If you’ve been closely covering the trial, you know that 20 minutes after Jodi Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder she gave a 45 minute interview to the local Fox TV station. In the interview she clearly stated that if given her choice she would prefer the death sentence. She went on to say that she felt that death was the ultimate freedom and she would rather have her freedom sooner than later.
Her defense team is scheduled to have two witnesses, her former boyfriend Darryl and a friend. A third witness will be presented and that will be Jodi Arias herself. Her defense team is attempting to present arguments and evidence that will prevent Jodi from receiving a death sentence. But Jodi Arias has already stated in that 45 minute interview that she would prefer the death sentence. Remember she stated that she would prefer to die sooner than later so that she regain her freedom.
And that’s the dilemma. She has consistently, from her earliest police interrogation videos, stated that she would prefer the death penalty. Does she, this week, go on the stand and tell the jury she wants the death penalty or she does not want the death penalty?
I have stated in previous articles that the best diagnosis for Jodi Arias was antisocial personality disorder. However, I have also stated that we really need a new category for Jodi Arias. The best fit is antisocial personality disorder and perhaps the worst fit is borderline personality disorder. I know Dr. Janine DeMarte has diagnosed Jodi as borderline. I would say to Dr. Janine DeMarte, where are the extreme highs and lows in Jodi’s emotional state to justify that diagnosis?
I’m not blaming Dr. DeMarte for her diagnosis because I’ve already stated Jodi does not fit any one category, at least not well. The one characteristic of Jodi’s personality that no one involved in this case can deny, is her narcissism. Jodi has an ego that can only be described by narcissism.
This is more than just a big ego. People have written in asking me what the difference was between a strong ego and narcissism. Let me explain it to you this way. A weak ego or a strong ego all fall within the normal range of ego. It’s like a little orange compared to a big orange. They’re both normal oranges. They both taste orangey, they’re both an orange color. They both have a rind that must be peeled.
A normal ego is just an orange, big or small. Jodi’s ego is an entirely different fruit. It is an exotic fruit, rarely seen or experienced. It is not normal.
That gets us back to the dilemma. Why did Jodi state, immediately after her first-degree murder conviction, that she would prefer death and the sooner the better? It was ego. Ego demands control and will not allow another ego to control it. If someone were to describe you as being egomaniacal, that would not be a compliment. Jodi’s ego is far beyond egomaniacal. In Jodi’s mind, she is a person. But she is the only person in the world. Every other person is an object, in her mind, and not a person. She is a person in the world of objects and other human beings are less than her and are merely objects.
That’s why she used and eventually disposed of Travis Alexander. It was better for her that he be dead and that’s all that counted. She erased him from the world just as she would discard a box of photographs and mementos that she no longer wanted in her life. To discard Travis Alexander meant that she would have to kill him. For someone like Jodi killing Travis was no different from burning a box of photographs and momentous. Please don’t argue that Travis was a human being and not a box. Of course that’s true, to a normal person. But for someone like Jodi, no other human being is a person, they are merely objects.
To adequately describe the mind of Jodi Arias, would take hundreds of pages of writing. To fully explain, who Jodi was at the time of the killing, why Travis was involved with her, why Jodi is at this very moment so terribly dangerous and why it is so important to study Jodi Arias in an attempt to protect us from other “Jodi Arias’s” would take a book. I have had many loyal readers asked me to write a book about Jodi. I am seriously contemplating doing just that. In an article, I can convey factual information with a little background to help the reader understand the whys of the situation. What I cannot do in an article, is fully explain. It is frustrating to me to be unable to fully explain the whys and perhaps it is also equally frustrating to the reader not to be getting the full story.
Jodi will be testifying this week. We know she is a liar and really a magnificent liar. She’s not a perfect liar because her lies no longer fool us. But we have to give her an “A” for effort and a “A” for consistency. The girl never quits.
The dilemma. Does Jodi ask for the death penalty and stay consistent with everything she said up to this point? If so, it is an act of ego. Why would the ego ask for a death sentence that would end the ego, at least in this world? Because the ego would maintain control and stop the control of others. If you were about to go into the kitchen and get me a cup of coffee and I knew from our previous encounters together that indeed at this point, this is where you usually do go into the kitchen and get me a cup of coffee, what if I said to you “please get me some coffee?”
What difference does it make? Either way I get coffee. The difference is, I told you to get me coffee. Even if I said it nicely, filled it with a bunch of pleases, it’s still my ego over yours. I got the coffee because I chose the coffee. Not because you chose the coffee. I know you were about to get me the coffee but the bottom line is, I asked you before you could decide for me and thus in the world of ego it was my choice. My ego reigns supreme and was not subservient to yours.
Jodi does not want to die, her ego does not want to end, but she needs to be indomitable. That’s why Travis had to die. He could not be allowed to control her or her life or her feelings.
It would also be significant for Jodi to ask the jury for mercy and to spare her from the death sentence. This would be a breakthrough of sorts. It would represent a major shift in her personality issues.
Let’s watch for these ego issues. You know the ego forces behind her every thought and action. Let’s look for them when she testifies this week.