Many will already know the case of Beth thomas, An intriguing story that has a strong impact on social networks and that left no one indifferent. Both for those who have not yet heard of this girl and for those who do, we recommend that you read this article.
Beth Thomas: The Story of the Psychopathic Girl
This story is about a girl who lose his mother when he was only one year old. She and her brother were taken into the care of their biological father, who sexually abused the two minors. Fortunately, the abuse was detected by doctors and the children were taken in by a social worker six months later.
Lucky for Beth and her little brother Jonathan, they were both adopted by a Christian couple who were excited to be parents but couldn’t conceive. Everything seemed to be going well until Beth started to manifest that she was having very strange nightmares, And they realized something was wrong.
Nightmares, prelude to little Beth’s anti-social behavior
The little girl’s nightmares were about a man who “fell on her and hurt her with a part of him.” More, Beth exhibited violent behavior towards her brother, parents and animals (Who it must kill). In addition to the anger, they also found that Beth exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior: the girl publicly and excessively masturbated, resulting in bleeding.
these facts they got parents to consider going to a psychologist. Precisely during the psychological diagnosis and therapy at Beth is recorded the video that traveled the world: an interview with Beth conducted by Dr. Ken Magid, a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of child victims of severe sexual abuse. What this psychologist discovered about the causes and effects of sexual abuse is being studied in all psychology schools.
The creepy dialogues between Beth and her psychologist
Here is a short transcript of the start of the interview:
– “Dr Ken: Are people afraid of you Beth?
-Dr. Ken: Are your parents afraid of you?
-Dr. Ken: What would you do with them?
-Dr. Ken: What would you do with your brother?
-Beth: Kill him.
-Dr. Ken: Who would you like to put needles in?
-Beth: mom and dad.
-Dr. Ken: What would you like to happen to them?
-Beth: Let them die. “
The little girl admitted to physically abusing her brother
Beth admitting, in his conversations with Dr Ken and with utter coolness, that he had mistreated his brother from time immemorial, banging his head on the ground, stabbing him all over his body and in his private parts, stretching and kicking him in the genitals … just stopped because his parents had him have discovered. He admitted that he also seriously considered killing his parents on several occasions and that he regularly abuses his pets. Not only happy with this, he even killed several animals roaming the yard of his house.
Faced with all these facts that she was telling herself, Beth he admitted feeling no remorse or guiltHis tone of voice in all his statements was cold and calm, as if he was telling a trivial anecdote. When asked why she acted this way, she replied that she wanted to make him feel everything she felt in the past during her father’s abuse. So, faced with all of the doctor’s questions as to whether she was aware that these acts would cause the other person pain, she calmly admitted that yes, that was precisely what she wanted.
Internment in a specialized center and psychological treatment
After a long interview, the psychologist obtained enough information to make him decide to hospitalize the girl in a treatment center for children with various behavioral disorders. Beth was diagnosed with severe state disorder, Which is characterized by the development of the inability to establish healthy and appropriate relationships, due in this case to a history of sexual abuse and abuse committed by his father.
Tilt disorder needs urgent psychological attention, otherwise it could become a danger to Beth herself and her loved ones, due to the complete lack of empathy she has exhibited, which could be equated to disturbance. such as sociopathy or psychopathy. The reason Beth was not diagnosed as a psychopath at this time is because at that time the existence of dissocial personality disorder was not yet known (Antisocial Personality Disorder Before Age 18), about which there is still widespread debate among mental health researchers.
Psychological treatment to control their antisocial impulses
Beth’s treatment was very strict and orderly. Specially designed for children with the same disorder, who find it difficult to follow rules and habits. During the night, and to keep her from hurting other children, Beth it was locked in a room. He also had to ask permission for everything from the bathroom to drinking water.
Overtime, the restrictions were getting looser and Beth was getting better and better.
Beth was able to fully recover and is now a person with a common life
At the end of the video, we can see the great advances in treatment at Beth. Over the years, we can see Beth as someone who can empathize and be aware of the consequences of her actions. Clearly, his apparent “evil” has its genesis in the continued abuse he suffered as a child, and his case serves to illustrate the calamitous consequences of physical and psychological abuse at a young age.
currently Beth leads a normal life and works as a nurse. His professional merits have won him several awards.
This case brings us to the following conclusions: the importance of good parenting, especially in critical periods of the child. But it also tells us about the effectiveness (at least in this case) of psychotherapy, even in cases of extreme gravity and which may seem irreducible.
What were the psychotherapeutic keys to his recovery?
This full psychological recovery of little Beth could be achieved by making the girl aware of her actions, increasing her self-esteem, as well as consolidating her functional social habits and behaviors, for example by making her accept certain rules and being able. to do. manage, channel and understand the reason for their anger.
We recommend that you watch the documentary on the whole Beth affair, made by HBO in 1992. It’s really interesting and worth knowing this case in depth, for all that it can teach us about it. as professionals and as human beings.