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  • GeneticPsychosMom (Tina) 06:17 on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    The Startling Accuracy of Referring to Politicians as ‘Psychopaths’ 

    In this presidential election season where, as usual, the fur is flying and name-calling is in full swing, one invective seems to be gaining currency — psychopath. A web search for “Romney” or “Obama” and “psychopath” (or, more generally, “politician” and “psychopath”) yields millions of hits. While it’s tempting to dismiss this phenomenon as mere venting by angry voters, the rantings of conspiracy theorists, or even bloggers trying to drive traffic, it is worth at least asking the question: could they be right? If these pundits mean that the targeted office-seekers are evil or “crazy,” probably not. But if they are pointing out that politicians and psychopaths share certain characteristics, they could be on to something.

    Psychopathy is a psychological condition based on well-established diagnostic criteria, which include lack of remorse and empathy, a sense of grandiosity, superficial charm, conning and manipulative behavior, and refusal to take responsibility for one’s actions, among others. Psychopaths are not all the same; particular aspects may predominate in different people. And, although some psychopaths are violent men (and women) with long criminal histories, not all are. It’s important to understand that psychopathic behavior and affect exist on a continuum; there are those who fall into the grey area between “normal” people and true psychopaths.

    Two of the hallmarks of psychopathy are a calculating mind and a seemingly easy charm.

    The question, then, is whether it is reasonable to believe that people with serious abnormalities in the way they interact with the world can be found running for (and winning) office. However unsettling as this may be, the answer seems to be yes. It’s possible for psychopaths to be found anywhere — including city hall or Washington, D.C. Remember, psychopaths are not delusional or psychotic; in fact, two of the hallmarks of psychopathy are a calculating mind and a seemingly easy charm.

    In his landmark book on psychopathy, The Mask of Sanity, researcher Hervey Cleckley theorized that some people with the core attributes of psychopathy — egocentricity, lack of remorse, superficial charm — could be found in nearly every walk of life and at every level, including politics. Robert Hare, perhaps the leading expert on the disorder and the person who developed the most commonly used test for diagnosing psychopathy, has noted that psychopaths generally have a heightened need for power and prestige — exactly the type of urges that make politics an attractive calling.

    There is more at work than just the drive to seek office, though; psychopaths may have some peculiar talents for it, as well. Research has shown that disorder may confer certain advantages that make psychopaths particularly suited to a life on the public stage and able to handle high-pressure situations: psychopaths score low on measures of stress reactivity, anxiety and depression, and high on measures of competitive achievement, positive impressions on first encounters, and fearlessness. Sound like the description of a successful politician and leader?

    Doubtless, it’s easier to see some leaders as psychopaths than it is others. Presumably, no one would dispute the notion that Hitler and Stalin were psychopaths at the extreme end of the spectrum: completely unconstrained by empathy or guilt and willing to say or do anything to accomplish their goals. This, though, reinforces the perception of psychopaths as out-of-control madmen who are evil to the core. Might there be other, more mainstream political leaders who have psychopathic traits but fall closer to the “normal” range? Some have certainly thought so.

    In 2003, neuropsychologist Paul Brok argued that Prime Minister Tony Blair was a “plausible psychopath” who was ruthlessly ambitious, egocentric, and manipulative. Respected psychologist and researcher David Lykken has written:

    If we can believe his biographer, Robert Caro […] Lyndon Johnson exemplified this syndrome. He was relatively fearless, shameless, abusive of his wife and underlings, and willing to do or say almost anything required to attain his ends.

    In any event, the idea that a psychopath could reach the heights of power is nothing new. Over a century ago, famed American philosopher and psychologist William James said, “When superior intellect and a psychopathic temperament coalesce […] in the same individual, we have the best possible conditions for the kind of effective genius that gets into the biographical dictionaries.” Perhaps, then, that’s the key; it’s the combination of other talents with certain elements of psychopathy that can make an effective leader.

    Which brings us back to those currently tossing about the label of psychopath — ironically, some of them may not be denigrating the candidates as much as they suppose.

    via The Atlantic. “The Startling Accuracy of Referring to Politicians as ‘Psychopaths'” by James Silver, July 2012

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    • James 08:50 on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting article. It would be useful to point out that when William James talked about psychopathic temperament, he did not mean psychopathy in the way it is understood today, but rather somebody with a generally eccentric, disordered or disturbed mind. Any schizophrenic or autistic otherwise personality-disordered person could be referred to as a ‘psychopath’ in those very early days of psychology.

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    • idodoyouride 09:59 on April 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Effective leaders? look at the shape of the world around you there leadership is far from effective. you can see right through them and the world is waking up to that fact. not quick enough as far as im concerned.

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  • GeneticPsychosMom (Tina) 12:21 on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    10 Reasons Why the US Government is like a Sociopath 

    1. They pretend. They make things sound better than they are.
    2. They pit people against each other. Like Republicans against Democrats. Poor against rich. Etc.
    3. They cover up their mistakes.
    4. They can’t be equal to other countries. They have to be better. It’s a contest.
    5. They aren’t aware of their own problems.
    6. People are like pawns in their game and it doesn’t matter if they die or suffer.
    7. They are confident.
    8. They do as little as possible to get what they want.
    9. They care more about how they look than their substance.
    10. They have no empathy. People aren’t seen as individuals.

