Hey Donald, you gonna let Mika call you mentally ill? Call Plouffe’s bluff. Challenge MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Clinton’s future Treasury Secretary ex-Goldman Sachs’ Gary Gensler to the Path Whisperer Dead Child/Dust Bunny Psychopathy Test

Hint, they won’t accept the challenge.

Mika Brzezinsky calling Donald Trump mentally ill:  http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-mental-health-mika-brzezinski-227492.

David Plouffe on Trump:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/david-plouffe-trump-psychopath_us_57c30ba9e4b04193420f9a29.

The dead child/dust bunny test.  Non-psychopaths’ brains would respond differently to the following two images.  No differentiation would indicate the lack of even a biological possibility of empathy, namely psychopathy (https://pathwhisperer.info/2015/09/18/test-all-presidential-candidates/).


Joe Scarborough

Anyone ever see one of the Morning Joe shows where he’s totally out of control?  Notice anything worth sharing?  Anyone see (better yet know where to find) the clip of the Joe and Dylan Ratigan greeting?  Not merely hugging, they are practically climbing over each other.  Arrested development much?  The last time you and I did that we were probably 5 or 6.  Then, of course, there’s always the never cleared up Lori Klausutis story (https://duckduckgo.com/?q=scarborogh+klausutis+&t=h_&ia=web).

Gary Gensler


Obvious at a glance.  For examples of his arrogance, thinking patterns and behavior, please see the following.  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-17/hillary-clinton-grooming-former-goldman-banker-become-americas-next-treasury-secreta.  More from Zerohedge:  https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Azerohedge.com+gensler&t=h_&ia=web.  From Max Keiser:  http://www.maxkeiser.com/tag/gary-gensler/.

Our false economy is essentially a psychopaths-gone-wild economy.  Psychopathic banker parasites are killing the host economy.  In nature, parasites learn (evolve, actually) to not kill the host.  Psychopaths can’t learn (refuse, actually, so enamored with their own superiority).  (If interested further, https://pathwhisperer.info/2012/01/04/psychopaths-caused-the-financial-crisis-and-they-will-do-it-again-and-again-unless-they-are-removed-from-power/, https://pathwhisperer.info/2008/09/24/commonalities-between-wall-street-speculators-andor-fed-bankers-and-sociopaths/, https://pathwhisperer.info/2008/10/11/welcome-to-our-sociopaths-gone-wild-economy/.)

Comments on NYCGA (Occupy Wall Street) meeting on Psychopathy in Banking/Finance

My post at http://www.nycga.net/groups/alternative-banking/forum/topic/minutes-from-sunday-march-11-2012-subgroup-topic-psychopathy-in-bankingfinance/:

I totally agree that the “Wall Street financial services sector attracts psychopaths” far beyond the norm in the general population. I have worked, at least a year, for some seven investment banks over the last 25 years, including 11 years at UBS, so I claim to speak with personal knowledge. Deceitful ruthless cutthroats rise to the top.

Part of this is due to corporations having the freedom to act sociopathically (as someone else pointed out, they can be sued if they don’t). Sociopaths naturally will rise to the top — they have no ‘friction’ or ‘drag’ from consciences holding them back from going for the greatest profit. And part is due to the nature of capitalism itself and the profit drive.

My suggestion is simply to keep corporations relatively small, so sociopathic or not, the damage they can inflict is limited. Taking an example from nature, infants do indeed get murderously angry, but being small it doesn’t matter (unless they grow up with unmollified, unresolved infantile rage). As an added bonus, smallish corporations couldn’t overpower democracy.

There were suggestions that Wall St. employees be given psychological tests for sociopathy. I don’t think that is necessary (or would be effective, see below). I don’t mean to be flip, but we don’t want millions of sociopaths on welfare. There is nothing rare about sociopathy.

Just as sociopaths very often make rule abiding prison inmates they can also be rule abiding investment professionals. The rules just have to be very clear and punishment sure and swift. Unfortunately the financial services sector has been set up by and for sociopaths. So we have a problem.

Regarding tests, I don’t believe there is a psychological test in the world that advanced sociopaths wouldn’t simply laugh at. However, research has shown that there are now detectable brain structure differences in sociopaths. All regulators need to be tested for and filtered out by these structures. (See links at bottom.)

These advanced sociopaths are called SAPs — socially adept psychopaths, who can be unbelievably skillful at both manipulation and avoiding detection.

