WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014
by Samuel Sewell, PhD
This article is aimed at fellow mental health professionals. Of course, others are invited along for the ride. For several decades we have observed that the same diagnostic criteria can be applied to groups, as well as to individuals. Let’s start with a basic premise for diagnostics. Quote from a Psychology Professor; “People are not who you think they are. People are not who they think they are. People are what they do. That is why this is called the behavioral science.” Forget the labels. They are all misleading. Pay attention to the behavior.
By paying attention to the behavior of a group of people, it is possible to arrive at a “group” diagnosis.
There is much discussion by Political Sages of the “Right” about the roots of liberalism being entwined with human weakness and pathology.
Some of the issues being raised are:
1. Guilt and self-loathing are woven into liberal philosophy and policy
2. Dependant personality types are drawn to liberalism
3. Marginalized groups and dysfunctional individuals are drawn to liberalism
4. Histrionic personality types are drawn to liberalism
5. Liberal values discourage people from acting in their own self-interest
6. Liberals think of themselves as intellectually and ethically superior to conservatives
7. Liberals obsess about making up rules for other people to follow
OCD and OCPD
The traits found in those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder are just a few of the indicators of “character disorders” seen in liberal thinking, feeling, and behaving. We find it fascinating to look at “collective personality traits,” and then diagnose them as if they were individuals. Buy yourself a DSM-IV or V (Diagnostic Statistical Manual) and have some fun. Another excellent book on pathological personality traits is “New Personality Self-Portrait” by John Oldham, M.D. who wrote the Personality Disorder section of the DSM-IV and V.
Personality disorders are different from other mental health problems. Personality disorders are extreme examples of traits we all have. For instance, if I carefully planned every detail of a trip I was taking, and packed my suitcase in an orderly and through manner, I would be considered a conscientious or responsible person. If I took so much time planning every detail and packing so precisely that I missed my plane, I would be diagnosed as having Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder.
In the behavioral sciences field, we understand the importance of differentiating between Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder will be very rigid about running their own lives. Those with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder have a need to run other people’s lives. The former might be neat freaks or hoarders and cause problems and inconvenience for family members or acquaintances. The latter are “control” freaks and they cause problems for everyone. They are uncomfortable without rules and established procedures, and are very uncomfortable if everyone else does not follow THEIR rules. They are naturally attracted to government service.
Here is an example of the work of an individual with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. If we could track down the creator of this sign I guess you would find a person with a “LIBERAL PATHOLOGY.”
Probably the most obvious personality disorder of liberals is that they are “CONTROL FREAKS.” Especially their leadership! (The root cause is anxiety.) They honestly believe that their way is the only right way, and anyone who disagrees is intellectually deficient.
THE RIGHT WAY
Why are Liberals so Arrogant, but also so Wrong?
Liberals have such a desperate, anxiety-driven need to have all their ducks in a row that it is more important to them to shoot the ducks who will not conform than to allow any ducks to express alternate opinions or behaviors. That is why a government regulation on how to screw a nut on a bolt is 1200 pages long. That is why leftist governments are responsible for so many deaths.
Most people are very aware of the holocaust, and the 5+ million horrific murders committed by Hitler and his Nationalist Socialist (Nazi) party.
But how many people are aware that:
· in less than 100 years, Communism has claimed more than 100 million lives?
· Few people are familiar with the 65 million killed by Communist China; Mao Zedong and his “Great Leap Forward” itself directly caused the deaths of 30 million peasants
· the 9 million – Lenin and the Bolshevik revolution murdered 9 million to seize power
· the 20 million – Stalin and the Soviet Union; including almost 7 million Ukranians intentionally starved to death by Stalin as penalty for the Ukranian resistance to their collectivist ideals.
OTHER POSSIBLE DIAGNOSES FOR LIBERAL LEADERS
Those drawn to definable political philosophies might also exhibit personality traits that become so extreme that they could be called pathologies.
In general, the Liberals would represent the “weak” disorders. Liberals may be dependant, self-defeating, avoidant, or passive-aggressive. However the liberal leaders are most likely to manifest the Cluster “B” personality disorders:
·Antisocial Personality Disorder (DSM-IV code 301.7): a pervasive disregard for the law and the rights of others.
·Borderline Personality Disorder (DSM-IV code 301.83): extreme “black and white” thinking, instability in relationships, self-image, identity, and behavior, often leading to self-harm and impulsivity.
·Histrionic Personality Disorder (DSM-IV code 301.50): pervasive, attention-seeking behavior, including inappropriately seductive behavior, and shallow or exaggerated emotions.
·Narcissistic Personality Disorder (DSM-IV code 301.81): a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.
PATHOLGY OF THE LIBERAL VOTER
For those of you who care to further familiarize yourself with the “weak” disorders that characterize liberal pathologies, here are the names and links, for more information:
Dependent Personality Disorder –http://www.mentalhealth.com/dis1/p21-pe09.html
Self Defeating Personality Disorder – http://www.psychnetuk.com/clinical_psychology/criteria_personality_masochistic.htm
Avoidant Personality Disorder -http://www.mentalhealth.com/dis1/p21-pe08.html
Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder -http://www.ptypes.com/passive-aggpd.html
“Lefties have more emotional and behavioral problems, have more learning disabilities such as dyslexia, complete less schooling, and work in occupations requiring less cognitive skill,” Goodman said.
One of the significant indicators of personality pathology is an inability to act in one’s own self interests. This also has to do with self-loathing. You can see this manifested in liberal “hate.” A good example is the Left’s attitude toward President G. W. Bush. It seems that if one hates with that much venom, one must first carry much self-hatred. One may not be fond of the likes of Michael Moore or John Kerry, but it becomes a pathology when folks work up sufficient energy to hate them, like liberals hate “W” or Sarah Palin.
Many liberals seem to be unable to act in a clear path of self-interest, including in the interest of their own country. Guilt contains some of the main elements of the “liberal” self- loathing. We have had many clients raised in an atmosphere heavy on guilt; they had tremendous amounts of fear (fear of failing, fear of being found wanting, fear of being “found out” for who they really are-or are not, etc.) always a sort of low-level, non-specific sense of guilt. These are the perfect specimens to become card-carrying “liberals.” “I should feel guilty because there are others in need, I should feel guilty because my country is so much more prosperous than anyone else’s, I should feel guilty because my army can beat up their army, etc. The CIA sucks, we are stupid, we are evil, we are greedy, etc.”
The liberals are a good example of insular thinking. They reinforce each other constantly, and instantly crush any idea competing with their “party line.” Liberals are very diverse in who they will accept into their ranks. If you are a two-headed, transsexual, who practices public nudity, liberals will accept you. However, if you think Che Guevara is a murderer, or that people have right to keep the money they earn*, you will not be accepted. If your personality or behavior is weird, you are welcome. If you do not accept “liberal think” you will be excluded. Liberals accept everyone, as long as they believe like they do.
This is another symptom of the “True Believers” pathology. This is one of the things that make political groups so dangerous. “All movements go too far,” says Bertrand Russell. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.
*This is the premise the liberals support.
Citizens “A” “B” and “C” vote that property belonging to citizen “D” be confiscated by the government and given to Citizen “E” or maybe even a non-citizen. That is fundamentally wrong! Anyone who cannot see the violation of morality in that scenario has a corrupt soul.
Also,” A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” George Bernard Shaw.
So liberals steal from some citizens to buy votes from other citizens. This behavior is just plain evil!
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