Lies Teresa Giudice Told: Psychiatric Justice

Posted on Nov 11 2014 - 3:24pm by Stacy Slotnick, Esq.

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Our society’s legal system is based on people following the rules yet sociopaths do not believe the rules apply to them. An individual with an antisocial personality disorder will typically not appreciate the distinction between right and wrong, and they will manipulate others without guilt or regret.

Investigators sometimes face an uphill battle when dealing with sociopaths who enjoy committing crimes to get what they want and believe they are smarter than everyone else.

A sociopath’s lack of remorse and inability to truth-tell makes it difficult for the legal system to negotiate with them or collect information to assist in ongoing investigations.  Their self-serving statements can send law enforcement in the wrong direction while endangering innocent people. 

Since sociopaths cannot appreciate risk or loss, any tactic to try and deal with them can be futile.  Sociopaths do not stop until they think they have won. They are delusional and motivated by hate, greed, and a need to control.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) provides the following specific analytical criteria for sociopaths:

  • Lack of remorse
  • Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
  • Incapable of empathy
  • Has a child’s emotional hypersensitivity
  • Devotion to self-gratification
  • Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Inability to honor financial obligations
  • Egocentric

How many bulleted characteristics above does the RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice embody? There is no doubt Teresa plays with the space that separates fact from fiction.

This past week, All About The Tea and I asked posters to recount the myriad lies Teresa told. @tlcville retorted, “OHHHH it’s just too easy.” @RealBellaJo chimed in, “How long are you planning on making this blog??”

When Teresa argued on the reunion show she “never hit below the belt,” social media went berserk. “Seriously? Was that a joke?” responded @dwyer6328.

Without fail, Teresa Giudice has aimed extreme insults at her fellow cast members. She inferred Jacqueline Laurita’s son’s autism was bad karma and accused her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, of being a stripper.  She also unconvincingly denied that she conspired with those (Kim DePaola and Penny Drossos) who tried to take Melissa down. 

Sociopaths habitually try to drive a wedge between others, especially those who they are supposedly close to. Hereditary infighting was a chief storyline on RHONJ for several seasons. While Teresa claimed she went to great lengths to mend fences with Joe and Melissa even though “they do not make the same effort,” Teresa’s representations are uncorroborated by the evidence.    

Sociopaths have a grossly inflated view of their own self-worth.  During part three of the reunion that airs tonight, Teresa Giudice told Teresa Aprea she didn’t want the attention focused on her this season.  Nevertheless, when Aprea claimed Victoria Gotti was invited onto the show to make Teresa relevant, Teresa angrily countered, “I wasn’t bringing anything to the show?  was the whole show.” 

Teresa, like any good sociopath, believes she is the center of the universe. “She is so insecure!” noted @mommyof4qtpies.

The most audacious lie Teresa ever told? According to @kirklandmama, it was, “I’m innocent!” Teresa also irrationally thought she was above the law. “She told Jacqueline [Laurita] she was in no danger of going to jail,” tweeted @DebbieJoyce. 

“For a moment, I thought about probation,” Judge Esther Salas revealed during sentencing.  However, “the behavior you engaged in greatly offended the court.”  Said behavior included persistent falsehoods and the lack of transparency in the list of assets the Giudices submitted — which cited the value of Teresa’s jewelry collection as $0.

Judge Salas reprimanded Joe and Teresa for their “inconsistencies and omissions” in their financial disclosure paperwork.  She also accused them of purposely dragging out filings to delay sentencing.  In the end, Judge Salas found that the Giudices would say whatever benefitted them in the moment, lying their way through the legal process.

Teresa averred she did not “understand” the part of the plea agreement that could have sent her to jail for 27 months.  She likewise blamed her lawyer for not protecting her. (Sociopaths oftentimes engage in widespread scapegoating because they are faultless in their own minds.)

@TJS1206 and @nygirlallday were buying none of Teresa’s lies, and for good reason.  Court documents show Teresa signed a letter establishing that she comprehended all of the provisions of the plea agreement, including those addressing the charges, sentencing, waiver, forfeiture, and immigration consequences.

Delusions and lies float Teresa’s boat, but her fame ship won’t be coming in anytime soon. In fact, it will sink before it has an opportunity to dock in a safe harbor. Despite being cast on a reality show, Teresa does not live in reality. The most dangerous liars may be the ones who think they are telling the truth. Some more lies told below:

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About the Author

Stacy Slotnick, a.k.a. The Foxy Jurist, holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. Stacy is the recipient of the Honors Deans Award; Simon and Satenig Ermonian Memorial Scholarship; College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Opportunity Scholarship; and College of Humanities and Fine Arts Scholarship. She is also a William F. Field Alumni Scholar, an honor bestowed upon the most academically distinguished students. In law school, Stacy won two CALI Excellence For The Future Awards® and received an Achievement Scholarship. She is a member of the New York Bar. As an entertainment lawyer, Stacy counsels clients on contracts, branding, and public relations strategy. She negotiates with agents, producers, production companies, and lawyers to secure rights to projects on behalf of high-profile clients. Her clever, spirited, no holds barred legal analysis can be found in articles for The Huffington Post. * Facebook
 
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  • Nene robs kids

    Great blog Stacy as usual!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you so much! I greatly enjoy our chats and always look forward to digging deeper into a hot legal topic. I bet we are both going to need a glass of wine to make palatable Teresa’s lies this evening on final RHONJ reunion episode.

      • Nene robs kids

        Teresa’s stupidity= Tequila for me lol

  • Bravo Changed

    GREAT blog. I am so glad Bravo did not cut out Teresa Aprea beautifully describing how Felon operates. With all the evil and destruction the Felons have caused I truly believe S7 should be bringing back everyone who still has issues with her (Jacqueline, Kathy, Penny, Kim G) by making them full time and having them all unite against Felon. Since Teresa likes to hit below the belt maybe these cast members can bring in the hurricane sandy victims or tenants they scammed to film with them and “gossip” (although this time around it would be the truth not gossip). Keep the twins and Amber. SelloutMelissa and FauxZenDina can go on their way out – their time ended long ago.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Such a good point. When AATT posted the clip of Aprea confronting Giudice, it was a golden “aha” moment. Aprea wouldn’t have made a bad district attorney — as far as pulling the truth out of reality TV stars goes. The fact is her relentless confrontation showed Teresa is ego-driven and a liar.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Thanks, Stacy. Great blog. I wonder how she will try to make her comeback to reality tv after she has served her sentence. Will she continue to see herself as a victim, or will she portray herself as a penitent sinner who is striving mightily to make amends and repay all her debts.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      That is a great question and thanks for the props on my piece. I’m glad you enjoyed. Which road would you advise Teresa to take if she came to you asking for advice on how to resurrect her career? I think the major problem with both options is she has no humility and has continuously failed to be transparent and truthful. It would be hard for me wearing my PR hat to pitch her for book, TV, and other media deals unless she came clean. Remember, many of her companies have chosen to ditch her.

