizard. What does it mean to be a wizard? A wizard is a male virgin who has passed the age at which a normalfag or Chad would
have already become sexually active. The term “wizard” comes from a
Japanese internet meme stating that a man who remains a virgin at the
age of thirty develops magical powers. Most of the “wizards” who post on
Wizardchan would therefore describe themselves as apprentice wizards.

As I scrolled through page after page of what we might call the
Wizard’s Code, I found myself shaking my head in disbelief. Had I
written all of this down when I was a twenty-year old “kissless virgin”
and “incel” (involuntary celibate)? Had these people eavesdropped on my
conversations with my wizard best friend and then transcribed them? For
better or for worse, my wizarding days took place in the prehistoric era
before the modern internet existed. For all I knew, my best friend and I
were the only two wizards on the face of the Earth.

I recognized it all: the hatred of hedonism and hedonists, the
nostalgia for childhood, the hard melancholy, the conviction that a
“normal person” had experienced more life before the age of twenty than I
ever would in a lifetime, the attempts to justify my hatred and
feelings of worthlessness by appealing to evolutionary science and
eugenics, the belief in my own hidden, unrecognized inner beauty (masked
under a gleeful, smirking “objective” appraisal of myself as ugly,
pathetic, and deserving only of death), the desire to receive welfare
and live in a state of total passivity.

In one thread, an anonymous poster announces to the other wizards
that he is going to kill himself using the helium roasting bag
technique, but wants advice on how to have a great last day on Earth. He
adds that what makes him happiest in life are small things like adding
spices to frozen pizza. The responses vary between tepid attempts to
talk the original poster out of it and approbation of his choice, which
after all is fully rational given the agreed-upon premises, nothing but
the QED verifying the watertight inevitability of the Wizard’s
Discourse. Chad has everything; I have nothing; I am nothing; life is suffering; death is the only escape.
A few days after the original post, another poster confirms that the
original poster really did go through with it – they were friends on
Facebook. Immediately following this post, another apprentice wizard
mocks the original poster (who has just killed himself)
for being on Facebook in the first place – a concession to normie ethics
deserving only of mockery. Make no mistake: the original poster
probably would have posted a similar comment about himself had he not
been dead. This is the face of solidarity among wizards. I know, because
I could have written any one of the comments during my own hard
wizarding days.

My best friend with whom I shared a rudimentary Wizard’s Code was an
even harder wizard than I was. In fact, he was as hard of a wizard as it
is possible to be. How hard was he? He killed himself at the age of
twenty-four by attaching a tube from a tank of helium to a roasting bag
that he tied over his head. He was, of course, a virgin. He subscribed,
down the line, to every single one of the beliefs constitutive of the
Wizard’s Discourse.

My own intimate familiarity with the fruits of the Wizard’s Discourse
gives me, I believe, a certain authority here. Now, let it be stated
that I am no longer an apprentice wizard, and for that reason I expect
nothing but contempt from any wizards who might happen upon this text. I
do not care here to elaborate on the conditions under which I
forcefully, and painfully, extracted myself from the Wizard’s Discourse
that I sensed, with more and more urgency as I got older, was
suffocating me; suffice it to say that I extracted myself from it, and
it was not easy. The suicide of my best friend made it easier.

The Wizard’s Code is, like all positive discourses, a form of
ideology, which is to say a secular theodicy. It is a discourse of last
resort, one that abuts death. It can either be used as a ladder leading
up, away from melancholy, or down, to suicide. Like so many
fundamentally adolescent discourses, it is a place of passage. My best
friend and I met at the crossroads of our own Wizard’s Discourse. I
exited through the top, towards life, towards desire; he exited through
the bottom.

Would my best friend still be alive if he had not encountered the
Wizard’s Discourse in a larval form on the internet in 2002? I
discovered, after he died, that he had actively participated in a
suicide message board that closely resembled Wizardchan in the last
months of his life. Did his encounter with an institutionalized form of
the discourse that he and I had played with together push him to kill
himself in a paradoxical attempt to rejoin this discourse by fulfilling
its symbolic demands? After years of reflection, I have come to the
conclusion that if it hadn’t been the Wizard’s Discourse, it would have
been some other suicidal or murderous discourse.

