22 November 2015

Narcissists and Psychopaths

"Psychopaths are social predators, and like all predators, they are looking for feeding grounds. Wherever you get power, prestige and money, you will find them.

Psychopaths view any social exchange as a 'feeding opportunity,' a contest or a test of wills in which there can be only one winner. Their motives are to manipulate and take, ruthlessly and without remorse.

Many psychopaths describe the traditional treatment programmes as finishing schools where they hone their skills. Where they find out that there are lots of techniques they had not thought about before.

You'll find them in any organization where, by the nature of one's position, you have power and control over other people and the opportunity to get something.  There are certainly more people in the business world who would score high in the psychopathic dimension than in the general population.

People tend to think of psychopaths as criminals. In fact, the majority of psychopaths aren't criminal. Not all psychopaths are in prison - some are in the boardroom. I always said that if I wasn't studying psychopaths in prison, I'd do it at the stock exchange.

Psychopaths show a stunning lack of concern for the devastating effects their actions have on others. Often they are completely forthright about the matter, calmly stating that they have no sense of guilt, are not sorry for the pain and destruction they have caused, and that there is no reason for them to be concerned.”

Robert D. Hare
And this is why we need rules and regulations, and why theories about naturally free markets are a cruel trick perpetrated by the predatory class upon the gullible.  And like campaigns to deregulate, they will seek to use and manipulate those regulators and any new regulations for their own advantage.

Rules alone will not be sufficient.  The more complicated the rules, the more easily they are bent to the schemes of the swindlers and their lawyers.  They knock down the simple and efficient rules and set a labyrinth of complexities and exceptions for themselves to use.

And this may also be a handy guide for interpreting and understanding the next financial crisis or presidential election, whichever comes first.