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Author of the article below: James G. Long
Psychopathy is a personality disorder. Psychopathy is sometimes confused with thinking (psychotic) disorders or mood disorders, but these disorders are markedly different in the areas of the brain that are affected and in the behaviors that result. Psychopathy is about control; psychopaths are without conscience and have a pathological need to control other people on whom the psychopath has no claim nor has any right to control.
Many people are willing to cede control of their lives or some portion of their lives to a psychopath for various reasons, often as the result of some personal sense of inadequacy, a need for recognition, a need to correct a perceived wrong, or to follow an enticing ideology. All wars are, or become, a dispute over psychopathic control by one or both of the opposing sides
Psychopathy is typically the product of genetic, traumatic, social, and/or psychological damage to fabricated mask to provide cover for the psychopath’s predatory behaviors, which only become obvious at a later date., and psychopathy is now considered to be incurable. The psychopath’s neurological damage results in the lack of a conscience but leaves other mental functions intact within normal ranges, though psychopaths may be particularly subject to co-morbidities, including substance abuse or other mental conditions; psychopaths tend to become paranoid and vindictive when their need for control is thwarted. Lack of a conscience permits the psychopath to selectively ignore society’s rules which may result in various levels of damage to society, including in the extreme dishonesty, fraud, murder, and other predatory behaviors. The psychopath typically creates a false personality with attractive components aimed specifically at his intended victims. Psychopaths are often considered “charming” or “charismatic” but the charm is a
Psychopaths operate on all scales from abusive family members (Casey Anthony) to totalitarian dictators (Hitler). Clinical psychopathy is defined by anti-social behaviors, narcissistic behaviors, sexual immaturity, and criminal tendencies using Dr. Robert Hare’s Psychopathy Check List – Revised. Totalitarian dictators are reluctant to sit for psychological exams, but they do display behaviors typical of clinical psychopaths: pathological dishonesty, self-aggrandizement, corruption, and criminality, for examples. Such personalities are labeled as operational psychopaths or functional psychopaths.
The psychopath’s need for control is complemented by the need or willingness of some people to be controlled, leading to mindless herd behaviors. This herd behavior was evident in Germany in the 1930s when a cultured and technically advanced society fell victim to a basic non-entity, psychopathic Hitler. The social and economic traumas of the Weimar Republic era contributed to the need for some Germans to welcome Hitler’s control.
There is much more to this article which can be read at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/04/defeating_international_psychopaths.html
My personal reaction to the article above is that I believe we have more to fear from our American psychopaths than from foreign psychopaths, and I worry that we have so many within our government that their psychopathy will result in our getting attacked at will by those who would attack us, such as the Islamic jihadist terrorists. Those terrorists are obviously psychopaths, but so are the Americans who feel we must give them the keys to our kingdom. In my view, we live in desperate and exceedingly dangerous times. We have so very many reprobates within us and surrounding us, and one is often not found to be that reprobate until he does irreparable damage to other people or to nations.
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