The Psychopath test

Here is a book that I really have to get.Bloomberg BusinessWeek gives it four out of five stars. Check out the link and read the full review.But here are some excerpts:

The very first thing to know about psychopaths, at least according to Jon Ronson, is that they’re very charming. They’re also usually smart, easily bored, and ruthless power mongers who watch suffering with interest, have an inflated sense of self-worth, lie compulsively, and rarely take blame for their mistakes.

Does this sound like anyone we know?

Actually, alarmingly high. While studies suggest that about 1 percent of the general population qualifies as genuinely psychopathic, Hare believes that about 4 percent of people with substantial decision-making power can be classified as such, and their influence is outsized. Hare even tells Ronson he wishes he’d spent less time studying psychopaths in prison and more time studying those who work in the markets. “Serial killers ruin families,” Hare says. “Corporate and political and religious psychopaths ruin economies. They ruin societies.”

I had the privilege to talk with a powerful lawyer recently. He cautioned me, concerning this blog. He praised me for hosting it, but admonished me for taking too lightly some of the people that I expose. He said, “These are not nice people. They are not public servants, they serve only their own selfish interests.” And he stated that they will not hesitate to use all of their authority to silence me.

However, it seems that South Jersey is tipping the scales on sociopathic politicians. I think we surpass that 4% mark.


One Response to The Psychopath test

  1. mango says:

    Carl, I have this book. Very interesting read and you are right, it does resonate. Let me know if you want to borrow it.

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