What is wrong with Jodi Arias?

Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder yesterday for killing her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Authorities said she planned the attack in a jealous rage. Obviously something is wrong with her, because when normal people kill in self-defense, as she claims, they aren’t as vicious and gruesome as she was. But what is her diagnosis?

A defense expert diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder. A prosecution expert diagnosed borderline personality disorder. A psychiatrist writing for Psychology Today evaluated whether she is a sociopath, but pointed out that her antisocial behavior seemed focused only on her victim.

I thought she was amazingly calm in her interview after her conviction, when she said she’d rather die than spend her life in prison. That is certainly a sociopathic attitude.

Whatever her disorder, she has certainly kept people glued to their televisions for months.

Jodi Arias convicted of first-degree murder, on LATimes.com.

Jodi Arias says she prefers death penalty in post-conviction interview, on FoxNews.com.

Is Jodi Arias a sociopath? on PsychologyToday.com.

Does Jodi Arias have borderline personality disorder, on PsychologyToday.com.

Jodi Arias has post-traumatic stress disorder, psychologist says, on ABCNews.go.com.


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  1. Stargazer says:

    It was very clear to me watching the videos that she is a sociopath. Her laughing, headstand, and singing before she was charged, and her asking if she could make herself look good for the mugshot were giveaways. But I felt pretty certain after watching her flat affect during her testimony and that smirk breaking through every once in a while. And the creepy act of sending flowers to her bf’s grandmother was the piece de resistance. Who does that? From what I know of the borderline pathology, those behaviors were not consistent with that.

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