The Psychopath in Chief

THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

Worth revisiting now that we have lost over 100,000 Americans to COVID, and have unrest in over 100 cities.


“Imagine — if you can — not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken … You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences, will most likely remain undiscovered. How will you live your life? What will you do with your huge and secret advantage?”
— Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door


How do we deal with a person whose core impulse in every part of his life is to deny, deceive, deflect, disparage, and double-down every time he is challenged? And what precisely is the danger such a person poses if he also happens to be the leader of the free world, during a crisis in which thousands of people are dying every day, with no letup in sight?


The first answer is that we must understand exactly who we’re dealing with, and we have not, because what motivates Trump’s behavior is so far from our own inner experience that it leaves us feeling forever flummoxed.


The trait that most distinguishes psychopaths is the utter absence of conscience — the capacity to lie, cheat, steal, and inflict pain to achieve their ends without a scintilla of guilt or shame, as Trump so demonstrably does.


https://gen.medium.com/the-psychopath-in-chief-aa10ab2165d9

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Lars(Z11a (coastal L.A.) and Z9a (desert))

The first link you posted says "sociopath", and I have read that book, since my nephew was diagnosed as one. There's not much difference between psychopath and sociopath, but I think Trump more accurately fits the psychopath description.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

I agree that Psychopath is a more apt term, but without splitting hairs we have a mentally disturbed man in the presidency.

This is the key point: what motivates Trump’s behavior is so far from our own inner experience that it leaves us feeling forever flummoxed.



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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

The trait that most distinguishes psychopaths is the utter absence of conscience — the capacity to lie, cheat, steal, and inflict pain to achieve their ends without a scintilla of guilt or shame

Trump is the text-book definition.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

The truth is that many of not most politicians fit the description.

I think Trump sounds more like a sociopath:

“Psychopaths are calm and collected under pressure, and have something called a "resilience to chaos." This means they thrive in situations that others would find highly stressful.

Sociopaths, however, are more vulnerable to anxiety, so they do not do as well in those environments. They're more prone to angry outbursts and abusive language, while a psychopath can manipulate without seeming like a threat.”

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.insider.com/why-psychopaths-and-sociopaths-are-different-2018-11%3famp

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Rory (Zone 6)(6)

Trump is a tyrant, psychopath, and sociopath who has established a cult of personality around himself. You read about similar historical figures (Hitler, Stalin, Caligula) and can't imagine that it could happen in the USA but here it is. Is the USA the next Weimar Republic?

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Annie Deighnaugh

I posted this on another thread a few weeks ago. It's apt here.

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The common features of a psychopath and sociopath lie in their shared diagnosis — antisocial personality disorder. The DSM-51 defines antisocial personality as someone have 3 or more of the following traits:

  1. Regularly breaks or flouts the law
  2. Constantly lies and deceives others
  3. Is impulsive and doesn’t plan ahead
  4. Can be prone to fighting and aggressiveness
  5. Has little regard for the safety of others
  6. Irresponsible, can’t meet financial obligations
  7. Doesn’t feel remorse or guilt

Source: https://psychcentral.com/blog/differences-between-a-psychopath-vs-sociopath/

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I think trump is batting 1,000 here...

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Kathy

The looters and protestors? They’re just reacting. A society can recover from looters. And a society should listen to protestors. What a society cannot recover from is a demagogue who goes too far. Like a Stalin, like a Hitler, perhaps, possibly, like a Trump.


https://eand.co/trump-set-america-on-fire-then-he-went-and-hid-in-the-basement-bd43ff32bd5b


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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

Interesting how the COVID pandemic and the Police Brutality/George Floyd protests were turned into political issues.

One of Donald Trump’s . . . I don’t know how to say this—strategies?
impulses? pathologies?—is his ability to turn every issue and every
question into a referendum on himself.

He did this trick with COVID-19 so completely that the pandemic
became, as a political matter, just another front in the culture war.

He is now in the process of performing this same alchemy with the
protest movement surrounding the murder of George Floyd. There is no
reason—none at all—why these events should be about Donald Trump.

But he is desperately trying to take ownership of them and thus dominate them.

This may be good politics for Trump—or, more precisely, it may be the
only move he has left on the board, even if it winds up hurting him
down the line.

https://thebulwark.com/newsletter-issue/this-is-how-kent-state-happened/

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