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A Plague of Psychopaths ?

In the 1970s, Robert D. Hare developed a Psychopathy Checklist-Revised [1985 / 2003] (PCL-R),1 setting out the following character traits and behaviors:

glib and superficial charm denial
grandiosity parasitic lifestyle
need for stimulation sexual promiscuity
pathological lying early behavior problems
cunning and manipulating lack of realistic long-term goals
lack of remorse failure to accept responsibility for own actions
callousness many short-term marital relationships
poor behavioral controls juvenile delinquency
impulsiveness revocation of conditional release
irresponsibility criminal versatility

In the first century A.D., the Apostle Paul wrote: THIS know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be

lovers of their own selves false accusers
covetous incontinent
boasters fierce
proud despisers of those that are good
blasphemers traitors
disobedient to parents heady
unthankful highminded
unholy lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God
without natural affection having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof

from such turn away. (New Testament 2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Do we see the commonalities? Not only are we encountering more and more of these personality disorders in real persons, but within the business world, we seem to have created a surfeit of psychopathic faux-persons, as well:

The Pathology of Commerce

For the full documentary, entitled “The Corporation,” see: OR

Not every person (or faux-person) manifests all behaviors, but maybe it is time we began to see and name such behaviors for what they are. And to remember that psychopaths also manifest strongly as bullies and narcissists, (though not all bullies and narcissists are psychopaths).

The latter-day proliferation of psychopathic behaviors is causing incredible pain, suffering, loss, and waste, exacerbated by uninformed (and often overworked) court officials and church pastors. When will our courts and churches become venues for relief from the glib, superficial charm, grandiosity, pathological lying, cunning, and manipulation (etc., etc., etc.) of psychopathic bullies?