Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Narcissists or Sociopaths?

I would argue that most people that enter a life in politics are probably narcissists for sure.
But what about a full blown sociopath/psychopath?

Let's have a look at each, then you be the judge-

Excessive love or admiration of oneself.
A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.
Erotic pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of one's own body or self, especially as a fixation on or a regression to an infantile stage of development.
The attribute of the human psyche charactized by admiration of oneself but within normal limits.

Antisocial personality disorder (APD), or dissocial personality disorder, is a personality disorder which is often characterised by antisocial and impulsive behaviour.
APD is generally (if controversially) considered to be the same as, or similar to, the disorders known as psychopathic or sociopathic personality disorder.
Although criminal activity is not a necessary requirement for the diagnosis, these individuals often encounter legal difficulties.
Like doing coke and being a drunk?
However, it should be noted that criminal activity does not automatically warrant a diagnosis of APD, nor does a diagnosis of APD imply that a person is a criminal. It is hypothesized that many high achievers exhibit APD characteristics.
President and his senior advisor?

A Three-Factor Model of Psychopathy

Arrogant/Deceitful Interpersonal Style

* Glibness/superficial charm Election day!
* Egocentricity/Grandiose sense of self-worth when really a failed business man
* Pathological lying 9-11, Iraq
* Cunning/Manipulative 9-11, Iraq

Deficient Affective Experience

* Lack of remorse or guilt Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, etc.
* Callous/Lack of empathy Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, etc.
* Shallow affect attacking moral character of opponents AND one's own party members
* Failure to accept responsibility for own actions Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, etc.

Impulsive/Irresponsible Behavioral Style

* Need for stimulation/Proneness to boredom cycling constantly
* Parasitic lifestyle taking daddy's buddies money to be sucessful
* Lack of realistic, long-term goals
* Impulsivity
* Irresponsibility playing guitar while Rome burns

source for data on both from dictionary.com and wikipedia.com


Ernie Vanicek said...

are you serious?

Mike V. said...

do you have a reading comprehension problem?

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