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Chris Christie: Sociopath

There is a subgroup of human beings that walk unnamed among us. They are called sociopaths or psychopaths. These individuals cause a great deal of pain to other human beings in the world through their cruelty, manipulation, deception and power plays.

Beth Rogers-Doll, Ph.D., “How to Recognize a Sociopath.”

As Chris Christie plows forward with his quest to control the free world, the time has come to revisit and give serious attention to the proposition that Christie is a sociopath.

From the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which clinically labels sociopathy as Antisocial Personality Disorder:

Individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder frequently lack empathy and tend to be callous, cynical, and contemptuous of the feelings, rights and sufferings of others. They may have an inflated and arrogant self-appraisal and may be excessively opinionated, self-assured or cocky. They may display glib, superficial charm and can be quite voluble and verbally facile (e.g., using technical terms or jargon that might impress someone who is unfamiliar with the topic). Lack of empathy, inflated self-appraisal, and superficial charm are features that have been commonly included in traditional conceptions of psychopathy that may be particularly distinguishing of the disorder.

He’s not simply a narcissist, as often has been suggested. It’s actually much, much worse. Again, from the DSM:

Other personality disorders may be confused with Antisocial Personality Disorder because they have certain features in common. Individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder share a tendency to be tough-minded, glib, superficial, exploitative and unempathetic. However, Narcissistic Personality Disorder does not include characteristics of impulsivity, aggression and deceit. Deceit and manipulation are central features of Antisocial Personality Disorder. Persons with Antisocial Personality Disorder are manipulative to gain profit, power or some other material gratification.

According to Dr. Rogers-Doll:

Criminal behavior is nothing to a sociopath who craves money and power. And although a number of sociopaths are in prison…there are just as many who never get caught at criminal activities. Still others live unethical and immoral lives….Though many sociopathic people are quite intelligent, they often overestimate their own intelligence. They often wind up in positions of authority, unfortunately, because they crave power over others.

So how do we spot a sociopath? Here are the common traits. You be the judge.

Sociopaths are extremely charming and charismatic. Their personalities are described as magnetic, and they generate a lot of attention and praise from others. Sociopaths are great orators.

Sociopaths have delusions of grandeur, and feel overly entitled to certain positions, people and things. They believe that their own beliefs and opinions are the absolute authority, and they disregard the opinions of others.

Sociopaths are rarely shy, insecure, or at a loss for words. They have trouble suppressing emotional responses like anger, impatience, or annoyance, and they lash out at others and respond hastily to these emotions.

Sociopaths are professional liars. They fabricate stories and make outlandish, untruthful statements, but are able to make these lies sound convincing with their confidence and assertiveness.

Sociopaths are incapable of experiencing guilt or shame for their actions. They rarely apologize for their behavior. While aware of the emotional, physical, and financial repercussions of their actions on others, they just don’t care. They pursue any action that serves their own self-interest even if it harms others.

Sociopaths are manipulative. They constantly try to influence and dominate the people around them, and tend to seek positions of leadership. They are only concerned with their own interests, and use compassion as a tool to manipulate others, but are not genuinely compassionate.

Sociopaths often respond to accusations regarding their behavior with threats, attacks, and excuses.

“The most shocking characteristic that we encounter in the mind of the sociopath,” writes Dr. Rogers-Doll, “is the lack of a conscience….Meanwhile, they manipulate others, destroy lives and wreak havoc.”

Sound like anybody we know?

What Christie’s presidential aspirations mean for New Jersey on the national stage

More great diary rescue from the weekend, also by josef. This time, on the impact our bellowing presidential wannabe might have on New Jersey's street cred with the rest of the country. Promoted by Rosi.

A Sunday thought piece appears on NJ.com today titled “What will Christie's 2016 run mean for N.J.?” In it, Matt Friedman wonders aloud how the state will go on after a Tuesday that will see Christie will finally declaring his candidacy for president. He brings up interesting points about how state Republicans have been distancing themselves from an increasingly unpopular governor whose approval rating is currently hovering around 30 percent and how a number of Democrats are lining up to succeed him now that they feel comfortable working against him. But the bigger question of how New Jersey will be represented on the national stage by candidate Christie goes unasked. If the governor keeps to his trademark style, the answer is “not well.”

