Jul 15 2012

Is Mitt Romney A Sociopath?

Romney demonstrably possesses elements of the consciencelessness that is considered characteristic of sociopaths. This is exactly why he was so successful a venture capitalist: he was willing on behalf of investors to go in and kill weakened companies, feed off their carcasses, and destroy workers’ lives without any remorse or sympathy that could have led to decisions that would have lessened investor profits. This is also exactly why he is so heavily favored by the plutocrats as presidential candidate: he will be willing on their behalf to kill the weakened US economy, feed off its carcass, and destroy ordinary Americans’ lives without any remorse or sympathy that might lead to decisions that would slow the looting. I am not one for Internet psychiatric diagnosis, so it is up to you whether you want to call this sociopathy or not.


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  1. 1

    Sociopaths are also known for being adept at convincing others that they’re swell people. Romney is way too obviously an asshole to be a sociopath.

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    'Tis Himself

    I don’t think Romney is an actual sociopath. I think he’s so wrapped up being an ultra-rich guy born in an ultra-rich family that he doesn’t have a clue about how most of us live or what our wants and fears are. It’s not so much he doesn’t care as he doesn’t know.

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    I’ve thought so for some time. And not just because of his corporate past. He really seems to be incapable of feeling any empathy at all. It would also complain his excessive and compulsory lying.

    There are three professions that truly reward sociopathy on a grande scale: politician, CEO and religious leader. You can find tons of them in all three. Now that I think about it, Romney did all three at various points…

  4. 4
    Gregory in Seattle

    “Is Mitt Romney A Sociopath?”

    He’s a Republican, which I dare say trumps being a sociopath.

  5. 5
    Anne Sunderland

    Yes, sociopathic symptoms are there, at least as far as Narcissistic Personality Disorder goes. Look at his eyes, and you will catch the stare when he is caught off guard, also the akward social interactions. There is no Empathy, which means there is also no guilt!) His sons appear to have the “marionette conditioning” which derived from his German ancestors, just as George Bush (Re: Brand’s Community of the Specials which later became the Nazi Party). When Greed and Pride (Vanity) are so obvious in his nature, can the Devil be far behind?

  6. 6

    He strapped his fuckin dog to the roof of the car. I suppose that might be considered a minor offense when compared to killing weakened companies and feeding off the carcass, but it says it all. No empathy for the dog and no guilt.

  7. 7

    Animal cruelty is actually an early sign of sociopathy in children.

  8. 8

    Did he put the dog carrier on the roof of the car with cruel intent, or was e just being a dumb ass? The answer is academic; either way, he’s not fit to be President.

    A friend from Massachusetts reports that people there are sporting bumper stickers that say “I ride inside.”

  9. 9

    Why is what Mitt did with the dog different from all te dogs I see riding in the back of pickemup trucks?

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    Tom Robbins

    @Drugmonkey In the bed of a pickup truck, the dog is sheltered from the wind by the cab, and can lay down quite comfortably much of the time. however, in a dog carrier, especially a dog carrier in which this pooch took a terror-dump, and was then hosed down without a dry-off time, the wind would blast directly into and against said dog the entire trip. This is, what we in the Texan community call, a bad thing. heck, some of my redneck friends are voting Obama, purely because of the way Romney treated his dog, and the fact he seems like a robot.

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    d cwilson

    I don’t think Romney is an actual sociopath. I think he’s so wrapped up being an ultra-rich guy born in an ultra-rich family that he doesn’t have a clue about how most of us live or what our wants and fears are. It’s not so much he doesn’t care as he doesn’t know.

    There is probably some truth to this. I think as a CEO, he was too distant from the impacts Bain had on ordinary people to view them as anything other than numbers on a balance sheet. He also doesn’t seem to understand that everyone can just “borrow money from your parents” to start up their own business.

    Beyond that, there just seems to be an awkwardness to the way he talks to ordinary people. He’s seems to have spent so much time with dressage horses and car elevators that he doesn’t have an experience relating to people who don’t own these things.

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    “He’s a Republican, which I dare say trumps being a sociopath.”

    I think you mean:

    “He’s a Republican, which I dare say means he’s a sociopath.”

    There’s a reason why they’re called Republicons, after all.

  13. 13

    Not quite full blown sociopath, I don’t think. Does seem to be what Altermeyer referred to as a “double-high” — high scores on right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation.

  14. 14

    I agree with poster #1.

    sociopaths understand us way better than we understand them. His clueless dumbfuckery (wanna bet 10 grand! lolz!), and his being *complete shit* at lying lead me to think he is just a tool. The people who direct him are certainly giving him anti-social objectives, however.

  15. 15

    No. But I have wondered if he might be at the high end of the Asperger’s continuum. Such people are often very bright, able to form a few very close relationships (e.g. family)but pretty much clueless when it comes to everybody else. They are uncomfortable in unstructured (non-business) social situations and unable to accurately “read” other people.

    My one cent.

  16. 16

    “I think he’s so wrapped up being an ultra-rich guy born in an ultra-rich family that he doesn’t have a clue about how most of us live or what our wants and fears are. It’s not so much he doesn’t care as he doesn’t know.”

    Other presidents have been filthy rich, but they seemed to have successfully appealed to a wide range of people. These wealthy presidents include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, FDR, James Madison, Teddy Roosevelt, JFK, etc.

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    kimrottman @ #1 –

    I think what confuses people is that successful sociopaths, even the murderous ones, often have highly developed social skills. This is kind of like defining a successful businessman as one that makes a lot of money.

    You see Mittens isn’t really all that successful. He made money. What would be considered a whole lot of money if he had started with nothing. But, you see, he didn’t start poor. He was rich from day one. Sure, he ran home. But he started on third base.

    Similarly, as a sociopath, he has never had to use a silver tongue and sharp wit to get his way. He had family money and connections to make up for any lack of smoothness.

    The point here is that he was a sub-prime businessman and a sub-prime sociopath.

  18. 18

    Is Mitt Romney A Sociopath?

    Does the Pope shit in the woods?

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    Ralph Nelson

    Yes, I am convinced of it: History of bulling, chronic liar, no conscience, no guilt, no shame, completely self-centered and consumed with greed, out of touch with the feelings of others, thinks people envy him. Economics? He has a BA degree in English (he’s lying again). Remember 1 out of 5 of us are sociopaths and 30% of are prison population is.

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