The inner compass and the outer law. Insights into functions and malfunctions of the Conscience

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific


    Our conscience is orientated to the outer law (law in broader sense, facts and unavoidable duties imposed by the situation and main values), but also to an inner law which is given by mere anthropological traits and by individuality. The outer duty meets the inner motivation. This double orientation characterizes the conscience.
    In traumatized persons, however, the inner motivation is broken. They lost their freedom and often, their individuality is suppressed. As the inner compass is lost, the outer law appears in another, sometimes biased light. This can be seen in narcissists: their “truth” has to fit in their worldview; they are not interested in facts or laws; they follow their own rules. Narcissists need their own construction for their inner security. They were mostly traumatized in early relationships, an experience which is deeply encapsuled in their soul. By inner need, they avoid any introspection; inner orientation is lacking. For this reason, they did not activate their conscience. As a consequence, they live without this crucial function of moral judgement.
    In court, we meet traumatized victims and narcissistic perpetrators, often in the same case. In order to warrant justice, we must consider the higher vulnerability of the traumatized and the resistance to any insight shown by narcissists. Moreover, narcissists severely lack of empathy and often have a high criminal energy. – Justitia should not be totally blind for these personal traits.
    Period3 Jul 20229 Jul 2022
    Event typeConference
    LocationBucharest, RomaniaShow on map


    • conscience
    • Trauma
    • Narcissism
    • truth
    • law
    • maturity
    • responsibility
    • victimology
    • manipulation
    • guilt
    • vulnerability