      • nan/4

        The Yellow Brick Road? It will take her to The Land of OZ! Just kidding! Hi Stacy! Great blog! I hope that you have been well honey. 🙂

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Thanks so much, Nan. Glad you enjoyed. It really does feel like we are on a psychedelic yellow brick road, trying to keep count of her lies and delusions.

      • WestCoastFeed

        While Teresa is entirely self absorbed and very slow to accept fault, she is also very cunning. I think she could be convinced that the penitent sinner is her pathway back to celebrity. I don’t for a minute expect her ever to admit fault in her heart.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          You are absolutely right. Remember, the majority of sociopaths have above-average intelligence and know how to get what they want (cunning). Though, I know, its a stretch to suggest TG is Harvard smart.

          • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

            Stacy, great blog. I think Teresa is one of those that possesses street smarts but is obviously not academically smart. She knows what scams they were pulling, knows what they can and can’t talk about, but can’t spell or put a sentence together properly.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Exactly, and this is what sociopaths do. When they need to turn on the charm they can but when a situation requires them to dumb it down they can also master that. Sociopaths are chameleons and reinvent themselves constantly to make sure they “win.” I’ve always wondered whether she was really cunning or there was an intellectual/academic chip missing. I think the answer lies in the fact that she is a sociopath, one who engages in criminal behavior to get what she wants.

    • Great question, West. I think she’ll shoot for the latter since that appeals to a wider audience and psyche.

    • Birdie11

      THAT is the million dollar question…how will she reinvent herself?? Maybe she will become a motivational speaker…LOL!!!

      • Stacy Slotnick

        Could you imagine? The horror. She would need to get a personality makeover before anyone would pay her to motivationally speak. Hey, I hear Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are looking for new preachers.

        • Birdie11

          She would need a translator.

    • itsjustme

      How can she see herself as penitent when she will NEVER admit to any wrong doing EVER! Even when Andy asked her if “she got it” like the judge said she did. You could tell she gets NOTHING. All she could say was “everything”, Well to me that is the same kind of answer my kids would give when they really had no answer. Only it wasn’t “everything”, it was “because”,. Well I never accepted that as an answer from my kids and I had hoped Andy wouldn’t have accepted “everything” from Tre!

  • This blog is brilliant, Stacy. You captured the sociopath’s traits to a tee. She’s a very sick and manipulative woman. Notice she perceives anyone offering constructive criticism as a “hater.” She HATES hearing the truth about herself or the crimes she’s committed.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you so much Thanksgiving Seuss! I am eternally grateful to those of you who are kind enough to provide so much fabulous insight and give feedback.

      I think at first many people were mad she was in denial, but when you unravel her personality traits, she seems to clearly suffer from an antisocial personality disorder. She definitely disregards the law, fails to feel remorse or guilt, and has a tendency to display violent behavior (remember the table-flipping incident and pushing Andy into his seat when Andy blocked her from yelling at Danielle Staub on the Season 2 reunion show?). I agree sociopathy is a sickness, and these people need help from mental health professionals.

      • Marsbars09

        Hi Stacy! Hopefully someone will do a psych. evaluation on Tre once she is in prison.

        • WestCoastFeed

          Hi, Marsie. . I think they do a psych evaluation along with orientation when she first arrives.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Yes! You are correct too WestCoastFeed. See my response to Marsbars09 above. The prison will use standardized psychological tests.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          You are absolutely correct. Your instincts are right on the money. Current national standards for correctional mental health care programs emphasize the importance of various levels of mental health screening and evaluation that should be performed on ALL inmates as part of the admission process to a prison.

    • WestCoastFeed

      She had to get up and leave the room when Andy played the tape of Nonna Wakile saying that there are consequences for wrong doing. Even though she knew she had pleaded guilty. She cannot face the truth.

      • Yes! Her behavior is very telling. There’s no remorse there. Anyone that she perceives as opposing her views she distances herself from quickly.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          That is a hallmark of a sociopath! Good call. Sociopaths cannot handle adversity so they run when the going gets tough.

          • Marsbars09

            Yep! I know of a few.

      • Birdie11

        She’s allergic to truth, it is a trigger to run.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          It must be difficult to lie in the face of irrefutable evidence.

          • Birdie11

            I think it just gets to the point where she’s stumped…easier to make like the wind.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Too, antisocial personality disorder symptoms may begin in childhood but are fully evident for most people during their 30s and 40s.

      • Marsbars09

        Hi WCF! How are you doing? It’s been a long time since we’ve chatted.
        I posted a similar comment about how Tre just can’t stand to hear the awful truth about herself.

      • Stacy Slotnick

        She has no disregard for right and wrong and has a lack of empathy for her own family.

    • Marsbars09

      Hi TS! I concur with your comment. I’ll never forget when she got up and left the couch when her sweet aunt Maria told the truth about Tre’s wrongdoings coming back to bite her.

      • Stacy Slotnick

        Yes! And remember, Teresa’s father and Kathy’s mother do not speak. I think Kathy and Rosie said Teresa’s father holds a grudge like no one else. Antisocial personality disorders ARE hereditary.

        • Marsbars09

          Stacy, speaking on antisocial personalities being hereditary, do you think the trait has been passed on to either all or some of Tre’s daughters?

          • Stacy Slotnick

            That’s a really good question and a difficult one to answer. Based on the juveniles I’ve interviewed (in cases involving children as witnesses), children’s behavior can fit into the “he/she is just being a kid” box while sometimes there is something more sinister going on like blatant entitlement and spoiled-ness. Do you think any of her children’s acts fall outside the bounds of what is considered “normal” behavior?

          • Marsbars09

            It’s hard to say as they’re still kids.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I agree. The line between what is “kid-like” behavior and what is something that should be looked into is so incredibly thin.

          • Nene robs kids

            Based on a tweet that 13 year old Gia RT today she’s her mother’s daughter

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Scary.

          • Nene robs kids

            I just DM it to you

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you Thanksgiving Seuss. I love to hear how my blogs impact AATT posters, who are incredibly sharp. Sociopathy is a personality disorder that manifests itself in such traits as dishonesty, superficial charm, manipulation, narcissism, and a lack of both remorse and impulse control. You are right that when confronted, she runs. She screams, yells, and flips tables when someone disagrees with her or calls her out.

