PSYCHOPATHY & PONEROLOGY
“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”
~ John Lennon
(Humberto Braga II) People are fundamentally social beings, and inherent to our experience in relationships, people without deeper knowledge and discernment often identify with others based on their projections and wishful thinking. They often project their own values, assumptions, and expectations on to others. For example, in familiar circumstances, people go about their lives with the assumption that others in their society function much as they do: knowledge of social norms, common definitions for words, and a general moral understanding of right and wrong. However, this isn’t always the case.
For approximately 3-6% of the global population (420,000,000 people), their inner landscape is extremely different due to a distinct psychological and biological difference – they do not have a conscience, nor the neurological capacity to develop one. Despite this deficiency, they are often very good at socially disguising themselves as normal, fully functioning members of society. These people are known as Psychopaths.
Here we find the most sensible and logical answer to the question, “What kind of people would commit these atrocities around the world?”
“Many psychopaths have little difficulty joining the ranks of business, politics, law enforcement, government, and academia. They exist in all lines of work, from executive to blue-collar professions. However, psychopathy often is misread, misdiagnosed, minimized, or explained away by professionals whose jobs require regular interaction with psychopaths, namely in the mental health, judicial, and law enforcement communities. When these professionals encounter psychopathy in the course of their work, their reaction and response to the psychopath may be too little and too late. Their lack of information can lead to serious consequences, ranging from mishandling the strategy for interviews and interrogations to believing a psychopath’s complete fabrications as seemingly plausible explanations.”
Oftentimes, people misuse the term “Sociopath” when describing wealthy people in power acting without conscience. In this society where “reality creation through the manipulation of language” is rampant, the term “Psychopath” has been subliminally distorted to mean the “axe-wielding maniac” which hides the more subtle, insidious threat that psychopaths actually are.
Let’s briefly describe the difference since, while there is some overlap, Sociopaths and Psychopaths have their own unique behavioral characteristics, and discernment is key.
Sociopaths tend to be nervous or easily agitated. They are volatile and prone to emotional outbursts, including fits of rage. They are likely to be uneducated and live on the fringes of society, unable to hold down a steady job or stay in one place for very long. It is difficult but not impossible for sociopaths to form attachments with others. Many sociopaths are able to form an attachment to a particular individual or group, although they have no regard for society in general or its rules. In the eyes of others, sociopaths will appear to be very disturbed. Any crimes committed by a sociopath, including murder, will tend to be haphazard and spontaneous rather than planned.
Psychopaths, on the other hand, are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities. Psychopaths are very manipulative and can easily gain people’s trust. They learn to mimic emotions, despite their inability to actually feel them, and will appear normal to unsuspecting people. Psychopaths are often well educated and hold steady jobs. Some are so good at manipulation and mimicry that they have families and other long-term relationships without those around them ever suspecting their true nature. When committing crimes, psychopaths carefully plan out every detail in advance and often have contingency plans in place. Unlike their sociopathic counterparts, psychopathic criminals are cool, calm, and meticulous.
“Psychopaths are conscious of being different. They see normal people as inferiors – “others” – to be used and discarded when they are no longer needed. But like a predator among its prey, psychopaths must disguise themselves to evade detection. If they made their motives known, others would be horrified. So, from an early age they learn to fit in by copying normal human reactions and behaviors. They learn when it is appropriate to cry, show grief, guilt, concern, and love. They learn all the facial expressions, common phrases, and social cues for these emotions they do not feel. And as such, they deceive others with false displays of sadness, grief, guilt, concern, and love, and they manipulate our reactions to get what they want. That’s how a psychopath is able to con you out of money by playing on your sense of pity and compassion. Normal people, unaware of the differences between psychopaths and themselves, assume that these displays of emotion are evidence of actual emotion, and so the psychopath succeeds in going unnoticed, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
“The truly talented [psychopaths] have raised their ability to charm people to that of an art, priding themselves on their ability to present a fictional self to others that is convincing, taken at face value, and difficult to penetrate.” –Dr. Paul Babiak, Dr. Robert D. Hare, “Snakes In Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work”
Psychopathy can arise from both nature and/or nurture, and has no known cure. It can be passed down genetically, which may in part help to explain the long history of corruption through mafia-like nepotism throughout religion, business, entertainment, and politics. Additionally, psychopathy can arise through abusive conditioning, whether by malnutrition during the brain’s formative years which retards healthy development, extreme psychological abuse, or physical trauma to certain parts of the brain, an extreme example of which is classically demonstrated in the case of Phineas Gage.