The function creates the organ, as the saying goes. The Wizard’s
Discourse exists because the Wizard’s Discourse has to exist. It has to
exist because there is not enough room in Chad’s Discourse for everyone.
This is a direct result of consumer capitalism, which hides its
ruthlessness and brutality under the pseudo-evolutionary ideology of the
free market. Chad’s Discourse is the discourse of capitalistic
exploitation and for this reason the wizards are right to refuse it,
right to hate it. It is the discourse of domination and slavery. The
wizards are also right to refuse the interpretations blasted at them
from sites like Jezebel.com, which ran a story mentioning Wizardchan.
The hysterical cunts at Jezebel essentially accuse the wizards of being
misogynistic and racist; the true message behind these attacks, of
course, is you are a bunch of castrated pussies and for this reason we find you despicable.
In any case, anyone who takes the Wizard’s Discourse at face value is a
fool. Unfortunately, we are a country of fools, one growing
increasingly susceptible to ideology in its most positivistic and
idiotic form, and the various peddlers of the two most prominent forms
of discursive idiocy going (hysteria and capitalistic ideology, which
are complicit with each other) can spread their lies virtually
unchallenged. In any case their public is not much better than they are.

The wizards are right to repudiate Chad and Chad’s secret ally
Jezebel. Yet it is precisely here that we must be most careful. On the
level of discourse, everything the wizards claim is true.
However, as I have tried to illustrate, there is a fundamental
discontinuity between discourse and structure. This is most visible in
psychosis, in which an external discourse is desperately invoked in an
attempt to suture deep psychic wounds. There were a number of such
discourses available to Elliot Rodger. He could have just as easily
turned to the Terrorist’s Discourse, the Neo-Nazi’s Discourse, the Hard
Yoga Discourse, or any other of the discourses of last resort for those
who cannot or will not enter Chad’s Discourse.

The discontinuity of discourse and structure is most visible in
psychosis, but is equally present in every structure. In other words,there are no Wizards and there are no Chads.
There are only subjects who attempt, in vain, to enter these
discourses. But there is no way fully to leave one’s being behind in a
discourse. There is always a leftover, always a stain of subjectivity,
of existential homelessness, always a remainder of abjection. Elliot
Rodger did not want to kill Chads as such. His true goal was the liquidation of discourse as such, the liquidation of the place of the Other.

Where the wizards get everything wrong is in their belief that they
have no subjective consistency outside of Chad’s Discourse. In this
sense, the Wizard’s Discourse is nothing but the flipside of Chad’s
Discourse. It is a confirmation of Chad’s Discourse. The unbearable truth that both Wizards and Chads are fleeing is that discourse as such can never fully name me, can never fully evacuate the suffering inherent to Being.
It is precisely this containing function of discourse that was
unavailable to Elliot Rodger as a result of his psychotic structure.

What is the solution? The solution lies in the realization that no
discourse is absolute. We must learn to love our homelessness, our
abjection. Reading Samuel Beckett did more than anything else to pull me
out of the sickly embrace of the Wizard’s Discourse. This path is what
Lacan refers to as the Analyst’s Discourse. The Analyst’s Discourse is
the path of knowledge, which is also the path of desire. It is not an
easy road and there are no guarantees, but it is better than either the
Chad’s or the Wizard’s discourse. Before finishing this article, let me
state it clearly here: between Chad’s Discourse and the Wizard’s
Discourse, I choose the Wizard’s Discourse. Chad’s Discourse can produce
nothing but domination and exploitation, whereas the Wizard’s
Discourse, although morbid and destructive, at least functions as a
stepping stone leading away from the enjoyment of suffering and towards
something resembling freedom.



