Monthly Archives: November 2011

Machiavellian Tint of Steve Jobs, Part 2

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I drink not from mere joy in wine nor to scoff at faith – no, only to forget myself for a moment, that only do I want of intoxication, that alone. Omar Khayyam, Persian poet (translator Edward Fitzgerald) Machiavellians are … Continue reading

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Machiavellian Tint of Steve Jobs, Part 1

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. William Shakespeare: Mark Anthony, Julius Caesar Classical Machiavellian   Machiavellianism is just short of an illness of the mind – a form of disturbed … Continue reading

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PSYCHOPATHY AND DYSLEXIA ARE RELATED II

THE STROOP COGNITIVE TEST An example of a cognitive task that illustrates similarities of function for psychopaths and dyslexics is with the Stroop Test, perhaps the most widely used of any cognitive task. It was developed by John Ridley Stroop … Continue reading

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PSYCHOPATHY AND DYSLEXIA ARE RELATED I

Ordinarily, psychopathy and dyslexia are thought to be distinct conditions. Psychopathy, for instance, appears in the population at a prevalence of one or two percent. Dyslexia, on the other hand, can appear at rates of six to twenty percent. Dyslexia … Continue reading

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Our Unheavenly Mother Lode

Genetically adaptive, psychopathy is an extreme form of human behavior, neither warped nor disordered, just infrequent and enigmatic, looking like a possible throw-back to an earlier step-child of Homo sapiens. There is something bone-chilling about a psychopath who is at … Continue reading

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WHY THE MASS OF MASS MURDERERS?

It’s frightening how easy it is to commit murder inAmerica. Just a drink too much. I can see myself doing it. InEngland, one feels all the social restraints holding one back. But here, anything can happen. W.H. Auden, Anglo-American poet … Continue reading

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PSCHOPATHY: SEX, LIES, AND BUMBLING

Understanding the dark side of the brain is not a cakewalk, but we can start by examining the behavioral traits that are associated with normal, sociopathic, Machiavellian, and psychopathic individuals. As you will see, psychopathic-like traits are distributed widely. The … Continue reading

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Steven Pinker in the Crosshairs

In his book, The Better Angels of Our Nature (Viking, 2011) Steven Pinker, Harvard Professor, makes this incredibly naive comment: As one becomes aware of the historical decline of violence, the world begins to look different. The past seems less … Continue reading

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THE TIDES OF EVOLUTION PAST

Street psychopaths – those without vision, or a sense of destiny, or powerful intellect – lie, dissemble, use aliases, and often assume multiple identities, all in the pursuit of fraudulent gains. They slip in and out of identities for escape … Continue reading

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Lying Leads to Multiple Personality Disorders

Pathological lying found in psychopaths and Machiavellian individuals can weave a tapestry of personality change indistinguishable from any other change in identity. The “psych/Mach” may be so adept at fabrication that the transition from one personality to another is as … Continue reading

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MACHIAVELLIAN: DANGER AND DELIGHT

MACHIAVELLIAN: DANGER AND DELIGHT              Not all of my encounters with Machiavellian individuals have been delightful. These people, usually male (three to one), share traits with common street psychopaths, but are unique in degrees of narcissism, intelligence,  competitive skills, … Continue reading

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Society is a Masked Ball

The Machiavellian personality (the visionary psychopath) is the one likely to change cultures, invent economies, and write the axioms of the universe, reaching far beyond common contemplation. But their adventurous aspirations and achievements are associated with disregard for traditional ideas and a … Continue reading

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Fire in the Dead of Night

Central Texas has faced tripple-digit temperatures for months with little rain. Now, around Bastrop, we fight fire that has consumed over 500 homes, with little relief in sight. Academic intersts in psychopathy fade as the true blood of this nation … Continue reading

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When Empathy Fails, Can Evil be Far Behind?

Simon Baron-Cohen, professor of psychology at theUniversityof Cambridge believes that lack of empathy is a synonym for evil, for if empathy fails, brutality may have its nails extended. Baron-Cohen conceptualizes empathy on a scale, where at some extreme the lack … Continue reading

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