Psychopaths: Naturally Rise To Positions of Power.

Psychopath (defn.): A person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse.
Psychopath (Psychiatry)a person afflicted with a personality disorder characterized by a tendency to commit antisocial and sometimes violent acts and a failure to feel guilt for such acts Also called sociopath.
The word “psychopath” tends to strike terror in the hearts of most as it conjures up frightening images of dreadful serial killers, rapists, child molesters, or may be even terrorists. Those who have seen Silence of The Lambs would readily recognise Hannibal Lector to be the quintessential psychopath. Such extreme cases of psychopathy, though rare, obscure how widespread psychopathy is and has permeated all cultures.
An inventory of psychopathic traits should give better idea of how psychologists view it. (1) Glib and Superficial Charm (2) Grandiose Self-Worth (3) Need for Stimulation or Proneness to Boredom (4) Pathological Lying (5) Conning and Manipulative (6) Lack of Remorse or Guilt (7) Shallow Affect (8) Callousness and Lack of Empathy (9) Parasitic Lifestyle (10) Poor Behavioral Controls (11) Promiscuous Sexual Behavior (12) Early Behavior Problems (13) Lack of Realistic, Long-Term Goals (14) Impulsive (15) Irresponsibility (16) Failure to Accept Responsibility for Own Actions (17) Criminal Versatility. This inventory may not be the best but would suffice for our purposes. It is not required that a psychopath must necessarily answer all these traits, or that whatever traits show up have to be all strongly present. However, Manipulative Behaviour, Lack of Empathy, Charm and Persuasive, Pathological lying, Disregard for Laws and Bloated Self worth stand out as an “essential inventory” of  psychopaths, who are widely spread out in the society. Another trait not listed in above inventories as it doesn’t form part of psychopathy, but is essential in my opinion to be possessed by not-overtly criminal psychopaths, is Abundant Drive and Energy.
If one now scrutinises human society with this list in hand, then one would find psychopaths in abundance in the very top echelons in politics, business, religion,  or other institutions of power and influence. History shows that whatever the model of organization a society follows: politically -various variants of democracy, dictatorship, one party rule- or economically -feudal, capitalist, socialist, mixed-; the people who rise to the top must pass the touchstone of essential inventory. Just as naturally cream rises to the top of milk, the psychopaths too naturally rise to the top of society. They have the desire to manipulate and control. They and they alone have the necessary determination and drive to do all that is necessary to rise to the top in complete disregard to how it harms others or to the consequences of their acts. Positions of power and influence act like natural magnets for them. Common person is stunned by the acts of those in power because their acts don’ make sense to him. These acts don’t make sense to him because he doesn’t have what it takes to rise to the top. Anybody who has not been numbed to the point of not caring by the drivel of psychopaths who rule the world, would not be cowed down by the fear of being held insane for her refusal to adjust to a sick society. Or as J Kishnamurthy said, **It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society**. We have lost sanity to realise how sick is the society in which we live. Poverty, Hunger, Malnutrition, Joblessness, Dispossession, Displacement, or Destruction of Environment abound, while we are told lies of no or little money to redress these issues. We believe those lies and carry on with our schizophrenic lives. Haven’t we heard the phrase, Business As Usual, often, and even applauded it as some revealed wisdom? Yet we don’t see the mountains of money sitting there ready to finance latest high tech killing machines, to prosecute endless war on terror, to compete for total world domination, to splurge on profligate lifestyles of few, to invest in grandiose schemes of space travel, or to kill thousands of unknown people remotely or to displace millions, or simply to be swallowed in one Ponzi scheme or the other, or to stash away through simple swindles or kickbacks.
What Stefan Verstappen through his book, The Art Of Urban Survival, wants us to understand is that Psychopaths are not be sought shackled in dark dungeons or dreaded of meeting on a dark, dreary, and lonely night; but to recognise that they are right in the midst of us, directing and controlling our lives. See his interview here.
Kevin Dutton, author of Flipnosis: The Art Of Split Second Persuasion, tells, “Actually, within the framework of clinical psychology, a psychopath is someone with a distinct cluster of personality traits including charm, charisma, fearlessness, ruthlessness, narcissism, persuasiveness, and lack of conscience. Sure, these characteristics may well come in handy if you aspire to be an axe-murderer. But they can also come in handy in the courtroom, on the trading floor, or in operating theatre. It just depends on what else you’ve got going on in your personality. And the kind of start you get in life“. This makes it abundantly clear that psychopathy is a scale and not a divide. The Flipnosis website even offers a self assessment tool to get what I would like to call, one’s Psychopathy Index. I do not know how the test works or if it is even genuine. But all the same I still took it, and tried to answer the questions as honestly and accurately as possible. What the Primary and Secondary Psychopath Scores tell me is that I am an “average psychopath”.
I am an Anarchist at heart. I believe centralization is bad because centralization puts too much power in the hands of too few to the detriment too many. I am then asked, won’t even in small set-ups (say like M K Gandhi imagined a Republic of Independent Villages, or better still, World of Independent Villages with concept of nation buried for ever) power structure arise? Yes, they surely would, because of unequal drive and determination among the individuals in a group. They always have, whatever the “myths” about primitive societies or indigenous communities. But the power and influence would have been so badly decimated by scaling down, that the ability to do harm would have become anaemic too. I would also hope that “everyone knows everyone else” condition that is obtained in proximate situations would somewhat mitigate psychopathic traits.
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PS: Madagascar has been hit by a pestilence -Locust Swarms- on a scale not seen since 1950. —Madagascar, infested by swarms of the bugs flying in sometimes mile-long packs. Run for 30 to 45 minutes, and you still might not be able to shake them. “It’s like you are in a movie, it’s incredible,” said Alexandre Huynh of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, from the country’s capital of Antananarivo. “You don’t see anything except locusts. You turn around, there are locusts everywhere.”— Locust swarms imply food is devoured and simply vanishes. What follows is hunger, and may be death.
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One Response to “Psychopaths: Naturally Rise To Positions of Power.”

  1. siddutalks Says:

    finished reading this post n found this example of a clean psychopath- imran khan."Main circus ke sheron ko maarne aaya hoon (I am here to kill the circus lions)," he says, and the crowds cheer. Then he swings a cricket bat (his election symbol), like a pehelwan flaunts his mace in an akhara, and announces his plan to publicly whip the 500 "biggest looters" of Pakistan a day after the election. Crowds cheer again. Then he promises to shoot down the first American drone that enters Pakistani airspace once he becomes prime minister. Cheers get louder. And you cannot but shiver looking at the number of people in the crowd also swinging cricket bats they have brought along. – See more at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/me-captain-you-team-very-vain-very-effective/1114308/#sthash.RHeAMlTD.dpuf

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