From the perspective of a healthy society, psychopaths can be seen as an intraspecies predator which, depending on their abilities, preys upon individuals or entire societies often through the impersonal and dominating mechanisms of business.
“Just as a disease organism seeks its own survival and to propagate, pathologically deviant persons want power over others and they are not inhibited by considerations of conscience or feeling for others. An analogy of this is that the disease pathogen is totally uncaring of the damage it may do to the organ systems it invades. It only wants to survive and propagate. The bacteria or virus has evolved many unique characteristics that enable it to take over a body when that body is weak. Thus, when societies are weakened for any of a number of reasons, deviant personalities are able to utilize their specifically evolved methods and means to achieve that power that normal people with normal morals simply cannot comprehend because it is not part of their reality and all human beings tend to assume that everyone else is like themselves.”
“”Likeable,” “Charming,” “Intelligent,” “Alert,” “Impressive,” “Confidence-inspiring,” and “A great success with the ladies”: These are the sorts of descriptions repeatedly used by Cleckley in his famous case-studies of psychopaths.
Psychopaths seem to have in abundance the very traits most desired by normal persons. The untroubled self-confidence of the psychopath seems almost like an impossible dream and is generally what “normal” people seek to acquire when they attend assertiveness training classes. In many instances, the magnetic attraction of the psychopath for members of the opposite sex seems almost supernatural.
This lack of “soul quality” makes them very efficient “machines.” They can be brilliant, write scholarly works, imitate the words of emotion, but over time, it becomes clear that their words do not match their actions.
Being very efficient machines, like a computer, they are able to execute very complex routines designed to elicit from others support for what they want. In this way, many psychopaths are able to reach very high positions in life. It is only over time that their associates become aware of the fact that their climb up the ladder of success is predicated on violating the rights of others. Even when they are indifferent to the rights of their associates, they are often able to inspire feelings of trust and confidence. The psychopath recognizes no flaw in his psyche, no need for change.“
A deeper examination of how psychopathy affects society at large (known as “Ponerization”) is found in the book “Political Ponerology”, written by Andrew Lobaczewski . The following video gives a brief summary:
Are you starting to see just how dire the implications of psychopathy are?
“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.
And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.
Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless.
If you are born at the right time, with some access to family fortune, and you have a special talent for whipping up other people’s hatred and sense of deprivation, you can arrange to kill large numbers of unsuspecting people. With enough money, you can accomplish this from far away, and you can sit back safely and watch in satisfaction. . . .
Crazy and frightening — and real, in about 4 percent of the population…
The prevalence rate for anorexic eating disorders is estimated a 3.43 percent, deemed to be nearly epidemic, and yet this figure is a fraction lower than the rate for antisocial personality. The high-profile disorders classed as schizophrenia occur in only about 1 percent of [the population] — a mere quarter of the rate of antisocial personality — and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the rate of colon cancer in the United States, considered “alarmingly high,” is about 40 per 100,000 — one hundred times lower than the rate of antisocial personality.
The high incidence [of psychopathy] in human society has a profound effect on the rest of us who must live on this planet, too, even those of us who have not been clinically traumatized. The individuals who constitute this 4 percent drain our relationships, our bank accounts, our accomplishments, our self-esteem, our very peace on earth.”
~ Martha Stout, Ph.D.