28.  Sebastian    Sunday, March 1, 2015

Indeed, I was also trying to find something in his story that showed that he cared for what others though and felt but found nothing.
The first time I read this 'manifesto' I got quite scared because the way his life looked was very similar to mine. The only huge differences is that my family isn't upper-class like his and I'm not a narcissist. Well, due to that second difference I don't blame others for it all so I got that going for me which is nice XD
Also, the only person I have ever hated was a guy who was a friend of my best friend when I was little. The problem with him was that whenever he was around my buddy tried to act just like him which included a lot of "ignoring me". This wasn't very nice but it didn't make me hate him. What made me hate him was that he once plundered my wallet and then tried to strangle me when I called him out on it (granted, I was in the bathroom and had left my wallet on the kitchen table but that meant it was either him or my buddy and I guessed it was him but I couldn't know for sure of course).
Whew, it's actually quite nice to talk out about these kind of things every now and then. Thanks everybody!



29.  Mikke Musen    Friday, March 13, 2015

How do know ?

I think Tim can be touching something.

It is just too extreme, the actions. Then again, I never grew up in the days of the internet.
But 1 thing is sure. That step-mom was a fuck narc herself. Probably a malignant one too. He may have left out some few details in that mano, or not ?



30.  Mikke Musen    Friday, March 13, 2015

C'mon guys.... A bit real here. The mano is about self-motivating himself to an act of cruelty

Would not be "smart" to feel too much positive things about mankind in general. You cannot commit those actions in such a mental/emotional state.

I'm not saying it was this or that. But you have to considerate the context it was written under



31.  Faulkner    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ridiculous. This woman doesn't have the professional competence to shine my shoes, let alone psychologically profile such a complex, and obviously troubled, persona as ER.

By all means, Jessika, you and your harpy friends keep treating Rodger and others like him like dirt and poking the proverbial sleeping bear. You'd think after all the incidents like this you'd know better by now, but I guess not. Just don't expect me and the rest of men to risk our lives to try and protect you. If it's up to me, when the next Elliot Rodger inevitably comes around, you can damn well face him on your own.



32.  Jessica    Monday, August 17, 2015

Just finished reading his mano... really disturbing read. His self pity, coupled with his deluded view that life hands itself to everyone else* on a plate, was certainly a deadly combination.

He had no idea how far from a gentleman he was - gentlemen are not spiteful and jealous beings, and he had always been one since he was young (in his own words!)

He was profoundly racist and elitist, using dehumanizing language to label non-whites as some kind of animal. He certainly lacked the self-awareness of what a terrifying and thoroughly unlikable human being he had become - til the end, he still saw himself as 'the good guy'.

Emotional intelligence = 0. He failed to grasp that he could have addressed this with hard work and courage on his part, playing the anxiety card as an excuse not to even try to go through the developmental arc that he required. Actually, I can highly empathize with the anxieties he felt as a child. Loads of kids start out life with paralyzing anxiety. He failed to realize that quite a few of the confident people he observed were not always that way; some of them would have even started out in his same position. It certainly didn't help that he judged people by their online profiles, failing to understand that most people practice some form on image crafting to appear at their best to the world wide web (and the NSA). Sadly, he was not that intelligent if he didn't realize this.

*He had a very narrow view of who these other human beings were, that he measured his self-worth against. Tall blond girls and handsome, gregarious jocks that came from privileged backgrounds. I think it would have blown his mind to realize that many of the people he assumed had perfect lives, also went through their own struggles and also had to stumble a few times and make an effort, before they were able to reap the social rewards he coveted.

Actually, if a girl who didn't fit the blond privileged archetype tried to pay him attention (say a shy brunette, or god forbid, a girl with at least partial non-white ethnicity, tried to look at him), he was probably too distracted by his hateful thoughts towards blond women who were already taken, to even notice. Or even if he did, he might have dismissed them as being ugly or beneath him, and might have considered going for them as 'defeatist settling'.

It's pretty awful that the police didn't search his flat.



33.  Deb Pine    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Abandonment and overspoiling Jessika is a form of abuse and yes can lead to NPD.



34.  Deb Pine    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Plenty of NPDs have had girlfriends.



35.  Deb Pine    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Evil deeds.



36.  Mansoor Ahmed    Saturday, November 7, 2015

I disagree. I think he had general anxiety but it wasnt that severe. He was narcissistic but it also wasnt very severe. What he had was antisocial personality disorder and also a schizoid personality disorder.



37.  Twin Ruler    Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sounds a bit like Hitler, especially with his obsession with "weakness".



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