We have heard you gotta be crazy to get into politics. That might be true. But, since Walker’s surprise announcement that he was out to end collective bargaining rights for most public employees last February, many people, even those from his own party, have been left scratching their heads over this man’s reactions, statements, and demeanor. Many comments have been made regarding his affect and his facial blandness suggesting that he may have “lazy eye” or some other affectation.
Many have wondered at his decision making as a leader, in that he seems to be unable to listen to, compromise with, or acknowledge the credibility of those who oppose his views. Imagine what a different path the whole evolution of events might have taken if he had just been able to compromise with unions way back in February and agree not to take away bargaining rights. But no. He really appears to be his own worst enemy and chooses to create controversy in order surround himself in drama in which he is the focus of attention.
So, this is what has led me to looking at this dysfunctional behavior that has polarized Wisconsin, set up a historic recall action, and has a lot of us questioning our own judgments; are we being conspiracy theorists?
It started out as a lark when I discovered the site: Profile of the Sociopath. It was funny, at first, as I began to read the characteristics of a such a personality. As I went down the list, the words seemed to be defining the behavior of the man who is the Governor. It got scary.
This list is below. You read it and tell me if I have become the crazy one: the creator of a conspiracy theory?
This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.
# Glibness and Superficial Charm
# Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
# Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”
# Pathological Lying
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
# Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
# Shallow Emotions
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.
# Incapacity for Love
# Need for Stimulation
Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.
# Callousness/Lack of Empathy
Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.
# Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.
Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.
# Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.
# Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.
# Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.