Indeed this epidemic of normalized psychopathic behavior in positions of power is simply too shameful and disturbing for ordinary people to acknowledge, so they avert their gaze, just as battered wives of husbands who are sexually abusing their children sometimes refuse to see what is happening in plain view, and even support and defend their abusers. When a person comes to terms with the fact that approximately 3-6% of the world’s population are psychopaths, and that psychopaths stop at nothing to consolidate power and wield it over others to suit their unquenchable narcissism, everything begins to make sense. At the core of society, the problem isn’t gun laws, misogyny, materialism, poverty, or violence, per se; these are all merely symptoms of the roots cause: psychopaths who rule our planet creating an environment of violence and perversion. If we want to prevent these widespread symptomatic maladies, we need to start at the top.
Without understanding the laws of physics, biochemistry, and thermodynamics, we would never have achieved the tremendous improvements in our quality of life through technological developments. Similarly, without understanding psychology and how it affects social systems, we cannot escape from the tyranny of psychopaths in power. Without addressing the cause and questioning our own indoctrinated behaviors, society will become lost in a maze of distractions, traumatizing preoccupations, and pathological conditioning that gradually becomes normalized in society as each generation becomes progressively acclimated to this predatory social influence. Society MUST recognize the importance of psychology and be made aware of Ponerology because it is the domineering social element which instigates, exacerbates, and perpetuates almost all social problems at their core.
PATHOCRACY (n). A system of government created by a small pathological minority that takes control over a society of normal people [and forces them to become pathological through brainwashing].
1. suppression of individualism and creativity.
2. impoverishment of artistic values.
3. impoverishment of moral values; a social structure based on self-interest and one-upmanship, rather than altruism.
4. fanatical ideology; often a corrupted form of a valid viable ‘trojan’ ideology which is perverted into a pathological form, bearing little resemblance to the substance of the original.
5. intolerance and suspicion of anyone who is different, or who disagrees with the state.
6. centralized control.
7. widespread corruption.
8. secret activities within government, but surveillance of the general population. (In contrast, a healthy society would have transparent government processes, and respect for privacy of the individual citizen).
9. paranoid and reactionary government.
10. excessive, arbitrary, unfair and inflexible legislation; the power of decision making is reduced/removed from the citizens’ everyday lives.
11. an attitude of hypocrisy and contempt demonstrated by the actions of the ruling class, towards the ideals they claim to follow, and towards the citizens they claim to represent.
12. controlled media, dominated by propaganda.
13. extreme inequality between the richest and poorest.
14. endemic use of corrupted psychological reasoning such as paramoralisms, conversive thinking and doubletalk.
15. rule by force and/or fear of force.
16. people are considered as a ‘resource’ to be exploited (hence the term “human resources”), rather than as individuals with intrinsic human worth.
17. spiritual life is restricted to inflexible and indoctrinate schemes. Anyone attempting to go beyond these boundaries is considered a heretic or insane, and therefore dangerous.
18. arbitrary divisions in the population (class, ethnicity, creed) are inflamed into conflict with one another.
19. suppression of free speech – public debate, demonstration, protest.
20. violation of basic human rights, for example: restriction or denial of basic life necessities such as food, water, shelter; detainment without charge; torture and abuse; slave labour.
~Andrew Lobaczewski, “Political Ponerology”
So what can we do about this?
In light of the atrocities created by these pathological types and the futility of trying to fundamentally “change the system from within” (as discussed in the section on “Voting”), the righteous anger of most people might seek to simply imprison or kill all the war-profiteering politicians, Wall Street brokers, culpable Central Bankers, parasitic CEOs, violent police, and other government criminals. However, a generalized net of condemnation cannot be thrown over society which demonizes every individual showing antisocial personality disorder since there are numerous conditions which resemble psychopathy, yet have scientifically proven methods of treatment. Andrew Lobaczewski, author of “Political Ponerology” and a foremost expert on psychopathy gives the following suggestion:
“Because we are dealing with a distinction based on conscience, any proposed method for identifying pathological types must be governed by conscience itself. If those who would propose to identify psychopaths and other schizoidal types resort to methods that are cruel and inhuman, then it is an indication that they, themselves, may suffer from the same deviation. To employ vilification of psychological deviants rather than medical and psychological care and understanding of their pathologies is for the slave to take up the whip of his former master. One group of pathocrats cannot be substituted for another which would be the result in such a case.
