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Is Barack Obama a Sociopath?

Posted on 02/28/2008 10:14:15 AM PST by Vision

After listening to an Obama sound bite it struck me that he is not speaking to someones intellect, but to their emotions in a leading way. And the message is somewhat God like even though the content is vapid and ignorant.

Which made me wonder if he is a sociopath.

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Profile of the Sociopath

This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.

Glibness and Superficial Charm

Manipulative and Conning - They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

Grandiose Sense of Self - Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."

Pathological Lying - Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt - A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

Shallow Emotions - When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

Incapacity for Love

Need for Stimulation - Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

Callousness/Lack of Empathy - Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature - Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency - Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

Irresponsibility/Unreliability - Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity - Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle - Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility

Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.


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1 posted on 02/28/2008 10:14:18 AM PST by Vision
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To: Vision

Obama is the greatest BSer in history. Even Slick Willy does not have the BS coefficient of the Obamameister.


2 posted on 02/28/2008 10:18:29 AM PST by jonrick46
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To: Vision

Reading that list it reminds me of a teenage boy. Which leads me to think that psychologists refer to poor character and immaturity in psuedo-medical terms. Which leads me to be glad I listen to preachers and not psychologists.


3 posted on 02/28/2008 10:21:55 AM PST by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: jonrick46
To me he crossed the line from BSer to something pathological a long time ago.
4 posted on 02/28/2008 10:22:22 AM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: Vision

Nah....just your ordinary garden-variety, run-of-the-mill Commie.


5 posted on 02/28/2008 10:24:01 AM PST by Palladin (Michelle Obama is Aunt Esther, without the Bible.)
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To: Vision
FGS, this is getting ridiculous. Does anybody argue on the issues anymore, or just try to figure out why his lips are blue or does he have adequate love for his family? This is embarrassing.
6 posted on 02/28/2008 10:24:59 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

They’re not blue; they’re purple.

Adjust your TV....:))


7 posted on 02/28/2008 10:26:20 AM PST by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent......)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
The point is, JustaDumbBlonde, that he isn’t talking to the issues.
8 posted on 02/28/2008 10:26:33 AM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
FGS, this is getting ridiculous. Does anybody argue on the issues anymore, or just try to figure out why his lips are blue or does he have adequate love for his family? This is embarrassing.

It's apparently all we can come up with to keep Obama out of the White House. I hear Obama eats live kittens. I feel very good about McCain's prospects in November, don't you? :-)

9 posted on 02/28/2008 10:27:51 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
"Does anybody argue on the issues anymore, or just try to figure out why his lips are blue or does he have adequate love for his family? This is embarrassing."

You must be some kind of sociopath, too... ;-)

10 posted on 02/28/2008 10:27:55 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Salamander

LOL! His lips are purple from the lip action from all of the BS. Tons and tons of BS!


11 posted on 02/28/2008 10:29:20 AM PST by jonrick46
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To: Vision

Obama is talking issues. He is for national health insurance, changing our foreign policy, attacking the wealthy and industry, pro abortion, probable amnesty in some form.

How can you say he is not talking issues. He is talking and telling us exactly what he believes and what he will do.


12 posted on 02/28/2008 10:30:01 AM PST by cajungirl
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

agreed. Not just embarassing but stupid and unlikely to gin up any opposition.


13 posted on 02/28/2008 10:31:07 AM PST by cajungirl
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To: Vision
The point is, JustaDumbBlonde, that he isn’t talking to the issues.

Have you actually listened to Barack Obama's stump speech? Have you heard him in debates? Since the NFL season ended, I have shifted to spending hours a week watching the campaign for President-- on both sides. He does talk about specifics. He specifies all the socialism he wants to implement. It's all right there in the open. There's no conspiracy to keep the voters clueless. If McCain can't get voters to reject all of that, then we're really screwed as a country.

14 posted on 02/28/2008 10:31:33 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: Vision

This is just stupid, congratulation on the stupidest thread of the day.


15 posted on 02/28/2008 10:31:54 AM PST by Intimidator (Its not unilateral,just try saying you're a Progressive Dem in your typical Evangelical chur)
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To: Vision

He’s not addressing the issues in sufficient detail, so this is what you come up with??? Jeez.


16 posted on 02/28/2008 10:33:12 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: cajungirl
Because he just started to talk issues, after people began to faint at his speeches and people cheer him blowing his nose.

