by Claire Bernish
August 26, 2016
In the insanity otherwise known as
the 2016 presidential race, it has
become common practice to label either Donald Trump or
Hillary Clinton with various
deviant psychiatric personality disorders.
In fact, given the latter's brash and
often conflicting rhetoric and the former's proclivity for blatant
mendacity, questions linger about whether the two candidates are
sane enough to hold office at all.
Trump has earned comparisons to Hitler on a near weekly basis, and
Hillary's Mussolini likeness hasn't gone unnoticed.
But are these assessments accurate?
Now, thanks to an Oxford University study, we have an answer - to an
extent, many of us weren't off the mark.
Oxford University psychologist Kevin Dutton explored eight
qualities of psychopathy as defined
in psychological literature for the latest issue of Scientific
American Mind (Of
Psychopaths and Presidential Candidates), and found they
are indeed common among politicians, in general.
Employing the standard tool for assessing psychopathic traits, the
Psychopathic Personality Inventory (PPI-R),
and Ted Cruz,
...to 16 historical leaders (far below
As Dutton noted, though no exact score can determine who is or is
not a psychopath, the scores provide insight into those traits -
which, depending on their lack or excess, can be beneficial or
"The PPI-R does not say that someone
is or is not a psychopath," Dutton explained.
"It scores them on eight traits that
contribute to a psychopathic character. Some of those traits,
such as fearlessness and stress immunity, can be
Others, such as blame
externalization or being unconcerned about the future,
are more likely to be negative. One, coldheartedness, can
contribute to good and bad leadership," depending on
"Both great and terrible leaders score higher than the general
population for psychopathic traits," he continued, "but it is
the mix of those traits that determines success."
According to Mind:
"The first three traits,
social influence (SI)
stress immunity (STI),
...known collectively as the
Fearless Dominance traits - tend to be strong in successful
The next four qualities,
collectively called Self-Centered Impulsivity, can be
Blame Externalization (BE)
Carefree Nonplanfulness (CN)
The eighth trait is Coldheartedness
(C), which can be helpful in making tough decisions such as
sending a nation's youth to war but is dangerous in excess."
Keeping that last point in mind,
Trump, Clinton, and Cruz all scored in the upper
quintile - the top 20 percent - in not only the general
Self-Centered Impulsivity category, but in the more telling
Indeed, Trump scored in the top 20 percent across the board -
landing him above both his frequent comparison, Adolf Hitler,
but fairly less psychopathic than Saddam Hussein - and a
higher tally in "negative" psychopathic traits than the other
However, perhaps surprising to many, he
topped the other three candidates in Fearless Dominance,
associated with "successful presidencies."
Clinton landed in a psychopathic similarity to Napoleon Bonaparte
and Emperor Nero, with a Coldheartedness score on par with William
the Conqueror and well above both Winston Churchill and Margaret
"Allowing for gender differences in
percentile cutoffs," Denton wrote, "her score was more on par
Indeed, Clinton scored highest in the
Self-Centered Impulsivity, and highest there in Machiavellian
Egocentricity - indicating a lack of
empathy and detachment, which
for better or worse, would fuel her desire to achieve personal
Certain psychopathic traits, in the right proportions, make for
successful leader, Dutton notes, so scores cannot be taken in
themselves as an indication a leader would go off the rails.
But what proportion of each quality can
offer insight into each candidate's personality in relation to their
ability to lead successfully.
"It is interesting that these scores
reflect both the praise and criticism that Trump and Clinton
receive," Dutton explained, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"In the end, while both score relatively high, it will be up to
voters to decide if whether their mix of positive and negative
traits should send them to the Oval Office or the psychiatrist's
Overall, Dutton said,
"while no one likes a heartless
liar, the fact is that none of these traits in and of themselves
presents a serious challenge to mental health. Instead what
distinguishes the cold-blooded murderer from a psychopathic
president is a question of context and degree."
Doubtless, that won't be much comfort to
voters already disturbed by the fact we have a presidential race
that tacitly necessitated a test of the candidates' psychopathy...
By Anna Miller
August 26, 2016
Research has proven that primary psychopaths have a
The almond shaped amygdala is where
a human's conscience is located. It is very difficult for
the average person to understand that genetic psychopaths CAN
NOT FEEL EMOTION.
They mimic what they consider to be
normal. Hollywood often portrays a serial killer as a
psychopath, but the truth is a professional psychopath enjoys
murdering large swaths of people.
1-4% of the human populace is
There is ongoing research to isolate
the psychopathic gene, but these labs are underfunded.
The ban against splicing human DNA
and animal DNA has been lifted in the U.S. There is ongoing
transhumanism, yet research for
a major source of historical suffering is largely ignored. (I
Secondary psychopaths are the result
of prolonged severe abuse/neglect and are not genetic-based. Our
known, recorded human history is littered with the destruction
caused by psychopaths.
Psychopaths are drawn to occupations
which give them,
The corporate world, military,
banking & finance, are obvious fields that attracts them, but
religion, law, journalism & science also attracts psychopaths.
They "get off" on power over others.
They often climb to the top because they are ruthless and
cunning. An intelligent psychopath is dangerous.
It appears as if our world is under
the control of psychopaths...