When the pathologies of these types are understood as a form of disease, then they can be treated, not subjected to revenge or retribution. For those cases that are incurable, humane means of quarantine can be found to prevent them from attaining roles in public life where they can impose their pathological view of reality upon normal people. […] Moreover, with improved education on the existence and dangers of these pathologies and wide publicizing of the nature of the system of pathocracy and how it functions, as well as training in how to spot and respond to the manipulations they use, the normal members of society can immunize themselves against it. Our greatest weakness is ignorance. ”
~ Andrew Lobaczewski, “Political Ponerology”, p.222-223
Aside from the prophylactic measures of widespread education on the subjects of psychology (while being discerning of the distortions within the field of psychiatry), it would behoove society to establish mandatory psychological screening, more comprehensive background checks, and possible MRI testing for public servants such as police officers, judges, politicians, soldiers, teachers, etc. Furthermore, due to the considerable impact that multinational corporations have on the world, be they in banking or commerce, their executive officers should also be held to the same psychological standards of public servants to ensure concern for the common good and prevent the continued unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, human labor, and the psychological vulnerabilities of society for profit.
“There have always been “society pedagogues”, less outstanding but more numerous, who have become fascinated by their own great ideas, which might, sometimes, even be true, but are more often constricted or contain the taint of some hidden pathological thought processes. Such people have always striven to impose pedagogical methods which would impoverish and deform the development of individuals’ and societies’ psychological world view; they inflict permanent harm upon societies, depriving them of universally useful values. By claiming to act in the name of a more valuable idea, such pedagogues actually undermine the values they claim and open the door for destructive ideologies. At the same time, as we have already mentioned, each society contains a small but active minority of persons with various deviant worldviews, especially in the areas treated above, which are caused either by psychological anomalies, to be discussed below, or by the long-term influence of such anomalies upon their psyches, especially during childhood. Such people later exert a pernicious influence upon the formative process of the psychological world view in society, whether by direct activity or by means of written or other transmission, especially if they engage in the service of some ideology or other.
They – psychopath and part psychopath – do well in the more unscrupulous types of sales work, because they take such delight in ‘putting it over on them’, getting away with it – and have so little conscience about defrauding their customers.” Our society is fast becoming more materialistic, and success at any cost is the credo of many businessmen. The typical psychopath thrives in this kind of environment and is seen as a business “hero”.
Politics is no exception, and, by its very nature, would tend to attract more of the pathological “dominator types” than other fields. That is only logical, and we began to realize that it was not only logical, it was horrifyingly accurate; horrifying because pathology among people in power can have disastrous effects on all of the people under the control of such pathological individuals.”
~ Andrew Lobaczewski, “Political Ponerology“
“History in its purest form, is simply a recitation of events, what really happened at a certain point in time and at a certain place. Historians, (and archaeologists, in some instances) do their best in analyzing and trying to sort out causes and effects. Some of them try to figure out what drives key individuals to do some significant thing, and, as far as I have been able to see after reading history for over 40 years, many historians do a rather mediocre job of it (though there are exceptions). The reason for this, as should be clear by this point in the present text, is because they do not take environment and psychology into account, as needs to be done. They also rarely – if ever – take their own psychology into account! Before historians – or anybody, for that matter -write narratives about what they think really happened, they should have already taken their own tendency to lie to themselves all the time into account.
The problem is, I think, a failure to understand that groups, societies and nations ought to be looked at as – more or less – ‘living systems’, with all the problems that a living being is heir to, including birth, growth, maturity, old age, death and, most importantly, sickness. What this means is that the failure of most analysts in this field is that they do not factor in the complexity of human psychology, considering that the human being is the primary unit of any sociological system just as a cell is the primary unit in a body. Most social, religious and governmental systems are predicated on a very simplified view of human beings that does not take into account the complexity, and variety of human types and how they interact together, very much like organs in a body. This applies to any ideology which attempts to over-simplify psychological reality, whether it be one utilized by a totalitarian system or by democracy as well. People are different and whatever is qualitatively different and remains in a state of permanent evolution cannot be equal.
