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One percent of the population are psychopaths

By Donna
June 4, 2022 10:52 am
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That means 3.3 million Americans are psychopaths who by definition have no conscience.

That explains a lot.

It gets worse...

"[Criminal psychologist Robert D.] Hare reports that about 1 percent of the general population meets the clinical criteria for psychopathy. Hare further claims that the prevalence of psychopaths is higher in the business world than in the general population. Figures of around 3–4% have been cited for more senior positions in business. A 2011 study of Australian white-collar managers found that 5.76 percent could be classed as psychopathic and another 10.42 percent dysfunctional with psychopathic characteristics."

"The presence of psychopathy in the workplace — although psychopaths typically represent a relatively small percentage of workplace staff — can do enormous damage when in senior management roles. Psychopaths are usually most common at higher levels of corporate organizations and their actions often cause a ripple effect throughout an organization, setting the tone for an entire corporate culture. Examples of detrimental effects are increased bullying, conflict, stress, staff turnover and absenteeism; reduction in productivity and in social responsibility. Ethical standards of entire organisations can be badly damaged if a corporate psychopath is in charge."

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  1. by Curt_Anderson on June 4, 2022 12:25 pm
    I found this definition. You can see by some of the more positive traits and apparent traits, why psychopaths are promoted in the work world and do well generally in life.

    "Psychopathy is characterized by diagnostic features such as superficial charm, high intelligence, poor judgment and failure to learn from experience, pathological egocentricity and incapacity for love, lack of remorse or shame, impulsivity, grandiose sense of self-worth, pathological lying, manipulative behavior, poor self-control, promiscuous sexual behavior, juvenile delinquency, and criminal versatility, among others."


  2. by Donna on June 4, 2022 12:59 pm
    There's no doubt that by material measurements psychopaths are often very successful. I mean look at Donald Trump. He's just one of numerous examples.


  3. by Curt_Anderson on June 4, 2022 1:19 pm
    Back in 2016, my friend who is a psychiatrist (the one who suffered a traumatic brain injury) said without hesitation that Trump ticked off all the defining characteristics of a psychopath.

    Btw, he woke from his coma and is now able to walk with assistance and talk a bit. He's getting some sort of speech and rehabilitation therapy in a well-regarded facility in Denver. Because of brain swelling, part of his skull was removed. My physician friends are happily surprised at how well he is doing, considering.


  4. by Donna on June 4, 2022 5:17 pm
    I remember when you posted about that. I'm glad he's doing better.


  5. by Donna on June 5, 2022 6:01 am
    The approach Sean posted below makes sense because psychopaths can't help that they're psychopaths. That's the way they're wired. However, giving them love and kindness doesn't mean rolling over and allowing them to hurt people.

    Sean R. Shealy -

    DEPRESSING: Although not a cure, effective treatment of psychopathy has been developed. The treatment reduced violent incidents by criminal psychopaths enrolled in the study by 50%. Further, psychopaths in the control group committed 16 homicides in the post-release study period, while psychopaths who had undergone the intervention had committed none.

    The intervention? Love. Praise. Kindness.

    Psychopaths, largely impervious to pain and fear, do not respond to punishment. They simply don't care.

    However, they are hard-wired to seek reward and short-term gratification. Apparently love and kindness and praise fulfills this need. And a happy psychopath is a much less destructive psychopath.

    Why, then, is this depressing?

    Because this is the type of rehabilitation progressives and liberals have been advocating for eons. Society calls it "coddling criminals." Then they vote for people who reinforce psychopathy with violence, while ignoring the solution. 😖

    Forget treating psychopathy. How do we make voters smarter?


  6. by HatetheSwamp on June 5, 2022 6:36 am

    Ah. It ultimately comes back to home plate.

    Your solution?...all of you, ALWAYS,...is that we all need to become enlightened like you.

    Apparently, you're touchy about me always pointing it out. But, I couldn't point it out if it wasn't there to be pointed out.

    What do we need? Smarter voters. Translation: Voters like you.

    I doubt that voters will become "smart" like you until you stop suggesting that unless they're like you, they're not smart. That's a pretty clear way of saying that you think that they're stupid.

    The sad truth is, though, Donna, that, here, you're the least blatant in looking down on voters who aren't "smart." Curt is vicious. po and isle also both look down their noses at people who think differently.

    You may very well be correct in your political opinion, especially on this point. But, this is not "How to Win Friends and Influence People."


  7. by Donna on June 5, 2022 7:04 am
    You're free to not be loving towards psychopaths.


  8. by islander on June 5, 2022 7:06 am

    I have to wonder if there is a difference between a criminal psychopath and a sociopath, which many think is an acquired trait. It would “seem” that it might be easier to treat a sociopath since it’s not hardwired, than it would be to treat a successful businessman who is a psychopath.

    How would we go about treating a successful psychopath?


  9. by Donna on June 5, 2022 7:11 am
    Executive Order on Reforming Our Incarceration System to Eliminate the Use of Privately Operated Criminal Detention Facilities

    January 26, 2021 • Presidential Actions

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. More than two million people are currently incarcerated in the United States, including a disproportionate number of people of color. There is broad consensus that our current system of mass incarceration imposes significant costs and hardships on our society and communities and does not make us safer. To decrease incarceration levels, we must reduce profit-based incentives to incarcerate by phasing out the Federal Government’s reliance on privately operated criminal detention facilities.

