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    Is George W. Bush a Psychopath?

    Author Mark Crispin Miller's The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, comes from a sincere wish to understand who is inhabiting the White House.

    Is George W. Bush a Psychopath?


    My primary field is biomedical aspects of autism. I've published in neuroanatomy, molecular genetics, immunology, and several related fields. I've long realized that were Dubya's word-use mistakes evaluated at a diagnostic clinic such as the child-development unit of a children's hospital, he would merit a diagnosis within the general ballpark of learning disabled. His verbal errors indicate a pathology whereby his decision-making process is not fully informed by memory. But there is more to consider.

    A professor intending to write a book about Dubya's errors noticed an important fact (as reported in Toronto Star, 11.28.02), an observation that has increased the specificity of Dubya's potential diagnosis. The President's errors tend to occur in positive contexts and not to occur in negative and aggressive contexts. Dr. Miller concluded that the patterning in Dubya's gaffes is consistent with similar patterns found in sociopaths (10). Needless to say, Dr. Miller's observations caught my attention. Analysis of atypical linguistic patterns is a recognized diagnostic tool often accompanied by genetic testing (eg, for Fragile X Syndrome), brain imaging (eg, MRIs), and brain-wave testing (eg, MEGs & EEGs).

    A Medline search (within databases of National Library of Medicine) generated a number of related studies published in peer reviewed medical literature. These studies focus upon language use by sociopaths and psychopaths and, relatedly, upon observable alterations in brain function. An initial bibliography is presented below (1-9). I have perused these articles and, as a result, have become concerned about ramifications stemming from the likely validity of Dr. Miller's initial observation.

    Diminished empathy is associated with the psychopathic personality. He or she (usually he) does not react normally when perceiving emotional expressions of others. These differing reactions can be perceived via MRI and EEG and can differentiate normal people and non-psychopathic criminals from psychopaths.

    Furthermore, aside from his verbal gaffes, Dubya's public-policy choices and pronouncements regarding Iraq, the environment, and health care are consistent with diminished empathy. He does not give sufficient weight to the expressed opinions and feelings of others.

    For instance, several months ago Dubya et al made "factual" pronouncements about Iraq. Quickly, the CIA and FBI announced disagreement with the Dubya team's statements. But that disagreement did not register as important to Dubya. 'Twas an annoyance to be brushed aside.

    Similarly, Dubya seems to have no real feelings for the environment nor for the tens of millions of people who want a cleaner environment and who want to preserve natural areas. Consider global warming. The Dubya team has seen fit to purge world-class scientists from related committees and now increases tax breaks for SUVs that pollute the environment and increase our need for oil.

    Now, I'm not saying that he or any other politician can't have a position different from pro-environmentalism, but Dubya's stance is too often that of the neighborhood bully for whom a victim's cries of anguish have no meaning. He appears to have impaired empathy that manifests as political decrees imposed without the give-and-take of Congress unless it rubber stamps his declared stance.

    Although further consideration is needed by others versed in neuroanatomy and psycholinguistics, I believe we ought take seriously Mark Crispin Miller's observations about Dubya's sociopathic personality as indicated by patterns in his language. The US government may never have had a sociopath as president. The nearest parallel is Adolph Hitler -- who also was elected to high office before revealing his heart's innermost ambitions. Dubya is frighteningly similar. And many sociopaths are known to be bright and to have kept the darker side of their personality hidden for years.

    Consider another parallel which is instructive about time frames and the perception of sociopaths. Ted Bundy was a serial killer of women. Most of us learned about him and his personality after his arrest. Thus we rapidly came to know the evil that lurked in his heart. But consider victim #4 (or #7, whatever) when she was just meeting Mr. Bundy. He was a good looking young man, and he must have had a fair amount of charm -- and that's how he set the stage whereon his deeper motives played forth.

    If, as Dr. Miller has suggested, President Bush indeed has a sociopathic personality, we as observers would (as in the case of Hitler) have been fooled for a long time prior to his innermost self showing forth clearly. And now that Dubya has been in office for slightly more than two years, most of us are no longer fooled. As prompted by Dr. Miler's preliminary observation, Dubya's sanity and the underlying basis of his motivations and decision-making merit intense scrutiny.