  • Birdie11

    She should just stay on the drugs…maybe they will bring about some remorse thru her stupor.

    • Amen! I co-sign anything that will help that empty soul.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Apparently she needed meds to do the reunion taping. Oye. She needs to numb the pain, but it was pain caused by her own actions.

  • itsjustme

    Am I the only one who think Tre was drugged up during the reunion? She was totally out of it most of the reunion and just didn’t appear to be all “there”. I could be wrong (wouldn’t be the first time and most certainly won’t be the last)., but it sure seemed to be that way to me.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Yes! She definitely seemed loopy and had trouble sustaining eye contact. Also, if you watch closely, her balance was off when she sat still. Check this out too: http://allaboutthetea.com/2014/11/02/exclusive-teresa-giudice-high-on-drugs-at-the-rhonj-reunion/

      • itsjustme

        I guess I had missed that article or atleast don’t remember it, Glad I’m not the only one who thought that.

        • WestCoastFeed

          There was very little eye blinking, that usual lie detector with her.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Definitely zone in on her body language tonight when we watch the RHONJ reunion show together. She was not stable.

          • Trippinhhard

            Hey WCF good to see you are back, miss reading your comments..
            Teresa lies everytime she opens her ugly mouth..

    • Marsbars09

      I think her and Joe were on something. They were way too calm and sedate.

      • Stacy Slotnick

        She has zero emotion during part 3 of the reunion.

        • Marsbars09

          Really? I’m going to watch part 3 tonight and see for myself.

  • Gabby

    Oh good heavens, THIS blog is cracking me up! Stacy, you have the patience of a saint to be able to put together all of Teresa’s bullcrap. Her obvious narcissism has no boundaries. I predict she’ll go into prison the SAME Teresa and come out a WORSE Teresa!

    BTW Great blog as usual, Stacy!

    • Marsbars09

      Hi Gabby! I too think prison will not change Tre. She just may come out to be a bigger monster than she already is.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks Gabby! It was super fun to piece together this blog because you all gave so many wonderful examples, and it was cathartic to reveal the difficulty law enforcement faces when dealing with sociopaths. Prosecutors and police bat from behind the count because what these sociopaths tell them is hardly the truth. She is a total narcissist and liar.

  • Nene robs kids

    This site has the best comments and everyone is entitled to their opinion without being trashed for it.

    • Marsbars09

      That’s right Nene robs kids!
      I love your screen name because that’s just what that evil heifer did for not holding her end of the bargain for donating the $20,000 to the Detroit School District.

      • Nene robs kids

        She’s a lying trashy bitch for doing that to the kids

    • Gabby

      Oh Lord, your name is STILL cracking me up! bwahahahahaha.

      • Nene robs kids

        Just making people laugh at the truth about miss money bags AKA the rich bitch lol

      • Stacy Slotnick

        Just want to make sure we are on the same page. Does the Nene Robs Kids title have to do with NeNe Leakes unabashedly stiffing the Detroit school system out of $20K?

        • Trippinhhard

          Yes

        • Nene robs kids

          Yes it is all about that Stacy

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Let me ask then a logical question: Why, from both a humanitarian and PR standpoint, would she renege on her pledge? Isn’t 20K a drop in the bucket to someone like her?

          • Nene robs kids

            It’s more about her hate for Kenya to her IMO

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Aww thanks! I think all of us here enjoy getting to the bottom of these stories regarding reality TV. This is the wave of the future! Scripted television, save my favorite How To Get Away With Murder, is somewhat on the way out. I LOVE that everyone can offer insight on All About The Tea without being harassed and feel like their comments are valued, which they are. Thanks for the awesome feedback!

  • Marsbars09

    Great story Stacy!
    I’ve always figured Tre was a pain in the ass to her attorneys and any PR people she may have worked with. She is totally delusional and will not listen to reason or good advice. Like when she kept having those “cash only” book signings. You know her “people” told her that was a no no, but did you think she listened?
    Also, I’ve always thought anti-social meant you did not like being around people. I now understand it to mean you don’t conform to the norms of acceptable and appropriate behavior. That fits Tre and Joe to a “T”.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Exactly. Personality disorders are thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. Though the term “antisocial personality disorder” seems to suggest “unfriendly,” most sociopaths learn how to charm others and manipulate people to get what they want. Thus, they have to be social on a superficial level. This is what makes dealing with them on the witness stand or during an investigation very hard.

  • disqus_jpuxh67QSR

    If in fact Bravo is filming Teresa and her family before she goes “away” I will be pissed. How is it that with these criminal convictions of her and Joe they are qualified for a monetary contract? Do not most require some kind of moral clause or some expectation of decency? I know its stated it is for ratings, but “at the end of the day” the bankruptcy crimes are somewhat recent and the networks do have some responsibility to advertisers i would think given their crimes were fraud.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      If there is a morals clause in the Bravo contracts, sign me up to represent the network! Bravo relishes the dysfunction, whether it is legal or financial, from its stars. Advertisers care about how many eyeballs are on their ads. If the ratings are positive, the advertisers will follow and won’t pull out. A morals clause gives the advertiser the ability to suspend or terminate the agreement with the celebrity or athlete in the event that he or she commits an act that falls within the purview of the clause – usually defined as behavior that is criminal, scandalous, or otherwise publicly reprehensible. The protection of the brand is key. Bravo’s brand is polarization and newsworthiness, no matter where that publicity comes from.

  • Trippinhhard

    Good blog Stacy, Teresa is the bus driver and she been lost her way.. I think lying and scheming is a part of who she is, and hell no, she’s not SORRY, she’s only pissed off they were caught and CONVICTED.. she doesn’t deserve the sentence she got, she deserve the maximum because of all the lies and shaddy dealings.. I guess she truely love, love, love her life now….

    • Stacy Slotnick

      You are right. “Sorry” is a big adult word that she doesn’t understand. The sociopath is a compulsive, pathological liar. The sociopath lies more often than they tell the truth. They find it easier to lie than to be honest.

      • Trippinhhard

        They don’t know what sorry is, except when they feel you did something to them.. Teresa deflect all the time and change the subject, lie to your face and try very hard to make you look like the liar and you did something wrong..she’s very good at throwing bricks and hiding her filthy hands.. Her anger at this time in her life, is almost telling….she’s above it all, but in a few weeks she will have her freedom taken away, because of lies, greed, contempt for the law, ignorance and drum role “stealing”… She will get a shot at redemption, but her attitude stinks and her character is worse.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Excellent comments. She must realize that redemption is not perfection. The redeemed must realize their imperfections and own up to them.