Why Chris Christie Deserves the Nero Award

Cross posted from my blog at Epoch Times  

The Exxon Deal

Like many New Jersey residents, I was appalled to find out that  Gov. Chris Christie’s Administration interfered in the Exxon pollution lawsuit and prevented what would have been an incredible windfall for New Jersey, by cutting a secretive deal that would not even cover the costs of the gigantic cleanup that was at the heart of the $8.9 Billion court case.

So Many Questions

Did the Governor do it to pay back Exxon for donating half a million dollars to the Republican Governors Association which helped Christie, then head of the RGA?

Did he do it to bolster his boast in Iowa a week later that he spent the last five years dismantling the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection?

Did he do it to protect his claim to the Nero Award, an award I just invented for leaders so narcissistic that they basically fiddle while their state burns down financially, or gets poisoned by the Emperor’s friends?

Did he do it because he needs an enemy and if the Pension problem goes away because NJ just got enough of a windfall to pay for that, he won’t have a union to fight to make himself look better than Scott Walker?

Did he do it because of what Naomi Klein dubbed the Shock Doctrine? Would a large award have interfered with Christie bringing NJ to its knees so that we would blame any scapegoat he threw at us – teachers, cops, firefighters, or environmental regulations, and allow him to do anything that he promised would help us, like more tax cuts for donors to his presidential campaign?

Did the Governor, for short term and short-sighted gain only, settle at 3 cents on the dollar because he just wanted to avoid raising taxes so he could brag about that – the very same reason he soaked every commuter traveling across the GWB for tolls rather than raise taxes to fund our empty Transportation Trust Fund?

Did he do it just because it was other people’s money, and like he always orders the most expensive steak or chooses a five star hotel on someone else’s dime, or brings his entire family along when he gets a free trip somewhere on a private jet, or spends $82,000 on snacks at football games, he didn’t care.

Did he do it simply, like when he killed the ARC tunnel after years of planning by others, so he could raid that pile of money to plug holes in the budget? (I can’t help but think Christie, enamored of private jet travel, didn’t mind killing mass transit because East Coast City Dwellers who tend to vote Democrat appear to prefer trains to the pickup trucks of rural Iowa voters.)

Did he look at the short term settlement the same way he views the hard earned pennies saved by NJ state workers who dutifully paid parts of their salaries into the pension system – as a pile of money he can steal for other purposes at the very same time he insults those very same workers whose sweat he is profiting off of by handing over millions of fees to his hedge fund donors?

Did he do it because he loves pollution caused by the energy industry? NJ certainly won’t be able to clean up the mess Exxon left with the paltry settlement that Christie plans to raid for other purposes. After all, he had the law changed to allow said raid and the settlement includes other contaminated sites throughout the state.

Did he do it because offering prime publicly owned real estate like Liberty State Park to private interests can only be done if NJ is short on cash?

Did he do it just to appeal to the Republican base, like he did when turning down Federal matching funds for women’s health care? Or to appeal to his donors?

Or was it all of the above?

I am starting to see a pattern here, and I don’t like it.

More below:

Governor Christie: “Yes he can”

Gov. Christie is well on his way to challenging Harold Hoffman as one of the worst New Jersey governors (1935-1938) in the past 100 years. It doesn’t have to be that way. Hoffman blundered into the Lindberg kidnapping case. He “discredited himself enough by corruption throughout his political career, in particular, he wasted $300,000 from a South Amboy bank and blackmailed for $150,000 … He got into at least two fist-fights with reporters – a dark spot in New Jersey history.”

Great leaders are forged in the crucible when they are confronted with serious challenges that they successfully overcome. (Think of Churchill and FDR.) In times of peace and prosperity governors can be successful, but they are less likely to achieve greatness.  

Christie today governs a state in peril. He has a magnificent opportunity to concentrate on the problems, work with the legislature, and secure a legacy for which he can be proud.  

Creating solutions for Pen/Ben, our ailing economy, credit downgrades, crumbling infrastructure, Atlantic City’s financial morass, Bridgegate actions, low income housing, homeless Sandy victims, income inequality, and deteriorating environment would transform him from a villain to a hero. Just solving a number of these problems would allow him to be viewed for years forward as one of New Jersey’s great governors. Few governors have such an opportunity.