It’s Socio Socio Simple

These are tough times. The world is struggling with a huge, dangerous pandemic. People are getting sick and dying. All the world leaders are dealing with the problems, some better than others.

In the United States people are trying to figure out what is going on. They hear different things from different people. Health experts say it is bad and we need to have better plans. We need more tests. We need more social distancing. And we need more help.

They are confused by the words and actions of the President. He says things aren’t bad in January, that there won’t be a problem. Then he says things will get better…we need to use caution and protection. Then he says we could possibly use disinfectants to clean our insides. The industry and medical experts immediately say no…it is dangerous and can kill you.

Why would a president, a leader for the country, make such a stupid remark? People are struggling to explain his tweets and comments. With lots of conjecture, from being stupid to being a liar, they fumble with explanations. However, if you look at history and what people have said, it is really socio socio simple. Donald Trump is, and has always been, a sociopath. Remember Republicans Mitt Romney, Colin Powell, and Governor Pawlenty of Minnesota called Donald Trump “unhinged and unfit for the presidency.” Other Republicans, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and many others said he was mentally unstable. Co-writer Tony Schwartz, who helped with The Art of the Deal, said he was a true sociopath. And former Republican senator Norm Coleman vowed never to support Trump because of who he is: a bigot, a misogynist., a fraud, and a bully.

So, what is a sociopath? Sociopaths are masters at influence and deception. Very little of what they say actually checks out in terms of facts or reality, but they’re extremely skillful at making the things they say sound believable, even if they’re just making them up out of thin air. Based on the book, The Sociopath Next Door, which indicates about 4% of the population are sociopaths, are 10 signs for spotting a sociopath. Read them and see if Mr. Trump fits the bill.

#1) Sociopaths are charming. Sociopaths have high charisma and tend to attract a following just because people want to be around them. They have a “glow” about them that attracts people who typically seek guidance or direction.

#2) Sociopaths are more spontaneous and intense than other people. They tend to do bizarre, sometimes erratic things that most regular people wouldn’t do. They are unbound by normal social contracts. Their behavior often seems irrational or extremely risky.

#3) Sociopaths are incapable of feeling shame, guilt or remorse. Their brains simply lack the circuitry to process such emotions. This allows them to betray people, threaten people or harm people without giving it a second thought. They pursue any action that serves their own self-interest, even if it seriously harms others.

#4) Sociopaths invent outrageous lies about their experiences. They wildly exaggerate things to the point of absurdity, but when they describe it to you in a storytelling format, for some reason it sounds believable at the time.

#5) Sociopaths seek to dominate others and “win” at all costs. They hate to lose any argument or fight and will viciously defend their web of lies, even to the point of logical absurdity.

#6) Sociopaths tend to be highly intelligent, but they use their brainpower to deceive others rather than empower them. Their high IQs often makes them dangerous.

#7) Sociopaths are incapable of love and are entirely self-serving. They may feign love or compassion in order to get what they want, but they don’t actually FEEL love.

#8) Sociopaths speak poetically. They are master wordsmiths, able to deliver a running “stream of consciousness” monologue that is both intriguing and hypnotic.

#9) Sociopaths never apologize. They are never wrong. They never feel guilt. They can never apologize. Even if shown proof that they were wrong, they will refuse to apologize and instead go on the attack.

#10) Sociopaths are delusional and literally believe that what they say becomes truth merely because they say it!

Is there evidence of Trump, the sociopath? One author recently described the problems with the pandemic as it relates to Donald’s psychological state. She said:

Like all pandemics, what played the biggest role in the coronavirus pandemic’s scope and severity was not the microbe but the environment—in this case the mental health issues of the nation’s president. Trump’s deep-seated insecurity and pathological envy of predecessor Barack Obama led to the dismantling of a global pandemic response system that was lauded throughout the world.
Trump’s lack of interest in prevention and public good led to the depletion of funding for great public health institutions such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. His disdain for science and intelligence caused him to reject their warnings for months. And his preoccupation with his self-image and re-election prospects compel him to appear in daily press briefings and place the public in harm’s way, day after day.
(Brandy Lee, May 4, Alternet)

And add to this his suggestion that we could address the virus with “internal cleaners, like Lysol, or internal lights. Or his continuous tweeting of insults and “hoaxes’ to all who differ with his opinion, from previous presidents (like Bush and Obama) to many members of Congress or the press. And when the president says he has spoken to “hundreds of governors” (there are only 50 states) one has to wonder what universe he lives in.

So, let’s face the simple truth. Donald Trump is a sociopath. His daily actions of bullying, ego-inflating, delusional behavior are symptomatic of a person with a serious mental illness. His actions are simply typical for a man with his condition. Let’s hope America survives the horrors of this pandemic and the strange behaviors of a challenged leader. Let’s hope the future is better…without both infecting our world of tomorrow.

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