How about the fact that he feels no remorse when he embarrasses himself by proposing we attack our allies? And just keep going on as business as usual. He shows no understanding for the gravity of what he's talking about.

17 posted on 02/28/2008 10:35:49 AM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: Intimidator
This is just stupid, congratulation on the stupidest thread of the day.

Love it.
18 posted on 02/28/2008 10:39:10 AM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: Vision
"How about the fact that he feels no remorse when he embarrasses himself by proposing we attack our allies?"

Just as you feel no remorse for embarrassing yourself with this post? Come on, you made a mistake. Own it and let's move on.

19 posted on 02/28/2008 10:39:53 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: Greg F
Reading that list it reminds me of a teenage boy

I was a teenage boy once and I never fit that profile. The ones I knew who did were known as hoods. They came to no good end, most of them.

The reason there are profiles for sociopathy is that we are talking about adults. A 44 year-old adult who acts this way is a far cry from a delinquent adolescent who may or may not straighten up in a few years.

20 posted on 02/28/2008 10:40:55 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Do you think his socialism is what has developed this cult of personality?
21 posted on 02/28/2008 10:42:16 AM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Look if you don’t want to talk about this, move on.
22 posted on 02/28/2008 10:43:32 AM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: hinckley buzzard

A 44 year old can straighten up in a few years also!


23 posted on 02/28/2008 10:45:29 AM PST by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
"It's apparently all we can come up with to keep Obama out of the White House. I hear Obama eats live kittens."

LOL! There was a lively discussion here the other day on whether he actually quit smoking or if he still sneaks a puff from time-to-time. Man, if this is all that a supposed-conservative can come up with, we may as well just concede elections for the next 48 years.

24 posted on 02/28/2008 10:45:36 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: GraniteStateConservative

Wow, if Obama eats live kittens, we’ve got this election in the bag.


25 posted on 02/28/2008 10:47:04 AM PST by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: Palladin

“Nah....just your ordinary garden-variety, run-of-the-mill Commie/Democrat.”

Fixed it for you.


26 posted on 02/28/2008 10:50:28 AM PST by LottieDah (Democrats and liberals never fail to disappoint.)
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To: Vision

Paranoia run rampant, geez


27 posted on 02/28/2008 10:52:24 AM PST by Intimidator (Its not unilateral,just try saying you're a Progressive Dem in your typical Evangelical chur)
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To: Vision

I don’t intend to move on until this thread dies a deserved quick death. A stand for the dignity of this forum has to be attempted by someone.


28 posted on 02/28/2008 10:54:39 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: Intimidator

Oh please...


29 posted on 02/28/2008 10:57:48 AM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: cajungirl
Obama is talking issues. He is for national health insurance, changing our foreign policy, attacking the wealthy and industry, pro abortion, probable amnesty in some form.
How can you say he is not talking issues. He is talking and telling us exactly what he believes and what he will do.

Well yes ... and no...
When Mr. Obama speaks, about 90% of what he says are meaningless, feel good platitudes. But you are correct, if you pay attention - and actually capture what he says - he's a solid Red.
Higher taxes,
Greater government control (of everything),
Complete socialization of the health industry ...
I actually haven't heard him come out on his pro-abortion stance. His record speaks louder than words on this one, but I haven't heard him say anything about it.
Incompetence on the Foreign Affairs front (not that he's actually bragged about this one, but it comes out as so).
Against gun ownership (unless you are an 'approved' hunter ... hunting in 'approved places')...
Etc...

But basically I agree with the poster's contention (except for the sociopath diagnosis) - Mr. Obama speaks mostly mush.
I do agree that we should focus on what he does say (or what he has done) - and stop getting distracted with 'smoking', middle names, alleged mohammedness, blathery speaking style, 'messianic' attraction of kool-aid drinkers, his wife's kookiness, and focus and expose his positions:

Communist to the core.
Pro-Abort/Pro-Death
Open Borders (although this is a weak argument since all the candidates left standing are open borders)
Inexperienced
Dangerous comments regarding Foreign Policies
And although some might call it a distraction -- I am still appalled by his 'church' membership, and would broadcast their 'about us' page loud and wide. It is sickening...

