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If you are anything like me, you may have been wondering (ever since that cheney/bush (s)election in 2001) what the heck is wrong with most American teapublicans as the words and thoughts that come out of their mouths these days can range from simply incomprehensible… to unbelievably inexplicable.

Whether it’s Science Denial, Ravaging Our Old, Our Poor, Our Women, or Taking Away People’s Human/Civil/Voting Rights, Destroying our Environment, Shutting Down the Gov't or Ruining the Credit of the United States... the list of these 'unique' anti-social behaviors, when it comes to teapubs, is basically endless.
So, what triggered this Diary from me today was my bad fortune to receive a digital copy of the current American Spectator Magazine.

The comments in this magazine were SO off the wall and so hatefully anti-progressive and anti-human, that I was wondering what can make people to even reach these depths and then I remembered a link to a Psychology Today article I came across earlier this week.

Well, what we have here is a possible medical explanation for all of this republican malarkey. (Thank you for the 'malarkey' word, Joe Biden!).

And, before I share this with you, I want you to know exactly who I’m talking about in reference to the following psychological explanations, so here’s a very short representative list of the type of republicans I'm referring to:

Dick Cheney, Louie Gohmert, Michelle Bachmann, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal Darrell Issa, Raphael (‘My Name Is NOT Really Ted’) Cruz.

The following article had such great insight to this previously unanswerable question: 'What on earth could possibly be going on in a republican's head?'  

So, to that end, I have ‘culled’ for us a brief synopsis of this Psychology Today article written by William Hirstein, Ph.D, originally published in Mindmelding in January, 2013, called:

>'What Is A Psychopath?'

Please keep in mind that the following are Dr. Hirstein’s words as I do not have the skills, nor the credentials required, to deal with these deeply complex medical issues.

Tell me if any of Dr. Hirstein's following words 'ring a bell' for you…

Anyone fitting enough of these criteria counts as a psychopath or sociopath."

Psychopaths have “callous unconcern for the feelings of others.” … Psychopaths are also not good at detecting fear in the faces of other people.”

Shallow emotions
“Psychopaths, and to a degree, sociopaths, show a lack of emotion, especially the social emotions, such as shame, guilt, and embarrassment.  “general poverty in major affective reactions,” and a “lack of remorse or shame.”

Psychopaths show “blame externalization,” which means that they blame others for events that are actually their fault. They may admit blame when forced into a corner, but these admissions are not accompanied by a sense of shame or remorse, and they have no power to change the sociopath’s future behavior.

Describes sociopaths as possessing a “grandiose sense of self worth.”  

Psychopaths show a “pathologic egocentricity [and incapacity for love],” which is affirmed in the PPI by its inclusion of egocentricity among its criteria.

Insincere speech
Tend to outright “pathological lying,” there is a trend toward devaluing speech among psychopaths by inflating and distorting it toward selfish ends. The criteria for APD include “conning others for personal profit or pleasure.”

So, I don't know about you, but this all sounds just like Mitt Romney’s Resume!

I just wish these teapubs would just get some help already and leave the rest of us alone!

Originally posted to BarryWolk on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 06:22 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  You may run up against the Fair Use rules here. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's hard to tell what you wrote and what you quote, but three or four paragraphs is about the limit.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 04:45:38 PM PDT

  •  unfortunately the is no treatment (1+ / 0-)
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    or cure for psychopathy.  

  •  Sociopaths. Malcontents. /nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 08:07:57 PM PDT

  •  Not psychopaths, grievers (2+ / 0-)
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    BarryWolk, ditsylilg

    They are grieving the loss of a mythical America and are following the 12 steps. They are moving from Anger and are on Denial now.

  •  I have read that many politicians and businessmen (4+ / 0-)

    are sociopaths. They tend to be very charasmatic and manipulative which can be an asset.

    I use the term "sociopath" instead of "psychopath" because unfortunately the term "psycho" has gotten mixed up with the idea that these people are violent. It also gets mixed up with "psychotic" which again does not mean violent, just out of touch with reality.

    Sociopathy is the same as psychopathy and Anti-Social Disorder.

    A lot of these people also have Narcissistic Personality Disorder as well.

    However not everyone who displays these traits actually has these disorders. The human psyche is very complicated and we all at one time or another display these traits.

    But as a generalization yes it seems to fit many of the current crop of TeaPublicans.

    I take the phrase "Bleeding Heart Liberal" as a compliment...

    by Pixie5 on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 08:37:46 PM PDT

    •  Where is the line drawn? (1+ / 0-)
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      Seems terribly arbitrary to me. How many of these traits must be displayed before being diagnosed with a "disorder", and to what extent?
      I read somewhere ( I think it was in "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson) that, according to the Hare psychopath checklist, approximately 6% of the population could be diagnosed with psychopathy.
      Seems to me to be much, much higher. If asked for an estimate, I would say 30%.
      Another source I read (forget where) made the distinction between primary psychopathy and secondary psychopathy.
      Primary psychopaths are hard-wired for psychopathy. They would grow up to be psychopaths no matter how they were raised or what formative experiences they had.
      Secondary psychopaths are adapted to a harsh environment, often provided by a primary psychopath.  Think inner-city gang "soldiers", who have to adopt a callous, narcissistic attitude in order to survive.
      Almost certainly, Capitol Hill and corporate boardrooms would be magnets for primary psychopaths.

