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  •  Sociopath (3+ / 0-)
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    replaced psychopath somewhere back in the 90's, as antisocial personality disorder replaced sociopath more recently.

    I have long thought that politicians who get to the national stage and business leaders are socialized psychopaths (as opposed to serial killers, for example).  

    It also explains the need for sexual exploits among so many very powerful men and probably woment, though I think less with women.  People are seen as obstacles to be conquered rather than full human beings.  I/thou relationships are rare.

    When shit happens, you get fertilized.

    by ramara on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 05:04:06 PM PDT

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    •  i'm more reductionistic about the sex part. (0+ / 0-)

      Males who are highly successful in politics, often have characteristics that are consistent with high testosterone.

      High testosterone also produces heightened sex drive.

      So I would attribute some of the sexual escapades to nothing more than high testosterone.  Those behaviors may be integrated into an overall antisocial personality (or narcissistic personality, e.g. Newt), or may just be stand-alone bad behaviors (e.g. the guy in New York who posted naughty pictures and ended up resigning from Congress).  

      •  High testerone (1+ / 0-)
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        also increases aggression.  That is the element of conquest.

        It is a combination of high testerone and a feeling of entitlement.  We see that also with sports stars, from the high school level to the pros.

        When shit happens, you get fertilized.

        by ramara on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 01:53:19 PM PDT

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