Adolf Eichmann as compensated psychopath

I was searching the internet, using “[Name], psychopath, sociopath”, to see what the current thinking was on Anna Nicole Smith, George Armstrong Custer and Adolf Eichmann.  There was a certain amount of discussion for each of these individuals.  Not as much as there should be, as far as I’m concerned their status is hard, certain fact.  I am as certain of that as up being up and down being down.  I then found the paragraphs below regarding Adolf Eichmann.

The Compensated Psychopath

Excerpts from the book The Emptied Soul
By Adolf Guggenbühl-Craig.

Compensated psychopaths have played significant parts in society and in history. The more psychopathic compensated psychopaths are – in other words the more they have to compensate – the more sinister they are. All the Nazi functionaries who administered the concentration camps and supervised the destruction of thousands and thousands of human beings; all of Stalin’s subordinates who, during the time of the Soviet purges, directed the arrests and deaths of innumerable individuals; all of Mao’s minions who so efficiently effected the disappearance of large portions of the Chinese population -certainly all of these people were compensated psychopaths.

I am reminded of Adolf Eichmann (the German Nazi official who as head of the Gestapo’s Jewish section was chiefly responsible as the organizer of the “Final Solution”), a man who was relatively conscientious and dependable. Not a devilish moster, he was rather a classic example of a compensated psychopath whose conscientiousness was greater than that of most individuals. He loyally and admirably carried out the “duty,” of exterminating his fellow humans, but his very dedication to “duty,” expressing his own alienation in this world, vented so heinously his hate towards all human beings who were not like him. The commandant of a concentration camp wrote in his diary at the close of the war: “It is very sad that I can no longer fill my daily quotas in the gas chambers. I have neither enough staff nor enough supplies. Every night I go to bed with a nagging conscience, because I have been unable to do my duty.” We can see how conscientious this man was. A classic, compensated psychopath, he had a strong, rigid, “moral” system but not the slightest sense of eros. The morality which sought to replace the missing eros turned into a farce becoming a caricature.

Compensated psychopaths are probably the most reliable supporters of a dictatorial regime, the emphasis being upon “compensated.” A dictator would not function surrounded only with “pure” psychopaths -his regime would achieve nothing, eventually collapsing in utter chaos. A dictator’s subordinates have to be conscientious and obedient -in a word, compensated psychopaths.

http://www.friedgreentomatoes.org/articles/compensated_psychopath_guggenbuhl.php [bolding added – PW]

I could not agree more.  Actually, my opinions may very well have flowed from his, though I had forgotten this passage.  I last read his book many years ago when I was just forming my own views of the subject of sociopathy/psychopathy.  The Emptied Soul is one of the great books on sociopathy and doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

While I’ve not done a long study of Eichmann I have written:

The German WWII war machine, particularly the Holocaust machine, was essentially a sociopath selection device.  Hannah Arendt had it wrong,  Adolf Eichmann, sociopath, was not emblematic of the banality of evil but of the banality of the sociopath — Eichmann, who could count bodies as easily as cords of wood, who parroted noble sounding phrases he had no understanding of.

Proposal to UBS [which has it’s own sociopathic holocaust gold history]

WWII and the Holocaust should have educated the world to the presence and importance of sociopaths in the cause of evil and corruption (at least as “wind in the sails”).  Hannah Arendt had it totally wrong, totalitarianism was not about the banality of evil, but about the banality of sociopaths (e.g. Eichmann, who could stack bodies as casually as cords of wood).   I have no respect for her phrase.  I consider it to be exactly the kind of high-falutin’ empty-of-meaning stock phrase [if a brand new phrase can be stock] and cliche that she accused Eichmann of employing (which he did do as a sociopath in a vain attempt to give meaning to his life and actions).

“Why THEY are not US”

The term compensated psychopath is quite an interesting one.  If you ever meet someone who carefully orders the food on their plate and eats it in strict order (consistently) that person is almost certainly a compensated psychopath.  I’m not sure why Guggenbühl-Craig contrasts “compensated” psychopaths with “pure” ones.  I wouldn’t use that word, though I understand what he is saying.  If a person has no conscience, no empathy, no guilt, that is what is determinative of psychopathy.  Self control and skill at being hypocritical is simply so much layering on top.

