Psychopaths: Fiends in high places

by editor on July 21, 2011

The word “psychopath” evokes thoughts of serial killers – guys like Ted Bundy, Charlie Manson, John Wayne Gacy. But Dr. Robert Hare, creator of the 20-point Hare PCL-R (Psychopathy Checklist-Revised), disabuses us of that idea. He says business, religious and political leaders can also be psychopaths.

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Jon Ronson explains in his book The Psychopath Test:

“Serial killers ruin families,” shrugged Hare. “Corporate and political and religious psychopaths ruin economies. They ruin societies.”

It wasn’t only Hare who believed that a disproportionate number of psychopaths can be found in high places. Over the following months, I spoke to scores of psychologists who all said the same.

Political psychopaths? We’ve never heard of such a thing, at least not since Obama took office.

Here’s Hare’s test. Think of a politician – any politician – and run down the list. For each item, evaluate the subject as a 0, 1 or 2. A total of 30 or more out of 40 indicates a psychopath.

Item 1 Glibness/superficial charm
Item 2 Grandiose sense of self-worth
Item 3 Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
Item 4 Pathological lying
Item 5 Cunning/manipulative
Item 6 Lack of remorse or guilt
Item 7 Shallow affect
Item 8 Callous/lack of empathy
Item 9 Parasitic lifestyle
Item 10 Poor behavioural controls
Item 11 Promiscuous sexual behaviour
Item 12 Early behaviour problems
Item 13 Lack of realistic long-term goals
Item 14 Impulsivity
Item 15 Irresponsibility
Item 16 Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
Item 17 Many short-term marital relationships
Item 18 Juvenile delinquency
Item 19 Revocation of conditional release
Item 20 Criminal versatility

As far as politicians go, if we didn’t know it was a psychological test, we would’ve guessed “resume.”

– Written by Bonfire of the Absurdities

Source: Guardian UK

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Glitzhsz2
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(Not sure if other comment took, so trying again)
Look into his background — family worked for oil companies, foundations…and were bankers and financiers. His mom worked for the Bank of Pakistan for 5 years and for the Ford Foundation. Fascinating, since it’s all the groups he claims to hate.

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KimmyQueen
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Wow reading that list is like describing Obamie… not all the points (that we know) but still. Crazy…

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hisham
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No, I’m pretty sure Slick Willie has him beat!

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KimmyQueen
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Good point. Bill Clinton was gross. I have a question when he was President was there a recession going on?

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hisham
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No, he was still living off of the fat of the Reagan economy, especially the parts that GHWB hadn’t dismantled and he had a Republican House that kept him in check, so the only things he had to do were take credit where credit was not due and rape women, both of which were either embelished by the lame stream media, or covered up by same!

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FormerlyDeanH
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He also piled a load of otherwise specific monies into the general treasury in order to give it away. Social security was plundered by him and used for the general treasury. Excise taxes were handled the same way. That’s how Billy got to leave a surplus even after giving billions of dollars worth of Cray supercomputers to the Chinese, with which the have developed the means to aim for the moon, literally. They have recently moved their intended date of claiming the moon as “Outer Taiwan” to 2020, five years earlier than their last statement. Somebody over there found the correct power connector and everything started working faster.

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poppajoe49
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Now, how can you people talk like that about the 2 smartest and blackest Presidents ever?
Spongebill Nopants was the best thing this country ever saw, until Obama came along. Now, we’re enjoying one of the most prosperous eras in history, the most open administration in history, and have the best international relations in history!
We are at peace with the world, and everyone loves us!

Now, as soon as I wash my own mouth out with soap, I’ll get back to normal!

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Homersdad
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Dear IHTM.com,

Please be advised that you have infringed on copyright information as your list of 20 items is actually the index of the liberal playbook. Please cease and desist or we will give you a crash course on item 16 of which we are experts.

Sincerely,

Master of Item 4

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MGAP
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Uh oh. 18 out of 20 applied to me. I need to go work on numbers 9 and 11, drink some kool aid and then I can get registered as a democrat!!! Oooh, my neighbor’s wife is looking hot, bent over in her flower bed right now …… gotta run ya’ll…..

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hisham
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I scored the last three presidents and the two that ended up being psychopaths where, interestingly enough, this current Turd-In-Chief and the guy before George W., what’s his name, you know, the one who drives a pimp mobile around Harlem, that one.

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FormerlyDeanH
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That’s the pimp-mo-billy.

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Ruben
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I can’t decide if that list is more indicative of:
A) Toddlers
B) First round draft picks
C) MTV reality show stars
D) The 44th President of the United States
E) All of the above

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RockingHorseGuy
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I guess that’s why I never:
A) had any kids
B) pay any attention at all to ball sports
C) watch MTV or any or any other reality shows
D) have any respect for Obama

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Ruben
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RHG… you forget choice “E”: all of the above!

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RockingHorseGuy
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Yes, I never did any of those.

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poppajoe49
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Always pick “All of the above” when given multiple choices. It’s almost always the right answer.

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poppajoe49
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Think of a politician – any politician – and run down the list.

Will this work for czars also?
If so, the White House just needs bars on the windows, and men in white coats at the doors, and it will be a sanitaruim!

I hear a Metallica song coming on…………

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danybhoy
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He was born of privilege & power. He has abused them both, & a sane world would reject him. Too many buy into the snakeoil he pimps, so while it’s easy to laugh at him, you should’nt. Not yet anyway.

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hisham
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danybhoy, he wasn’t born of privilege & power but he did eventually pimp them, as now, and everything else you said I can agree with wholeheartedly.

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danybhoy
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A Senator’s son & wealth from big oil is privilege in my book. Occidental Petroleum I believe.

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hisham
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I’m really sorry danybhoy, but for some reason I was thinking of the Traitor-In-Chief, I haven’t had my coffee yet! Please forgive me, you were and are absolutely right! The fat boy in this picture was indeed born to wealth, power, and privilege.

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Glitzhsz2
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He grew up with money. His mom worked for the bank of Pakistan for 5 years. Grandma was an executive for a bank. There were ties with the Ford Foundation (same time as the Geitner family) and the World Bank in his maternal family, His mom went to Mercer High in Seattle — very posh area (they moved from KS when she was 10), and he went to an exclusive, private school in Hawaii. Step-dad Sortero worked for an oil company! From Wikipedia (not the best source, but it’s elsewhere on the net, too):

Dunham was also employed by the Ford Foundation in Jakarta and she consulted with the Asian Development Bank in Pakistan. Towards the latter part of her life , she worked with Bank Rakya…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Dunham • Found on: Google, Yahoo! Search, B

Lots of bankers, financiers, foundation people and oil companies in his background! Sound familiar?

Lots of bankers, finandiers, and oil comanies in his background..hehe. But he tells people he grew up poor.

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RockingHorseGuy
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In looking at the 20 points, my mind was also drawn to the man badly impersonating the President. It was just natural.

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danybhoy
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No problem.

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