Psychopaths in Power – The Elephant in the Living Room

By Bernhard Guenther, February 7th, 2014
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Psychopaths in Power – The Elephant in the Living Room

By Bernhard Guenther, February 7th, 2014

There is one topic that stands like the proverbial elephant in our collective living room, still unacknowledged, ignored or misunderstood by many people. It’s the underlying issue for our society and world’s problems. This is the topic of Psychopathy, especially Psychopaths in places of power and how it affects our world and society at large. More and more research and studies have been published that prove the existence of this intra-species predator, yet it still  is being avoided and not sincerely studied and looked at by many well-meaning people who work actively trying to make this world a better place. They focus on the symptoms, but not the underlying causes.

A couple of weeks ago I attended a talk in Topanga Canyon by Marianne Williamson who is running for congress. I was reluctant to go, knowing about the futility to change the political system through the system. I’ve written about it before: “Voting, Cognitive Dissonance and Fear of the Unknown”  as well as “The Illusion of Choice“. However, considering that I like some of her past work and we have shown a clip of her talk at a festival in our film “Love, Reality, and the Time of Transition” I decided to see what she had to say.

In her talk she made some good points, in particular about the necessity to do conscious work within and without, not shutting off from the world but actively engaging in creating change and facing our world problems head on. Much of what she said reflected what she talked about  at “Lightning in a Bottle” in 2011, mentioned above. However, since she’s officially running for congress her tone has changed a bit and she seemed to have taken on some typical political lingo in an effort to win support for her campaign.

Anyone who still believes that we live in a democracy in the true sense of its meaning lives in a bubble of denial and wishful thinking. Williamson appears to agree with this since stressed that our democracy is at risk. However, there is a lot of wishful thinking about trying to do this through the system itself. For example, assuming that the majority of people could ever have an influence on law making and presidential elections given the way our society and institutions are controlled, in particular the press and education, it’s just too easy to manipulate the people’s choices and opinions. It’s an example of Stockholm Syndrome writ large. In fact, “democracy” is the perfect tool or “cover” to control people, giving them the illusion of free choice on a base level (like voting for your congress representative) but it’s ‘grid-lock’ at higher levels of power, a two-party system where decisions have already been made before any voter gets to ‘vote’ on them. Ironically, Williamson also acknowledged that we need to get away from this two-party system, but she did not address any topics that are actually at the root of this set-up.

The moment a political candidate brings up trigger/taboo topics, like questioning the official story of 9/11 or looking at Zionism and Psychopathy and how it influences US and world politics, his/her political career is over. In any true democratic society these topics would be discussed openly with all the critical thinking, facts and historical content, and especially at town hall meetings, but it’s all being suppressed, ignored and ridiculed. The result is that many people have opinions on these topics without having sincerely researched them in un-biased way. Williamson discussed the usual topics like many progressive/independent candidates have done before: Climate change, education, incarceration, economy, military industrial complex, health care, social security, etc……and that’s all well and good, but those issues are still symptoms of deeper problems that she did not fully acknowledge and doesn’t seem to be aware as we’ll see later. In the words of the late George Carlin:

“I think the system contracts and expands as it wants to. It accommodates these changes. I think the civil rights movement was an accommodation on the part of those who own the country. I think they see where their self-interest lies. They see a certain amount of freedom seems good, an illusion of liberty. Give these people a voting day every year so that they’ll have the illusion of meaningless choice… meaningless choice that we go like slaves and say, “Yeah, I voted.”

The limits of debate in this country are established before the debate even begins and everyone else is marginalized and made to seem either to be communists or some sort of disloyal person, a “kook”- there’s a word- and now it’s “conspiracy”, see? They’ve made that something that should not even be entertained for a minute; that powerful people might get together and have a plan. Doesn’t happen, you’re a kook, you’re a conspiracy buff!”

Some well-meaning people who go into politics raise some good points but still avoid issues that need to be addressed if we truly want change. Such is the dire state of open and honest social discourse in the US that, even meager attempts at honesty get shut down eventually and ignored. Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich come to mind. No change is going to happen through the system because if you don’t play by the rules and act “politically correct”, you don’t even get to play and the only way to “win” is to align with a world view that is pathological at its core for the simple reason that the world is run by psychopaths.


Williamson mentioned that we have an oligarchy, true, but it there is more to it. Fact is we live in a PathocracyDefinition: A system of government created by a small pathological minority that takes control over a society of normal people. A totalitarian form of government in which absolute political power is held by a psychopathic elite, and their effect on the people is such that the entire society is ruled and motivated by purely pathological values. A pathocracy can take many forms and can insinuate itself covertly into any seemingly just system or ideology. As such it can masquerade under the guise of a democracy or theocracy as well as more openly oppressive regimes.