“Why THEY are not US”

It seems this thinking and recognition of sociopaths is spreading.  Those who torture, who enable torture, who give orders of 360 degree field of fire, who rape and murder to frame others are not us.    Undergroundpanther:

And the reason we can’t get along in life with “them” is because they have no empathy, no morals.  All the sociopaths /authoritarians and narcissists, around us are dangerous to our mental health and in places of power they can ruin nations and the world.  THEY are who cause the wars, begin the corruption, cover up the truth and impede investigations into their wrongdoing.  They are the biggest problem facing non-toxic people in this world today.  . . .

The enemy is not in US.  It is in the sociopath/narcissist/authoritarian personality types.  These abusers will use our ethics against us, mimic us, charm us, play our emotions, use rhetoric or lies to gain our pity or trust just to get away with whatever they want to do or get.  . . .

The truth is not warm or fuzzy sometimes.  It goes against some people’s “inherent beliefs” like…  Not all people are “inherently good”, Nor do people “get what they deserve” and it’s a lie that “everyone can change”. Get rid of those silly solopsistic sentiments because it is doing alot to enable the systematic of killing of life on this world by sociopaths/psychopaths/authoritarian and narcissistic otherwise toxic personality types.  . . .

Be careful for whom your heart bleeds for, for some out there are vampires and will feed upon your bleeding soft heart until they kill you, and everything you loved.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×8640697 [Emphases added and edited for simple grammar corrections.]

From the comments:

Odin2005Corporate capitalism is sociopathy institutionalized as civil dogma

Absolutely, give corporations the freedom to be sociopathic with unlimited size and thus power, not only will actual sociopaths rise to the corporate top but a sociopathic world will be forced upon the rest of us.

hfojvt: I tend to agree with Solzhenitsyn “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them.   But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.   And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

Obviously I disagree.  All insane governmental system or war machines pull sociopaths to the fore — sane or insane, sociopaths will adapt effortlessly but they prefer insane which allow sociopathic satisfactions.  Solzhenitsyn was simply blind to this and there is no reason to listen to him here, in my opinion.

WWII and the Holocaust should have educated the world to the presence and importance of sociopaths in the cause of evil and corruption (at least as “wind in the sails”).  Hannah Arendt had it totally wrong, totalitarianism was not about the banality of evil, but about the banality of sociopaths (e.g. Eichmann, who could stack bodies as casually as cords of wood).   I have no respect for her phrase.  I consider it to be exactly the kind of high-falutin’ empty-of-meaning stock phrase and cliche that she accused Eichmann of employing (which he did do as a sociopath in a vain attempt to give meaning to his life and actions).

Finally, I just have to say that any student of sociopathy that doesn’t recognize Eichmann as a sociopath understands nothing about sociopathy — to the point where I wouldn’t even know how to communicate with such a student, since I don’t understand the thinking behind that error.

Blog matters

After a short hiatus I’m back in business.  Greetings, a belated Happy New Year and Happy Holidays.  There are a couple internal blog matters to cover.

Donations of any size are gratefully accepted.  If there are any deep pocketed individuals or organizations that would like to sponsor my work that would of course be great (this must be the eternal plaint of independent bloggers).  I currently simply don’t have the time to do more indepth studies.  At some point I’d like to do a study of Ronald Reagan concentrating on his autobiography, “Where’s the Rest of Me,” and his “I filmed Buchenwald” lie – was our president a sociopathic pathological liar (a pseudologue),  a longer piece on Adolf Eichmann’s sociopathy (as I see it) along with an attempt to understand Hannah Arendt’s error, a reading of Orwell’s Burmese Days as a blueprint for sociopathic murder by suicide, and I’d like to have the time to spend in the Paley Museum of Television and Radio tracking down documentaries of interest.  All this would take time which equates to money.

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