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July 13, 2011


Barack Obama, You Might Be a Sociopath…

by RogueOperator

Barack Obama has shown many of the signs of narcissistic personality disorder, as has been popularly described by Dr. Samuel Vaknin. But such symptoms of malignant narcissism are a component of a broader psychological profile on Barack Hussein Obama: Our president is likely a sociopath.

I know, I know. I don’t have a degree in psychiatry (though I studied psychopathy intensely, wrote approved research on the subject, scored and assisted with personality research, interviewed clinical psychologists regarding the causes of psychopathy, and was recommended for a career in psychiatry after working as a departmental assistant). And the use of such diagnostic measures as the Hare PCL-R (Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised) carries with it more caveats than the number of times Obama’s missed par this year.

Still, last time I checked this isn’t a laboratory. We are not in a clinical setting. I have no power over Barack Obama, but the power-hungry tyrant sure has plenty of power over me. So I think the question of whether or not the aspiring tyrant is a sociopath is fair game, but I’ll leave it to the professionals to ascertain how closely or widely I miss the mark.

There is widespread debate on the difference between psychopathy and sociopathy. But for the layman, I will boil it down to brass tacks. Psychopathy is usually considered to be a neurological condition where the subject is unable to process fear, and thus is tremendously difficult to socialize. Psychopaths do not develop a healthy conscience, and often commit acts without remorse to serve their own selfish ends. Sociopaths, on the other hand, are able to develop emotions, as shallow as those may be, and may feel some guilt for how they exploit others for personal gain.

While psychopathy is widely considered to have neurophysiological causes, sociopathy is hypothesized to be caused by environmental factors, such as growing up in an unstable home environment. As expert Robert Hare wrote in Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us, the difference between psychopathy and sociopathy ”reflects on the origins and determinates of each.”

A fairly good blog post explains the distinction further:

The last main difference between psychopathy and sociopathy is in the presentation. The psychopath is callous, yet charming. He or she will con and manipulate others with charisma and intimidation and can effectively mimic feelings to present as “normal” to society. The psychopath is organized in their criminal thinking and behavior, and can maintain good emotional and physical control, displaying little to no emotional or autonomic arousal, even under situations that most would find threatening or horrifying.  The psychopath is keenly aware that what he or she is doing is wrong, but does not care.

Conversely, the sociopath is less organized in his or her demeanor; he or she might be nervous, easily agitated, and quick to display anger. A sociopath is more likely to spontaneously act out in inappropriate ways without thinking through the consequences. Compared to the psychopath, the sociopath will not be able to move through society committing callous crimes as easily, as they can form attachments and often have “normal temperaments.” The sociopath will lie, manipulate and hurt others, just as the psychopath would, but will often avoid doing so to the select few people they care about, and will likely feel guilty should they end up hurting someone they care about.

So, while these two terms seem interchangeable on the surface because they share many of the same characteristics, they are more like two sides of the same coin. Looking at the differences may seem futile; however, looking at psychopathy and sociopathy as different constructs may prove to be helpful in understanding the etiology of these disorders, and in the development of effective treatment methods.

This isn’t an academic paper, therefore I will dispense with the formalities and go to the meat of the argument. I don’t believe Barack Obama could be a psychopath, because as a professional politician, he would need to have higher emotional intelligence than a psychopath. If one does not feel empathy, one must at least be able to fake it, which I believe Obama does.

Barack Obama’s tumultuous childhood, where he seems to have been raised by shadowy socialists, matches the background of a sociopath in almost textbook fashion.  Perhaps he was raised not only to be a socialist, but a sociopath as well, due to the sociopathic personality traits one would desire of a budding dictator.  Obama might have been raised to be a socialopath, if you will.

We will use the popular version of the Hare PCL-R to lay out the case.  Of course, nothing could be confirmed without testing.  But we can’t even get the guy’s college records, so the point is moot.

The lists are below, without commentary.  To fully lay out the case would require far more documentation than can be compressed into one fairly readable blog post, so I will simply put forth the list and link articles above that touch on relevant traits.  I trust that the reader is informed and has been awake during the Obama presidency. I will make no attempt to convert a true believer in Obama with an exhaustive list of links and references. If a reader demands specific examples on a particular score, I am glad to provide them.