      •  Agree (0+ / 0-)

        I've read stats that claim 1-2% of women, and 3-4% of men, qualify as sociopaths.

        I think it's 5% of each gender, and an additional 20% have a plurality of those characteristics.

        I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

        by CFAmick on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 10:16:12 PM PDT

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  •  Salon published an article about Ryan (1+ / 0-)
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    and his psychopathy:

    Diagnosing Paul Ryan’s psychopathy: Arrogant, manipulative, deceitful, remorseless

    and the Hare Psychopathy Checklist can be found here:

    Hare Psychopathy Checklist

    Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

    by Mopshell on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 09:44:03 PM PDT

    •  That Salon article on Paul Ryan (0+ / 0-)

      was POWERFUL, Mopshell!

      Leave it to you to tie my entire diary up in a bow with a single comment from you!

      My wish is that one day we write a diary together, however, could two people write something and still call it a diary?


      by BarryWolk on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 04:17:14 AM PDT

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      •  I don't see any reason why not (0+ / 0-)

        I'm sure I've seen this before but will have to look into how to publish with two authors. I'd really like to give a collaboration a try sometime!

        It was a great article which is why I bookmarked it. I really think we could use it as a blueprint for diaries exploring the psychopathy of other Republicans... a series maybe? A series looking at particular candidates might be interesting in an election year. What do you think?

        Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

        by Mopshell on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 05:49:36 AM PDT

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  •  Wonder if this explains their racism & xenophobia (0+ / 0-)

    or a person doesn't need to be a psychopath to have these feelings (or maybe being a psychopath makes those feelings more intense.)

  •  In layman's terms (2+ / 0-)
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    BarryWolk, ditsylilg

    They are not the brightest bulb in the pack. The elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor. They are a few cards short of a full deck. And one of my favorites the cheese slid off the cracker. However you say it the bottom line is that there problems have become ours since they are pulling way to many of the strings that affect our lives!

    Dogs and Philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards (Diogenes)

    by Out There on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 05:01:14 AM PDT

    •  The wheel is spinning but the hamster is dead! (1+ / 0-)
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      The light's on but no one's home.

      A few fries short of a Happy Meal.

      About as sharp as a marble.

      Couldn't pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.

      They are depriving some village of its idiot.

      I'm gonna stop now, Out There, cuz I could do this ALL day!!


      by BarryWolk on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 05:26:09 AM PDT

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  •  i like this explanation (1+ / 0-)
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    methinks much of it has to do with the irrational need for certainty.

    humans get sex on the wrong brain. it's supposed to go to the right creative emotional orgasmic side but it can get detoured into the left logical side where it gets satisfaction in terms of conclusion and finality- certainty. the need for certainty is stronger in cons.

    since nothing is certain humans get scared- we have to  create certainty to ease the fear caused by a universe  where  uncertainty is the norm. we developed fantasies and absolute value structures that encourage judging and help us apply certainty - good evil right wrong black white.

    to apply certainty we have to open the gate to the right creative (and emotional, orgasmic) side of the brain to help logic rationalize the fantasies and deny reality. that's when some of the sex energy escapes to have its way in the pleasure centers. so we get rewards for being irrational, stupid, and mean. maybe some people have t go to extremes to trigger that release.

    this paper
    is one of others that identify cons/authoritarian need for certainty- they refer to it as avoidance of uncertainty, and a lot of the  other traits are tied to it.

    it started when population explosions required humans to delay the age of reproduction. the solution is sex education- but the authoritarianism always represses sex and prohibits sex ed.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 05:36:24 AM PDT

  •  Sore losers (1+ / 0-)
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    is what I see them as.  Losers in life and jealous of everyone who has something they don't.

    Get busy living or get busy dying

    by Kaiser Soeze on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 06:08:50 AM PDT

  •  What is the purpose of stereotyping a group (0+ / 0-)

    of people you disagree with?

    It does not refute any of the opinions of the other side.  In fact, it lowers any chance of understanding of why these people hold these particular views.  Remember the concept: know thy enemy?  

    In fact, it is one of the favorite methods of fundamentalist groups to increase hatred and fear.

    While we rebuke the rwnuts for their demonization of others, we should not stoop to the same behavior.

    Indeed, I do wonder what has made some of our own family and neighbors espouse these views.  One thing I know is that they all did not become psychopaths in the middle of their lives.

    It is more productive to look at what social or economic events (hint: cratering of the economy) lead to the creation of extremist groups and the ways in which they use conspiracy theories to keep their members in a bubble of fantasy.  

  •  Their reaction after HCR kind of told me that. (1+ / 0-)
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    You had people running around in Ben Franklin costumes, carrying ridiculously misspelled hateful signs, screaming bloody murder just because the government was going to spend money to give HC to some poor people instead of wasting it on the Pentagon.

    Another big sign was when they had CPAC one year (they need all those meets to make sure everyone stays in the bubble), and they all applauded to "let 'em die", like it was just the greatest solution ever.

    •  Excellent comment, TheDudester! (1+ / 0-)
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      I just find this hatred of our fellow Americans by the teapublicans incomprehensible!

      Over the last couple of years they have said the some of the most reprehensible things I've EVER heard.

      And... Boy, can they LIE!!

      Is Ben Franklin spinning in his grave or WHAT!?!


      by BarryWolk on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 02:12:47 PM PDT

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