Just as Toynbee noted that empires fall due to internal and external causes, so is it that human beings – very often the pilots of history – act as they do based on internal and external causes as the Stoics propose. A human being is a pattern-seeking and reading organism that seeks its own survival at the most basic level. Added to that is the fact that, as an organism subject to sexual reproduction and the recombination of DNA that this entails, human beings are not created equal or at all the same, by any stretch of the imagination, and some of them seek their own survival at the expense of others or even require the suffering of others to feel satisfied; it’s hardwired absence of conscience, as psychopathy experts generally agree. What is more, those types of individuals tend to rise to the top because there are no emotional considerations to distract them from their pursuit of power. Does that mean they are truly rational, as they like to think? No. It means that they are dominated by their animal drives to the exclusion of true rationality and generally have only the most primitive emotions.
I have written on this topic rather extensively both in print and on the Internet so here I’m going to pass over it rather quickly, with source citatation for the reader unfamiliar with this body of work. According to Hervey Cleckley, Robert Hare, Martha Stout, Anna Salter, Sandra L. Brown, Andrzej M. Lobaczewski, Paul Babiak, and many other experts in psychopathy, a diagnosis of psychopathy cannot be made on the basis of visible behavioral symptoms to the exclusion of interpersonal and affective symptoms because such a procedure essentially makes psychopaths of many people who are simply injured by life or society, and allows the true psychopaths who have a well-constructed ‘mask of sanity’ to escape detection. Based on a growing body of literature, many (or most) psychopaths grow up in stable, well-to-do families and become white collar criminals who, because of money and position, never have thai private destructive behaviors exposed to public view and repeatedly avoid contact with the justice system. These types, who do untold damage to society at large, are not classified under present diagnostic systems. There are others who never break any laws at all, they simply destroy people around them emotionally and psychologically.
In other words, the most dangerous psychopath is educated, wealthy and socially skilled. The issues of nature vs. nurture are a hot topic in psychopathy studies. There is the school that says all people are pretty much the same, and that people who are badly treated as children grow up to treat others badly; they learn from the adult examples set for them; they identify with the aggressors; this is the nurture school. The nature school says there is wide variation in inherited dispositions and that many people who are treated badly do not grow up to treat others badly, that those who do would have done so anyway, even if treated well, because they were born ‘bad’. They also point out the not inconsiderable evidence that there are many psychopaths that do not have the abusive backgrounds postulated by the nurture school. Robert Hare, psychopathy expert, says that there are varying components of nature and nurture involved, but that nature – heritability – is the strongest factor. This appears to be exactly what Posidonius was saying. Opponents of this idea oppose it for the very simple reason that being inherited would mean that there is no cure. Well, there is no cure for a lot of physical and mental conditions, so why should psychopathy be such a bone of contention? Perhaps it is the nature of the beast, an individual who looks and behaves (mostly) completely human, but lacks those very characteristics that are said to be what make humans human, as opposed to just two-legged animals with opposable thumbs.They all look human, so they must all BE human and the same, right? Wrong.
When considering a grown up psychopath, there are highly complex neurological circuits that have developed apace in the process of learning what works to get his needs and demands met. A complex and even brilliant intelligence can be harnessed in service of a dominating animalistic drive-system combined with a restricted, deviant or even absent, human-oriented emotional nature. For all human intents and purposes, psychopaths behave as though the core of their being is little more than a hunger at the center of a bundle of neurological inputs and outputs; just a sort of black hole that wants/needs to suck everything into it. Under the influence of this internal structure – this ever-present, never fulfilled hunger – the psychopath is nto able to appreciate the wants or needs of other human beings, the subtle shades of a situation, or to tolerate ambiguity. The entire external reality is filtered through – made to conform to – this rigid and primitive internal structure, in the service of primitive drives.