While most people focus on the symptoms, the underlying root cause of Psychopathology and how it affects society at large is ignored, denied or misunderstood. After Marianna Williamson’s talk I asked her if she’s aware of the topic of Psychopathy. See for yourself how she reacted and note how telling the reaction of the audience was:



I knew asking this question would raise some eyebrows but I sincerely did not expect the whole audience to break into spontaneous laughter at the mere mention of psychopaths in power.Notice also Williamson’s dismissive body language after I used that term: she smirked, looked at floor and fed the audience’s amusement about a topic that no one there had any understanding of.



So why the laughter? Well, maybe some people who are uncomfortable with this topic react with laughter to defuse the tension. But to me it sounded like, and more importantly felt like (being there) they laughed because they truly found it funny as if it’s a ridiculous thing to even assume that people in power could be psychopaths.  Lambs to the slaughter.

It reminded me of this:

“One phenomenon all ponerogenic groups and associations have in common is the fact that their members lose (or have already lost) the capacity to perceive pathological individuals as such, interpreting their behavior in fascinated, heroic, or melodramatic ways. When the habits of subconscious selection and substitution of thought-data spread to the macrosocial level, a society tends to develop contempt for factual criticism and to humiliate anyone sounding an alarm.”

– Andrew M. Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology

It was interesting to experience for sure. Considering that the audience was basically filled with Marianne Williamson fans because of her work as a spiritual teacher, one would imagine that these people would be more aware and conscious of such topics. But that is another issue all together. I noticed that many of her supporters tend to automatically agree with anything she says, put her on a pedestal and dare not question anything she says, simply because she IS Marianne Williamson, the cherished well-known spiritual teacher and author who has been on Oprah no less!

But her reaction and what she said afterwards showed more of her own ignorance and lack of critical thinking. Let’s look at some of the things she said:

She says that “any person or system who doesn’t exercise from a place of remorse or with conscience is a sociopath. We have a so-called sociopathic economic system where conscience and remorse don’t play any part but short-term economic gain.”

Right away she uses the term sociopath and puts the focus on the system. But that’s not what I was talking about. There is a difference between a sociopath and a psychopath. What most people think as sociopaths are actually psychopaths. Yes, “conscience and remorse don’t play any part” in our system but it’s interesting to see how some people shy away from the term Psychopath or even laugh about it. Why is that? It seems related to the cultural conditioned view that psychopaths are insane serial killers we see in the movies or prisons, but would never appear in a suit and tie with the picture-perfect wife and family, speaking eloquently with confidence and inspiration, having power over a whole nation. Think again.

“Too many people hold the idea that psychopaths are essentially killers or convicts. The general public hasn’t been educated to see beyond the social stereotypes to understand that psychopaths can be entrepreneurs, politicians, CEOs and other successful individuals who may never see the inside of a prison….Psychopaths have what it takes to defraud and bilk others: They are fast-talking, charming, self-assured, at ease in social situations, cool under pressure, unfazed by the possibility of being found out, and totally ruthless. The psychopath can actually put themselves inside your skin intellectually, not emotionally. They can tell what you’re thinking, in a sense, they can look at your body language, they listen to what you’re saying, but what they don’t really do is feel what you feel. What this allows them to do is to use the words to manipulate and con and interact with you, without the baggage of this ‘I really feel your pain’ ”

– Dr. Robert Hare, Without Conscience

Dr. Hare also addresses the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath:

“For most people, the confusion and uncertainty surrounding this subject begin with the word psychopathy itself. Literally it means “mental illness” (from psyche, “mind”; and pathos, “disease”), and this is the meaning of the term still found in some dictionaries. The confusion is compounded by the media use of the term as the equivalent of “insane” or “crazy”….

Most clinicians and researchers don’t use the term in this way; they know that psychopathy cannot be understood in terms of traditional views of mental illness. Psychopaths are not disoriented or out of touch with reality, nor do they experience the delusions, hallucinations, or intense subjective distress that characterize most other mental disorders. Unlike psychotic individuals, psychopaths are rational and aware of what they are doing and why. Their behavior is the result of choice, freely exercised….

Many researchers, clinicians, and writers use the terms psychopath and sociopath interchangeably…. Sometimes the term sociopathy is used because it is less likely than is psychopathy to be confused with psychoticism or insanity….

In many cases the choice of term reflects the user’s views on the origins and determinants of the clinical syndrome or disorder described in this book. Thus, some clinicians and researchers—as well as most sociologists and criminologists—who believe that the syndrome is forged entirely by social forces and early experiences prefer the term sociopath, whereas those—including this writer—who feel that psychological, biological, and genetic factors also contribute to development of the syndrome generally use the term psychopath. The same individual therefore could be diagnosed as a sociopath by one expert and as a psychopath by another.”

In another book co-authored by Dr. Hare with Dr. Paul Babiak called Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work, they compare psychopathy, sociopathy, and antisocial personality disorder APD:

“Many people are confused about the differences among psychopathy, sociopathy, and antisocial personality disorder. Although the terms frequently are treated as if they are interchangeable—by the general public and professionals alike—they refer to related but not identical conditions.