          • Trippinhhard

            Teresa has so many bad qualities seriously she needs therapy for years or just maybe prison will change her, it’s all up to her because it will only get worse……

          • Stacy Slotnick

            There is no “cure” for sociopathy, but it can be managed. Many people will go through their lives with little realization of the difficulty they have with an antisocial personality disorder. In this case, though, Teresa looks like a textbook case sociopath in that she is a criminal and has a history of difficulties with the law. Medications, self-help strategies, and hospitalization are some forms of treatment for sociopaths.

          • Trippinhhard

            Thank you for taking time to answer our questions.. On a side note, Teresa knows she’s a bitch and it’s her way or no way. Therapy and medication, and the insight to know, I need to make a change. She’s another L. Logan to me, they know they are wrong, but just refuse to accept responsibility. We all have to accept responsibility for our action
            and make changes in our lives from time to time. I just have to wonder what is she teaching her daughters??? I saw how she put Gia in the middle of her and Melissa/Joe fuel.. Ugh
            Too many lies and forms of manipulation to name, I wonder does she realize how this is affecting her aling daddy??

          • Stacy Slotnick

            You are very welcome. Trippinhard, your insights are very on point. I think Teresa does not really care who she hurts, even if it is her own children or ailing father. Sociopaths enjoy inflicting all manners of pain on others including financial, emotional, psychological and social.

    • Marsbars09

      Hi Trippin! Your comment hit the nail right on the head!

      • Trippinhhard

        Hey Mars we been knew Teresa was a theif, just took some others years to see, Teresa is one sick woman..

        • Stacy Slotnick

          I agree. It took some of us time to see that what lies beneath the surface is a woman who has an antisocial personality disorder.

  • Mommyof4qtpies

    Once again, excellent blog! Very well written Stacy! At first I thought Teresa was a narcissist, but the sociopath definition fits her to a “Super-T” 😉

    • Trippinhhard

      She is both of them.

      • Mommyof4qtpies

        Agreed Trippin!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks Mommyof4qtpies! Your compliments are hugely appreciated. Did you notice your contribution in black and white? Thank you for participating and providing a great quote for this blog. Yes, I agree narcissist describes her well but she fits the DSM sociopathic characteristics like a glove.

      • Mommyof4qtpies

        Yes I did! Thank you so much for including me!!! I feel honored 🙂
        Also, I only speak the truth and your blog was incredible and on point!

        On a side note: Remember Teresa was “Super-T” for Halloween a few seasons ago? I felt the need to clarify in case no one understood my joke :/ LOL

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Thanks again for your amazing comments as well as clarifying for AATT posters out there!

  • KJ

    Stacie,
    I love this, I only wish I could sit & watch all of her old seasons! She fits the DSM to a T! It’s crazy!
    Makes me upset that she is so sad! One thing that we never commented on is her family relationship! Like with Kathy & Rosie! She is just a plain mess watching how she treats those two!
    As I ha said before being an RN & psych one at that, been there seen that!

    WOW!! ❤️❤️❤️great job!!

    • disqus_jpuxh67QSR

      I did go back and watch all of them on amazon. They were dealing with legal and fraud issues from season two on. From season two on when they filed a BK and Joe divorced his business partner which in turn he sued joe and teresa for fraud..they have been involved with serious financial issues since we were introduced to them.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks a ton KJ for your lovely and kind applause! I greatly appreciate your feedback that you think Teresa fits the DSM sociopath characteristics to a T. She is textbook, right? During my research for this blog, I came across countless peer review criminal law studies that discuss sociopaths frequently try to create drama and divide and conquer their family members. Sociopaths generally are not close to family. She has always tried to throw shade at Kathy and paint her in a negative light.

    • Trippinhhard

      You are correct about Kathy and Rosie, but don’t forget she don’t like Melissa at all, she’s tolerating her, because of all the mess she’s in and the outrage at her lies to destroy her own brothers family.. Teresa is truely a POS

    • Missed you my lovely, kind, caring KJ! 🙂

  • Stacy Slotnick

    Teresa looks subdued, she is blinking her eyes a lot, and she keeps pulling up her Carmen Marc Volvo gown. Do you think she is all there?

  • Trippinhhard

    Stacy, thank you for taking the time to give us legal and facts about Teresa and her behavior..
    When are you going to do one on Fhedra Parks esq,?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Good AM to you Trippinhhard! It’s my pleasure to provide a legal framework for Teresa and her lies/behavior.

      I am mesmerized by the legal and psychological aspects of the Phaedra Parks, Esq. story. As RHOA has just premiered, you can bet I’ll be covering some legal aspect of her life. What most interests you about that storyline? What would you like to see me cover?

      • Trippinhhard

        You can start from her being pregnant when she got married, lie about the due date, lie about his job etc
        It was very telling when Apollo said she wanted him to pay that 3200.00 mortgage, when he was fresh out of prision.. She had to know, that money wasn’t clean.. lol
        Again than you

        • Stacy Slotnick

          You have an excellent memory. Phaedra also went on Ellen recently to promote the new season of RHOA, and when asked why she married a convicted felon, she responded it was because based on her experience in the justice system, she knows people deserve a second chance. It seemed like a very insincere answer, no? Who justifies marrying someone of a questionable nature because they believe in second chances? Many people agree with you that Phaedra knew something. A deposition transcript is worth a thousand words, and when those words are brought to light, you bet we will cover it.

  • MorningYawn

    Bravo! Clapping, whistling and cheering you on! Stacy you clearly articulated all that I have been thinking! Well done!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you MorningYawn! I agree entirely. I think the majority of us saw this shell of a person who was operating on a different axis than the rest of us. If you peel back the psychological profile of her behavior, it becomes pretty evident that there is an antisocial personality disorder at play, which did make it hard for Judge Salas and law enforcement to nail her.

  • TartLemon

    Wow! Well done Stacy. I wanted more.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you TartLemon! I’m delighted to give you more more more legal chat on your favorite reality shows. Thanks for the beautiful acclaim. It is much appreciated.

  • TartLemon

    In person, Teresa must be very beguiling. Even the Judge almost fell for it.

    • You think so? I just don’t see it at all.

      • TartLemon

        Yeah. Never met Teresa, but I believe she’d come cross as very fragile. Obviously it’s an act she does very well.

        It always irritates me Teresa talks about her NYT best sellers. When it’s something good, even though someone else did the work, Teresa takes credit for it, screaming from the rooftops. Yet, she has never taken any responsibility for the CRIMES she committed.

