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Why psychopaths and secret clans rule us all

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2016 has been an interesting year, to say the least. As the year is coming to a close, I thought it would worth thinking about possibly the most important even of the year; the election of Donald Trump to become President of the United States. Many people in the Western World have been appalled at how far Donald Trump has risen, considering his alleged traits of poor attention span, callousness, continual lying, shallow misogyny, racism, homophobia, incendiary militarism, etc. It's interesting to note that such traits are linked, in psychology circles, with sociopaths and psychopaths.

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The term ‘psychopath’ and ‘sociopath’ effectively mean the same thing; a person who has effectively no empathy or compassion for others. When many people think about psychopaths, they immediately think about serial killers. It is true that the two are closely linked. Psychopaths have such poor internal mental activity that they can only gain stimulus from intense external experiences. This need, combined with almost no compassion, gives rise to the serial killer behaviour, as the psychopath craves the intensity of a violent act and sees no reason not to carry it out. Read More...