As for the Black Arts … “Since when is anything about what it’s about?”
- …our elites use propaganda as their most powerful tool to rule us. We do not see the world clearly, we react emotionally, and become increasingly fragmented and therefore powerless.
- …propaganda is ancient, modern methods make it vastly more effective than in ancient times.
- …our elites rule America with … strong hand while spending tiny sums to control both parties.
- …Modern propaganda was developed during WWI, advanced radically in the 1930s and during WWII, and has improved slowly since.
- …It has become a formidable tool in the hands of our ruling elites. (Goodfellas)
- A nation lit only by propaganda.
- The secret, simple tool that persuades Americans. That molds our opinions.
- We cannot agree on simple facts and so cannot reform America.
- American politics is a fun parade of lies, for which we pay dearly.
- Our minds are addled, the result of skillful and expensive propaganda.
- We live in an age of ignorance, but can decide to fix this – today.
- Remembering is the first step to learning. Living in the now is ignorance.
- Swear allegiance to the truth as a step to reforming America.
- Ways to deal with those guilty of causing the fake news epidemic.
- The secret source of fake news. Its discovery will change America.
- Important: A picture of America, showing a path to political reform.
Knowing of how impatient we sometimes all are, I have taken literary license with Larry Kummer’s editorial and have abstracted the above from the fine posting, “The one tool that rules us and in the darkness binds us.” 28 June 2018. From the most formidable Fabius Maximus website “Reigniting the spirit of a nation grown cold.”
As for Propaganda …
The Word … “Regime Change” … a journalist’s arrow in a quiver full of propaganda!
See how journalists work as a pack to manipulate us Larry Kummer, Editor, Fabius Maximus, 23 August 2018 Summary: Scores of posts here have documented that we are ignorant because we read the news. Article here https://goo.gl/oTxbCn
A search run with the media aggregator Factiva finds that in the nearly 20 years since Venezuela first elected a Chavista government, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal
WaPo, 19 May 2018. and Washington Post have used the phrase “Venezuelan regime” 74 times, “regime in Venezuela” 30 times, “Chávez regime” 68 times, “Maduro regime” 168 times and “regime in Caracas” five times. All of these governments have been Democratically elected, but have sinned by trying to carve out a path independent of US
Calling a government a “regime” suggests a lack of legitimacy, with the implication that its ousting (by whatever means) would serve humanitarian and democratic ends; it’s no accident that the phrase is “regime change,” not “government change” or “administration change.” The obverse is also true: The authority of a “government” is more apt to be seen as legitimate, with resistance to it or defense against it frequently depicted as criminal or terroristic. Thus corporate media help instruct the population that the enemies of the US ruling class need to be eliminated, while its friends deserve protection.
As for Psychopaths & Sociopaths … How to protect yourself from psychopaths who are able to manipulate your emotional intelligence
99.9% Of US Politicians Are Actual Psychopaths … Pandering, Pimping, Preening, and Posturing to the Powers that Be … no matter the cost to The Rule of Law and Good Governance.
From Business Insider
Inc. By Justin Bariso
Psychopaths can use their knowledge of emotions to manipulate people.
- They do so with little or no concern for others.
- The only way to protect yourself is to sharpen your own emotional intelligence.
For most of us, the term “psychopath” evokes images of serial killers or mass murderers. But the complex disorder known as psychopathy — which is traditionally characterized by a list of traits including antisocial behavior, arrogance, deceitfulness, and a lack of emotional empathy — is actually more common than most people think.
This list of traits may sound like the complete opposite of what you normally think of when you hear the term “emotional intelligence” — the ability to identify, understand, and manage emotions. We generally think of emotionally intelligent persons as kind and helpful.
But a number of psychologists have also highlighted the “dark side” of emotional intelligence : how a person could use their knowledge of emotions to strategically achieve self-serving goals, with little or no concern for others.
