Many words are used without knowing their meaning well.. Among them, the term “psychopathy” has increased in frequency.
Some time ago I pointed out that it entails, fundamentally, the absence of guilt and sorrow. A psychopath does not suffer from them like the generality of people. Hence the perplexity that certain individuals arouse by their actions and conduct. These acts have become more visible because they usually involve politicians, rulers and prominent personalities. They are characterized by a stinging absence of those feelings. Those guys seem to live on another planet. They make decisions, develop theories and drive trends that create harm and suffering, without being affected or even perceived. They do not notice the wounds or pain of others. Nor do they assume that they are the authors of something negative, because those “others” are equivalent to despicable insects that deserve or need to be marginalized. It is very difficult to convince them of such blindness. Perhaps the closest examples are the Nazis and, especially, the monstrous Nazi bosses who committed infinitely aberrational crimes. Even after the defeat they were able to rebuild their lives and enjoy pleasures, as if everything they had done had nothing to do with them. I insist: they are not to blame nor are they affected by sadness for the suffering of others.
It is easy to notice the rest of its characteristics. For example, they feel superioralthough reality belies it. Of course: they do not see that reality. They have a strong narcissism, in large part, a product of their history. They deal exclusively with their interests and goals, which they consider relevant, magnificent. They like to convince others of themselves, because they themselves are already sufficiently convinced. Narcissism surfaces in all circumstances, be they opinions, competitions, photographs, locations, important or small moments where they cannot help but stand out or settle in the most prominent place.
To these traits is added that they have no need to love or be loved. In the depths of their hearts coldness prevails, even if they pretend otherwise, with the purpose of being affectionate, deserving of a love that they only know by references. Even blood ties are often irrelevant. When they exist or seem strong, it is because these links are considered proof of the dependence that those beings or situations have with them. They are not equivalent. The son, for example, is a property. This relationship already has Biblical, Greek, Roman and Renaissance examples. I insist: it is not about love, but about property. Nor is friendship true or reliable for a psychopath. They do not hesitate to betray and even in an evident way. When reproached for such conduct, they are quick to point out the fault of others. They even invent justifications that turn their betrayal into a virtue. A psychopath never accepts stains.
They are highlighted by a powerful aggressiveness. They are authoritarian. They respond with that trait to any adverse pinch. This aggressiveness is inevitable and serves to make them fear. Sometimes they exhibit with acting talent the opposite, an affection that they do not feel. Because they end up generating fear, because that fear increases their power. They are tough thanks to the absence of guilt or pity. They insult, they offend. They even mock people or inner circles with clear contempt. They do it with greater force when they sense that in this way they will achieve greater revenue. In this field they do not recognize other limits than those related to their convenience. They don’t care about the damage they cause, but the effect they produce. The more they hurt, the more satisfaction strokes their ego. They don’t apologize, and if they do, it’s fake. They lie, to get another benefit related to their chest of narcissistic jewels. They are opportunistic.
Ethical laws are of little interest. They know them, but they don’t care. They are annoying weeds. They only have to respect them as long as they do not violate their ambition for power. But when they become a real obstacle, the psychopath looks for the means to bypass or modify them. They assume that nothing and no one is capable of blocking their way. It’s just about time and resources. For them it is a matter of looking for those resources and putting them into operation. No matter what is damaged, even the laws most respected by the rest of the citizens. The annoying weeds must be cut or sautéed or poisoned.
Their apparent whims are legitimate, because they are convinced that they are advancing in the right sense and nothing can be blamed on them. They are born from your unquestionable intuition or desire. They are not whims, but sublime impulses. They think that only imbeciles or envious people question.
His triumphs, even if they are partial, corroborate the certainty of his actions and strategies. They are inflamed by a feeling of omnipotence.
In general, they develop an undulating paranoia that they justify through proofs and proclamations. fanciful. They speak without caring about the truth, which they don’t even notice.
They need to increase their wealth and power insatiably. Both targets are stimulated reciprocally. The more one increases, the more the other is needed. The greed that drives their actions often seems incomprehensible, even though they have accumulated countless assets, because those assets serve to give them more power. Power, in turn, requires the lever of wealth. They never reach full satisfaction. Power and wealth are endlessly claimed.
These details are well described by Ricardo Moscone in his book Homeric theory of the psyche (2002). On the other hand, in my article on the absence of guilt and grief that characterizes psychopaths, I resorted to the canterbury tales. His author, the witty Geoffrey Chaucer, narrates in his work the story of the opulent king of Lydia, named Croesus. So great was his wealth that he had even aroused the admiration of the Emperor Cyrus. Not only was Croesus lucky enough to accumulate an enormous fortune, but he was able to save himself from burning to death in a fire thanks to an unforeseen rain. His narcissism attributed the miracle to Fortune (his favorite goddess of his). Then he came to believe himself invulnerable and increased not only his greed, but his spirit of revenge, even against imaginary enemies. Among his dreams, one very important one stood out: he was perched on a tree, which was none other than Jupiter who was in charge of washing his back and shoulders. The pleasure of such a bath was great. As if that wasn’t enough, Febo, with his infinite luminosity, reached out to him with a towel provided with soft suction. Happy, he asked his daughter to interpret all this for him, because it seemed to him like a dream that reproduced truths. The young woman, endowed with abundant insight, closed her eyes and announced, moved, that the tree was not Jupiter, but the gallows where he will be hung, the rain will wet her congested head and the sun will dry her corpse. Chaucer concludes with his direct prose: “Fortune always attacks the arrogant when they least expect it.”
Croesus was a psychopath like all the others that follow one another in the gallery of these characters. There is no authoritarian who escapes from this profile.
The psychopathy of authoritarians should be described insistently, so that it does not damage as much to society or infect it with its toxin.