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Psychopathic Traits

Psychopathic Traits

Most of us will display one or more psychopathic traits. This does not mean that we are psychopaths. However, when a person displays half or more then there is a decent chance that the individual is extremely dangerous.

The twenty traits on the Hare Psychopathy checklist are:

  1. pathological lying     *                                        11. glib and superficial charm *
  2. grandiose sense of self    *                               12. need for stimulation *
  3. cunning and manipulative                                13. lack of remorse or guilt *
  4. shallow emotional response    *                   14. callousness and lack of empathy *
  5. parasitic lifestyle                                                  15.  poor behavioral controls *
  6. sexual promiscuity *                                      16. early behavior problems *
  7. lack of realistic long-term goals  *                 17. impulsivity *
  8. irresponsibility                                                     18. failure to accept responsibility *
  9. many short-term marital relationships      19. juvenile delinquency
  10. revocation of conditional release        20. criminal versatility

I have tagged (*) 13 of these traits. I have emphasized a few (7) of these traits in bold type. Does this remind you of anyone? There have been numerous cult leaders that possess a majority of these traits. Their followers were not bad people, just programmed to believe that their leader could do no wrong despite considerable evidence to the contrary. If you are aware of any leader that displays a majority of these traits I would encourage you not to drink the Kool Aid at the end.

Standards of living & Quality of life

Standards of living & Quality of life

The latest surveys show that the US has the 10th highest standard of living among all of the world’s countries. All the countries that rank higher on the list are European with the single exception of New Zealand. The standard of living is primarily a financial measurement showing the buying power of the average citizen.

A better measurement, in my view, is quality of life which takes into account standards of living factors and several others that determine life’s quality.

I apologize for the format as I could not get an effective copy & paste on this chart, but you get the idea:

RankCountryQuality of Life IndexPurchasing Power IndexSafety IndexHealth Care IndexCost of Living IndexProperty Price to Income RatioTraffic Commute Time IndexPollution IndexClimate Index
1Denmark196.47110.6975.2879.2283.887.5229.6020.7982.29
2Switzerland196.08127.7678.8273.23122.679.1129.1221.3179.24
3Finland195.06108.7877.2575.2772.187.8830.6211.5762.79
4Australia189.73118.0957.3076.8273.397.6835.6623.1594.20
5Iceland188.1292.0376.8565.6697.226.4119.4915.6568.81
6Austria187.8289.8876.7779.4672.1510.6425.4121.7880.36
7Netherlands186.4198.0471.4675.6375.227.5229.4227.3487.56
8Germany184.30111.9965.4073.5866.579.4230.3928.4282.80
9New Zealand183.0797.5959.1173.7173.018.5130.7223.4995.46
10Sweden180.52112.7552.7969.4170.119.6130.0417.4573.58
11Norway179.7898.0066.4974.36104.498.6127.2420.2971.37
12Estonia178.2776.7577.8368.4950.999.0725.4919.8864.28
13United States176.77119.1053.2769.2370.953.5432.6635.7476.75
14Japan176.4697.5784.0980.4885.5212.8338.6436.7885.26
15Spain173.5679.8168.9378.4254.749.4829.3039.1694.55
16Slovenia172.3268.2477.9963.7554.1710.6026.7023.2176.11
17Canada169.42105.0160.5271.2768.167.8833.6327.6655.79
18United Kingdom166.73100.4656.3674.8865.339.8234.7540.6387.71
19Croatia164.6957.2375.7765.6050.0512.6929.8829.0689.05

Our country ranks a bit lower on this scale at #13. What is perplexing to me is why we are not #1 when it comes to both measurements? Only two of the countries that rank ahead of the US have a per capita GDP that is higher. Norway at $71,590 and Switzerland at $61,360. The US stands at $59,495. The difference is simply on how income and wealth are redistributed. a

I’ve been programmed, how about you?

I’ve been programmed, how about you?

I am reminded of the lyrics from a song by one of my favorite musical groups, Pink Floyd. Another Brick in the Wall (part II) written by Roger Waters:

“We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.
………………………………….Wrong, Do it again!
If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you
have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”

My programming was gained initially through participation in a military family, parents that grew up in the South, exposure to a maternal grandfather that was a staunch racist, a paternal grandmother that was not and 10 years of Catholic school education complete with required catechism classes. My programming was further enhanced via two years of “public” high school and five years of social (and sometime academic) exposure at University. Programming continued through four years as an Air Force Officer, twenty years in senior management with several firms and finally a decade plus in the accommodation industry both in the US and in New Zealand. More recently my programming has been modified through participation with a variety of community volunteer groups.

In retrospect I question how much wisdom was gained despite the massive amount of information exposure that occurred? In my “formative” years “I liked Ike” and a bit later I wanted to “ask what I could do for my country”. During University I moved a bit further to the left in my thinking. While in the Air Force I reversed course moving back in the “right” direction. As a senior manager, then executive and accommodation entrepreneur I continued to proceed further to the right. During the last decade, via my volunteer participation, my views have moderated and moved back closer to the political center.

What I now realize is that most of my view has been “influenced” by both others and by the responsibility of the various money producing positions that I held. I wonder if I really have any views that are truly my own? I find that doing my own research on a variety of topics has been very satisfying. It has been extremely difficult to set my past programming aside and I find it an ongoing struggle. My key is to ask myself what is the basis of my current view. What is the source of my information? Is it backed up by other sources? Can I say for certain that I am in touch with the facts? How much of my view is based on a belief system? Am I just another brick in the wall?