Psychopathy is a personality disorder described by the personality traits and behaviors that form the basis of this book. Psychopaths are without conscience and incapable of empathy, guilt, or loyalty to anyone but themselves.

Sociopathy is not a formal psychiatric condition. It refers to patterns of attitudes and behaviors that are considered antisocial and criminal by society at large, but are seen as normal or necessary by the subculture or social environment in which they developed. Sociopaths may have a well-developed conscience and a normal capacity for empathy, guilt and loyalty, but their sense of right and wrong is based on the norms and expectations of their subculture or group. Many criminals might be described as sociopaths.

Antisocial personality disorder (APD) is a broad diagnostic category found in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV). Antisocial and criminal behaviors play a major role in its definition and, in this sense, APD is similar to sociopathy. Some of those with APD are psychopaths, but many are not. The difference between psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder is that the former includes personality traits such as lack of empathy, grandiosity, and shallow emotion that are not necessary for a diagnosis of APD. APD is three or four times more common than psychopathy in the general population and in prisons. The prevalence of those we would describe as sociopathic is unknown but likely considerably higher than that of APD.”

Sociopaths do have some empathy and a sense of guilt—a conscience—but their empathy is reduced and selective, related to their upbringing and sub-cultural environment. A psychopath has no empathy and conscience at all. They can act and say all the right things, lie and manipulate without any inner conflict or emotions, immune to guilt, remorse and compassion.

Most importantly what I was hinting at in my question to Marianne Williamson is related to psychopaths based on biological/genetic factors as described in the work of the researchers I mentioned. It’s not a psychological disposition based on trauma or childhood wounds but a genetic one. These individuals can’t be “healed”, comprise at least 6% of humanity and are often to be found in positions of power. This is hard for most people to accept and understandably so considering all the cultural, religious and spiritual/new age programming and corruption that posits “we are all one” meme. This also has nothing to do with “us vs. them” in  the way some people like to argue, but about understanding how complex humanity actually is, what we choose to believe and wish for based on assumptions and what we avoid to look at and confront, within and without.

Let’s look deeper into the characteristics of a psychopath. As mentioned above there are born psychopaths, people who have no conscience/empathy by birth. However normal people can become ponerized, meaning they take on psychopathological traits through upbringing and conditioning, trying to adapt to a pathological society that has lost the capacity to perceive pathological individuals as such. It means that the person or group can no longer make the distinction between healthy and pathological thought processes and logic. One is no longer able to draw a line between correct thinking and deviate thinking. Genetic psychopaths make up about 6% of humanity while ponerization has a much higher number.

A lot of psychopathological traits have become normalized in human societies. Billions of people have been fed psychopathic belief systems and world views as the “way of life” through media, government, religion, entertainment and education. Our culture puts a lot of emphasis on image, status and appearance. Psychopaths have actually personality traits that many common people aspire to. The untroubled self-confidence of the psychopath is very alluring and is generally what “normal” people seek to acquire when they attend assertiveness/motivational or “pick up/dating” training classes. Likeable, Charming, Intelligent, Alert, Impressive, Confidence-inspiring, and A great success with the ladies: These are the sorts of descriptions repeatedly used by Cleckley in his case-studies of psychopaths, The Mask of Sanity

The psychopath’s Mask of Sanity is very important to understand. It gives him the cover to roam freely in our society, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Realizing early on life that he’s different from the rest, the psychopath learns to mimic emotional states and expressions without feeling them himself one bit. Without any internal conflict of guilt, remorse or shame, the psychopath manipulates the people around him. He can tell you exactly what you want to hear, appear compassionate and the good ones have a very convincing mask that is hard to see through. I takes time and a lot of observation. Psychopaths can be very intelligent with a high IQs. They can write scholarly works, imitate the words of emotion, but over time, it becomes clear that their words do not match their actions.

“Imagine – if you can – not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken.

And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.

Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless.

You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience, that they seldom even guess at your condition.

In other words, you are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience, is conveniently invisible to the world.

You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences will most likely remain undiscovered.

How will you live your life?

What will you do with your huge and secret advantage, and with the corresponding handicap of other people (conscience)?

The answer will depend largely on just what your desires happen to be, because people are not all the same. Even the profoundly unscrupulous are not all the same. Some people – whether they have a conscience or not – favor the ease of inertia, while others are filled with dreams and wild ambitions. Some human beings are brilliant and talented, some are dull-witted, and most, conscience or not, are somewhere in between. There are violent people and nonviolent ones, individuals who are motivated by blood lust and those who have no such appetites. […]

Provided you are not forcibly stopped, you can do anything at all.

If you are born at the right time, with some access to family fortune, and you have a special talent for whipping up other people’s hatred and sense of deprivation, you can arrange to kill large numbers of unsuspecting people. With enough money, you can accomplish this from far away, and you can sit back safely and watch in satisfaction. […]

Crazy and frightening – and real, in about 4 percent of the population….”