So, this raises a question: Is there such thing as an emotionally intelligent psychopath ?
How psychopaths use EQ to manipulate
A criminal psychologist, Professor Robert Hare spent most of his life studying psychopaths and learning what makes them tick. (Hare is the creator of the PCL-R, the assessment most commonly used to identify psychopathic traits in an individual.) In an interview with the Telegraph , Hare described psychopathy as “dimensional,” suggesting that many psychopaths tend to blend in.
“There are people who are part-way up the scale, high enough to warrant an assessment for psychopathy, but not high enough up to cause problems. Often they’re our friends, they’re fun to be around. They might take advantage of us now and then, but usually it’s subtle and they’re able to talk their way around it.”
Note psychopath’s ability to “talk their way around” their tendency to take advantage of others. Intellectually, we may identify what they’re doing…we may even call them out for it. But these persons play on our emotions to get us to dismiss their behavior.
Research supports these conclusions — that some individuals are highly skilled at using the ability of emotional influence for selfish gain.
For example, consider one particularly fascinating experiment by Dr. Christian Keysers, Professor of Social Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam.
In one study , Keysers and his team analyzed the brain activity of 21 convicted violent psychopathic offenders, comparing the results with 26 men of similar age and IQ. The participants were shown movies of people hurting each other while brain activity was measured. Later, a doctoral student would slap the patients on their hands to localize brain regions connected with feeling touch and pain. The goal was to see if patients’ brains activated a feeling of pain in their own brain when viewing the pain of others.
“The vicarious activation of motor, somatosensory and emotional brain regions was much lower in the patients with psychopathy than in the normal subjects,” writes Keysers . “The theory seemed right: their empathy was reduced, and this could explain why they committed such terrible crimes without feeling guilt.”
But one question still plagued Keysers.
How could these same individuals prove to be so charming at times?
“I remember chatting with one of the patients…a particularly severe psychopath (he had scored the full 40 points on the psychopathy checklist),” writes Keysers. “Surrounded by the guards, he seemed a most pleasant person. He was smiling, engaging, and seemed to feel exactly what we wanted from him.”
So Keysers and his partner decided to let the patients watch the movies again, this time asking them to try and empathize with the victims in the movies.
“What we found was that this simple instruction sufficed to boost the empathic activation in their brain to a level that was hard to distinguish from that of the healthy controls,” writes Keysers. “Suddenly, the psychopaths seemed as empathic as the next guy. Their empathy was switched on.”
“Psychopathic individuals do not simply lack empathy. Instead, it seems as though for most of us, empathy is the default mode. If we see a victim, we share her pain. For the psychopathic criminals of our study, empathy seemed to be a voluntary activity. If they want to, they can empathize, and that explains how they can be so charming, and maybe so manipulative. Once they have seduced you into doing what serves their purpose, the effortful empathy would probably disappear again.”
So, we might ask: How can you deal effectively with a psychopath’s emotional intelligence?
Simply put, by sharpening your own.
The 10 professions with the most psychopaths
Lindsay Dodgson May 20, 2018, 8:32 AM
Psychopaths are difficult to spot most of the time. They’re not the “Jack the Ripper” caricatures you see in films or read about in books. Often, psychopaths appear normal, which makes them hard to identify .
In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , or DSM-5, someone with a psychopathic personality type is defined as having an inflated, grandiose sense of themself , and a knack for manipulating other people. But a diagnosis is rarely simple .
One thing psychopaths tend to have in common is the careers they go for. For example, you’re likely to find a lot of them in leadership positions because of their ruthlessness, charisma, and fearlessness. They’re very good at making snap decisions, but not so good at the empathetic professions like nursing or therapy.
Kevin Dutton, a British psychologist and writer, specialises in the study of psychopathy. In his book ” The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success ,” he made a list of the types of jobs that attract the most psychopaths.