In terms of unionization, it’d be great if it could work. Though to my experience Wall St. support staff are incredibly loyal to and proud to work for Wall St. Of course the loyalty is only in one direction. I was at Drexel at the end, I recall a meeting to explain the firm’s demise and many of my co-workers went (I was freelance so I couldn’t go), seeking to find out what had happened to their livelihoods — only to be told the meeting was for professionals only. The support staff were clearly only ‘so many truck o’ dog’ to the bankers.

“Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes” is one of the great books of history. It is a scientific study of the development of pathocracies (governments under the control of evil individuals and movements).

Selections and commentary on “Political Ponerology”: http://www.cassiopaea.org/cass/political_ponerology_lobaczewski.htm, http://www.sott.net/articles/show/159686-In-Memoriam-Andrzej-M-obaczewski . To purchase the book: http://www.ponerology.com/ .

It is discussed further here:


If interested here are some links to my own blog:


On SAPs:


On sociopathic brain structures:



Wall St./General:



“Psychopaths Caused the Financial Crisis … And They Will Do It Again and Again Unless They Are Removed From Power”

Ha!!  The truth spreads like a virus!  This post will be “borrowed” from http://www.washingtonsblog.com/.  And you thought I was the only one.  ‘That PW, such an unhealthy fascination with psychopaths.’  ‘Sad really, just sad.’ ‘Indubitably, indubitably.’  I hear your whisperings, I see you looking askance at me when you think I’m not looking.  And you even call me paranoid — gasp!!  . . . But, enough about me . . . read on:

All the following quotes (and the post title) are from http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/01/psychopaths-caused-the-financial-crisis-and-they-will-do-it-again-and-again-unless-they-are-removed-from-power.html#comment-27721 [green highlighting added].

Psychopaths Caused the Financial Crisis

The “corporate psychopaths” at the helm of our financial institutions are to blame [for the financial crisis].

Clive R. Boddy, most recently a professor at the Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University, says psychopaths are the 1 percent of “people who, perhaps due to physical factors to do with abnormal brain connectivity and chemistry” lack a “conscience, have few emotions and display an inability to have any feelings, sympathy or empathy for other people.”

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How do people with such obvious personality flaws make it to the top of seemingly successful corporations? Boddy says psychopaths take advantage of the “relative chaotic nature of the modern corporation,” including “rapid change, constant renewal” and high turnover of “key personnel.” Such circumstances allow them to ascend through a combination of “charm” and “charisma,” which makes “their behaviour invisible” and “makes them appear normal and even to be ideal leaders

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Then, according to Boddy’s “Corporate Psychopaths Theory of the Global Financial Crisis,” these men were “able to influence the moral climate of the whole organization” to wield “considerable power.”

Psychopaths Have Different Brain Chemistry from the Rest of Us

In October, we observed:

I noted last year:

Vanderbilt researchers have found that the brains of psychopaths have a dopamine abnormality which creates a drive for rewards at any cost, and causes them to ignore risks.

As PhysOrg writes:

Abnormalities in how the nucleus accumbens, highlighted here, processes dopamine have been found in individuals with psychopathic traits and may be linked to violent, criminal behavior. Credit: Gregory R.Samanez-Larkin and Joshua W. Buckholtz

The brains of psychopaths appear to be wired to keep seeking a reward at any cost, new research from Vanderbilt University finds. The research uncovers the role of the brain’s reward system in psychopathy and opens a new area of study for understanding what drives these individuals.

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Has anyone tested the heads of the too big to fails for this dopamine abnormality?

What are the odds that they have it? And if they have it, what are the odds that they will voluntarily start acting responsibly, especially given the broken incentive system?

Experts also tell us that many politicians also share traits with serial killers. Specifically, the Los Angeles Times noted in 2009:

Using his law enforcement experience and data drawn from the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit, Jim Kouri has collected a series of personality traits common to a couple of professions.

Kouri, who’s a vice president of the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police, has assembled traits such as superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse and manipulation of others.

These traits, Kouri points out in his analysis, are common to psychopathic serial killers.

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Unless We Remove the Psychopaths from Power, They Will Cause More and More Destruction

The inmates are still running the asylum.

Anyone who knows Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein or the other Wall Street “leaders” can tell you that they haven’t changed a bit since 2008. They are not repentent for their role in the financial crisis. They don’t feel bad that the taxpayers have had to bail them out again and again …

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I noted in October:

As former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson notes, the American finance industry has effectively captured our government in a “quiet coup”, a state of affairs that is at the center of many emerging-market crises, and that recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform.