– Martha Stout, Ph.D.

The key point is what Dr. Stout said here: Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless.

Most people assume that every human being essentially has a conscience or can change and become compassionate and empathetic. People tend to project positive qualities into some individuals which they don’t inherently have. We assume that the people in power, our (s)elected leaders, have the same conscience and emotions as we all do. Some people say that everyone has just issues and childhood wounds to work through on some level, even people in power, or as someone told me after Marianne Williamson’s talk when the topic of Psychopathy came up: “We are all psychopathic to varying degrees.”. Yes, sure, we all “issues”, but this is very different from having no conscience period. Not many people actually truly understand what we’re talking about here, they’ve never really studied the topic, yet they have opinions on it and can even laugh out loud about it in public.

It’s the basic logical fallacy, putting ones logic (conclusion) before grammar (research). Coupled with cognitive dissonance, since the acceptance of the truth could potentially upset one’s whole view of life and identified beliefs, the denial rate is still very high when it comes to this topic.

So much emphasis is put on immediate solutions, a new “system” of government or “fixing” the system, focusing on the education system, environment or trying to bring ethics back to Washington as M. Williamson stated.  Solutions are being presented but the problem itself, the root, is not even being understood in a basic way, not even considered.

Many “conscious” people who identify themselves with the “left”, liberal/progressive movement, politically or otherwise, seem to avoid looking at the nature of evil and understanding how societies are turned from something mutually beneficial and cooperative into virtual slave camps for the benefit of a few. “Good intentions” that are emotionally driven and based on wishful thinking do more harm than good, especially in the long run.

Nothing will change fundamentally until we educate ourselves about psychopathy and political ponerology and how it affects all of us. The virus of psychopathy will infect any new system, community or change in power until it is brought to awareness and looked at for what it is. Then the solutions will present themselves based on the knowledge and understanding we have gained. Educating ourselves and others about it is the best we can do for ourselves and future generations. It is vital knowledge in this day and age.

Going back to Marianne Williamson after her misinterpretation of the term “Psychopath”, she brought into focus the so-called sociopathic economic system, stressing that: “we don’t want a system where anybody purports to say that somebody else is a psychopath and therefore does not belong in office….let me tell you something, people like Hitler talked that way….this cannot be about demonizing individuals….this is about holding systems accountable….we wanna be real careful of anything psychological  ‘you are unfit for anything’ based on somebody’s psychological appraisal. Evil has been perpetrated  based on that……so the conversation is a conversation valid, absolutely….but in terms of individuals you wanna stay away from that.”

There are several fallacies in Williamson’s thinking here, chief among which is the fact that she engaged in a strawman argument, a common logical fallacy that politicians tend to use in order to distract or avoid answering questions directly.

Strawman argument, definition: “You misrepresented someone’s argument to make it easier to attack. By exaggerating, misrepresenting, or just completely fabricating someone’s argument, it’s much easier to present your own position as being reasonable, but this kind of dishonesty serves to undermine honest rational debate.”

I asked her if she’s aware of the topic of psychopathy and the research that has come out over the past years, which proves that there is a type of human being who has no conscience by birth and who gravitates towards positions of power, which results in a ponerized society.  The implications of psychopaths in high political office or as CEOs of big corporations and how they affect our society and world are self-evident and disturbing for anyone to see who understands this subject.

Yet she immediately diverted away from my point and focused on the system. Clearly Williamson is not aware of the deeper issues of psychopathy, which isn’t a problem per se, but in that case, she should have had the humility to say, “Well that’s an interesting topic and I feel I’m triggered by the word “psychopath” but I’d be interested to learn more about it” or something along those lines. What is it with people and especially politicians to always have to have an answer and appear “knowledgeable” to the point of having opinions about topics they do not understand and distort/misinterpret as a result of it, consciously or not? Well we know why, it’s about image and authority, appearing confident, self-assured and strong to gain the confidence and trust of their voters and generate donations for their campaign….ironically these are some of the traits psychopaths have perfected as well (no, I’m not implying that M. Williamson is a psychopath). With Williamson’s background as a “spiritual teacher” you’d think she wouldn’t fall into this manipulative political lingo with all the logical fallacies that usually go along with it.


She mentioned that it is about holding systems accountable but not demonizing individuals. This really makes no sense, since systems are created, used and abused by individuals. Focusing on fixing the system is like blaming a car because of a drunk driver is causing accidents. The same old mistake of focusing on the symptoms instead of getting at the root, a result of trying to present solutions too soon without having sincerely explored what the “problem” is to begin with. The system cannot be fixed. It has been designed that way since the get-go, but we’ve been living under these political systems and governments for so long that we don’t even question them anymore, but accept them like in a global Stockholm Syndrome, idealizing them and not seeing reality for what it is. We are so conditioned and programmed that we don’t even question the need of a “government” to begin with. Those that are given the opportunity to do so, seem to experience some kind of brain freeze that prevents them from really considering that question deeply.

