There is an epidemic of narcissistic and sociopathic personalities in our culture, even more disproportionately in leadership positions. This is a ubiquitous problem that is compromising organizational goals, hurting associates, and harming society. While psychological issues are understandably a difficult topic in the social movement world, where we often believe we ought to focus on social and economic problems and not make “ad hominem attacks,” we must recognize this is a real problem. We need to be informed, recognize red flags, and set boundaries for our daily protection.
First, the most dangerous personalities disguise themselves so well that an early scholar called the condition a “mask of sanity.” Even if you recognized them, they are intimidating, and so you end up coddling and protecting them, rather than exposing or holding them accountable, especially if you wish to avoid their cruelty, wrath, and vindictiveness. We need systematic provisions against them, both in government as well as in private organizations.
Politics, media companies, and corporations are making use of psychological knowledge more than ever to control people’s behavior for profit. Citizens would do well to educate themselves, and mental health professionals to share their knowledge with the public, not just to serve the wealth and power that hire them. The CIA, the FBI, and the courts all make use of psychiatrist evaluations, most of the time without personal interviews, and the public should not be deprived of psychiatric assessments, especially when a nation’s own president is posing a danger—which is arguably even greater than that of a foreign leader.Psychiatrist says Trump’s ‘glaring psychological problems’ were misinterpreted and led us to disaster – Raw Story –