The U.S. has become a kleptocracy, an oligarchy, a banana republic, a socialist or fascist state … which acts without the consent of the governed. There is a malignant symbiotic relationship between the governmental leaders and their cronies, which makes a handful rich at the public trough[.]

From having worked at UBS, PaineWebber, Union Bank of Switzerland (an earlier iteration), Lehman Brothers, Salomon Brothers, Drexel, EF Hutton, I couldn’t agree more.

Let me add that the claim that they brought about this economic collapse/disaster purposely is pure bs — a standard psychopathic canard.  They do this for three mutually supporting reasons:  1) they hate to lose, 2) if they can define a loss as a win it actually becomes a win — here’s their distorted cause and effect reality, their strange view of words, and much else, and 3) they wish to demoralize/undercut/confuse the opposition to prevent effective countermeasures.

Welcome to our sociopaths-gone-wild economy

It’s all a question of confidence, don’t cha know? There is no reality, it’s all perception management! Bring out the Plunge Protection Team. The PPT can juggle an infinite number of balls in the air for an infinite amount of time — and never drop a one. Perpetual motion machines work so well — how about a serial bubble economy? Pay the piper? — ha, ha that’s for the little people. Parties never end! Create more debt through derivatives than the amount of monetary value existing in the world? — Brilliant! Hey, why don’t we call that debt, wealth? Capitalism can be risk free! Spread the risk through mortgage backed securities and derivatives — uh, the engine of capitalism is the balancing of risk and reward on an individual level. Conmen do best when unregulated!

Commonalities between Wall Street speculators and/or Fed bankers and sociopaths

Inability to recognize predictable outcomes.

Belief that the party will never end.

Belief that facts don’t matter, only perception. (This is particularly true for pseudologues — simultaneously pathological liars and sociopaths.)

Overweening arrogance.

Inability to self-regulate or restrain the self.

Strange use of words. “We need oversight” when the very structure presented allows no oversight whatsoever by design. Sociopaths seem to think that words have a tangible realty in and of themselves, as opposed to having meaning only and as far they do in fact represent reality. But I forget, it’s perception that matters.

180 degree lying: “public service,” “taxpayers’ interests come first,” calling uncollectible debt assets, etc.

All that said, I’m not inclined to consider either Paulson or Bernanke to be actual sociopaths, at this point. Except for the arrogance and contempt I don’t see what I look for in attempting to ascertain sociopaths. Of course, both of them are polished public performers, so they are well masked. However, also, their lying just isn’t that smooth — think of burglars who convince law enforcement personnel to hold the ladder.  . . . Hmm . . . Or think of Charles Ponzi whose own victims asked for his release from jail to continue his magic. I do think of Bernanke and Paulson as conmen, but while all sociopaths are conmen, not all conmen are sociopaths.  I’m not dogmatic about this however, these two (or one of them) may very well be sociopaths.

Charles Ponzi, of course, reminds us of the long history of sociopaths in economic flim flammery. I have no doubt that this fiscal crisis is the direct result of not restraining sociopathic bankers. In prisons, sociopaths are often model prisoners because proper behaviors are clearly delineated and punishments for crossing same swift. The same needs to be true for investment banks, stockbrokers and investment bankers. If corporations are given the freedom to act sociopathically, sociopaths will climb to the top and/or corrupt individuals will follow the sociopathic example.

Further, it’s hard to imagine anyone else who would believe a serial bubble economy would be viable. All sociopaths are cause and effect disordered. This childish sense of cause and effect cause sociopathic inventors to invent and reinvent, over the ages, perpetual motion machines. A let’s-inflate-bubbles economy is the economic equivalent of perpetual motion. If the perpetrators and looters come across as “learned worthies,” all the better for their purposes.

I don’t believe the Paulson bailout plan is actually intended as a bailout plan, at all — it is merely a swindle to take care of themselves and their cohorts before worse happens (one last chance for the looters to have a go at it). In solitary investment bank bankruptcies you see this all the time, management will reward themselves great bonuses knowing that the house is going down and that ordinary employees will lose their jobs and much of their 401Ks.

I was at Drexel when it went bankrupt. Shortly before the denouement, the directors called a meeting to discuss what was happening. Many of the support staff showed up, after all their lives and livelihoods were being severely impacted. Also, to my experience, most of the foot soldiers of Wall Street are very proud to be working for Wall Street and Fortune 500 firms. Once seated, a chosen secretary informed the assembled group that it was for banker professionals only. Even in a lifeboat, the Drexel bankers would allow no thought of equality or that anyone else could matter.