    This commentary and its citations are a preliminary step, one that furthers the observations offered by Dr. Miller.


    references

    1. Rieber RW, Vetter H. The language of the psychopath. J Psycholinguistic Res 23.1.1-28 1994.
    2. Williamson S, Harpur TJ, Hare RD. Abnormal processing of affective words by psychopaths. Psychophysiology. 1991 May;28(3)260-73.
    3. Patrick CJ. Emotion and psychopathy startling new insights. Psychophysiology. 1994 Jul;31(4)319-30.
    4. Stevens D, Charman T, Blair RJ. Recognition of emotion in facial expressions and vocal tones in children with psychopathic tendencies. J Genet Psychol. 2001 Jun;162(2)201-11.
    5. Swartz S. Issues in the analysis of psychotic speech. J Psycholinguist Res. 1994 Jan;23(1)29-44.
    6. Patrick CJ, Cuthbert BN, Lang PJ. Emotion in the criminal psychopath fear image processing. J Abnorm Psychol. 1994 Aug;103(3)523-34.
    7. Levenston GK, Patrick CJ, Bradley MM, Lang PJ. The psychopath as observer emotion and attention in picture processing. J Abnorm Psychol. 2000 Aug;109(3)373-85.
    8. Day R, Wong S. Anomalous perceptual asymmetries for negative emotional stimuli in the psychopath. J Abnorm Psychol. 1996 Nov;105(4)648-52.
    9. Kiehl KA et al. Limbic abnormalities in affective processing by criminal psychopaths as revealed by functional magnetic resonance imaging. Biol Psychiatry. 2001 Nov 1;50(9)677-84.
    10. Bush Anything But Moronic, According to Author Dark Overtones in His Malapropisms by Murray Whyte, November 28, 2002, Toronto Star

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    Re: Is George W. Bush a Psychopath?

    Quote Originally Posted by sojustask
    ....his decision-making process is not fully informed by memory.
    Great observation and post sja. He has consistently made terrible decisions and blamed it on bad intelligence. Now we know it was his own intelligence that was sorely lacking.

    Quote Originally Posted by sojustask
    ....similar patterns found in sociopaths
    Many have pointed that out in the past. This article reinforces that belief.

    Quote Originally Posted by sojustask
    Diminished empathy is associated with the psychopathic personality. Check!
    Dubya's public-policy choices and pronouncements regarding Iraq, the environment, and health care are consistent with diminished empathy. Check!
    He does not give sufficient weight to the expressed opinions and feelings of others. Check!
    Dubya seems to have no real feelings for the environment nor for the tens of millions of people who want a cleaner environment and who want to preserve natural areas. Consider global warming. The Dubya team has seen fit to purge world-class scientists from related committees and now increases tax breaks for SUVs that pollute the environment and increase our need for oil. Check!
    Dubya's stance is too often that of the neighborhood bully for whom a victim's cries of anguish have no meaning. Check!

    It appears that people are starting to see that this guy "just ain't right". Some of us have known that since he was Govenor.

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    Re: Is George W. Bush a Psychopath?

    Funny this should come up, Mr. Wayne Madsen just posted this today. I don't know if half of what this guy says is true, But I sure enjoy reading him. :D

    April 23, 2006 -- Forget impeachment, concentrate on the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution states, "Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President." The Amendment contains other more detailed procedural rules that must be followed.

    It is clear that George W. Bush is not mentally capable of carrying out his presidential duties. It is also clear that the Congress and Vice President are unwilling to invoke the above constitutional requirements. In the case of a private citizen who is mentally disabled, first two next of kin can have the individual institutionalized. In the absence of family members, that responsibility would fall to someone with power of attorney. Lacking power of attorney, law enforcement or another government agency, acting with a judicial warrant, could have the person institutionalized.

    25th Amendment provides the blueprint for quick presidential (and vice presidential) succession

    In the case of Mr. Bush, his family, Vice President, Cabinet, and Congress are unwilling to act to remove a clearly mentally incapacitated individual from office. The U.S. Joint Chiefs, who also took an oath to uphold the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, could seek out a Federal judge to authorize the removal of Bush from office. The argument could be based on an in extremis situation in which a mentally ill president is endangering the public safety and national security and those empowered by the 25th Amendment to initiate removal procedures are unwilling to carry out their constitutional obligations. U.S. jurisprudence is based on case law. In this case, in the absence of case law, those in authority must think originally and let the courts sort out the matter after the fact. However, having a nuclear arsenal in the hands of a madman intent on using it (the "ticking bomb scenario mentioned in reference to terrorism), leaves no time for wrangling over legal minutia. The Armed Forces clearly have the Constitution on their side in checking the "The Decider."
    It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits, and not to seek exactness, when only an approximation of the truth is possible. -Aristotle-

    :cool:

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    Re: Is George W. Bush a Psychopath?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sofakingtired
    Funny this should come up, Mr. Wayne Madsen just posted this today. I don't know if half of what this guy says is true, But I sure enjoy reading him. :D

    April 23, 2006 -- Forget impeachment, concentrate on the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution states, "Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President." The Amendment contains other more detailed procedural rules that must be followed.

