Was Kati Morton's Undercover Therapist Role Appropriate or Ethical? (World of Jake Paul)
- Published on Oct 9, 2018
- This video was recorded due to subscribers’ requests, in which they asked for an analysis on Kati Morton’s undercover therapist role, which she adopted for a video with Shane Dawson (“The World of Jake Paul” [part 5 in the series]). The question is: Was Kati Morton undercover role unethical or inappropriate. The video in which she was featured is popular and some are concerned the behavior exhibited was inconsistent with the values of mental health clinicians. This video’s only purpose is to analyze ethical and mental health-related concerns and not to make any determinations based on ethics, laws, or other standards. The evidence used for this analysis is essentially limited to the aforementioned video.
The code of ethics used in this video is here: www.camft.org/images/PDFs/CodeOfEthics.pdf
Here is a description of psychopathy, sociopathy, and antisocial personality disorder based on what we know from the research literature:
Antisocial Personality Disorder is a disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). It's a Cluster B personality disorder, so it's in the same cluster as narcissistic, borderline, and histrionic personality disorders. Antisocial personality disorder affects about 3% of the population, but depending on what literature you look at, it may affect up to 80% of the population in correctional settings. We see the definition of antisocial personality is broken to a few different criteria: a tendency to violate social norms (committing actions that could be grounds for arrest), deceitfulness, impulsivity, irritability or aggression, a disregard for the safety of others, irresponsibility, and a lack of remorse. In order for somebody diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder they must be at least 18 years of age. Conduct disorder symptoms must have been present before the age of 15, so just as is the case with all personality disorders, there is no such thing as late onset antisocial personality disorder. The antisocial behavior cannot occur exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Moving on to the construct of psychopathy, we see here that psychopathy is an area that's studied, it's not a mental disorder. Someone can't really be diagnosed as having psychopathy or not, in a technical sense. Psychopathy affects about 1% of the population. In forensic settings about 16 percent of males are affected and about 7 percent of females are affected. Psychopathy can be divided into two factors and each of those factors can be divided into two facets. Factor one alone is sometimes referred to as psychopathy. Factor 2 is sometimes referred to as sociopathy. With psychopathy we have two factors and a total of four facets. Factor one is interpersonal/affective and factor two is referred to as social deviance. With the interpersonal facet we see certain characteristics like superficial charm, grandiosity, pathological lying, and a tendency to be manipulative. With the affective facet, we see a lack of remorse and shallow effect, callousness, lack of empathy. and a failure to accept responsibility. Moving to factor two (sociopathy) we see need for stimulation, parasitic lifestyle, lack of realistic long-term goals, impulsivity, irresponsibility, poor behavioral controls, early behavioral problems, juvenile delinquency, a revocation of conditional release, and criminal versatility.