Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sociopaths in the news

Okay, not really. There's no reason to think that Clay Aiken is a sociopath, but one day sociopaths will be coming out on the cover of People Magazine. I'm sure there are just as many closet sociopaths running around in politics, business, and science as there are closet gays in the entertainment business. In fact, I have my own closet sociopath dream team (some deceased):

1. Harry Truman -- the bomb, of course.
2. Marie Curie -- science is more important than people?
3. Alan Greenspan -- I know he seems to be the opposite, but saying things like "material success is . . . far more satisfying when it comes without exploiting others” is just his beard. If you were a closet sociopath, wouldn't you say those things too? Me thinks he doth protest too much.
4. Sandra Day O'Connor -- no one with a moral compass could truly "swing" the vote as she did.
5. Tom Cruise -- for so many reasons.


  1. I don't know about the Tom Cruise thing to be honest. Most of us are supposed reasonably bright, fairly logical/rational, and self-interested; all of which makes the whole Scientology thing hard to understand. The only Scientologist that seems to fit the bill of a good socio would be L. Ron Hubbard himself, who was plainly a sociopath icon. But socios putting up with being on the receiving end of the Scientology cult? I find that one sort of hard to swallow...

  2. Unless you were like my brother and part of the leadership in the church (also knew Hubbard).Definately a sociopath without a doubt!

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