“Functional psychopaths,” as Dutton calls them, “use their detached, unflinching, and charismatic personalities to succeed in mainstream society.” In other words, psychopaths often live as normal people with a few traits that make them different.
Scroll down to see what the top 10 career choices for psychopaths are, ranked in ascending order by popularity.
- Civil servant
Being a civil servant is the 10th most popular career choice for psychopaths, according to Dutton. In fact, in 2014, UK Government officialsconsidered recruiting psychopaths specifically “to keep order,” because they are “very good in crises” and have “no feelings for others, nor moral code, and tend to be very intelligent and logical.”
Most psychopaths have no interest in harming others, so don’t worry about the fact chefs have access to open flames and knives during their work day. Psychopaths thrive in chaos where other people may fail, which could be one reason they work so well in a hectic kitchen.
- Clergy person
In a blog post for Psychology Today , FBI veteran Joe Navarro explains some of the reasons psychopathic people may go for a career in the Clergy. Among them are the fact religious organisations may provide a means for people to exploit others, while also giving legitimacy to their actions. Also, it is easy to make alliances, which can give manipulative people the upper hand in gaining access to sensitive information.
- Police officer
Psychopaths don’t necessarily have ulterior motives. One of their traits is being very cool-headed under stress. Police officers have a highly intense and dangerous job, so it’s a huge benefit if you are calm in a crisis. This could be a reason law enforcement is a popular career choice for psychopaths.
Dutton lists some of the traits of psychopaths as charm, focus, mindfulness, ruthlessness, and action — which are all advantageous in journalism, especially when you have strict deadlines and you have to get answers from sources.
One study, published in the journal The Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England , sought to find out whether surgeons really were likely to be psychopaths. Results showed that consultants at teaching hospitals scored higher on a scale of psychopathic personality than district general hospital consultants, who scored higher than the general population. Possible reasons the authors give in their discussion is that “stress immunity is the overriding personality trait of doctors,” and the fact surgeons have to make quick, difficult decisions every day.
A psychopathic person who works in sales probably shows traits such as shameless self promotion, stealing other people’s contacts, a relentless desire to earn the most money, and an inability to be a team player. Depending on how your organisation works, this could either be your worst nightmare, or the dream sales candidate.
- Media person in TV or radio
Some psychopaths also exhibit narcissism, which is arguably useful in a job that requires a lot of public focus. The popularity of this career choice for psychopaths could also be because being a TV anchor or radio personality also requires you to be calm in the face of pressure.
In ” Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding In Plain Sight ,” author M. E. Thomas, a self-proclaimed sociopath, claims being a sociopath helped her be a better attorney. In a blog post for Psychology Today , attorney Ruth Lee Johnson says that although psychopathic traits like self-confidence, cold-heartedness, and deceitful charm may be handy for lawyers, it’s simplistic to say these traits alone are enough. In the right context, though, they could make someone very formidable.
Psychopaths have something called a “resilience to chaos.”This doesn’t just mean they keep a cool head under stress — they also sometimes create havoc for everyone else, because it makes them look good when everyone around them is struggling. Some psychopaths may use this method to climb the career ladder all the way to the top. Others aren’t necessarily as manipulative, and reach the top through their skills alone.
Psychopathy is a personality disorder, not a mental illness.
- There is no “cure” for psychopaths, and they will never be able to change.
- If they are in prison, psychopaths can be managed with reward-based treatment.
- But this is simply a means of control, rather than a cure.
Like many personality traits, psychopathy is a spectrum. About 1-2% of men and 0.3-0.7% of women in the general population are estimated to be true psychopaths, but for the rest of us, we fall on the scale somewhere lower down.
People who experience psychopathic traits, such as ruthlessness, charisma, impulsivity, and persuasiveness, tend to get through life just fine. Even full-blown psychopaths can be very successful — they just won’t ever be the same as everyone else.