Most people are afraid of the “chaos” that they believe would ensure if there were no government or authority to ‘lead’ them, which is ultimately rooted in the fear of true freedom and taking responsibility. The reality is that governments and power in the hands of a few are the reason our ‘modern’ society is descending further and further into the chaos that so many fear. Many people ask, well what “solution” do you have then? Looking at the world as it IS is the first step before presenting any “solutions”. As Krishnamurti said: “It’s like trying to change the tapestry in a prison cell, believing this brings more freedom instead of breaking down the prison walls”, or like cutting the branches of a tree, which will grow back eventually. The root needs to be tackled and the root issue on a 3D level is psychopaths in power. A careful study of this topic and our (true) history shows this to be true, with little doubt.

“An Ideal is merely an escape, an avoidance of what is, a contradiction of what is. An ideal prevents direct action upon what is. To have peace, we will have to love, we will have to begin not to live an ideal life but to see things as they are and act upon them, transform them.”

– Krishnamurti

Williamson also used the word “demonizing” which is not what I implied and actually a very bad word to use in this context that also distorts the issue at hand, especially with her poor example of “Hitler has done that”. I find her lingo very manipulative, an attempt to get the audience on her side by distorting the main point. She basically misunderstood and twisted my main point, which would have been clear to her if she truly understood psychopathy and ponerology. Knowledge and Understanding of this topic can actually help us to prevent individuals like Hitler rising to power in the first place. And yes, some individuals are NOT fit to be in office or positions of power, where his/her decisions affect the life of millions, if not billions, of people. I think this should be fairly obvious.

For example anyone who wants to become a police officer has to pass a psychological screening. The psychological evaluation is part of the process of determining whether an applicant is suited for the position. Makes sense, no? We want to make sure that our police officers are mentally stable to be enforcers of the law. Of course, looking a the police brutality these days, one must wonder what kind of test this is and what laws are they enforcing, so mere “psychological screening” is not enough. What is their psychological screening based on anyway? Again, if the topic of psychopathy is not fully understood and applied in such “screenings” we have psychopaths and Authoritarian Followers with guns in their hands, authorized to shoot and arrest people at will, and with increasing impunity.

Now look at politics. Theoretically anyone with enough money, the right connections, image and a certain mind state ( playing the “game” with all the “political correctness” to hand) can become president of this country. There is zero psychological evaluation to become commander-in-chief who has the power over the biggest military force of the world. Doesn’t this strike you a bit as odd?

So, yes, I’d certainly advocate for psychological screenings, even brain scans. It is about individuals and NOT the system. It’s about people not ideologies. However, I agree that we need to be careful about it as Williamson said. Before we can get to any solutions and apply any such ideas, we need to educate ourselves and others about what we’re actually dealing with. Psychology and psychiatry has also become corrupted and that’s where the true danger lies when the system and the powers that be are using those disciplines for their own agenda.

Gaining Knowledge, which leads to Understanding needs to happen first, educating ourselves first before coming to conclusions and then act on the understanding gained and presenting solutions. It’s the basic application of the Trivium and critical thinking which I’ve written about before.

Williamson also mentioned  that “Evil has been perpetrated  based on [somebody’s psychological appraisal]”. Yes, sure lots of evil is perpetrated through the corruption of science – including psychology – because of psychopaths in power. But again, she’s got it all backwards because she starts from a misinterpretation of the actual issue due to her lack of knowledge, and comes to conclusions based on assumptions.

First of all, what is “evil”? At least she seems to acknowledge that there is evil and doesn’t fall into the abstract and pseudo-spiritual idea that there is “no evil” on our level of existence as so many people tend to do based on Solipsism, a very illusory ideology in todays “New Age” movement. Solipsism is based on the idea that there is “no truth”, a topic I have explored in more depth before.

Polish psychiatrist Andrew Lobaczewski coined the word Ponerology. It comes from greek (poneros = evil) and is the study of evil. From the foreword of Lobaczewski’s groundbreaking work “Political Ponerology”:

“Ponerology reveals itself to be a new branch of science born out of historical need and the most recent accomplishments of medicine and psychology. In light of objective naturalistic language, it studies the causal components and processes of the genesis of evil, regardless of the latter’s social scope. We may attempt to analyze these ponerogenic processes which have given rise to human injustice, armed with proper knowledge, particularly in the area of psychopathology. Again and again, as the reader will discover, in such a study, we meet with the effects of pathological factors whose carriers are people characterized by some degree of various psychological deviations or defects.”

To truly understand the significance of his work, it is important to know the history of how this book came about because Lobaczewski went through a lot of suffering and sacrifice to get this material published. There have been many attempts to destroy his work.

