Which of the twelve characteristics of the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-SV) does Donald Trump not possess?
If he has eight of twelve he’s a psychopath. I think he has all of the first ten. Actually the way to properly score it is to give one or two points to each characteristic that applies to Trump. One point if the characteristic sometimes applies, two if it is characteristic of him. A score of sixteen is the threshold for a psychopath. Most of the rest of us score between 0-3.
1 – Deceitful, Pathological Lying. Relentless lying, without shame.
2 – Grandiose Sense of Self Worth (plays by own rules, ignoring society’s rules).
3 – Glibness/Superficial Charm.
4 – Lack of Remorse and Guilt.
5 – Callous/Lacks Empathy/Insensitivity to the Suffering of Others.
6 – Doesn’t Accept Responsibility for Own Actions.
7 – Is Irresponsible.
8 – Has a History of Adult Antisocial Behavior.
9 – Has a History of Poor Behavioral Control.
10 – Is Impulsive.
11 – Lacks Goals.
12 – Has a History of Adolescent Antisocial Behavior.
I don’t know about his adolescence, so I score him 2 points for each of the first ten characteristics for 20 points. However, you could say his lack of specifics or his preposterous proposals for every issue represents a lack of any realistic pragmatic goals. I don’t know if that would count therapeutically.
You can read much more in my most read essay and upcoming ebook, “Frank Underwood’s Warning: American Democracy or Republican Pathocracy? A New Common Sense.” Once you understand the checklist, it becomes perfectly obvious that every one of the Republican presidential candidates and Hillary Clinton meet the diagnostic criteria for psychopaths. I would love to see people make videos showing how each of these candidates display these twelve characteristics.
So what does it mean that the Republican party only offers its voters psychopaths for president? The key characteristic of a psychopath is consciencelessness. That’s why we have policies that destroy entire third world nations, abandon the working and lower classes, veterans, and abused women to lives of despair and violence, and collapse polar ice sheets in spite of the fact that 99.99% of climate scientsts now say man-made global warming is a big problem and scientist have warned about this issue for 35 years.