    It is clear that George W. Bush is not mentally capable of carrying out his presidential duties. It is also clear that the Congress and Vice President are unwilling to invoke the above constitutional requirements. In the case of a private citizen who is mentally disabled, first two next of kin can have the individual institutionalized. In the absence of family members, that responsibility would fall to someone with power of attorney. Lacking power of attorney, law enforcement or another government agency, acting with a judicial warrant, could have the person institutionalized.

    25th Amendment provides the blueprint for quick presidential (and vice presidential) succession

    In the case of Mr. Bush, his family, Vice President, Cabinet, and Congress are unwilling to act to remove a clearly mentally incapacitated individual from office. The U.S. Joint Chiefs, who also took an oath to uphold the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, could seek out a Federal judge to authorize the removal of Bush from office. The argument could be based on an in extremis situation in which a mentally ill president is endangering the public safety and national security and those empowered by the 25th Amendment to initiate removal procedures are unwilling to carry out their constitutional obligations. U.S. jurisprudence is based on case law. In this case, in the absence of case law, those in authority must think originally and let the courts sort out the matter after the fact. However, having a nuclear arsenal in the hands of a madman intent on using it (the "ticking bomb scenario mentioned in reference to terrorism), leaves no time for wrangling over legal minutia. The Armed Forces clearly have the Constitution on their side in checking the "The Decider."


    Practically any sentient individual can clearly see that Bush is wackier than a sh!t-house rat. The only thing that could begin to redeem America's image in The Community Of Nations is for military personnel to place him and Cheney under arrest and hold them over at Ft. Leavenworth pending trial here and then extradition to The Hague. Furthermore, Bush and Cheney Family assets should be frozen to help pay reparations to the Iraqi people.

    This would go a long way towards reclaiming our mantle as a nation of laws.

    The people of The United States could then claim that we had a major problem, acknowledged it and then did something about it. Nobody could fault us for that. This would initiate a true beginning towards a show of good faith to the International Community and a real step towards reversing the monstrous damages wrought here and abroad by The Bush Crime Gang.

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    Re: Is George W. Bush a Psychopath?

    Quote Originally Posted by sojustask

    Diminished empathy is associated with the psychopathic personality. He or she (usually he) does not react normally when perceiving emotional expressions of others. These differing reactions can be perceived via MRI and EEG and can differentiate normal people and non-psychopathic criminals from psychopaths.

    Furthermore, aside from his verbal gaffes, Dubya's public-policy choices and pronouncements regarding Iraq, the environment, and health care are consistent with diminished empathy. He does not give sufficient weight to the expressed opinions and feelings of others...

    Similarly, Dubya seems to have no real feelings for the environment nor for the tens of millions of people who want a cleaner environment and who want to preserve natural areas. Consider global warming. The Dubya team has seen fit to purge world-class scientists from related committees and now increases tax breaks for SUVs that pollute the environment and increase our need for oil.

    Now, I'm not saying that he or any other politician can't have a position different from pro-environmentalism, but Dubya's stance is too often that of the neighborhood bully for whom a victim's cries of anguish have no meaning. He appears to have impaired empathy that manifests as political decrees imposed without the give-and-take of Congress unless it rubber stamps his declared stance.
    I think it's pretty commonplace for politicians to lack empathy though. Don't you? Comes with the territory.

    Consider another parallel which is instructive about time frames and the perception of sociopaths. Ted Bundy was a serial killer of women. Most of us learned about him and his personality after his arrest. Thus we rapidly came to know the evil that lurked in his heart. But consider victim #4 (or #7, whatever) when she was just meeting Mr. Bundy. He was a good looking young man, and he must have had a fair amount of charm -- and that's how he set the stage whereon his deeper motives played forth.
    In point of fact, the charmer Bundy also helped man a college rape hotline. UK serial killer of gay men Colin Ireland also did similar voluntary work for the homeless. Such people can pass for normal and even socially responsible and committed. This is what is so sinister and frightening about them. They seem so - well - harmless, and this is what reels their victims in. Bundy took it a stage further by using a fake plaster cast on his arm to evoke sympathy and help, showing just how cynical and devious these types can be too.

    Re #2 on your list below, I am familiar with the work of Robert Hare, the Canadian psychologist who did pioneering research into psychopaths culminating in the publication of a popular book on them in the early '90s. His book is well worth reading and not heavy-going at all. I'm sure you will recognize at least one or two of your acquaintances from his checklists...

    http://www.crimelibrary.com/criminal...are/index.html

    His book:

    http://www.guilford.com/cgi-bin/cart...ology&cart_id=

    He does indeed go into detail about the linguistic foibles of known psychopaths and demonstrates that they process language (especially emotionally-charged words) in a far more neutral way than non-psychopaths.