30 posted on 02/28/2008 11:00:17 AM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Let me ask you then, how can someone who started out saying almost nothing, with no experience, who is now promoting socialism, gets people to faint at rallies and cheers when blowing his nose?

What is up with the cult of personality? Can you name me a sane leader who speaks in messianic tones?

31 posted on 02/28/2008 11:02:16 AM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I hear you.


32 posted on 02/28/2008 11:13:59 AM PST by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I’ve done here today doesn’t force you to have a negative opinion of me….)
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To: Vision

You came up with all this, after just listening to a soundbite?


33 posted on 02/28/2008 11:27:46 AM PST by stuartcr (Election year.....Who we gonna hate, in '08?)
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To: stuartcr

After months of wondering what is up with this guy. Can you help me answer the question in 31?


34 posted on 02/28/2008 11:32:02 AM PST by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: Vision

He must be the anti-christ...only logical answer.


35 posted on 02/28/2008 11:48:11 AM PST by stuartcr (Election year.....Who we gonna hate, in '08?)
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To: LottieDah

Thanks! ;)


36 posted on 02/28/2008 11:49:40 AM PST by Palladin (Michelle Obama is Aunt Esther, without the Bible.)
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To: Vision
Obama spews out so much BS that they have had to invent a new device just for him. The call it the Obamameter. (I’m sorry, I had to make a joke).
37 posted on 02/28/2008 12:50:05 PM PST by jonrick46
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To: Vision

"For who now is your father if it is not me? I am the well spring, from which you flow. When I am gone, you will have never been. What would your world be, without me?"

38 posted on 02/28/2008 1:12:26 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: El Cid

I agree with some of what you said. I do not think he is a commie. He is a far left democrat. He is naive about foreign policy. He has suspicious muslim friends including his minister.

He has strengths however and that gives me pause and makes me think he might be hard to beat.


39 posted on 02/28/2008 7:08:47 PM PST by cajungirl
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To: Vision

Yup, Che Hussein Obama and Bill Belicheat win the awards for sociopaths of the year- the latter is the reigning champ from 2007, and the former will take the crown in 2008, winning a close battle over Roger Roid clemens.


40 posted on 02/29/2008 4:08:58 AM PST by Canedawg (Say NO to Che HUSSEIN Obama)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

"Where is your God NOW, Moses?"


43 posted on 02/29/2008 8:11:15 PM PST by Palladin (Michelle Obama is Aunt Esther, without the Bible.)
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I agree with some of what you said. I do not think he is a commie. He is a far left democrat.

To me, that is one and the same!:-)

44 posted on 02/29/2008 8:16:20 PM PST by ladyinred
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I totally agree, ladyinred!


45 posted on 02/29/2008 8:19:08 PM PST by Palladin (Michelle Obama is Aunt Esther, without the Bible.)
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To: ladyinred

Sometimes they are pretty close aren’t they? But for campaign purposes it helps to call him a radical liberal. When we call him a commie, we look nuts.


46 posted on 02/29/2008 10:06:06 PM PST by cajungirl
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To: Vision

Sounds a lot like Bill and Hillary.


47 posted on 02/29/2008 10:12:20 PM PST by aruanan
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To: aruanan
Obama's Incredible Denial Concerning His Pastor
48 posted on 03/15/2008 9:03:14 AM PDT by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: Morgana
A long time ago I took a brief course in Tae Kwan Do and there was a Korean flag on the wall "to indicate the source of the tradition of the form we were studying". Class was begun with everyone kneeling facing the flag. We weren't required to pledge allegiance to that flag nor to put it above our own, just to show respect.

I equated it with bowing before stepping onto the mat in a different discipline--to show respect for the martial art and the long chain of those who developed it.

The only exception allowed was for a guy named Omar and he was excused because it was against his religion (unspecified) to show respect to any flag for any reason.

49 posted on 03/15/2008 9:41:35 AM PDT by Sal (We The People ARE the government. We elect pols as our servants, not our masters.)
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To: Sal
After all the years of being closely associated with Wright, feeling no concern for major gaffs that would destroy the creditability of other politicians, his wife's and preacher's anti Americanism exposed, after being caught lying...Obama had decided to lecture the world on race.

More evidence that Obama has a personality disorder, might be a sociopath.

50 posted on 03/17/2008 11:54:28 AM PDT by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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