First — it is now possible to objectively/scientifically recognize psychopaths (which will, I’m convinced, support Martha Stout’s sited estimate of 4% or 1 in 25 being a psychopath, ((K. Barry et al. (1997), R. Bland, S. Newman, H. Orn (1988), J. Samuels et al. (1994)), and my anecdotal agreement (from recognizing psychopaths waiting for the subway, at street corners, in the workplace, etc.). Second — their unhappy response to this, i.e., their machinations to seize power over the rest of us – political, economic, and through the surveillance built into the internet of things of great utility and convenience. Surveillance that can close like a vise on any chosen target. We carry our own handcuffs with us.
“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” – George Orwell. The Fabian, George Orwell, was a psychopath writing how-to books, as was Aldous Huxley also. H.G. Wells of The Time Machine with the Eloi and Morlocks was also a Fabian and a psychopath. The books seem to understand our plight from our own standpoint but only because psychopaths have something called “cold empathy.” They know exactly how their targets will experience their attacks, it helps them ‘twist the stiletto’.
See the two prior posts (A hearsay tale involving Andrew Cuomo, and Commenter: “To borrow your own phrase, this nonsense has got to stop, one cannot recognize psychopaths by sight” — but, but, what if you are actually doing so without knowing it? (Mark Zuckerberg, in this case)).
Think what 1 in 25 being psychopaths mean. It means that for every group of 25 that you’ve ever known, there was probably one psychopath. It means we all walk shoulder to shoulder everyday with psychopathic beings who have zero fellow human feelings, emotionless, guiltless beings who see our emotional responses as weakness and know how to use them against us.
So why don’t we all know this? I see two reasons. First, as psychopaths always say (and I’ve heard them say this personally),we all believe what we want to believe. Nobody wants to recognize Dad as a psychopath or Mom, bro or sis. They just have issues and will put their lives together very soon, any day now. Second, we should ask The New Yorker why they published the Psychopathic Whisperer, oopsie, my bad, the Psychopath Whisperer, Kent Kiehl’s drivel of psychopaths being so rare most people will never know any. Who and what is The New Yorker?