For years I have heard and read that Newt Gingrich was a sociopath and I agreed intellectually.
I have mentioned him in this blog twice:
The sociopath will have a child’s emotional hypersensitivity corresponding to that age. Recall Clinton’s takedown of Newt Gingrich. http://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/quadruple-search-today-how-to-cross-examine-a-sociopath/
Also how can you blackmail someone who doesn’t understand cause and effect or is stuck in a four year old’s thinking patterns (Newt Gingrich says there is a four year old inside of him (paraphrasing) — ‘everyday I wake up and know that there is a cookie waiting for me somewhere, my job is to find it’). http://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/more-searches/
Traits or actions of his consistent with sociopathy (in no particular order):
1) Arrogance — I recall some of his advise/tips to his fellow Republican congressmen, at the end he would almost always say of course they wouldn’t be as good as it as he was.
2) Pathological optimism. This is part of the entire arrested development package. Evolution has given young people biological optimism to help them confront the difficulties of life.
3) His reported asking for a divorce at his soon-to-be ex’s cancer hospital bed — when consideration serves no purpose, there is utterly no consideration. It’s a waste of acting effort.
4) His support of extreme wealth distribution on the grounds that then more people could get jobs as servants. Sociopaths, not being self-referential, don’t know they are doing well unless they see others doing badly. Not only must they win, but everyone else must lose.
5) His breathtaking hypocrisy of criticizing Clinton and calling for Clinton’s impeachment over Monica Lewinsky while carrying on an affair with a staffer. Quoting his second wife, Marianne Gingrich:
“He believes that what he says in public and how he lives don’t have to be connected“
There you have it, a perfectly phrased description of the code of the sociopath, of the high level SAP (socially adept psychopath). As I’ve written elsewhere criticizing a sociopath for hypocrisy is analogous to criticizing a fish for having fins, it is their primary life tool.
Despite all of this, I had never quite ‘felt sure in my gut’ that he was a sociopath, I had never gotten that ‘click’ of recognition — until watching some of his talks in 2010/2011.
Elsewhere I have discussed the need to ‘recognize’ sociopaths at the ‘soul level’. My personal aim and wish for my readers is the attainment of that ‘sensing’ or ‘seeing’ sociopaths capability, http://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/as-time-passed-i-learned-how-to-see-psychopaths-it-was-as-if-a-sixth-sense-had-been-awakened/
I understand that many people are uneasy over (or dismissive of ) this stated need. I’m sorry, I don’t design reality, I merely try to understand it and then try to communicate my understanding. If one is dealing with a ‘soul defect’, which sociopathy is, then naturally the soul plays a role in recognizing the condition.
I would describe the psychological soul as that part of the psyche that houses the deepest needs, wants and instincts; that dreams and never lies. It is the part that comes to the fore while the conscious mind sleeps.
Over at the Lovefraud blog the devastated hearts (and I am not being sarcastic, they are truly devastated) are forever drawing up routines and tests of the mind to protect themselves from future romantic entanglements with sociopaths. Unfortunately these tests can never work. Advanced sociopaths will simply laugh at their puny defenses and real possibilities of love will have the door slammed in their faces. It’s ‘soul level’ antenna that they need to work on.
Back to Newt Gingrich, my soul level recognition (which is really just opinion of course) took place while watching him discuss outlawing Sharia law in the U.S. in 2010 or 2011. Now I realize it is not good advertising for myself that this took place some fifteen years after his arrival on the national stage. However I could never stand to watch or listen to him for long, his smug arrogance simply puts me off. However this reaction to sociopathic type arrogance is a flag of possible sociopathy itself. I’m sure I could have reached this state earlier if I had forced myself to directly witness his words and behavior earlier.
A fear of imposition of Shariah Law in the United States is absolutely looney tunes. Sociopathic groupthink will often veer off into such bizarre avenues, due to their arrested development childlike thinking. Like children, nothing (and everything) makes sense to them.
I once watched a father and son sitting on a bench with a lifelike bronze statue of a man posed at the end. The man was trying to get his son to sit inbetween himself and the statue. But the boy was having none of it. Wide eyed, he had no idea what to make of the statue. Another example is the circus clown. ‘Is that a person in a clown suit, OR . . . A CLOWN MONSTER!!!!! AAAAAHH!!’ (If I have used this example more than once, which I don’t recall doing, my status as an ‘oldish’ person licenses me to repeat myself.)
This preoccupation with the threat of imposition of Shariah Law in the U.S. is such a childlike confusion. I suggest paying attention to any groupthink beliefs that are so bizarre that they only make sense ‘if the believers had been locked in the echo chamber of a clown car on the planet Xatar’ — they are a flag of possible sociopathy.
The truth doesn’t matter at all to sociopathic demagogues, no more than it matters to sociopathic prosecutors. The issue is simply what can they sell as the truth. In times of social stress and disorientation, such as today, such demagogues are extremely dangerous. Newt Gingrich should not be allowed to run for any public office.
Perhaps he could disprove these assertions by having a brain and DNA scan, and then submitting the results publicly. I wish he would.