The psychopathy of politicians.

“Politics is almost as exciting as war and no less dangerous. In war we can die once; in politics, many times”.

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between 1940 and 1945.
A few years ago, a friend asked me to work on the issue of psychopathy in politics. An issue that insists today because the same symptoms persist, endorsed by a silent majority, ready to do anything, even kill to vindicate the leader.
Politicians, because of their passion for power, are usually psychopaths, a passion that leads them to use people not only for their own benefit but to have more power.
Of course not all politicians are psychopaths, although the vast majority are. It is not a disease, but it is contagious and there is no vaccine to stop its spread.
Similar to everyday psychopaths, they are very strong personalities, who never doubt themselves, know how to adapt to the environment and move freely. Moreover, many tend to reach the pinnacle of power and social recognition.
The psychopath is not mentally ill, but someone who has a way of being in the world characterized by an insatiable desire for power, protagonism or even killing to achieve their goals. They have their own codes and are equipped to settle any storm, generally caused by them.
Actually, the basic characteristic of the psychopath is that he is a liar who does not lie like anyone else and who lies not only with his word but with his whole body. He does it because he is a great actor who pretends to be sensitive above all to poverty, to the unfortunate state in which the poor are without anyone being able to do anything effective to get them out of poverty. Many believe the psychopath because he is very convincing but he is still a hypocrite.

The word Hypocrisy comes from the Latin “hypocrisis” and also from the Greek “hypokrisis” and its meaning alludes to “act or pretend”. In Greek it is a word composed of “hypo and crytes” which means mask and answer respectively.
In Greece, the hypocrites were theatrical actors who usually used a mask at the beginning of their show to go deeper into the role and make the moment more fanciful and thus entertain the public. Some time later, the term was also used for people who lived pretending to be someone else, very similar to the behavior of the psychopath.

A hypocritical individual is that type of person who does not want his true feelings or thoughts to be known and, in order to achieve this, hides his true intentions. It is true that there is also the person who acts with hypocrisy in certain types of situations that arise, either out of fear, shame or shame. On the other hand, there is the one who, to stand out, lies, very similar to the psychopath
Many people know that they lie, but they persist because as the psychopath is a leader who goes to the place of the Ideal and if he goes to that place, each one of those subjected has the desire to occupy the place of the ideal that the psychopath occupies.
In addition, if we observe or read about what happens to many of the subjugated, we can realize that they accept being a mere instrument because they assume that, if they had power, they would act in the same way.

Characteristics of the psychopath
The psychopath lacks empathy, which is the ability of any normal person to put themselves in another’s place. For a subject with this characteristic and even more so for a political leader, everything has to be at his service: people, and money: the so-called box, to buy wills. That is to say: use money as an element of pressure.
On the other hand, the psychopath only thinks about what is going to pay him more: give a plan, a position or subsidy. What he puts into play is that of “I give you, but you have to return it to me, going where I ask you”.
Essentially, the psychopath takes away people’s ability to choose. And free will is the best thing that was given to man. Writer Isaac Bashevis Siinger was very clear when he told an interviewer that free will is life’s “greatest gift,” a gift that itself makes life worth living.
Other flags used by politicians with psychopathic manipulations were those of the creation of the new man, which caught and still catches on among the youngest, the fight for the national project, the superior race, or the homeland.
In addition, the psychopath will always need to create an enemy, to firmly unite the followers.
On the other hand, the politician with psychopathic mechanisms needs crises. Why? To be recognized as the savior. In peace, it has no place. He can’t stand her. That is why societies led by politicians of these characteristics live from crisis to crisis.
Although Hitler was diagnosed, post mortem, as a psychopath, it is important to think about what happened to the German people who, for the most part, followed him. On the other hand, a system, like the one that worked in Nazi Germany, would not have been possible without the collaboration of the population, not only German, but European and, from what I have read, from other countries such as Argentina as well.

The writer Vicente Garrido, Professor at the University of Valencia, one of the highest authorities in Spain in the investigation and treatment of psychopathic personalities, published, among other books, “Face to face with the psychopath”. The subtitle of his book, referring to the psychopathy of politicians, was “A chameleon in today’s society”, in which he alluded to the ability of this animal to camouflage itself, to appear to be what it is not, adapting to the characters of the environment in which it moves to appear “to be the same as others” and, on the other hand, the subtitle also refers to the fact that the chameleon is a reptile, and as such it is characterized by its cold blood and its lack of emotions.
According to Garrido, being a psychopath does not mean being a murderer, a rapist, an abuser or a criminal. Those are a minority. Most are camouflaged in everyday life. It can be anyone, a father, a son, a businessman, an employee, a priest, a mobster or a politician.

In this last field, that of politics, there are many, since what characterizes the psychopath is power and greed.
Definitely, the psychopath can appear as “a normal person” with a series of traits such as the ability to camouflage, manipulate, deceive, discredit. Prepared to ignore the needs of others, they are capable of harming and mistreating without noticing anything.
Lying, cheating and manipulating are natural talents of the psychopath. When the deception is discovered they have no qualms, simply changing their story or twisting the facts to make them fit again.
Along with a cold and distant appearance they make displays of false emotion. They may talk as if they are having an emotion, but they are not actually experiencing it.

I want to conclude with this thought from Russian actor Boris Marshalov:
“Congress is so strange. A man starts talking and says nothing. No one listens to him. And then everyone disagrees.”
With this phrase from the philosopher and Nobel Prize for Literature (1950). Bertrand Russell:
“How nice it would be a world where no one was allowed to trade on the stock market unless they had passed an exam in Greek economics, and where politicians were required to have a solid grasp of history and the modern novel.” .
And, again, with this thought from Georg C. Lichtenberg, German scientist and writer:
“When those who command lose their shame, those who obey lose their respect.”>>

Susan Grimberg. Psychoanalyst, writer, essayist and columnist.

The psychopathy of politicians. – Jewish Journal Mexico