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Trump’s Psychopathology

“Just to say Trump is “unfit” and “dangerous” is not enough and the public will not understand. We need to tie his psychopathology to his presidential behavior in the observable, in the concrete. [In my view], his pandemic response and his attack on democracy are where his psychopathology is evident.”

Alan D. Blotcky, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Birmingham, Alabama (source)

While Trump might be the most prominent potential psychopath in the world today, I still believe the bigger issue we have to face isn’t one man, but the system that allows psychopaths to hold extreme power and wealth. Trump is merely a symptom of a much bigger problem.

Ep#03- The Brain Of A Psychopath

Ep#03- The Brain Of A Psychopath

What goes on in the brain of a psychopath? Are they really unable to control their aggressive behaviour? Would they lie on a psychopath test?

My guest on this episode is David S. Chester, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of social psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he runs the Social Psychology and Neuroscience Laboratory in the College of Humanities and Sciences, and leads a research team that investigates the dark sides of human behavior, trying to discern the underpinnings of traits like violence, aggression and revenge.

 

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Stopping Police Psychopaths

Stopping Police Psychopaths

As the Black Lives Matter protests continue around the world, I’ve been doing a series of interviews on the Bullshit Filter podcast with members of our American audience, trying to get their perspectives on the causes and solutions of the current wave of anger towards police.

One of the fastest and simplest solutions I can see is to run every cop through a psychopath test to identify which of them need are more likely to do others harm. It doesn’t require entirely re-thinking policing or new kinds of legislation and it’s hard for anyone to argue with. By its very nature, policing is a career choice that would seem attractive to psychopaths, as it offers an enhanced level of personal power. While I’m sure most cops are good people, trying to help their community, it makes sense that a higher-than-average percentage of them are going to be psychopaths.

So I’d like to see a movement pushing for every police department to implement psychopath tests and then to come up with a range of strategies for what they are going to do with the cops that get a high score. Perhaps they could be required to have desk jobs; or be partnered up with someone who has a low psychopath score; or be subjected to regular review by a panel of confirmed non-psychopaths.

This isn’t going to solve all of the problems of police violence – not all racists are psychopaths – but it would have to make a huge difference and I think it would be a terrific place to start.

Psychopaths Who Bribe Psychopaths

Psychopaths Who Bribe Psychopaths

,Zarah Sultana is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Coventry South since the 2019 general election. Here she exposes some of the ways big businesses use their money to try to influence politicians. Of course, this isn’t a practice that is unique to the UK. And it’s not unique to psychopaths. But when you have psychopaths with access to wealth – and more psychopaths who have political power – just imagine what some of these transactions look like.

And ask yourself this: why haven’t more politicians, not just from the UK but from around the world, from the country you live in – exposed this practice, put a stop to this practice?

Why indeed…..

ClubNSW Sues Whistleblower

According to the ABC:

Troy Stolz, the whistleblower who exposed a widespread lack of anti-money laundering compliance around poker machines in registered clubs, is being sued by ClubsNSW.

According to Andrew Wilkie MP “up to 95 per cent of clubs in NSW were operating illegally”. The employee – who worked in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing compliance department – obviously felt not enough was being done to resolve the issues and allegedly took it to the politician. He’s now being sued by his employer for airing their dirty laundry (get it? money laundering?).

My theory is that these kinds of situations are strong indications of a psychopathic culture – and a psychopath or two in senior management. A healthy organisation would say “yes, we’re not doing enough in this area, the employee did the correct thing by forcing us to take it more seriously”.

Modi “a Psychopath”

Modi “a Psychopath”

On December 15, 2015, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Modi is a coward and a psychopath.”

This is one of the few times I’ve heard one politician refer to another as a psychopath. I’m not sure if he meant it in a clinical sense (Kejriwal is a mechanical engineer by training, not a psychiatrist) or if he was just attacking him, but it’s good to see the concept of politicians perhaps being psychopaths in the mainstream.

Most stories I see hitting the news about psychopaths are still talking about characters in TV shows.