11 comments on “Les mots justes

  1. Maybe most of the psychopaths who come to public attention are the astute outliers and we assume they are the norm.
    There are those who have been “successful” serial killers in the sense that they got away with killing for some time before being caught.
    There are those high-status, more or less law-abiding, psychopaths who have got where they are through charm and manipulation.
    Maybe there are many more who aren’t as clever and aren’t able to function well socially but they are invisible to most of us who aren’t dealing with them professionally or aren’t unfortunate enough to run into one in a dark alley.

    If May does have some level of psychopathy maybe the most surprising thing is how far she has risen without at least the facade of charm or social skills or any obvious aptitude for any job she has ever had in politics.
    But then her rise without these attributes is equally baffling if she isn’t a psychopath.

  2. Psychopaths are motivated by malice and power, depths of psyche the utterly bland TM is incapable of. She’s not even a convincing human being.

    Her tone deafness, her perseverance with failed strategies and her dancing style suggest she is a Mark I Stepford Prime Minister like Trudeau, entirely manufactured and unable to respond to changing circumstances. Perhaps the same engineers as self driving cars?

  3. May is a Church of England Vicar’s daughter. Not many of them around. I suspect that she believes that any decision or action of her’s has Moral Authority behind it. Unless you can trump that, she’ll just keep on going. Probably explains the apparent trust issues as well.

  4. ‘…maybe the most surprising thing is how far she has risen without at least the facade of charm or social skills or any obvious aptitude for any job she has ever had in politices.’’

    Then perhaps a sociopath, characteristics include:
    – Pervasive lying and deception
    – Physical aggressiveness
    – Reckless disregard for safety of self or others
    – Consistent irresponsibility in work and family environments
    – Lack of remorse

    Apart from physical aggressiveness, as far as we know, the others are a good match.

  5. Psychopaths are motivated by malice and power, depths of psyche the utterly bland TM is incapable of.

    I hate to throw a wet blanket on all the amateur psychology going on here, but there is a truism being ignored in this discussion:

    Never assume malice as a motivation when stupidity will do.

    Theresa May is dumber than a potted plant… Everything else flows from that fact.

  6. Perhaps May is a sociopath, rather than a psychopath who does evil things in the belief they are doing good. A sociopath knows they are doing evil things and, as long as it gives them some form of advantage or benefit, doesn’t care what effect it has on others. That could also apply to many in her cabinet.

  7. ‘…maybe the most surprising thing is how far she has risen without at least the facade of charm or social skills or any obvious aptitude for any job she has ever had in politices.’’

    The Widmerpool syndrome. No matter how unpleasant and incompetent you are, blind ambition and an absence of scruple will carry you a long way.

  8. I thoroughly disagree with JS.
    Mrs May had a very obvious aptitude for the job of Home Secretary. She kept the lid on a thoroughly dysfunctional department for six years: I think that is a post-war record. She is also highly intelligent and hard-working.
    She lacks the charm of a psychopath – who cares apart from her spin doctor (and JS)?
    She isn’t doing what *we* want her to do – that is one of the problems with democracy: we get what a majority of *those entitled to vote and actually doing so* choose.

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