        Teresa apologized to her fans, but never to the victims of her CRIMES.

        Stacy is sooooo right in her evaluation, IMO. Not being a psych professional, I can only deduce from my Certified NUT perspective.

        • You know this women to a tee. I couldn’t agree with you more. She’s obviously fooling many because Leopard Man and his ilk will die for this woman.

          • Harleygirl0685

            Who is Leopard Man? A creepy crazed fan?

          • Stacy Slotnick

            He is a major Tre-Hugger on twitter. I had an article published on The Huffington Post months ago about the RHONJ (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stacy-slotnick/to-watch-or-not-to-watch-real-housewives_b_5469704.html) and he took offense to my characterization of Teresa. We had a back and forth and he finally laid down his sword and surrendered. Ha!

          • Harleygirl0685

            Thanks Stacy! If you get a chance can you scroll up and maybe clear my head on some of the questions I had about the house and finances ? I know your busy, I just want to understand !

          • Stacy Slotnick

            No problem. Addressing it now! (It is a traveling work day for me today so excellent timing and it is never a bother to respond as I greatly enjoy the back and forth!)

          • Harleygirl0685

            I just read your HuffPost article! I’m with you…where did the good old days of TV go!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Absolutely right, TartLemon. Remember, Judge Salas considered giving her probation, but when she scoured the entire record that showed Teresa and Joe engaged in a pattern of willful concealment, she was having none of it. Sociopaths have a superficial charm and get what they want because they are captivating. Based on the record, it appears as though Judge Salas did almost fall for Teresa’s act.

  • Tre’s Going to Prison

    Ms. Stacy,
    Your article was exceptional. It fully diagramed the true character and integrity of this person that T. Giudice has continually shown all of us. It’s unfortunate that some just can’t let themselves realize just how negatively involved she is. But, that is what some folks need to follow…sometimes ignorance isn’t bliss…it’s just being ignorant by choice.
    I wonder, with all of your experience, have you had any experience that indicates that a period of incarceration actually offers someone who is so sociopathic in nature, enough recognition to make positive changes in their psyche? In other words, do you have an opinion of T.G that she may actually make changes to her life that helps to make her less sociopathic after she serves her time?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Great comments, Tre’s Going to Prison. I thank you immensely for your kind words about my article. I am glad you found it insightful and helpful in fostering a discussion. Your intuition does not betray you as in fact I have seen instances in which prison does rehabilitate those with an antisocial personality disorder. The criminal justice system can coerce a sociopath to get treatment. Group therapy in the prison setting can be useful in helping people learn how to interact better with others. Cognitive behavioral therapy and behavior modification can help change problematic patterns of thinking and encourage positive behaviors. Antisocial personality disorder is a chronic condition but the chief symptom we are concerned with, i.e., criminal behavior, may decrease slowly with treatment.

      • Tre’s Going to Prison

        Thank YOU so much for your input and clarification.
        We are so fortunate to have the chance to read your expertise!

  • Tre’s Going to Prison

    I’m personally relieved that West Coast Feed is back on these boards. I haven’t commented so much but I do read ever so often. I’m hoping and wishing and saying and asking for Angelic assistance for all of y’all who especially can benefit from it (which is all of us), like West, and NAWS (my two major personal faves) and Nan and KJ and her family and Trippin and TwiFan and Cate. I always have sweet thoughts for all including Raine and Tiger and Marsie and Izzy and Heels and Ronnie and Tart and Mornin’ and Babs and the boys like Vince and Bam and Bryan, and of course Doc, etc.
    Hugs to all of Y’all!

    • This is very sweet. When you’re not here, you are missed as well. ♡♡

    • Trippinhhard

      Thank you TGTP and post when you can

    • Harleygirl0685

      Lol…when I noticed West was missing I kinda went into panic! Of all times not to be on here…the Reunion!!!! I started asking ppl after a few days, I was legit worried! I’m so glad she is back too! It’s funny the good impressions people we don’t even know leave on us! This really is a great site!

  • Harleygirl0685

    So at the risk of sounding really stupid…when the house sells, does every dime go to the bank? If so, where will Joe and the girls go? We know Teresa has a roof over her head for 15 months. Do they even have the means to support themselves? The whole financial thing confuses me cause in reality it seems to me that every business venture was started with stolen money, so shouldn’t the government be getting all , if there is any profits ? I just don’t understand how this all works.

    • Hi Harley…I think the house will go into foreclosure while she’s in prison and the bank will seize their rightful property again. No one will buy a $3 million dollar house valued at $1.5 million. Joe and the girls can go live with his brother Pete or one of his other siblings.

      • Harleygirl0685

        So when Tre returns she will basically not have a pot to piss in and have to get a job, an apartment etc…I guess start life over with nothing? To me it seems the only things she can really call her own is her kids ! Why this is so confusing to me I have no idea!

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Yes, in a sense she will have to start over and regroup since she will owe money for probably decades to come. (There will likely be a debt payment scheme ordered by the court so that they can keep their head above water, with interest.) Teresa and Joe’s bid to erase $13 million in debt was denied by a bankruptcy judge in October. In some ways, that is arguably a larger story than her going to prison because who can pay back $13M?

          • Harleygirl0685

            Thank you for clearing my head! I’m glad I gave you something to do while traveling 😉 have a great night!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            My pleasure, Harleygirl0685. Have a super Friday! TGIF

      • Stacy Slotnick

        The government would prefer the house not to be foreclosed on because the value of the home would then decrease considerably and the government would make less money from any eventual sale.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      What we know for a fact is that Teresa has paid off about half of the more than $400,000 she and husband Joe owed in restitution as part of their sentencing on federal fraud charges. If she sells the house, funds from the sale would go to creditors/government.

      • Harleygirl0685

        What happens if the overpriced houses do not sell? Does the bank or whoever tell them they have to be out by a certain date?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          At that point they might be foreclosed on.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Reports are that Teresa and Joe have also put their New Jersey Shore vacation home on the market for $315,000 as another way to pay back creditors. Note too: It was listed from early November 2009 to late February 2010 at $375,000. Property records show they acquired the modest house in late 2005 for $347,000 and subsequently mortgaged it to the moon and back.

  • Lisa Pat

    I could rebut every “lie” this blog is claiming she told.. but I’m too tired. I really believe in Teresa and I think it was Juciy’s handling of their money that landed them in trouble.

