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  •  A slight quibble (2+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, waterstreet2013

    to an excellent comment. Crazy is as crazy does. Mainly those people are seriously bad people. And when I say they're bad, that doesn't mean they're good. ;-)

    The more people I encounter, the more I appreciate our cats.

    by Old Sailor on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 06:53:51 AM PDT

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    •  "Crazy," here, refers to personality disorders. (4+ / 0-)

      Narcissism by the yard, antisocial disorder, paranoia, some elements of schizoid spectrum where they get obsessed with their inanimate-object guns.

      Cruz and Rubio pretty much define narcissism. What's true for them is what's spilled out of their mouths in the last 15 minutes. Nothing more, nothing less.

      Jim DeMint ??? You get the idea.

      "Bad," however, I usually reserve to judgment of the consequences of their actions. Scott Walker is an exception. Karl Rove, of course.

      •  We're getting into some deep water here, (2+ / 0-)
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        Stude Dude, waterstreet2013

        but to me, what is called "personality disorders" is all too often the result of one's character defects and not a truly clinical problem, Cruz being a classic example, as far as I'm concerned.

        The more people I encounter, the more I appreciate our cats.

        by Old Sailor on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 07:37:35 AM PDT

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        •  Applying medical technology (0+ / 0-)

          gets you further for predicting behaviors and identifying strengths and weaknesses. Psychiatrists and psychologists have studied the Personality Disorders in great detail, similar to the effort applied to the physiologically driven conditions such as schizophrenia and major depression.

          Moral appraisals that go with "character defects" can predict that bad behavior will be repeated. That's skimming the surface.

          Mayo Clinic:

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