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How to Spot a Psychopath

Posted in Cultural Marxism, ONLINE DEBATE, PSYCHIATRY, U.S. POLITICS with tags , , , on July 24, 2017 by drjgelb

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.”


Posted in WAR ON DRUGS with tags , , , , on June 14, 2013 by drjgelb

I was excited to receive a response to my letter re Krokodil and the failed policies of Prohibition from Jean-Paul Grund, Senior Research Associate @ CVO—Addiction Research Center, Utrecht. I was even more pleased to read that Prohibition appears to be slowlyy crumpling!

Dear Dr. Gelb,

Cannot agree with you more!

Is lack of compassion not a sign of another mental/brain desease – Anti social personality?

I just returned from the International Harm Reduction Conference in Vilnius. You sound like someone who would fit well in this mixture of esteemed researchers, activists, providers and policy makers.

Best regards,

Jean-Paul Grund

I responded as follows:

On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 2:19 AM, JEROME GELB wrote:

Dear Jean-Paul,

Thank you for responding. We have had in Australia, what I suspect is commonplace elsewhere, namely a progressive takeover of government by lawyers………now 85% of Parliamentarians!!

This ensures the breakdown by stealth of the separation of powers so essential for a healthy democracy & entrenches conservative, punitive Prohibitionist policies on a range of matters once considered “personal ” or “private” choices”.

It appears to be exactly as you suggest, the psychopaths have taken control!! The primary features all fit: disregard for the needs or rights of others & the inability for empathy!! Add shallow, fatuous, cold & the ability to mimic emotion for personal gain and Voila! Perfect lawyer/politician. All the lawyers I went to school with or knew at university used recreational drugs and/or alcohol & plenty still do. Who knows what goes on in politicians’ private lives??? Hypocrisy of breathtaking dimensions has been revealed by people like Julian Assange but casting an eye over the history of alcohol prohibition in the U.S. 1919-1932, shows that the Mafia made a profit of US$2 Billion (the dollar then was backed by gold and paper money could be converted to bullion. If you had done so, that 2 Billion would be worth $70million for each million $ at today’s gold price!!)
That money found its way to the pockets of politicians from Presidents to local councillors and to the Judiciary, Cops & Juries and it flowed for nearly 75yrs, buying favours, freedom & protection for vicious killers & thugs who preyed on the public & introduced all the illicits using the identical business model.

Will we ever learn from history? Einstein doubted we ever would!

And who am I to argue with Einstein!

Kind Regards,

Jerry Gelb

Finally I received this!

Dear Jerry,

Its a sad world we are living in. But, we are fighting back and the gathering in Vilnius that I just came from is a good crowd and an example that we can make a difference. Although the pendulum seems to be swinging in different directions at once (QM? ;), overall the system of prohibition is slowly crumbling. Check out some of the presentations on international drug policy that will be uploaded to the website of the conference/HRI (

Are you on Facebook?

Have a nice day,


Jean-Paul Grund, PhD
CVO – Addiction Research Center, Utrecht
Department of Addictology, 1st Faculty of Medicine, Prague

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