“The original manuscript of this book went into the furnace minutes before a secret police raid in Communist Poland. The second copy, painfully reassembled by scientists working under impossible conditions of violence and repression, was sent via courier to the Vatican. Its receipt was never acknowledged – the manuscript and all valuable data lost.

He was forced to emigrate to the United States in 1977. Even in America, he continued to find himself hounded by forces that opposed him. But he struggled on, finally finishing the manuscript for the third version of the book, including what he was able to reconstruct without access to the lost original research, in New York in 1984.

This manuscript was met with suppression. In a particularly fascinating episode,  Zbigniew Brzezinski, famed political scientist and former National Security Advisor under President Jimmy Carter, first offered to help get it published, but then, instead, worked to oppose its publication. Ultimately, Lobaczewski was unable to get the book published while he was in the United States. In 1990, he returned to Poland quite ill and rather destitute and only survived at all due to care provided by old friends who were doctors.”

He was finally able to publish his book. After half a century of suppression, this book has finally become available.

And here we see another problem. Vital knowledge and research that could help humanity as a whole has been suppressed and even destroyed by pathological individuals in power throughout history. The information in this book is important for anyone to be aware of, so that we truly learn from history and understand the underlying root issue of why the world is as it is and why no true change is going to happen by trying to tackle the system and present solutions without scientific and objective knowledge of evil as a foundation to work from, from which the solutions will then emerge. It’s part of our ‘shadow work’, to make the darkness conscious within AND without.

“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” – Sun Tzu

The major theme of Lobaczewski’s book is that if world civilization is to survive and thrive it must learn how to deal with evil individuals who seek its destruction. It is essential that objective scientific studies continue be pursued in order that humanity may come to recognize evil when they see it and learn how to combat it. That’s the only way to re-install morality and ethics (as Williamson says her intention is). In fact, before we can talk about systems, this is where we need to start, and it requires much work and effort because the psychopaths in power are doing their best to suppress this knowledge. However, their Achilles heel is wishful thinking, believing themselves to be untouchable, even as they destroy themselves like a deadly virus that kills the host and essentially itself.

Instead of advocating and citing “A Course in Miracles” as Williamson is doing, almost using this very questionable channeled material as her foundation, she’d be better advised to lay that “teaching” aside and deal with objective reality and the scientific study of psychopathy, because she’s heading right into the center of the beast, or at least she’s trying.  I have read and studied “A Course in Miracles” and did all the exercises many years ago when I wasn’t very discerning. It took me a while until I saw the red flags and the mind control/self-hypnosis of this teaching (ultimately promoting Solipsism) and how it put me more to sleep,  all the while dreaming that I was awake. Even if there is some truth in it, but the best way to swallow a lie is to sandwich it between some truth. It’s the most efficient way to spread disinformation. There is also some interesting connection of the group who “channeled” this material to the CIA. And that ties into New Age Cointelpro.

We won’t see “Political Ponerology” or similar works being promoted on Oprah anytime soon. It’s up to us to actively seek out this knowledge and educate ourselves and others about it. This topic is imperative to understand for anyone involved in any “conscious movements” or anyone who is trying to make this world a better place for ourselves and future generations. It doesn’t matter what your work is and what medium of expression you choose, what party and religion you belong to and identify yourself with. Psychopathy and Ponerization affect all of us. Most importantly, don’t judge something or present solutions if you haven’t sincerely studied  it first.  Or, in the words of Andrew Lobaczewski: “Do not attempt to cure what you do not understand.”

If Marianne Williamson was sincere when she said  “the conversation is a conversation valid, absolute!” and earlier in her talk: “Until we deal with the cancer that underlies all these problems, until we deal with the underlying issue of all these problems, we will not be able to handle the derivative problems.” then I’d hope she’ll engage in some reading as well as those who supports her. The cancer eating away at humanity’s body is Psychopathy and the ponerization of human society. But this is not about her personally. She has good intentions, I suppose. This is about all of us coming to terms with and understanding a very serious and troubling issue our planet is facing, so we can have an intelligent conversation based on objective reality. The truth is the truth (not “my” or “your” truth) and no one said it would be easy or comfortable. The longer we avoid it, the harder it’ll get and the deeper we dig our own graves. Sorry to sound bleak, but disillusionment is part of the process. The universe is very impersonal when it comes to Truth. Either we align ourselves with it or we will perish.

Finally, I’ve heard many people stating that M. Williamson gives them hope…..similar to the way many people felt about Obama in 2008. But there is something to be said about “hope” as historian Richard M. Dolan said at the “Awake and Aware Conference” in LA in 2009:

“Hope and fear: Fear is an enemy. We know this because when we are afraid, we react irrationally to things, we don’t think through. Hope is an enemy, too, though. That sounds kind of wrong, doesn’t it? Everyone likes to have hope: Don’t give up hope. But, here’s the problem with hope: Hope also deludes. We need to have a cold eye. We have to be able to look at reality in as alert and awake a fashion as we can. What is true higher consciousness? Well, it starts with awareness, with seeing things as they are, not as you want them to be, not as you hope they can be – you have to see them as they are. It is only through going over that first large hurdle, I feel, that we can really attain a true higher consciousness, a true awareness in which we are awake, not asleep.”

