Being a Politician is a Mental Disorder

in psychology •  11 months ago

It's time for us to direct some compassionate attention to those afflicted by Authoritarian Personality Disorder. There are plenty of opposite disorders of the disobedient kind for which there are over-prescribed drugs to sedate people into submission, but for the authoritarians, much less practical attention is paid and we all suffer as a result.

Authoritarian Personality Disorder is described in several texts with varying definitions, but here I'll use this working definition: A personality disorder characterized by an unhealthy desire to control others manifest in destructive ways such as seeking political power or other positions which hold arbitrary power over others. While it is tempting to think of politicians, we must also be wary of their sponsors in the banking class, as well as their enforcers in the police and military. However, thanks to the broader authoritarian culture, many authoritarian types are able to seek positions of control in the private sector and in their personal lives.

A human being raised in a healthy, loving environment will seek healthy and loving relationships. Even someone raised in an authoritarian environment will be capable of developing healthy relationship skills unless otherwise affected. The truly disordered cases are motivated by deeper seated insecurity caused by childhood trauma or abuse. When those experiences are properly processed, they do not manifest as controlling behaviors. When one is provided with the authoritarian environment and the adverse childhood experiences, the victim is only able to manifest their insecurities with learned behaviors of control.

The first step is admitting that we have a problem, both as the power-hungry individuals and the rest of us who enable them. This will allow us to isolate the problems and separate them from their most obedient enablers. Once we "throw the bums out," we must remember not to replace them, which sounds easier than it is. As for the Authoritarians who are serious about seeking treatment, I would guess that some form of immersive psychedelic therapy in the jungle far removed from society would be something I could get behind.

While it's tempting to write off these people as simply "assholes," understanding what makes them assholes makes it much easier to do something about it. These are not people who need scorn or derision, and certainly not government office, but rather people who need empathy and treatment.

One theory about Authoritarian Personality Disorder holds that one of its causes and/or stimulants is submissiveness or gullibility in others. While some experts believe that the disorder can manifest without victim stimuli, some say that victim stimuli brings it out, while others suggest that it is the root cause. Regardless, the best way to prevent Authoritarian Personality Disorder from affecting you and your loved ones is to remain assertive and skeptical of all who would try to subvert your will to their own.

(Since I was in Iraq, I realized that my background in psychology gave me a unique way of understanding human behavior in the political context. If you enjoyed this post, please let me know and if there are any other topics you'd like me to address this way in the comments. Are there any individuals that this post brings to mind? What do you think made them the way they are?)

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That could be the case with the majority of them. But the leaders - the ones who really understand the whole narrative (cuz its just a block of imaginery stories mixed up in a really convincing way) are quite aware of everything thats happening. The mental disorder and the phychological problems can be understood as the fuel for the pawns-low ranking politicians, the fuel that drives the big ones is simply logic. Logical decisions as to what is necessary for the survival of the selected ones over the rest. Thats the thing that most people dont get:

In the end of the day it all comes down to who will survive or not. Ideologies, ethics etc are just cognitive fuel to pump up people and bypass their biological urge for survival and eventually getting killed for something they believe in. Famous examples of that would be nations,religions,monetary system etc. And guess who doesnt believe in any of them.

Its a big club, but you are not part of it. Not me, and certainly not the vast majority of humanity.
But somehow they always seem to make us believe the we are all humans story. We are, but not all have an invitation to Noah's boat. ;)

agree to that... but i dont really understand why people look for so much power... i mean politicians should be someone who help build a nation or make it stronger.... not make himself stronger

Sorry man but I cannot take anyone seriously who equates Communism to Libertarianism (I've checked your articles). Apparently, you seem to be extremely naive or ignorant of the historical basis and foundation of Communism as well as ignoring the 100 million people who have died directly due to Communism.


You seem to be misunderstanding my point. Communism is the opposite of libertarianism. That's not equating.


Your reply is disingenuous. Your article is an attempt to consider Communism as a type of Libertarianism. Such a suggestion becomes a cover and a concealment of the evils of Communism.

Do the politicians deserve our compassion? Politics is a necessary evil.

Donald Trump is fucking awesome. I don't know what you're talking about!


Got jokes.

Love this, it reminds of a Terence McKenna quote: "We are led by the least among us - the least intelligent, the least noble, the least visionary."

I really think its time for us as a race to take the next step in our political evolution and start practising something more akin to anarchist principles.


There is only one anarchist principle: no authority. I don't see how that helps anything.

Hahaha! Nice.
I can only assume that APD is covered under Obamacare.

Completely agree, I feel like there could be an entire field of study created around this concept. Thank you so much for putting this together. Hope your day is lovely:-)

I bristle every time I hear our representatives in government referred to as our leaders. I don't vote for leaders, the Constitution doesn't call for leaders. We elect representatives to do our bidding in government service.

I agree there is a certain personality disorder that leads one to seek such positions of power, but I also believe there is a supporting disorder that leads others to submit and follow.


What's messed up is that even they refer to themselves as regimes.


I think some of them start out wanting to make a positive difference, and the system turns them into something unrecognizable, even to themselves.


Hey Adam, you're a nihilist.

Crazy totality

What about those who seek to control the media in an attempt to try control the way people think, ; kind of like a psyop? I guess there was n't much choice for the American people. Vote for the Worlds most corrupt human being or vote for a control freak.