What sets a true psychopath apart from the rest of the population is a lack of empathy. They will never be able to sympathize with someone else’s feelings, or care that someone else is suffering while they thrive. In fact, sometimes a psychopath will enjoy feeling superior while they cause chaos for other people.
Lacking empathy isn’t a problem for a psychopath, and they won’t ever believe there’s anything wrong with them. By this logic, if you’re ever worried about being a psychopath, that means you cannot be one.
It also means a true psychopath can never be “cured.”
“From what I’ve read, what I’ve heard, what I’ve seen and experienced so far, people with dark triad personality disorders cannot and will not change,” said Perpetua Neo, a doctor of psychology and therapist, in an earlier article for Business Insider .
She added that people with these traits — narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy — are usually good at pretending to be something they are not. For example, even if they were coerced into going to therapy, they would be able to manipulate and trick their therapists.
“They orchestrate this show, put on a false self in front of the therapist, and they know how to push the buttons of their partner, so their partner looks extremely unstable in these situations,” Neo said. “The therapist may collude unknowingly with the dark triad person against the partner who really has been the one suffering.”
A paper by Nigel Blackwood , a forensic psychiatrist at King’s College London, explains that psychopaths do not fear punishment or social stigmatisation. They don’t feel the need to fit into social norms, so expectations of society have no impact on their behaviour.
This is why, if they are convicted of crimes, the punishment seems to have no impact on them. As a result, Blackwood explains, it’s incredibly hard to rehabilitate an adult psychopath in prison.
Reward-based treatment, such as giving them their favourite food or video games if they behave, is considered the best course to manage psychopaths who are incarcerated. But even by keeping them calm, this is a means of control, not a cure.
Not all psychopaths will become criminals, and many will get through life without anyone knowing what they are. But whether they end up causing trouble or not, there’s no evidence their personality will ever change.
People with psychopathic traits may seek out therapy. True psychopaths will not.
- Psychopaths can manipulate everyone around them, including their therapists.
- There may not be a cure, but certain therapies may stop the most violent of psychopaths from re-offending.
An estimated 1-2% of men and 0.3-0.7% of women in the general population are psychopaths . However, the number of people who have psychopathic traits is probably a lot higher.
Psychopathy is a spectrum, and we all fall on it somewhere , according to neuroscientist and psychiatrist Dr Tara Swart . The traits of a psychopath include ruthlessness, narcissism, persuasiveness, and the inability to feel guilt.
What separates most of us from people with psychopathic disorder, though, is the ability to feel empathy, says therapist Dr Perpetua Neo .
Usually, if someone shows unfavorable traits in a way that is pushing other people away, they will stop when they learn they are acting inappropriately. They may even choose to go to therapy to learn why they behave in such a way, and adjust accordingly.
However, a true psychopath will never choose to go see a therapist because they don’t think there’s anything wrong with the way there are. They will also never change, according to Neo.
A true psychopath will never change.
“People with traits, they’re going to be okay,” Neo told Business Insider. “[But] from what I’ve read, what I’ve heard, what I’ve seen and experienced so far, people with dark triad personality disorders cannot and will not change.”
Neo has worked mainly with women who have come out of abusive relationships with narcissists and even psychopaths. She usually works with them on their own while they are still with the abuser, or after they have been discarded .
Sometimes, though, a psychopath and their partner will go to counseling to try and fix their broken relationship. Neo says the only time a psychopath will agree to do this is if they can see how it will benefit them, and if they still have some use for their partner.
Even therapists can be fooled by them.
Psychopaths are often masters of manipulation, and by this point they have already managed to skew the whole relationship. They are very charming, and know how to tug at your heart strings, according to Neo. Unfortunately, even therapists can be fooled by them too.
“They orchestrate this show, put on a false self in front of the therapist, and they know how to push the buttons of their partner, so their partner looks extremely unstable in these situations,” she said. “The therapist may collude unknowingly with the dark triad person against the partner who really has been the one suffering.”
