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:
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.”
“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.
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!