Here are some good resources to start with:

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  • CWR
    February 7, 2014, 10:20 pm  Reply

    Your description of the psychopathic sounds like the majority rather then the minority, if true how do you combat that?

    • February 7, 2014, 10:30 pm

      As I wrote in my article, first we need to truly understand what and who we’re dealing with, the characteristics of psychopaths, how they get to occupy positions in high power and most importantly how it affects and has affected society and our world throughout history. Our world has become “ponerized” because of psychopaths in power for hundreds if not thousands of years and it affects literally every aspect of our lives, which many people don’t question, because it all has become normalized. There are no short answers or quick solutions since it’s a deep and far reaching topic, hence educating ourselves and others about it is the first step and raising awareness about it. I recommend reading the books in the resources list, especially “Political Ponerology”.

      • Angelika
        June 17, 2014, 4:05 am

        I am new here. Glad to have found this web cite. I have been studying psychopathy for some time now. You may write me if you wish and we could discuss more. I think that the problem of psychopathy in our societies might have began some 35, 000 years ago (my conjecture) when Cro-Magnon interbread with Neanderthal. New research has just came out on Neanderthal brain function and structure, and there is much work on social organization of Neanderthals. By the authors description of Neanderthal, I had the Eureka moment (last week). In Neanderthal we have classic psychopath. The article makes no mention of psychopathy-Neanderthal link however. I might be the first person to suggest it. I have not written an academic paper on this yet. I feel the information is to urgent to hold on until polished work comes out of it. Neanderthal genome is present in some modern humans. The question is how much of it is necessary to initiate the switch, (not everyone with the Neanderthal genome even as high as 2.7{7462fd5d987b5b45f145d4c829bd68725759e65e7695f1e074740579327beb1f} is psychopathic). Perhaps Neanderthal genome + some other factor in combination is necessary to results in psychopathy. Regardless, we might be dealing with a seperate subspecies. Most people, unless they have been “lucky” to run across such an individulal have incredibly hard time appreciating the fact just how radically psychopath is. Psychpath is just as puzzled about us. He relies on very primitive sets of cues we give him. I highly recommend a recent book by M. E. Thomas, “Confessions of a Sociopath; A life spent hiding in plain sight.” It is written by a female psychopath, and it offers one way to enter into such disturbed persons mind.

        Perhaps readers of this forum might find of interest most recent research on psychopathy. I would love to share with everyone some good articles, but I dont know how. Hope to hear from Bernhard.


        P.S. Most importantly as Robert Hare once said, Psychopath is a rebel without a cause. I call them “shape shifters.” He does not attach himself/herself to any specific religion or any type of system out of any convictions what so ever. He merely uses ANY human organization to his own benefit. He does not have a complete understanding how his own actions may lead to his own demise as well. And he cant be any other way by the very structure of his design.

        • June 17, 2014, 12:08 pm

          Angelika, you are not the first to have that suspicion about Neanderthals:

        • Angelika
          June 17, 2014, 3:42 pm

          Incredible. Thanks much for that link. Above I mentioned a recent article published in biological sciences about Neanderthal brain. Here is a link to this fantastic free article:

          Here is the title: New insights into differences in brain organization between Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans (Pearce et al 2014).

        • June 17, 2014, 3:50 pm

          Angelika and rawtruth, here’s another in-depth article about that, brining in other factors as well:

          “[…]A careful consideration of the characteristics of Neanderthals – what little can be discerned, but mainly their lack of creativity over 200,000 years or more of existence – along with the very small percentage of DNA mixing, may actually give us clues as to what may have happened that modern science is trying so hard to cover up with their evolutionary theories: genetic human pathologies including those that infect the very individuals who have taken over control of our civilization and corrupted it with their mechanical, materialistic world view.

          It may very well be that certain personality pathologies among modern humans, such as the authoritarian personality and psychopathy, are due to the presence of some Neanderthal DNA that has recombined in particular ways. Here is why I suggest this: if you study all the available material on Neanderthals, you come to the idea that their basic natures? – in the emotional/spiritual sense – are that of the psychopath
          So, combine a powerful animalistic instinctive nature with the spiritual, creative, active, dynamic, adventurous brain of the Cro-Magon and what do you have? One has only to imagine the mixture of the non-creative, almost parasitic Neanderthal personality with the dynamic, creative, Cro-Magnon to get an image of the aggressive, dominating authoritarian personality that is devoid of creativity, has no ability to conceive of time and space, and functions totally opportunistically – a hungry predator, though his hunger has new modes of expression and fulfillment, even if it can always be boiled down to flesh – to eat or mate with or both: pure materialism. Perhaps that is the real ‘Neanderthal Legacy’?

