Want a Successful President? Elect a Psychopath...

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PostSun Sep 16, 2012 11:08 am » by Spock


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The fearless dominance associated with psychopathy may be an important predictor of U.S. presidential performance.

On the Medical Xpress website, Carol Clark relates the following story: "After a gunman shot him in the chest in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt went ahead and delivered a scheduled speech, blood leaking onto his shirt. 'Friends,' he began, "I don't know whether you fully understand that I've just been shot. But it takes more than that to bring down a Bull Moose.'"

Psychological analysis reveals that the boldness often associated with psychopathy may confer advantages over a variety of occupations involving power and prestige, from politics to business, law, athletics and the military.

Clark quotes psychologist Scott Lilienfeld as saying, "Certain psychopathic traits may be like a double-edged sword. Fearless dominance, for example, may contribute to reckless criminality and violence, or to skillful leadership in the face of a crisis.

"The way many people think about mental illness is too cut-and-dried," Lilienfeld says. "Certainly, full-blown psychopathy is maladaptive and undesirable. But what makes the psychopathic personality so interesting is that it's not defined by a single trait, but a constellation of traits.

"A clinical psychopath encompasses myriad characteristics, such as fearless social dominance, self-centered impulsivity, superficial charm, guiltlessness, callousness, dishonesty and immunity to anxiety. Each of these traits lies along a continuum, and all individuals may exhibit one of more of these traits to some degree.

"You can think of it like height and weight. Everyone has some degree of both, and they're continuously distributed in the population."

According to psychologists, Theodore Roosevelt ranked highest in fearless dominance, followed by John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Rutherford Hayes, Zachary Taylor, Bill Clinton, Martin Van Buren, Andrew Jackson and George W. Bush

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PostSun Sep 16, 2012 11:35 am » by mediasorcery


id rather have a fearless psychopath than a commie poofter!!!

good post!! unless the whole world employs peace lovin hippies or until that day, better the psychopath you know than the psychopath you dont aye hehe!!lol.
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PostSun Sep 16, 2012 11:42 am » by Iwanci


Isn't all just a matter of perspective?

I wonder what would happen if someone with great charachter and honesty presented him/herself as a candidate? Probably would be run out as a looney... no?

I think we (the people) look for certain traits in our leaders, what I doubt is that we look for the right traits. We want to be misled into believing that one man can make the difference with no leakage and no pain. We want to believe that one man would not possibly lie to us.

The problem may stem from from our belief's rather than from what we know.

We know that with change comes uncertainty and often pain, yet we look for the person who can convince us otherwise, we often want to be kept blindfolded for we cannot handle the truth.
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PostSun Sep 16, 2012 12:13 pm » by mediasorcery


good point but, i can handle the truth, dont we deserve the truth?

iu guess, if you act like cattle, you deserve to be trerated like cattle?
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PostSun Sep 16, 2012 3:50 pm » by Seriouscitizen


You can be fearless without being a psychopath..

Psychopaths do not have the capacity for empathy. But they do have fear!. The biggest fear for example is being exposed. That meaning exposed to their inner pain by themselves or exposed being different to the outside world.

You can't categorize all psychopaths under one label. Psychpoaths often have different other personal disorders combined with their lack of consciousness.

Being without consciousness merely means the unability to reflect if something contributes to growth or destruction. In comparison with emotions. So lack of empathy. A psychopath can have an IQ of 165 and can be very analytical, but still lacks consciousness.

Yes psychopaths are good for example interem management and laying people off, again without empaty. They are merely a tool then. You can't let them make their own decisions because there isn't dharma/structure in their decisionmaking.

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PostSun Sep 16, 2012 3:52 pm » by Seriouscitizen


Iwanci wrote:Isn't all just a matter of perspective?

I wonder what would happen if someone with great charachter and honesty presented him/herself as a candidate? Probably would be run out as a looney... no?

I think we (the people) look for certain traits in our leaders, what I doubt is that we look for the right traits. We want to be misled into believing that one man can make the difference with no leakage and no pain. We want to believe that one man would not possibly lie to us.

The problem may stem from from our belief's rather than from what we know.

We know that with change comes uncertainty and often pain, yet we look for the person who can convince us otherwise, we often want to be kept blindfolded for we cannot handle the truth.


And also we like that one man army to save us because it relieves us from our own responsibility



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