Psychopathological profile of a corrupt (political)

The goal of psychological profiles is to identify certain traits that make up a certain personality. In addition to describing the identifying characteristics of the person studied in terms of cognition, affectivity and behavior (three basic components of the psyche), the information obtained in a psychological profile is highly predictive of attributes as disparate as potential aptitude for certain jobs or estimate social dangerousness of the evaluated individual.

To describe the profile of a corrupt person, it is previously necessary to define the corruption. In the field of politics Corruption consists of a misuse of the power consubstantial to a public office with the intention of obtaining personal benefits. Regrettably, corrupt practices are a habitual procedure and carried out shamelessly by both low-class characters with irrelevant responsibilities, as well as by extremely high positions whose dishonesty has caused citizens to consider politicians as one of the main problems of society, according to opinion polls.

How is a corrupt? What happens in his mind?

A mentally balanced individual finds it difficult to understand why someone who in practice has power, status and a wealthy financial solvency, commits more crimes the more he has and does it based on some impulses opposed to ethics that they hypocritically hoist as their reference when making decisions inherent to their public office.

From a psychopathological perspective, the corrupt person is an individual with a low level of empathy that systematically ignores the ‘other‘ and dispense with the ethical, moral and civic values ​​necessary to guarantee equity in coexistence.

The modus operandi of the corrupt responds to drives aimed at satisfying their egobased on impulses that they only control if they consider that the danger of sanctions or retaliation is high.

Psychopathologically, the corrupt can be classified into two well-defined groups: the corrupt narcissist and the corrupt antisocial

The corrupt acts as if invulnerable, and he does it based on a mental representation that makes him believe that his misdeeds always go unnoticed and will never be judged or condemned. as more inviolable they feel the greater their audacity, the more they brag brazenly about their punishable practices, and the more they cling to their public positions – even when they are charged – denying the crimes attributed to them no matter how clear the evidence.

Psychopathologically, the corrupt can be classified into two well-defined groups: the corrupt narcissist (they are convinced that they are superior, need to be admired and lack empathy to connect emotionally with others), and the corrupt antisocial (they feel the need to show superiority, are manipulative, systematically violate the rights of the other and are prone to criminal acts).

Is the corrupt a psychopath?

Psychopaths are individuals characterized by depraved morals, poor control of impulses and emotions, a lack of adaptation to ethical and social norms, a insolent tendency to planned violence, a remarkable intelligence and ability to lie and convince, all associated with his innate lack of emotions, anxiety and therefore fear. A psychopath is comparable to a very expensive sports car with very high power but with defective brakes.

There are many corrupt people who seem numb to emotions and who, thanks to their great intelligence, manage to simulate an integrity that they do not possess at all.

Sometimes I have been asked if the corrupt are also psychopaths, and I have always answered that, from the outset, they do not have to be, although, yes, the probability that corruption and being a psychopath go hand in hand is infinitely greater that if we look for this correlation in a group of honest, empathic people with a bombproof social conscience.

There are many corrupt people who seem numb to emotions and who, thanks to their great intelligence, manage to simulate an integrity that they do not possess at all.

An anecdote as a final point.

Although I have decided not to include names or surnames in this article, I would like to record a television interview conducted in 2012 on the program saved to an elderly and still respected -at that time- autonomic politician. It was revealing and relevant, at least for the purpose of these reflections, that two years after that endearing talk in which the politician spent almost an hour kindly responding to everything and giving ethics and honesty lessonsthe journalist, after some less than honorable facts were made public, acknowledged having been deceived during the interview by blindly believing what was catechized with charisma of honesty by someone who – now it is known, at least presumably – was a fraudster, corrupt and something like that As the hood from a criminal family.

Anyways, that’s what it is.

Psychopathological profile of a corrupt (political)