How to Spot a Psychopath

How to Spot a Psychopath

 

Richard Fidler’s “Conversations” program on ABC Radio National (Australia) today interviewed David Gillespie, author of a new book on how to spot a psychopath at work & at home. Unfortunately, the last five minutes of the program consisted of branding President Trump a psychopath, a disturbing and invalid characterisation. I made the following comment on the show’s Facebook Page:

 

 

“Excellent program let down by mischaracterisation of Donald Trump as a psychopath based on 2nd & 3rd hand, biased reporting & an absence of inclusion of numerous examples of behaviour completely inconsistent with psychopathy. Mainstream media has failed to report the numerous unheralded examples of great generosity displayed by Trump throughout his life. Research will reveal instances of Trump contacting people affected by serious misfortune & providing enormous help anonymously. Several instances have been revealed years later, despite Trump’s wishes to remain anonymous.
Secondly, he has loyal and diverse friendships with people from all walks of life, many whom have complained that the goodness they have witnessed from Trump does not interest the press & is ignored.
Thirdly, psychopaths rarely have successful, confident children, rather they control their kids mercilessly, demand loyalty without reciprocating & suffer inevitable rejection & abandonment by their adult children.
Fourthly, the comments suggesting Trump is a compulsive liar neglects to place this opinion in the proper context of the bottomless pit of lies told by his rival, Hillary Clinton, whose remorseless blame-shifting & dishonesty regarding her private email server, details of the Benghazi attack, destruction of mobile devices and so much more, is much more indicative of psychopathy. Her calling the parents of the murdered Benghazi defenders “liars” after she blamed the attack on an anti-Islamic video when she knew categorically that this was untrue, was one of the lowest & despicable actions of the entire campaign & was much more characteristic of a psychopath. Her laughing comments re winning a case for a rapist of a 13yr old girl were similarly despicable, as was her “we came, we saw, he died” laughter following Gaddafi’s unnecessary removal. Her actions related to arms sales to ISIS were totally reprehensible & her hypocrisy re the sale of 20% of U.S. Uranium to Russia & the acceptance of a $130 million donation to the Clinton Foundation for doing so, was astounding. Failure to mention her husband, psychopath & serial rapist, Bill Clinton, demonstrated the bias that infected the show today.
Lastly, regardless of experience, no diagnostic labels are valid in the absence of a clinician personally interviewing a patient, preferably face to face and supplementing the assessment with a thorough search for corroborative information & 3rd party interviews with relevant informants who have personal knowledge of the subjects life & behaviour. Armchair psychiatrists who provide the press with definitive diagnoses re Trump without such an examination may actually be in breach of their Code of Conduct and various U.S. State Medical Boards have indicated that such practitioners may face investigation and censure.”
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