    • Harleygirl0685

      All along Tre has prided herself in being a smart business woman. Do you really think that she had no clue what the legal docs she was signing were? At the very least maybe he came up with plan but she went along with it. IMO She had to at some point know something wasn’t right! I do believe that she is capable of change, I would think that she has hit rock bottom and can only go upwards from here.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      The lies reproduced in this article are a compilation of many things Teresa has said that were later contradicted by her own actions (see court documents) as well as her own remarks. I implore you to show us that she has not lied. Do you think Judge Salas and law enforcement got it wrong? I will say, some posters like you believe Joe was the kingpin behind the fraud scheme. However, the signed documents and statements from Teresa prove that to be a tough argument to swallow. But this is a safe space where the point of discussion is to learn more and peel away the layers of legal cases.

    • Tre’s Going to Prison

      If you could rebut every “lie” why don’t or didn’t you?
      But do realize that you will have to substantiate what you say as opposed to just throw some bogus information that you believe in your head is correct, just because that is what YOU believe.
      The indictments this couple faced were based on factual information/evidence that was fully substantiated by a number of different indicators…like signatures, bogus W-2’s to support erroneous salaries as well as work positions, footage of the couple in the banking facilities was probably also part of the evidence that support the back up reasoning for formulating those 41 indictment counts these two convicted felons were facing..
      I’m thinking “Lisa Pat” that all you were doing was to toss some “stuff” up in front of a fan and hoping that it wouldn’t come right back in your face. Typical drive-by bomb dropping from a Tre-Hugger. So sad. It’s just such a bummer to see your idol go down in flames isn’t it?
      Is their evidence of Narcissism having an incubation period where others can also suffer from it by proximity to being in cahoots with another master narcissist? Watch out LP, you may be infectious at this point.

  • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

    I never liked Teresa but I think the moment I really understood that she had some psychological issue was her argument with Melissa in the parking lot at the Goddess Party when she accused Melissa of being a bad aunt for dropping presents for her daughters off at their school because they weren’t talking, and when Melissa argued back that it was better than what Teresa did for her kids which was nothing Teresa lost it accusing Melissa of being materialistic and only caring about presents. Same when Joey said he was hurt that she didn’t invite them to a season premiere party and she said Melissa was a bad wife for not contacting her to ask for an invite, even though Melissa had just had a baby. There just is no reasoning with someone whose mind works like that. I know Mellissa is no angel but she has always admitted that she has gone tit-for-tat with Teresa over the years whereas Teresa will admit to nothing.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Those are excellent examples. Do you remember when Kelly Killoren Bensimon had a wacky breakdown in St. John at Ramona’s renewal girl’s weekend on RHONY? Everyone took a step back including Bethenny Frankel and said, “This person needs help.” I think the same thing happened here. Once you realize you are not dealing with an entirely sane person, you understand the story from a different angle.

      • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

        ITA Stacy! A lot of viewers questioned Jacqueline’s authenticity last season when she sat beside Teresa at the reunion and laughed and joked with her like old times and the same this year with how subdued Melissa is beside Teresa but I think you’ve hit the nail on the head that they all realized that Teresa is actually too unhinged to ever understand their POV so they play nice just for the sake of peace.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Great examples, TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes. Yes! Jacqueline and Melissa “figured out” the riddle that is Teresa, and theorized that there is no sane or logical way to deal with someone who is operating on a different psychopathic plane than them. As I mentioned in the blog above, law enforcement and prosecutors often have trouble bringing those with antisocial personality disorders to justice for that very reason. Their logic baffles them. Thank you for your exceptional posts!

  • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

    Oh and in the second part of the reunion Teresa claimed when talking about the omissions of assets from their court documents that she was always a person who crossed every “t” and dotted every “i” and didn’t want to mess up “especially now”. So if she was always that person how can she claim she signed documents that she didn’t understand? How can you cross t’s and dot i’s if you don’t understand anything in the first place? She also said she was grateful to the judge at sentencing for giving them time with the girls because she knew she could have taken them there and then – how can she then claim she didn’t think she would get a custodial sentence?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      That is absolutely right, The BeverlyHillsHaveEyes! Sociopaths try to manipulate and charm until they get their way. They will make statements and then contradict those lies at the drop of a hat. Sociopaths constantly assess whether the statement they are about to make will give them the desired result in each individual interaction, as you point out with superb examples!

      • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

        I love your posts Stacy! So much insight in to the system and these Giudices in particular. The more Teresa talks the more she reveals exactly how much she understands.

  • DLister

    This mess is also a narcissist.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Good point. Narcissists tend to be more vain, focusing on their outward appearance and seeking approval 24/7. At least when I depose or cross-examine a narcissist, I know I can usually get what I want by stroking the witnesses’ ego. With a sociopath, they only care about manipulation and getting what they want. They don’t care if you don’t like them so flattery will get you nowhere in trying to get information from a sociopath.

      • DLister

        Thank you, Stacy! Question: what is your theory — are narcissists “made” or “born?” Or a combo?

        • DLister

          PS: I think you described Melissa Gorga (narcissist) to a T.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Thanks DLister! I’ve worked in conjunction with psychologists on half a dozen cases regarding sociopaths, and in general they see most all antisocial personality disorders, including narcissism, as caused by genes, one’s environment, and evolution. However, they place particular emphasis on the biological component as being slightly more important. They point to abnormalities in development of the nervous system, and I must say, I’ve seen tons of litigation with criminals trying to escape responsibility because they blame an inherent defect in their biological “being” that they had no control over.

          • DLister

            Ms. Slotnick, I so want to thank you very much for your teaching! And for taking the time here. I would also like to say that you are truly an admirable Lady! Many blessings to you, and I really look forward to more of your educational writing.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Thank you so very much, DLister. I greatly appreciate your kind words. It is my pleasure entirely to bring legal insight into reality TV matters, and I am so glad you enjoy the commentary. Many sweet blessings to you as well, and I look forward to continuing these judicial conversations with you!

  • Anne Green

    As in true Stacy Slotnick, Esquire form, a most articulate blog. Thank you, Stacy! I have worked with a woman who I believe has a antisocial personality disorder for the past 10 years. I have done quite a bit of research on this topic for no reason that other than to prove my own point…lol. Two things that I have discovered a sociopath fears are 1) loss of control and 2) exposure. I won’t go into detail how this works with my coworker but as it pertains to Teresa….she is going to have significant difficulties coping during her incarceration. One year is a long time to be told what to do, when to do it and how to do it. As a result, I can see her not being such a model prisoner when she tries to manipulate the prison guards. She has already verbalized how often she plans her family to visit, how often she will speak to her children and the manner in which she will do this. For as long as she can remember, she has been free to have her hair styled, makeup applied, fashion purchased/provided, drive her expensive vehicle and use her cell phone at will. That all is going to end! Whatever facility she reports to, those inmates already have her figured out. The bottom line is Teresa’s mask is beginning to slip off and she won’t be able to cope.

