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Why Are There So Many Psychopaths in Positions of Power?

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Why Are There So Many Psychopaths in Positions of Power? : Waking Times

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"A 2010 study that examined a sample of 203 individuals from different companies’ management development programs revealed something interesting. It was found that about 3% of business managers scored in the psychopath range while the incidence of psychopathy in the general population is approximately 1%. So why are there so many psychopaths in senior management positions?"

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"PONEROLOGY: THE STUDY OF EVIL

“In the author’s opinion, Ponerology reveals itself to be a new branch of science born out of historical need and the most recent accomplishments of medicine and psychology. In light of objective naturalistic language, it studies the causal components and processes of the genesis of evil, regardless of the latter’s social scope. We may attempt to analyze these ponerogenic processes which have given rise to human injustice, armed with proper knowledge, particularly in the area of psychopathology. Again and again, as the reader will discover, in such a study, we meet with the effects of pathological factors whose carriers are people characterized by some degree of various psychological deviations or defects.” (Lobaczewski, 42)"
 
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Are psychopaths born or made? I just wonder as I think modern life creates them. Constantly seeing disturbing imagery on news programmes or on video games for example can desensitise people to such things. People will then have less empathy for those in those situations. We are constantly shown horrific reports on the news from places such as Africa but people don't care. It seems to also depend on the proximity of the images. Or the colour of a person's skin or language spoken by them. There is almost selective empathy. If you are a psychopath I suppose you shouldn't have any but I do think our society where you are told to look after number one and hate people who are 'weaker' than you is psychopathic.

I have heard that those who are mentally ill are more vulnerable to psychopathic manipulation but the most effective psychopaths are the ones who manipulate people without them even realising it. Politicians do it but others are more successful. Psychopaths in the media are the most successful as they manipulate most people all of the time. Now politics and media have teamed up to manipulate the public. They employ spin doctors to sell their message to people in a simplistic and attractive way, and people will actively go for good performers rather than fair policies. I would have thought that it was what they did and not what they said that matters but not now. People actively go for performance over substance. Really we deserve everything we get. We accept a psychopathic society and politicians as the norm and anything else is rejected. No wonder the world is messed up and people don't care about each other.
 
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People actively go for performance over substance. Really we deserve everything we get. We accept a psychopathic society and politicians as the norm and anything else is rejected. No wonder the world is messed up and people don't care about each other.
Have long reached that conclusion, the masses are just as, if Not more to blame for the system & way everything is. imo.
 
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Nutshell answer: cos they are clever and ruthless enough to get what they want; and positions of power tend to be a general gateway to getting what people want.

Never sure what to make of the term 'psychopath', to be candid though. It's a diagnostic category in psychiatry, and therefore its reliability and validity is open to question.

Psychiatry itself is powerful, as can be, I'm sure, some psychiatrists. I wonder how many could be deemed to be psychopaths - and if they were, who would diagnose them? :meanie:
 
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With or without fava beans?
 
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Because they are charmers and brimming with confidence so people get manipulated and sucked in to their glimmer....
 
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Because they are charmers and brimming with confidence so people get manipulated and sucked in to their glimmer....
True to a large extent. I think if you want something badly enough and are willing to acquire the skills you need to get there, then usually there is a way, unless you set your sights ridiculously high, like CEO of a Fortune 500 company. That extra bit always requires a certain amount of luck.

Psychopaths are focussed and ruthless but can be charming, that is a combination which will get you far in this world. Of course it entirely depends how you define success... some people say power over others lives, but very often these things are an illusion. If you ask exactly how much power does a CEO have to say make their employees happy, you find it is very limited: they can't go against the best interests of the company, they can't piss off the shareholders or the board, the law restricts a lot else of what they can do... better drinks machines is about all.

So you could say that psychopaths are following their dream of power, while many other people follow other dreams. But ultimately freedom comes from awareness - waking up from these dreams, and not clinging to these desires. It is all impermanent, their time comes and goes and for most people something else will take its place.
 
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I come from a family of psychopaths, all very successful

Suggest Survival of the Fittest is the explanation.
 
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Saw a film last night called the riot club about Eton, Harrow, Westminster educated Oxford Undergraduates.

Definitely based on reality probably the bullingdon club which Cameron and bojo belonged to.

Such elitism fosters psychopathy in my view giving such people the view that they can do whatever they like.

Get rid of Public Schools and Oxford//Cambridge and you'd more likely have a government of the people and by the people and for the people.
 
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Saw a film last night called the riot club about Eton, Harrow, Westminster educated Oxford Undergraduates.

Definitely based on reality probably the bullingdon club which Cameron and bojo belonged to.

Such elitism fosters psychopathy in my view giving such people the view that they can do whatever they like.

Get rid of Public Schools and Oxford//Cambridge and you'd more likely have a government of the people and by the people and for the people.
Don't get me started on the British Boarding School Model, IMHO a Psychopath Factory.
 
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When people say Psychopath's it always make me think well no thats just a name of hate/propaganda.

Look at it deeper yes some people are viscious murder'ers but some people are pushed into murdering others because their past has been mean and very very damaging.

I wont go into detail but i saw someone who abused me and i thought about killing them for about '1 hour' then i realised it would only hurt other people and i would of become as bad if not worse than the person who beat me up.

People ruin people'S lives, they should not piss on graves and expect no pay back, in America kids have guns, kids get bullied at school but in the old days they escaped the bullying but now they go home to read hate in facebook.



Its a recipe for someone loosing the plot in anger.
 
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When people say Psychopath's it always make me think well no thats just a name of hate/propaganda.

Look at it deeper yes some people are viscious murder'ers but some people are pushed into murdering others because their past has been mean and very very damaging.

I wont go into detail but i saw someone who abused me and i thought about killing them for about '1 hour' then i realised it would only hurt other people and i would of become as bad if not worse than the person who beat me up.
Psychopaths don't care

There is a certain UK couple who's child disappeared - true blue psychopaths.

Not one tear because they literally don't care.

They stand out. And do well. But one thing they cannot do is Understand Normal Emotion.

Its not considered a MI even, but a Personality Disorder.
 
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Psychopaths don't care

There is a certain UK couple who's child disappeared - true blue psychopaths.

Not one tear because they literally don't care.

They stand out. And do well. But one thing they cannot do is Understand Normal Emotion.

Its not considered a MI even, but a Personality Disorder.
But maybe they once did feel emotions, i dont always have anything but hate.

Luckily those moments are short lived.
 
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But maybe they once did feel emotions, i dont always have anything but hate.

Luckily those moments are short lived.
Sadly I think they are either born that way or Damaged, somehow.

In my family tree, the higher the IQ the higher the psychopathy

It seems to be The Price. Or flip side maybe.
 
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Don't get me started on the British Boarding School Model, IMHO a Psychopath Factory.
I think you are at least partly right, it is a long way removed from the tribal model under which we evolved for a long time. Kids without parents or older guides on a personal basis makes no sense, and is bound to lead to Lord of the Flies kind of scenario's.

It makes you wonder what all these wealthy people have to do so urgently that is more important than raising their own children. If you've been successful in life and have money, a wife, a house and kids, why would you want to send those children to a private boarding school? It's madness.
 
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