October 9


Dictators and mass murders: Understanding ‘malignant narcissism’

By Peter Julian

October 9, 2019

When examining world dictators, you can actually pinpoint certain characteristics that run almost parallel to one another. Most dictators need a constant feed of admiration to fuel their narcissistic qualities. They also typically have symptoms of paranoia that leads to ruthless levels of brutality. Most healthy individuals who do not experience these characteristics would have a hard time envisioning themselves in the shoes of a dictator. Researchers believe that they may be coming close to an answer as to what creates the hate within these individuals, and it may be malignant narcissism.

Key Takeaways:

  • When someone has an undeveloped amygdala, they often have an inability to thoroughly enjoy activities such as reading books.
  • Many psychologists are under the impression that psychopathy and narcissism are actually on a spectrum.
  • Psychopaths typically have a lack of regard for others along with their pursuit of power.

“Psychopaths tend to be bold, disinhibited, and cruel, traits that appear to be linked to dysfunction in two key parts of the brain: the lower frontal lobe and the amygdala.”

Read more: https://bigthink.com/mind-brain/dictator-psychology

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