When psychopaths are frustrated, i.e. when they do not get what they want, when satisfaction of the hunger is denied or delayed, what they seem to feel is that everything in the world ‘out there’ is against them while they are only good. This may, of course, translate into actual thought loops of being good, long-suffering and only seeking the ideal of love, peace, safety, beauty warmth and comfort that comes with satiation (never mind that they can never achieve it), but the most fundamental thing about it is that when a psychopath is confronted with something displeasing or threatening to his hunger, that object (person, idea, group, whatever) is placed in the ‘all bad’ category and their destruction is thus justified. And, of course, with a psychopath, their rage has numerous possibilities (including utilizing a very complex brain) for sustaining itself for a very long time: as long as necessary for that object of the rage to be incorporated as was originally desired. If the brain of the psychopath is forced to face mounting evidence that some choice or act of his/hers has created a problem or made a situation worse, this must be denied by the brain as being in any way part of the self, and projected as coming from out ‘there’. The internal structure of the psychopath will admit to no wrong (it cannot), nothing bad, no errors, and so, anything that is defined as ‘bad’ is naturally – structurally – projected onto someone or something else. And keep in mind that this is not because they choose to do that; it is because they cannot do otherwise. There is nothing at the core but a hunger connected to neural inputs and outputs, wrapped up in grandiosity and eternal perfection; that is the way they are made.
As a consequence of having such a primitive core structure coupled with a complex – and in some cases, brilliant – brain, psychopaths become masters of projective identification. That is, they project onto and into others everything that is bad (remembering that ‘bad’ changes according to what the psychopath wants at the moment – that’s part of the structure), and seek in manipulative ways to induce in that other person what is being projected, and seek to control the other person who is perceived as manifesting those ‘bad’ characteristics. In this way, the psychopath gains enjoyment and feels ‘in control’ which amounts to getting ‘fed’ or ‘nurtured’ in some way. Keep in mind also that what the psychopath considers to be good has nothing to do with truth, honor, decency, consideration for others, or any such thing, other than what the psychopath wants at any given moment. In this way, any violation of the rights of others, any foul, evil deed, can be perpetrated by a psychopath and he will still sleep like a baby (literally) at night because he has done nothing wrong!
One of the main barriers to understanding psychopathy is due to the fact that psychopaths rise to the top and have done so since time immemorial, and the social structures and belief systems that are inculcated in us from birth are due to their machinations and for their benefit. You could say that it is projective identification at the social level. What is more, we are most like the psychopath when we project onto psychopaths our own internal states of goodness and decency and believe that, because they look human, they are like us; we are conditioned to the belief that all humans are created equal, and “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, and that just a bit more effort, more forgiveness, and a little repentance means anybody can be saved. It just ain’t so.
The knowledge of psychopathy and ponerology is what ‘opens the cage door’, yet it seems the heavily conditioned psychologists and psychiatrists of the mainstream are too afraid to ‘go there’ – to step out of the cage and really see where this knowledge could lead them.Thus there are endless attempts and theories to fit the square peg of psychopathy into the round hole of ‘humanist dogma’ that insists on the uniform nature of the core self for every single human-looking being. Sometimes this wishful thinking can fuel a more egotistical attitude. Lobaczewski refers to this as the “egotism of the natural world view.”:
“[We] often meet with sensible people endowed with a well-developed natural world view as regards psychological, societal, and moral aspects, frequently refined via literary influences, religious deliberations, and philosophical reflections. Such persons have a pronounced tendency to overrate the values of their world view, behaving as though it were an objective basis for judging other people. They do not take into account the fact that such a system of apprehending human matters can also be erroneous, since it is insufficiently objective. Let us call such an attitude the “egotism of the natural world view”. [… ] Today, however, the world is being jeopardized by a phenomenon which cannot be understood nor described by means of such a natural conceptual language; this kind of egotism thus becomes a dangerous factor’ stifling the possibility of objective counteractive measures. Developing and popularizing the objective psychological world view could thus significantly expand the scope of dealing with evil, via sensible action and pinpointed countermeasures.” ~ Andrew Lobaczewski
What we have here is similar to the old saying about the devil: his greatest defense is that nobody believes in him. Well, we do have a devil in our midst, only he isn’t some kind of supernatural creature, he is an intra-species predator that looks like us and, unless you are able to peel away the mask by close, personal association over time, acts like us. In fact, as Hervey Cleckley points out, the psychopath is so normal with his mask on that he epitomizes all that neurotic, self-doubt plagued normal humans would love to be. Psychopaths seem to have in abundance the very traits most desired by normal persons. The untroubled self-confidence of the psychopath seems almost like an impossible dream and is generally what ‘normal’ people seek to acquire when they attend assertiveness training classes. In many instances, the magnetic sexual attraction of the psychopath seems almost supernatural.