Factor 1: Personality “Aggressive narcissism”

Glibness/superficial charm
Grandiose sense of self-worth
Pathological lying
Lack of remorse or guilt
Shallow affect (genuine emotion is short-lived and egocentric)
Callousness; lack of empathy
Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

Factor 2: Case history “Socially deviant lifestyle”.

Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
Parasitic lifestyle
Poor behavioral control
Lack of realistic long-term goals
Juvenile delinquency
Early behavior problems
Revocation of conditional release (N/A?)

The informed reader capable of dispassionately analyzing Barack Obama should see stunning overlaps between the list and Barack Obama’s background, personality, and behavior.  Again, this is sheer speculation.  But if Bill O’Reilly can call Obama’s father a “sociopath,” I think it is fair game to discuss the possibility with the president himself.

17 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jul 13 2011

    I took one year of psychology and hated it! But like all the classes I hated in school, they come back to actually be of use to you even if your vocation is far afield of those classes. That being said, I have no idea whether he is a sociopath or not.

    But I do know that Obama is very narcissistic. Reagan, Bush 41, 43 and Clinton all had egos out the wazoo. You have to in order to seek the office. However, all were somewhat grounded in reality. They had suffered defeat and learned from it. So even though they were surrounded by sycophantic people, they knew they were mortals. Obama never has suffered defeat. he has no conception of it, so does not think in those terms. He believes the sycophants around him. That puts him out of touch with reality. Besides being extremely narcissistic, that may make him many other things as well (like I said, I hated psychology, but at least I learned it existed).

  2. Jan 28 2012

    Obama is evil. After watching the movie “The Bad Seed’ I believe Obama is a black version of Rhoda in the movie. Look at Patty McCormick eyes and facial expressions as she lies and feels no remorse or conscience for her foul deeds and you see Obama. Looking into Obama’s eyes is like looking into the eyes of a Great White. Here is a man that favors taking a perfectly born child who,by the grace of God,survived an abortion and placing the child in a corner and starving it to death. He then can glibly state this advances the lives of your daughters.Patty did a great job in the movie,but she was acting. Obama is for real.

  3. Feb 12 2012

    I don’t know whether or not Obama is a psychopath or not and I want to find out, but you haven’t exactly made a strong case. If you think that being raised by socialists can turn someone into a psychopath you have an extremely shallow grasp of the subject. I know of no research that suggests that the political persuasion of those who raise you can make you more or less likely to be a psychopath.

    A much more obvious psychopath according to the list of traits is George W Bush. If we go beyond the list and look in detail at his speech disorder and in what situations it manifests itself or not, or if we look at particular instances of inappropriate behaviour such as his accidentally televised tomfoolery before his solemn Iraq War announcement, the case becomes even more compelling.

    His father is a psychopath too. He shares the same speech disorder. Who else but a psychopath could say that what kept him going when he was floating in a dingy in the middle of the Pacific was thinking of his mother and of the separation of church and state?

    In fact not only is his father a psychopath, his mother is too. When his little sister Robin died his parents marked the occasion with a game of golf.

    • Feb 13 2012

      Except that I don’t have a shallow grasp of the subject. Rootlessness as a child can be a contributing factor in developing a shallow affect, which is a trait common among sociopaths. A speech impediment, on the other hand, has not a wit to do with sociopathy, psychopathy, or any other pathological disorder that I’m aware of.

      How about we paraphrase your argument as follows: “I don’t like George Bush. And even though Barack Obama does the same things as Bush, but worse, he’s a black Democrat, and that makes him okay.”

      • genevalove
        Feb 11 2013

        Say it again! Obama is as frightening as hitler was to jews.
        He attacks any critic,and is responsible for nothing!
        I have yet to hear of a benevolent,charitable act to another human being(or animal.)
        His followers just chant his words,as if hypnotized.
        Frightening as Adolph and the SS.

      • annony mouse
        May 22 2013

        actually, there are ways to detect psychopathy by analyzing speech. there are certainly differences in the way psychopathic types speak.

