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Psychopathic Boldness Tied to U.S. Presidential Success

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Initial post: Sep 10, 2012 5:26:19 PM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
"Certain psychopathic traits may be like a double-edged sword," says lead author Scott Lilienfeld, a psychologist at Emory University. "Fearless dominance, for example, may contribute to reckless criminality and violence, or to skillful leadership in the face of a crisis."

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 5:30:34 PM PDT
The Weasel says:
Wallstreet in general, and corporate CEOs are estimated to be 10% psychopaths -- they do very well there. This is the highest concentration along with politics I believe.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 5:30:45 PM PDT
Sounds like Romney might play in that sandbox...

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 5:33:48 PM PDT
Grim says:
I remember a scholarly article published a few years ago. It identified the psychopathology of business execs--the authors seemed to think that most successful business types were sociopaths with little to no sense of right and wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 5:34:45 PM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
Mitt's our man then?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 5:43:10 PM PDT
And Romney's lack of knowing right from wrong would explain his constant shifts in "closely held moral values"...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 5:44:51 PM PDT
If you want a sociopath, sure, Mitt's the man.

Ryan seems to exhibit more traits, though.

They both lie like rugs. Ryan seems to do it without even realizing it (3 hour marathons and all).

Romney is cold and calculating about his lies.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 5:57:30 PM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
Nice article --

"Theodore Roosevelt, for instance, ranked the highest for fearless dominance, but lower than average for self-centered impulsivity, suggesting that he was far from being psychopathic.

Lyndon Johnson, however, ranked relatively high for fearless dominance (15th) and was among the top-five scorers for self-centered impulsivity. "That's consistent with what we know about Johnson ...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 6:22:11 PM PDT
Wow your posts are getting really desperate electronics guy.
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