Humans are said to be self-aware. We inherently understand the concept of “cause and effect” where we know the actions we take will have either a beneficial effect, a harmful effect, or no effect at all on other people. Usually described by the term “conscience”, there is a small voice that is supposed to tell us when we have done something wrong. The conscience we possess is nurtured and reinforced by our parents (if the parents are doing their job) so by the time we become adults, it becomes the compass that guides us through life.
Some humans are devoid of a conscience and others perceive having one is an impediment to their goals. Let’s look at two of these personality disorders to better understand how they manifest themselves.
The first one is the “psychopath”. This personality type is highly misunderstood because of it’s ability to mask itself by being “Charming but Callous”. The following excerpt comes from the Scientific American article “What Psychopath Means”:
Superficially charming, psychopaths tend to make a good first impression on others and often strike observers as remarkably normal. Yet they are self-centered, dishonest and undependable, and at times they engage in irresponsible behavior for no apparent reason other than the sheer fun of it. Largely devoid of guilt, empathy and love, they have casual and callous interpersonal and romantic relationships. Psychopaths routinely offer excuses for their reckless and often outrageous actions, placing blame on others instead. They rarely learn from their mistakes or benefit from negative feedback, and they have difficulty inhibiting their impulses.
Next let’s look at the “sociopath”. A person with this disorder comprises about 4 percent of the population and is said to be devoid of a conscience. The next excerpt comes from the Psychology Today article “Your Conscience, the Sociopath’s Weapon of Choice”:
Dr. Stout begins by asking the reader to imagine a world where they have no conscience thereby freeing them from, among other downers, guilt, shame, remorse and concern for others. She then asks the reader to imagine, if they were able to conceal this psychological flaw from others, how they might live. They would, after all, be free to seek all the power, money and influence they desired, in the quickest, crudest and most ruthless way without the nagging burden of doing what is right. Or, maybe, Dr. Stout says, you are not ambitious, but seek only to relax and live as carefree as possible from the goodwill of others. Without conscience, you would be free from the guilt and shame that traditionally comes from being a freeloader.
Another way of looking at the sociopath is that when you remove the empathy from a narcissist, you have a sociopath. Just to compare both disorders simply look through on difference between psychopath and sociopath.
Everyone can easily identify a “selfish” person, but psychopathy and sociopathy go way beyond selfishness. Their devious nature allows them to inflict grievous harm while at the same time giving the impression that they are everybody’s friend.
Remember, these personalities often gravitate to positions of power. Power provides them with the victims and self-esteem they need. Should their abuses become known, they start blaming others. Being smooth and charming they often get away without being recognized for who they really are. With politicians, a common ruse is to blame rich people for the problems they create. Having the establishment media vilifying the wealthy on a regular basis, their argument seems plausible. But wealth is nothing when compared to power. With wealth you can buy almost anything you want. With power you to incarcerate and exterminate people with impunity.
If you have trouble understanding these personality types then you would probably be called “normal”. It is interesting to note that there are virtually no books written about “normal psychology”. It is however, “abnormal psychology” that is taught in colleges and universities across the nation.
Now using this information, take a close look at our current “ruling class”, the politician. Should you be able to quiet the din of noise created by the media, contrast what they are saying against what they are doing. If these two things don’t match up, it is a real possibility you are being deceived.
One last thing to consider is that people who manipulate us do their best work in a crisis. Like a magician, they get us to concentrate on one thing while they are doing another.