    • DLister

      The only designer object in her new world will be Kleenex tissues!

      • msmcdonjm

        lol lol lol

    • Stacy Slotnick

      I am delighted you enjoyed the article Anne Green and were able to relate to the subject matter. I cannot imagine how trying it can be to work side-by-side with someone for ten years who is a sociopath. You are correct that sociopaths fear greatly a loss of control. Thus, the latest headline is that Teresa is trying to obtain new legal counsel who she hopes will be able to reverse the plea deal. But the ink has dried and that is a pipe dream. She will have to report to jail on January 5, and as you so astutely suggest, based on her history, imprisonment will not be easy for her.

    • BuckJohnson

      Your exactly right, she won’t be able to cope. She couldn’t and wouldn’t face reality when it didn’t matter anymore and the judge knew it. She is not going to like being told what to do, she isn’t going to like having a bunch of women or guards talk crap about her and say things to get her to fight or break. As you said, they know who and what she is and they know it’s only a matter of time before she breaks and does some crazy stuff in prison.

      • Stacy Slotnick

        Great points. Did you know as well that there are special programs/training officers take in order to know how to cope and handle prisoners with antisocial personality disorders? Officers take these courses to learn the different reasons, motives, and causes for a sociopath’s behaviors and anticipate their every move. In addition officers must realize how their behavior may be cause to be a concern for them as well as others around those who are sociopaths. The first danger of working with sociopaths is their ability to draw you into their world.

        • BuckJohnson

          Bingo, bingo.

          • msmcdonjm

            amen to you tigerlily, u hit the nail right onto her senseless head. How about the baptism when she went to her brother to congratulate him on the baby. Well, they had to have be feuding long before that, b/c he went ballistic by pounding on the tables, and he yelled her to get effff away from him…wow. it’s all in the family. That was one of the 1st show I watch..I should have stopped there. Happy thanksgiving 🙂

        • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ❁❀✿

          The final straw that sealed it for me & finally made me realize just how twisted, distorted & demented her thinking is, was when Tre sat there & argued with Teressa that she NEVER hurt anyone!
          She actually had the audacity to argue the point that they never hurt anyone!
          That was absolutely mind blowing to me. SHE never hurt anybody? OMG! How bout your kids? Nevermind all the businesses, vendors, individuals & the general public that you screwed over, how bout your kids, Tre??? Oh FFS! You sure as heck damaged & hurt them.

    • msmcdonjm

      Hello Anne, I have a daughter we named, Anne. Another thing tre. will have to do is make her own bed…What you say? Yes, she’ll have to figure out the head of the bed vs foot. OH to be a fly on the wall….Then she’ll have to sweep her cell out daily, and they’ll have her doing other jobs each day. She is going to have a very bumpy ride. Also, she told the world she has no clue how to blow dry her own hair. WHAT? “I’ll just slick it back and go about my day.” okie dokie (:

  • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ❁❀✿

    Really great blog Stacy. Educational, informative & funny!
    Great job!

    Aww, looks like Tre will not be a “happy camper” at Camp Cupcake.
    Life is gonna be really rough for the former Empress!
    Boo-effin’-hoo! *Sniffle! Sniffle!*

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you Tigerlily! Good to hear from you! I’m so happy to learn you found the blog educational, informative, and funny. I love making legal matters relatable and interesting. So much of the legal prose out there is too dry or inaccurate. I could not agree more that prison will be tough for Tre. It’s a wake up call, hopefully, and a total 180 degree difference from what she is used to. How she will fare as someone who may have an antisocial personality disorder adds a whole new layer of complexity and difficultly to her prison situation.

      • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ❁❀✿

        YW. So very true Stacy. I agree. I too think Tre will have a very difficult time dealing with all that comes with being a convicted felon. Her & Joe’s incarceration is just a part of it. I really don’t think she has accepted all that being a convicted felon entails.

        So appreciative that you make things fun & relatable. You put things in a clear & concise way so we can really educate ourselves which helps us understand it all.
        (Of course the posters here at AAtT are super-geniuses & all above average, so of course they get it!)

        Believe me I have spent many, many days having to read laws & Regs.
        The language they use is maddening. Talk about double speak! LOL!
        I would lose my mind if I had to read from law books & cases all day long!
        My hat’s off to you Stacy!

        • msmcdonjm

          The two of you are intellectually, marvelously & interestingly funny women.How you get all this is a mystery. My daughter is a lawyer and I praise her and all the people who are in the many facets of law. I would zone right out on the first page. Hats off to you. What does AAtT mean? And YW..see? I could never remember all the stuff you do. lol Happy thanksgiving to you tigerlily..what a great name.

          • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ❁❀✿

            Howdy Hey Ms. Welcome. Thank you so much for your kind words.

            YW is a lazy shortcut for you’re welcome. & AAtT is the acronym for this website. All About the Tea.
            Don’t feel bad there’s a new one everday I can’t remember. I know what you mean about all the shortcuts & abbreviations. If I see something I don’t know I go to the Urban Dictionary. It’s helped a lot. It’s my go to. Hee-hee! But be careful there are some things you don’t want to know & once seen… can never be un-seen! Eeep!
            Ha-ha!
            Here’s the link for you.
            http://www.urbandictionary.com/

            It also seems that every single Government entity has their own acronym too. Talk about alphabet soup!

  • murlut

    LOL. Thanks, we always knew Teresa was a liar and psycho. She is delusional and hope she has fun in PRISON

    • Stacy Slotnick

      I hear you. The consistent lies and mismanagement of her life equals something that is very sinister and scary.

      • Calico

        I don’t know what it is but for some reason even after the truth is out n even after we all know she is lying she for some reason can’t bring herself to just say yeah i lied she will keep on lying she has gotten so consumed with her tv persona that now she just lies to try n make herself look better she really needs to see a therapist

        • Stacy Slotnick

          All sociopaths are pathological liars. The sociopath lies are calculated and manipulative, and a sociopath cannot stop lying. Lying becomes a symptom of the sickness and antisocial personality disorder disease. She cannot admit to her failures because she doesn’t view what she does as amoral or wrong. You are absolutely right that her TV persona became all that she cared about, and her lies were manufactured to feed that desire.

