Thursday, September 15, 2016

Delightful on the surface

"While we can’t run around diagnosing prominent figures without clinical testing, experts have identified some classic psychopaths from history. They include Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, and fictional characters such as Shakespeare’s Richard III and Cassius.
[We can't do it, but we did it! And it was fun!]
"In a study by Oxford University psychologist Kevin Dutton, published in Scientific American Mind, Donald Trump scored 171, edging out Hitler at 169 but behind Henry VIII (178) and Saddam Hussein (189). Hillary Clinton slotted in between Napoleon and Nero at 152.
[It was a close run thing! AND it was science!]
"But Lilienfeld said that while Hitler may have some traits, he doesn’t quite fit the mold, because he was “paranoid and odd,” while most psychopaths are delightful on the surface."
[The article provides some helpful pictures, too, e.g. of Hitler, and Christian Bale]


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