  4. chazmania
    Apr 1 2012

    Obama is a sociopath. A clever one to be sure, but what disturbs me is all of you now have such skewed interpretations of the word “socialists” as in his exposure to socialist ideals caused sociopaths tendencies.. this statement alone is intellectual dishonest but in your article you elude to this….But then again if you have been brain washed by the neocons (zionists) to view socialism as a “demonic despicable ideology” without understanding its origins or classical meaning then you are being either dishonest or purposefully manipulative yourself in disseminating this propaganda… Word manipulation is how sociopaths have created our modern society and culture..we are products of a history of them manipulating popular belief…(Adam Curtis BBC documentary century of the self)….Americans especially have been vulnerable to the cultural manipulation of their beliefs (also Adam Curtis BBC documentary Power of nightmares) and the repetition required to skew perceptions of language by the news media has created this what i term “contact sociopath” Americans culture now relies on deception to sell you everything including Bad government policy.. Obama is a manipulative deceiver of extraordinary skill.. he taps into the middle American feel good teddy bear sensibilities of the good people of the country and then adjust their belief systems to suit his psychopathic agendas and that of his handlers the money elite.

    • Apr 2 2012

      Umm, no I didn’t “elude” to this (the word is allude). I guess all conservatives are “intellectually dishonest” when one is bigoted, unreasonable, and has low reading comprehension skills.

      • Mary Singleton
        Jun 16 2012

        Rogueoperator: Generalizing an entire group of people with your own biased opinions is not condusive to an intelligent discussion. An idiot can call names. Low readiding comprehension skills -idiotic. Thanks for your comments though; we now know more about you and knowledge is a good thing.

      • Jun 16 2012

        Pretending that libs aren’t biased is the height of hilarity. I am “biased” because I have judgment that is accrued from reading history and understanding economics and politics. You show yourself to be “biased” with your attacks and a hypocrite to boot!

        Laughing out loud, Kyle

      • Mary Singleton
        Jun 16 2012

        Sorry about the type of the word reading. Did it prove your point?

  5. Sep 23 2012

    Robert Persson, I agree with you. It makes me laugh to read such ridiculous statements. The author is a stupid frustrated conservative who most probably adores Romney’s scary personality traits. Come on!!!!!!

  6. Tonymac
    Nov 6 2012

    After living with a Sociopath and reading everything I could on the subject, I can say, without a doubt, Obama is a SOCIOPATH !!!!!!!!
    I have followed Obamas actions over the last few years. Read everything I could on this man.
    Obama has all the assets of a Sociopath. He has charm and lying comes so easy to him.
    Its all about himself and no one else.
    Yes, he has most of the country fooled and under his spell !!!!!
    If he wins his re election, its all do to his charm and lies.
    He is paranoid about how he looks to Americans and will do ANYTHING to keep his this phoney mask !!!!
    He could care less about his country or anyone in it.
    His re election campaign was a disgrace to America. Other countries are laughing at us.
    If re elected, this man will send America further into an ABYSS !!!!!
    During his last campaign speech he actually had tears running down his face.
    He has NEVER shed a tear for anything in the last 4 years.
    Another asset of a SOCIOPATH is a tear or two when needed.
    And he shed these tears because he fears he may lose the election and feels sorrow for himself. Himself, the only thing he cares about !!!!!
    I do think Romney will win the election today. But Obama will be behind the complete chaos that willl happen after tomorrow !!!!
    Sociopaths cannot take losing and the aftermath of this election will be horrific !!!!!
    I can go on and on.
    There is an EVIL in the White House and he must not get 4 more years to spread his evil !!!!!!

  7. washingtontimesfan
    Jan 2 2014

    Perhaps the most disturbing of all: “I will never forget my own mother, as she fought cancer in her final months, having to worry about whether her insurance would refuse to pay for her treatment.” — Barack Obama, August 2009
    The depths of the president’s dishonesty are fully revealed by his willingness to dishonor his own departed mother when he falsely claimed that her health insurance company attempted to cancel her policy. In actuality, Ann Dunham’s employer-based policy not only paid for her hospital bills and cancer treatment in full, they afforded her care at prestigious institutions like Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Straub Clinic.

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