          • msmcdonjm

            Wow, stacy, I finally understand the difference. I’d go from one word to the other in my dictionary. It makes so much sense why she is the way she is..is this something ur born with as with other mental problems? Or did she get so into herself that she can’t see out? The mind is a marvelous thing and some disorders are hereditary, that I do know. I’ll have to google this. Thanks for ur info. Happy thanksgiving. “)

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I’m so glad my answers were helpful. There are such subtle differences between legal and medical terms that it can be confusing and tricky to distinguish the two. If you work in the field consulting with medical experts on a variety of cases like I do, it becomes second nature to recognize the jargon and explain it to others (like a jury).

            Evidence points to inherited traits as the primary culprit behind sociopathic behavior. Sociopaths tend to have abnormal brain activity, thus a genetic disposition is thought of by many in the medical community to contribute to antisocial personality disorders. Others believe it’s caused by an emotional detachment in early life, however, this rationale has not gained as much favor in the medical community as inherited traits. Thus your inference that heredity plays a role is right on the mark.

            I wish you and yours, msmcdonjm, a most marvelous Thanksgiving holiday too!

        • msmcdonjm

          Hi Calico, firstly, I had a calico cat and she was sassy and gorgeous. Is it me or is Tre. voice gotten more irritating? She looks understandably exhausted and weary..so perhaps she knows she’s lying but she’s praying we won’t notice..dumb of her. we notice. She’ll never admit her sins to anyone, well maybe at night, when it’s dark and quiet and the only sound she hears are the sweetness of her girls breathing. She’ll pray for them, and she’ll ask God for forgiveness. Idk. I want to feel really lousy for her, I do somewhat, but she’s making it hard. Joe? He looks lost. Spent. Defeated and sadly, drunk.

    • msmcdonjm

      Hi Murlut, ur right..Theresa is a liar, but what makes it scary is she knows she’s lying, and most likely doesn’t care, or worse…she really has no clue to her stupidity, either way makes it sad.

  • Christine

    I have to say I am annoyed with the sympathy Theresa and Joe are receiving as though they are the victims. Awesome article…Made me realize I’m not crazy. If anyone deserves sympathy, it’s their children for having selfish and ignorant parents as well as all of the victims they cheated financially. The reunion really pissed me off…

    • Stacy Slotnick

      I absolutely get where you are coming from. To empathize with criminals isn’t natural. Who knows what kind of promises Teresa is making to her supporters or the ways she is manipulating them.

      Children of sociopaths do not have an easy time of it. They love their parents unconditionally but that positive attention the parent uses for the parent’s gain and is not genuine towards the children. This becomes more and more difficult the older children get because it can affect their self esteem and their sense of reality. A sociopath parent will also be attentive and demonstrate loving gestures when they are being observed or are in “competition” with the other parent.

      I’d love to hear what you thought of the reunion and why is bothered you. Thanks!

      • Smooches

        I wouldn’t call Teresa a psychopath i believe that she really is just a dumb dumb n knew what joe was doing but didn’t care cause she was just happy to have all that money this is what happens when people think they need to have nice n expensive things to be treated well n be loved by others if people were just happy with what they had n stop trying to be in completion with others by having expensive things Teresa n joe wouldn’t be in this mess i think joe did all this cause To support all of Teresa’s spending Live within your means people stop trying to keep up with the jones’s i think her being on TV is what fucked her she thought she had to have everything high end n the best of everything because people were watching her on TV i feel bad for her kids cause they have 2 complete idiots as parents has anyone realized how stupid these 2 are it’s like they never went to school it’s like they both have 3rd grade educations stay in school people don’t end up like these idiots

        • Stacy Slotnick

          I see where you are coming from. Many people believe that the fraud scheme she and Joe engaged in and signed off on separately was too calculated for her to blow off as “I didn’t know” what was happening. Moreover, her countless lies on-air and in the press makes one think perhaps she isn’t academically intelligent but she does have a manipulative bone (or two or three) in her.

  • Stella M

    If i were Teresa i would get Extremely drunk on New Year’s Eve n New Year’s Day cause 4 days later is jail time

  • cutigergirl89

    I loved the legal breakdown in layman’s terms.
    I think Teresa has multiple problems. Her legal issues are first, then the raising of her children.
    Her children are not going to know what “normal” family behaviors are. The spoiling of them started at birth, and hot worse as they grew up, the parties got bigger and more elaborate, the gifts were bigger and more expensive. They were not taught to enjoy the family, or the simpler things in life. That will follow them well into adulthood if counseling is not done.
    The issues with her brother’s wife, Melissa started way before Joe and Mel’s wedding. It seems like she thought Melissa wold be taking her place! Teresa made it seem like Melissa would never be “good enough” for “Teresa Gorga’s” brother. The fact that she stated at the reunion that she “never hit below the belt” proves that she is narcissistic and everything had ro be aboit her and her show. I was no big fan if Teresa or Melissa, but it really wasn’t fair of TG to NEVER give in even once! I am the oldest of 3, I give in all the time to keep the peace in my family. Somethings aren’t worth fighting over! Her actions made it seem like she HAD to be their parents favorite. She even made her brother Joe PROMISE to check in on their parents at least once a week, because SHE does it everyday.
    I don’t believe for a second TG “didn’t understand” the plea agreement, I think she didn’t believe she deserved to serve prison time… b*tch PUH-LEASE!!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Great points, cutigergirl89, and thanks for joining the discussion! You hit the nail on the head with all your comments. Sociopaths think the world revolves around them. In highly dramatic fashion they make sure everyone knows how important they are, which you pointed out with perfect examples. Teresa has tried to undermine Melissa to the point of eroding her own family’s relationship with one another. It’s sick and sad at the same time.

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  • colleen

    Personally, I feel the Giudices got off easy. They are still living in that mausoleum for free. They aren’t paying mortgage or taxes, are they? When they do downsize, where does down payment come from?

  • Maggie Lieser

    So, I realize this a year late but I am just now watching the housewives from season 3…
    So, I’m a trained psychiatric professional and I have taken a great interest in antisocial personality disorder (aka sociopath). Another specifier of ASPD is consistent lying regardless of whether or not it is logical. In the same sentiment, sociopaths also display illogical or circular thought processes that will make the other people in conversations with them turned around to the point of idiocracy. This makes her look “dumb” but it is just part of sociopathy and her manipulation. Teresa does this particularly when she is cornered in a lie, she often goes into off topic tangents or contradicts statements she made seconds early. Just trying to follow her logic makes it seem that talking to her is like speaking to a brick wall.

    Oh and also of note, sociopaths also show little anxiety or fear. This is perhaps the most obvious trait of her sociopathy. Perhaps, that is why she takes offense when others point it out. Sociopaths are often aware of their lack of ability to experience remorse and go to great lengths to attempt to cover this up.