The psychopath may say that their partner is the “mad” one, gaslighting them into believing that it’s true.
“It’s very difficult for you to realize, because they can seem so stable and so rational,” Neo said.
Psychopaths don’t think there’s anything wrong with them.
It’s also difficult for therapists to know how to treat narcissists and psychopaths, because the research and knowledge on the topic is fairly limited. There are several tests to help diagnose psychopathy — such as the Hare Checklist — but these are far from perfect.
To further complicate matters, psychopathy is a wide-ranging personality disorder, and those who have it don’t tend to think there is anything wrong with them. Also, their traits can mimic many other problems, such as substance abuse, domestic abuse, or a gambling addiction, making them hard to identify.
“The psychopath or narcissist, anyone who is very abusive, they tend to be the master of smoke and mirrors,” Neo said. “It could look like something else — it could be the fact he has a difficult mother, so he drinks, and after he drinks he hurts me. Or he has a drug problem. Or he has this convoluted history of paranoia, because people are unfaithful to him and hurt him. So you’re always jumping from one thing to another.”
They could also be misdiagnosed as having a different personality disorder, because the therapist could pick up on something else. Depending on how cunning and manipulative the psychopath is, they may only show the therapist what they want them to see.
“I’ve met quite a few who learn symptoms and pretend to have them,” Neo added. “And a lot of therapies are about believing in a person’s ability to change their lives. If you build a relationship with somebody, you don’t want to believe they are bad. And if they have narcissistic personality disorder, or they’re a psychopath, they are a bad person. So there is this inherent conflict.”
A ‘cure’ might not be the answer.
With violent and criminal psychopaths, their lack of empathy and care for themselves means they have no guilt about what they’ve done and do not have any problems going to prison.
According to the work of Dr Kent Kiehl , a neuroscientist who has studied psychopaths for over 20 years, if you think going to therapy for a “cure” is the answer, you’re probably asking the wrong question.
In his book ” The Psychopath Whisperer ,” he outlines some treatment options for highly dangerous psychopaths. In these cases, they are already incarcerated, and so haven’t opted in for therapy, but are forced to go.
For example, at the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center in Wisconsin, high risk youths are taken in and treated with intensive programs to try to reduce the chance they’ll re-offend.
The treatments are based on positive reinforcement rather than punishment, such as being given a reward, like a video game in their cell for the weekend, if they respond positively.
“The treatment doesn’t necessarily cure individuals with psychopathy, but it helps provide insight on how to reduce impulsivity and/or poor decisions that contribute to relapse to crime or antisocial behavior,” Kiehl told Business Insider.
“This program reduces violent recidivism by over 50%, which is a huge decrease and evidence that scientific-based treatment can effect positive outcomes in individuals with these traits.”
According to Kiehl, though, 10 to 15% of kids still re-offended violently, so the psychological treatment isn’t always effective. After all, there is still a lot we don’t know about the psychopathic brain.
In fact, some forms of therapy can actually make psychopaths commit more crimes than if they had none at all, Kiehl writes in his book.
This means research into the brain patterns, upbringing, and behavior of psychopaths is needed to better understand the chance somebody will become a psychopathic abuser, criminal, rapist, or murderer.
MRI scans could also help to determine whether treatment is really working, by looking at whether the brain activity in areas that regulate emotions, impulses, and morality increases over time.
The most important thing is to help the victims.
Whether somebody becomes a psychopath or is born that way is still a grey area, so the way they are treated is going to be a work in progress for a long time.
Neo says that right now, the most important thing in her own work is to help the people who are the victims, and aid them with getting out of dangerous situations.
“When I see there is clearly abuse going on, regardless of whether it’s emotional, financial, or physical, I will call it out,” she said.
“I will say it’s not healthy behavior, and this is not how anybody should be treated. I won’t mince my words. It’s tough, though, because [nobody] wants to hear they are with a psychopath.”
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