Cleckley’s seminal hypothesis concerning the psychopath is that he suffers from a very real mental illness indeed: a profound and incurable affective deficit. If he really feels anything at all, they are emotions of only the shallowest kind. Cleckley also gives grounds for the view that psychopathy is quite common in the community at large. He has collected some cases of psychopaths who generally function normally in the community as businessmen, doctors, and even psychiatrists. Some researchers see criminal psychopathy – often referred to as anti-social personality disorder – as an extreme of a ‘normal’ personality dimension (or dimensions).
We would characterize criminal psychopaths as ‘unsuccessful psychopaths’! The implication, of course, is that many psychopaths may exist in society who cope better than do those who come to the attention of the judicial and welfare systems.
Being very efficient machines, like a computer, they are able to execute very complex routines designed to elicit from others support for what they want. In this way, many psychopaths are able to reach very high positions in life. It is only over time that their associates become aware of the fact that their climb up the ladder of success is predicated on violating the rights of others. “Even when they are indifferent to the rights of their associates, they are often able to inspire feelings of trust and confidence.”
In a world driven by conscienceless individuals, even those who would otherwise behave in more pro-social ways tend to shut down their conscience in order to survive or protect those they love. An external event can act on a dozen different individuals by inducing in them a dozen variations of organismic response. The external environment is constantly acting on human beings and that environment includes social conditioning from childhood to planetary environment, which may include influences of which science is not yet aware or, if they are aware, do not fully understand, including solar radiation and cosmic rays and EM emanations of all sorts from the planet, the atmosphere and the cosmos. All of these – and probably more – can condition the response of the organism which is already born with particular tendencies to greater or lesser sensitivity to those inputs.
Further, there is a statistically significant percentage of individuals born with damaged or deficient psychological apparatus in the same way individuals can be born with physical handicaps. As many psychologists and neuroscientists of our modern day have noted, and more vigorously in recent years, these types of individuals can have profoundly influential effects on human society, usually negative. Since current events are just history in the making, and we are aware of these factors acting in the social and political environment now, we must take those factors into consideration when reviewing historical events. A historian who looks at a particular development in history and attributes motives to the characters based on inadequate psychological knowledge only confounds the issues.
This idea leads to the primary reason for the failure of such systems of analysis: when considering a human population, what is left out of the equation is the fact that, in every society on Earth, there is a certain percentage of individuals that are extremely deviant from the masses of normal people, and this small group is generally very active in ways that can affect hundreds, thousands, even millions of other human beings in negative ways. The analogy of a disease pathogen in a body serves very well to convey the proper perspective.
Deviant personalities, being in a minority and knowing that they are a minority, feel driven to take power over their environment in order to alleviate the stress of this feeling of being abnormal. This drive enables them ; to easily ‘rise to the top’, and then to interpenetrate the entire social structure with a ramified network of mutual and multiple pathological conspiracies in a way similar to how a disease takes over a body.
It is said that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. What this view does not convey is that power attracts deviants and the corruption of everything else is then a result of pathological persons – who are innately attracted to gaining power over others – spreading their corruption and making it easy for other corrupt persons to join them ‘at the top’. This is the primary driver of all the so-called ‘cycles of history’.