    We must ensure that our Nation’s incarceration and correctional systems are prioritizing rehabilitation and redemption. Incarcerated individuals should be given a fair chance to fully reintegrate into their communities, including by participating in programming tailored to earning a good living, securing affordable housing, and participating in our democracy as our fellow citizens. However, privately operated criminal detention facilities consistently underperform Federal facilities with respect to correctional services, programs, and resources. We should ensure that time in prison prepares individuals for the next chapter of their lives.

    The Federal Government also has a responsibility to ensure the safe and humane treatment of those in the Federal criminal justice system. However, as the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General found in 2016, privately operated criminal detention facilities do not maintain the same levels of safety and security for people in the Federal criminal justice system or for correctional staff. We have a duty to provide these individuals with safe working and living conditions.

    Sec. 2. Contracts with Privately Operated Criminal Detention Facilities. The Attorney General shall not renew Department of Justice contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities, as consistent with applicable law.

    Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

    THE WHITE HOUSE,
    January 26, 2021.


  10. by Donna on June 5, 2022 7:24 am
    Islander -

    "How would we go about treating a successful psychopath?"

    It would start with love and kindness. This approach has been proven to be effective.

    The Differences Between Sociopaths and Psychopaths

    Sociopaths and psychopaths are individuals who have specific types of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). This mental health condition causes behaviors such as disregard for rules, lack of guilt, violating other people's rights, difficulty having healthy relationships, inability to care about other people, and emotional issues. Symptoms of antisocial personality disorder typically show up in the early teenage years.

    Sociopaths and psychopaths have some common traits, as well as characteristics that set them apart from each other.

    Sociopaths may exhibit the following traits:

    Breaking the law
    Physical aggression
    Manipulation of other people for personal gain
    Anger and hostility
    Unpredictable mood swings
    Impulsive behaviors
    Chaotic and dramatic life
    The exploitation of other people
    Irresponsibility
    No guilt or remorse

    Sociopathic people are often quick to get angry and defensive when confronted about their behavior. They also often have legal issues and unstable personal lives.

    Psychopaths may exhibit the following traits:

    Feeling few (if any) emotions
    Sadism (pleasure from causing pain to others)
    Lack of care for others
    Pathological lying
    Charming personality
    Lack of fear
    Risk-taking behavior
    Unreliable in relationships
    Inability to love
    No remorse for wrongdoing
    Poor judgment
    Lack of life goals

    Unlike sociopaths, psychopaths do not typically explode under pressure. They might even "underreact" to dangerous or stressful situations. Psychopaths usually avoid developing relationships, and relationships they establish are often for the purpose of using people for their own gain. They do not have strong morals or a "conscience" — the part of a person that makes them feel bad for causing pain to others.


    verywellhealth.com


  11. by islander on June 5, 2022 7:48 am

    "It would start with love and kindness. This approach has been proven to be effective."

    Sounds like the Christian philosophy, "Hate the sin but love the sinner".

    Not always an easy thing to do unless you are a parent dealing with a troubled child, that's when you are really able to do just that.



  12. by Donna on June 5, 2022 8:08 am
    You're right, islander. Actually it's one of the core tenets of Christianity and yes, it's not always easy.

    Interestingly but not surprisingly, a 2015 Pew Resource Center survey found that the death penalty was supported by 77% of Republicans and 40% of Democrats. What's more living and kind than putting someone to death?

    If you remember, one of the central themes at Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court confirmation hearing was Republican lawmakers berating her over her light sentencing of a child porn offender. They made a huge stink about that.



  13. by HatetheSwamp on June 5, 2022 8:16 am

    Fascinating.

    "There is one thing that Christianity seems to do that no other philosophy I know of does better. It lowers the IQ."


  14. by islander on June 5, 2022 8:17 am

    During the nomination process, the more I learned about Ketanji Brown Jackson the better I liked her.


  15. by Curt_Anderson on June 5, 2022 10:54 am
    "I have to wonder if there is a difference between a criminal psychopath and a sociopath, which many think is an acquired trait."

    I believe you are correct. My son, a criminology major, told me that according to his professors psychopaths are born that way, and sociopaths are products of their environment.

    About 50 years ago, I read an article in Psychology Today that discussed how criminal psychopaths and successful, admirable, even heroic risk-takers are neighboring twigs on the same branch. That was the metaphor I recall the author using.


  16. by islander on June 6, 2022 5:55 am

    My understanding is that the sociopaths have a meanness in them that the psychopaths might not have. This, to me, would seem to make it harder to treat them (if they can even be treated).

    They can have that keen cunning awareness that can spot someone trying to treat them with love and kindness and see that as a weakness to be exploited and they thoroughly enjoy manipulating them. And in the end destroying that person when they tire of it.

    

Not only are the sociopaths psychologically ‘broken‘, but their personality disorder is such that can make them extremely dangerous.



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