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  •  I'd go more toward the sadism involved in (3+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action, jbsoul, dov12348

    making the victims of the bank bust suffer even more because they weren't judicious enough to be in the top 5%.  The need for power is highly correlated with sadistic (in its broadest sense of getting pleasure from the suffering of others) drives;  and the achievement of power often elicits whatever sadistic impulses had been suppressed before its achievement.

             Shakespeare knew this, as did Freud (Thanatos).  It's obvious with sociopaths (with whom I did clinical research for a few years) but its not all that more subtle with a lot of CEO types, a couple of whom I'm closely related to.  My ex & I used to call it CEO Personality Disorder with related problems requiring  differential diagnosis of Repugnant P.D., Narcissistic P.D., & plain ole sociopathy.  

    "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

    by Oliver St John Gogarty on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:36:43 PM PDT

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