    Being ruled by a sociopathic government creates fear and suffering for many. I wonder if this is because the government creates sociopaths or attracts them or both. Maybe people can become temporarily sociopathic in an environment conducive to it. It seems like many governments deal with this problem and the people suffer for it. Maybe we just need small communities and jails for sociopaths, but then I have visions of the Salem Witch Trials. Is there no solution? Will the majority of people always suffer because we have these sociopaths around who wreak havoc on the world? Maybe we should focus all of our efforts on finding a cure for sociopathy or at least a way to keep those with this condition, out of power.

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    • James 17:43 on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I would confidently argue that while there remain positions of power to obtain, no matter what the society or government, some psychopaths will always rise to the top. It’s a social advantage to be a psychopath, and the only way you can level the playing field is by rigging the system to spot the psychopaths and eliminate from the competition. In short, the screening test proposed on this blog and elsewhere.

      I absolutely understand why most people are concerned by psychopaths in power and it is clear that preventing them from gaining power in the first place is the best course of action for society at large.

      And that is why your efforts will probably fail. In order for your proposal to become law, it would need the backing of the very people it would harm – the psychopaths in government. What are the chances of that happening? Unless you’ve seriously underestimated the number of psychopaths in positions of power (in which case, there is no need the proposal; democracy works on its own), the only way you will get your psychopathic overlords to relinquish their power is through armed rebellion. Am I wrong?

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      • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 18:46 on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        You are absolutely right, James. The petition serves primarily as a vehicle to promote awareness, and open people’s eyes to identifying psychopaths on their own. I would hope then that psychopaths come forward and advocate their own human rights movement so as not to be attacked. The secondary purpose of the petition is to advocate change in policy. Realistic, or not, it is taking a step.

        Which brings me to a perfect example of psychopathic control of information dissemination: It is my suspicion that the reason that psychopathy is missing from the DSM is to prolong the ability for psychopaths to hide. Psychopathy can remain a great mystery to the masses, in spite of the scientific research! I think the absence of psychopathy as a diagnosis is a purposeful action by psychopaths with great administrative power in the medical community.

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        • James 20:47 on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          That’s an interesting theory, and not one I would dismiss out of hand, but it does imply a greater level of co-operation between psychopaths than I would think possible. There is no ‘psychopath community’ (or if there is I am excluded from its ranks!) or sense of ‘camaraderie among villains’ any more than with non-psychopaths.

          “Unless you’ve serious OVERestimated…”

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          • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 20:58 on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

            Illuminati. Nuff said. Okay, not enough said. Psychopaths only cooperate when they are directly compensated for their efforts. I’ve seen it in my family.

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            • James 21:08 on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

              Would like if I could.

              Illuminati just scrambled your servers and put in those typos of mine; they’re trying to discredit me now I’ve gone over to the other side.

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              • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 21:10 on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                They don’t waste their time with little people like me. They focus on people who have proof of specific wrongdoings. I am considered harmless by default.

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              • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 21:19 on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                Please say more about your position of “now I’ve gone over to the other side.”

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                • James 04:55 on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                  I just meant now I’m sharing ideas with the people on this blog.

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            • James 13:24 on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

              Didn’t see you had edited your comment. The kind of huge-scale co-operation such a conspiracy would require is implausible, even for naturally communitarian people, let alone antisocials.

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              • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 13:46 on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                It only takes one person at the top to make the decision that the employees must follow. Any semblance of cooperation is moot.

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                • James 14:16 on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                  In a dictatorship, yes. In a democracy (or a country that must maintain the illusion of democracy, if you prefer), such decisions must be taken collectively.

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                  • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 16:23 on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                    I thank you for keeping this conversation going. I was forced to do some further investigation. David Kupfer is the Chair of the DSM-5 Task Force. He is the one responsible for psychopathy being left out of the DSM.

                    Get a load of this interview where he claims that nothing has changed in the last 20 years. He is a 73 year old psychiatrist, and refuses to get a grip on the new research material he’s supposed to be using for diagnoses:
                    http://www.svd.se/nyheter/idagsidan/frustrerande-att-inte-psykiatrin-natt-langre_4048565.svd

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                    • James 16:37 on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

                      What does it say? I don’t speak Swedish and neither do many people reading this blog, I shouldn’t wonder.

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                      • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 16:41 on March 31, 2015 Permalink

                        I used google translate

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                      • James 17:53 on March 31, 2015 Permalink

                        Google translate is a lot better than it used to be back in the day…

                        Can’t be good for such a large manual to have just one primary editor.

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    • joie 00:18 on May 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The stats, acoording to studies and even the US government , tells us that 4% of the US population are sociopaths. That’s 1 in every 25 people. That is more than (my degree is in public health) what would be considered an epidemic if it was a contagious disease. It is too high to be random. And too specified to the US. A film has been released with a scientist explaining to a handful of people at the Pentagon how he and his collegeagues have developed a respiratory virus that can deaden the part of the brain that makes religous fundamentalitst fanatical. Well think about it. Sociopaths are sociopaths because the part of their brain that feels compassion, empathy and remorse did not develop. In other words – it is deadened. Now what could the government do with a cadre of individuals with no empathy and no remorse for ANYTHING they do, or are told to do? How could they be utilized? How is it that most sociopaths are extremely intelligent? Thoughts?

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    • cd 17:06 on March 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      government employees have got nothing left but power; they are old and impotent and can not figure it out; that is all they have left, to harass people, they are so pathetic, so impotent!

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  • Barbara 23:14 on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    The Smirk on the Face and the Knife in the Back. Betrayal with Condescension and Insults. 

     
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