    It's a very sobering thought to know that there is no cure for them. Hare merely recommends evasive action and extreme self-protection from these callous and utterly conscienceless predators, so if you think Bush fits the bill, prepare to pack your suitcase forthwith rather than be plunged into WW3 on his perceivedly deviant, war-mongering whim...

    However, if you are questioning Bush's sanity, that would put him outside the realm of psychopath. Clinically, psychotics (the mad) and psychopaths/sociopaths (the bad) are opposite ends of the spectrum. Psychopaths may lack emotional intelligence (while being cunning and manipulative) but they don't lack rationality. At least those were the markers when I last delved into the subject.

    1. Rieber RW, Vetter H. The language of the psychopath. J Psycholinguistic Res 23.1.1-28 1994.
    2. Williamson S, Harpur TJ, Hare RD. Abnormal processing of affective words by psychopaths. Psychophysiology. 1991 May;28(3)260-73.
    3. Patrick CJ. Emotion and psychopathy startling new insights. Psychophysiology. 1994 Jul;31(4)319-30.
    4. Stevens D, Charman T, Blair RJ. Recognition of emotion in facial expressions and vocal tones in children with psychopathic tendencies. J Genet Psychol. 2001 Jun;162(2)201-11.
    5. Swartz S. Issues in the analysis of psychotic speech. J Psycholinguist Res. 1994 Jan;23(1)29-44.
    6. Patrick CJ, Cuthbert BN, Lang PJ. Emotion in the criminal psychopath fear image processing. J Abnorm Psychol. 1994 Aug;103(3)523-34.
    7. Levenston GK, Patrick CJ, Bradley MM, Lang PJ. The psychopath as observer emotion and attention in picture processing. J Abnorm Psychol. 2000 Aug;109(3)373-85.
    8. Day R, Wong S. Anomalous perceptual asymmetries for negative emotional stimuli in the psychopath. J Abnorm Psychol. 1996 Nov;105(4)648-52.
    9. Kiehl KA et al. Limbic abnormalities in affective processing by criminal psychopaths as revealed by functional magnetic resonance imaging. Biol Psychiatry. 2001 Nov 1;50(9)677-84.
    10. Bush Anything But Moronic, According to Author Dark Overtones in His Malapropisms by Murray Whyte, November 28, 2002, Toronto Star
    Last edited by DoctorDeath; 04-24-2006 at 01:47 AM.

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    Re: Is George W. Bush a Psychopath?

    Quote Originally Posted by dchristie
    Practically any sentient individual can clearly see that Bush is wackier than a sh!t-house rat. The only thing that could begin to redeem America's image in The Community Of Nations is for military personnel to place him and Cheney under arrest and hold them over at Ft. Leavenworth pending trial here and then extradition to The Hague. Furthermore, Bush and Cheney Family assets should be frozen to help pay reparations to the Iraqi people.

    This would go a long way towards reclaiming our mantle as a nation of laws.

    The people of The United States could then claim that we had a major problem, acknowledged it and then did something about it. Nobody could fault us for that. This would initiate a true beginning towards a show of good faith to the International Community and a real step towards reversing the monstrous damages wrought here and abroad by The Bush Crime Gang.
    I believe this CAN be done if the powers that be grew a set of nuts, And if not, we'll need a constitutional amendment to make it so. We just need to make sure that it's a TEMPORARY power, so we don't end up in a Pakistani type situation.

    I've been researching the Federalist papers, Constitution and U.S. Code of Military Conduct, trying to find such a clause. (I'm no legal expert, and pardon me for being the typical "Lazy American")

    After all, the U.S. Military takes the same oath of office that these idiots do, and I think there should be something out there, to protect us from the tyranny we are seeing today.

    I just don't know how far the situation has to degrade before such a "Military Coup" (if ya wanna call it that) could take place.
    It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits, and not to seek exactness, when only an approximation of the truth is possible. -Aristotle-

    :cool:

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    Re: Is George W. Bush a Psychopath?

    Quote Originally Posted by dchristie
    Practically any sentient individual can clearly see that Bush is wackier than a sh!t-house rat.
    Well I certainly think he's a few bricks short of a load but that doesn't mean he fits the clinical definition of psychopath. I think you'll find psychotic is far more likely. Which is at least as bad considering his position...

    But then I happen to think so many politicians are personality-disordered it's endemic...
    Last edited by DoctorDeath; 04-24-2006 at 01:49 AM.

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