Thursday, December 14, 2006

Bush as Anti-Social Personality Type

Huffington Post
--I gotta hand it to some of the regulars at Huffpo, they are a bright bunch (excluding the trolls). "Snowball" just made this observation on Bush, and it does seem to fit:

List of Antisocial Personality Disorder Traits: Sense of entitlement; Unremorseful; Apathetic to others; Unconscionable behavior; Blameful of others; Manipulative and conning; Affectively cold; Disparate understanding; Socially irresponsible; Disregardful of obligations; Nonconforming to norms; Irresponsible.

[W]hereas the DSM-IV "clinical" features of Antisocial Personality Disorder (with a person having at least three of these characteristics) are:
Clinical Symptoms for an Antisocial Personality Disorder Diagnosis[:]
1. Failure to conform to social norms [.]
2. Deceitfulness, manipulativeness [.]
3. Impulsivity, failure to plan ahead [.]
4. Irritability, aggressiveness.
5. Reckless disregard for the safety of self or others.
6. Consistent irresponsibility.
7. Lack of remorse after having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another person.

That about sums up the Chimperor.
By: Snowball on December 14, 2006 at 03:23pm
I would say that George W. Bush is a border-line of this type, while someone like Stalin or Hitler would be on the highest-end of the scale. But, this could describe most statesmen. It's a chilling-reality, but these traits are both why they are able to reach such heights in our political system, while conversely wrecking it.


  1. have you seen 'the corporation?' that film uses a similar personality analysis of the modern business corporation.

    also, saw apocalypto. i thought it was quite entertaining but don't share your assesment of it as a 'masterwork' - frankly, i think the more philosophical aspects of the movie were less emphasized than the general action/adventure/gore/visual stimuli.

  2. I've seen some of the Corporation, and agree with the argument. The most-important part I noticed was how corporations were founded on-the-backs of slaves! Even in the conception of the corporation.

    Apocalypto: You're entitled to your opinions, but I think they're colored by Gibson's tirade. The chase-aspect I thought was appropriate, and a good analogy with the insurrections in Iraq. As for the gore and the visual-side--you realize that Maya culture is incredibly visual? Time will tell if it's a classic, but I believe it will have a very lasting-impact as a motion picture. I thought the thematic-side was everywhere in the film. A Scanner Darkly drops on DVD next-week, incidentally. I'm there, one of Philip K. Dick's kids will be on the commentary, along with Sci-Fi author Johnathan Lethem.

  3. Apocalypto review's a little further-down the page. ;0)You're missing the point of the phrase "masterwork"--it means technical-achievement. Hitchcock's
    movies are entertaining--and incredible technical-achievements, like 'Psycho" or even "vertigo" which is practically high-art. My last-word on the subject, I'm done. I feel better now. ;0)Hey, at least you had the intellectual honesty to go see it.