Just as a disease organism seeks its own survival and to propagate, pathologically deviant persons want power over others and they are not inhibited by considerations of conscience or feeling for others. An analogy of this is that the disease pathogen is totally uncaring of the damage it may do to the organ systems it invades. It only wants to survive and propagate. The bacteria or virus has evolved many unique characteristics that enable it to take over a body when that body is weak. Thus, when societies are weakened for any of a number of reasons, deviant personalities are able to utilize their specifically evolved methods and means to achieve that power that normal people with normal morals simply cannot comprehend because it is not part of their reality and most human beings tend to assume that everyone else is like themselves, because they are conditioned to do so by pathologically devised social and religious “norms”.
And so, networks of pathological deviants rise to power again and again, imposing their distortions on the masses of normal people like a disease, until the masses wake up and get rid of the deviants (bring in the therapies), normalize human relations, and begin to take care of the body of society, thus restoring health. For a while.
The problem of deviants coming to power again and again is due to the same factor mentioned above: that human beings tend to believe that others that look like them, talk like them, walk like them, are in fact like them, even inside. They are not. There are vast differences between human beings. All people are not created equal in ability, though they certainly ought to be equal in terms of opportunity and legal rights.
If people would begin to look at various social structures as organic systems and analyze them in the context of a “body”, then there would be greater success in establishing proper social hygiene so as to maintain optimum health. It ought not to be considered a Utopian dream for societies to gain and prolong a state of good health since many people do it in their individual lives.
Just as a few disease pathogens of exceptional virulence can take down a human system and incapacitate it, or even kill it, so can a few deviant personalities and their networks of propagated pathogenic cohorts, participate in the genesis of a kind of evil which envelops an entire nation. The psychological substructure of the deviants, like the evolutionary propagating mechanisms of a pathogen, drives them with dreams of obtaining power and imposing their will upon society. What is worse is that such deviants, like germs, do not realize that they, too, will be buried in the earth or tossed into the fire with the very body they have destroyed. That’s another historical fact, repeated many times, that is there for anyone to see.
We need to remember that psychopaths and other personality-disordered individuals really have no choice but to be what they are; they are like forces of nature. But normal human beings do have a choice as to whether they will abuse others or accept abuse or not. By abusing or accepting abuse, they give power to the psychopaths to abuse others, so it is not just a matter of self-preservation; it is a matter of making sure that our children have a future. It seems that, in a world where the people cannot or will not rise up against psychopathy in power, the Cosmos will do it for them and take them out as well for their silence and acquiescence. The bottom line is, nobody and no event is going to ‘save’ anyone. It is only human beings, individually and collectively, who have the power to BE their own salvation.”
In summary, if humanity has any chance of surviving through the staggering consequences brought on by the pandemic pathologies created by those in power, its salvation resides first and foremost in the mass-education and healing of its people with regard to the cause of and influence by this ponerized society. We are not engaged in a fight; it is a defense, a defense of conscience. Therefore, the work to expose the parasitic elements can only be done by those who speak in the name of conscience and whose actions are guided by conscience.
“Understanding the nature of macro-social pathology helps us to find a healthy attitude and thus protects our minds from being controlled or poisoned by the diseased contents and influence of their propaganda. We can only conquer this huge, contagious social cancer if we comprehend its essence and its etiological causes. Such an understanding of the nature of the phenomena leads to the logical conclusion that the measures for healing and reordering the world today should be completely different from the ones heretofore used for solving international conflicts. It is also true that, merely having the knowledge and awareness of the phenomena of the genesis of macro-social Evil can begin healing individual humans and help their minds regain harmony.”
~Andrew M. Lobaczewski, “Political Ponerology”
Yet despite all the evidence, many people- authoritarian and non-authoritarian alike- feel that they can ultimately just solve their problems by simply voting. But is this actually possible, or just another false indoctrinated belief?