          That is not to say that there is a single authoritarian or ‘psychopath gene’. If you read Barbara Oakley’s book Evil Genes, you realize that there are different systems involved in what we term Cluster-B personality disorders, including psychopathy. And each of these systems is controlled by different sets of genes. That would only be natural if we are talking about an event of mixing that took place a very, very long time ago.[…]”

        • Angelika
          June 17, 2014, 4:41 pm

          Fantastic lead. Friend of mine, now retired statistitian/psychologist/geneticist, once told me that his research collaborator and mentor observed (and I have never seen this published anywhere) that psychopaths seem to have incredible command of their bodies. They walk smoothly, as if they have been taking dance lessons in their youth. I havent realized this until he told me that. The psychopath I chanced upon once in my life had such refined body movements. This gentle walk, “as if on water” seemed to add to this persons aura. Now Neanderthals had bigger body index then modern humans. Thus they have more brain areas dedicated to muscle control. This is beautifully elaborated in the article I recommended above. And bingo. We might have another visible characteristic which might help with identification.

          here once more the article about Neanderthal for quick reference:

          and here is pop sci article about psychopaths unique brain organization from huff post

      • victoireslakey
        December 20, 2016, 4:57 pm

        Hi Bernhard,

        THANKS for the fantastic article – I have shared it and am curious… have you heard of the new and fascinating field of mBraining?
        It collates neuro-sciences of head, heart, gut and ANS with cognitive linguistics, behavioural modeling and perennial philosophy.
        I offer this info as it is part of the solution to the problem you so eloquently and thoroughly expose…
        mBraining is about how to align the neural networks from a basecamp of physiological coherence (through balanced breathing).
        It offers a heuristic roadmap for opening neural integrative constraints (cognitive dissonance being as you know a major player) rediscovering & integrating the prime functions of the mBrains (heart/head/gut/) and enabling their highest expressions: Compassion, Creativity and Courage… marks of authentic leadership.
        Psychopathy definitely is addressed as the worst kind of ‘pseudo-leadership’ and in effect we are describing people with no hearts… thankfully they are minority…
        BUT INDEED we need wake up : our Humanity is a fractal complex adaptative neural network… let us become aware of our pathological elements and with skillful means and (perhaps wrathful) compassion disarm them… The more the merrier <3

  • Anonymous
    February 8, 2014, 3:10 am  Reply

    Another great article Bernhard. Love the break down you provide of M Williamson’s answer. She really does not answer your question, but simply skirt’s around it.

  • February 8, 2014, 4:01 am  Reply

    Great and true article! There is nothing “spiritual” about that woman. She just played the game like any other politician. I got sick to my stomach watching her ridicule you, create the straw man, bring Hitler into it (classic move to make you appear to have sinister motives), move the goalposts, redefine your question, etc. Absolutely awful. Anyone who would vote for her is a complete idiot. A stupified idiot, actually. Observing the world’s descent into greater and greater evil (as well as watching the acrobatics of mostpeople in response to it — to use ee cummings’ portmanteau word), I have come to the conclusion that there are darker forces at work than mere human ones. I have watched people appear to be “taken over” by something right before my eyes, as if controlled by a force outside of themselves. Frankly, watching how that Marianne woman responded to your question gave me the same feeling. To dismiss a question such as yours in that manner is not mere political slick talk, because she could have fielded the question very differently on the terms in which you asked it. But she completely twisted everything you said. I found her entire response deeply sinister. Diabolical, actually.

  • genomega1
    February 8, 2014, 9:46 am  Reply

    Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    Marianne Williamson and the Elephant in the Living Room

  • February 8, 2014, 1:38 pm  Reply

    Thank you for your perceptive expose, Bernhard. Back in the mid-’90’s when I practiced ACIM for a few years, I read articles by MW and even bought her book “The Healing of America” which even then I considered naive. I did find the Course helpful in those years as a self-psychology tool for releasing buried resentments. However, I became increasingly uncomfortable with what I perceived to be its promotion of a passive, dissociative attitude toward life, a certain nihilistic abdication of personal responsibility, especially towards the state of the world-at-large, which, of course, it emphasizes over and over is merely “illusion.” This attitude is succinctly summed up by the Course’s oft-repeated phrase “I need do nothing.”

    It seems MW has also moved beyond that admonition and now thinks she “need do politics” or maybe “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!” As you point out, she fails in several respects. But after reading your previous post pointing to Dennis Wise’s superb documentary on Adolf Hitler and WW2 (thanks for that BTW), it occurs to me that MW also fails the Hitler test:

    The Hitler documentary (found at the above URL) has opened my mind to a whole new level of pathological manipulation being foisted on humanity. As you say, the psy-ops are being perpetrated by psychopaths, but the lesson I gained from Dennis’ film is that they are a rather specific group of psychopaths who actually believe themselves to be humanity’s sole “master race”—a term which they projected onto Hitler and demonized him for—a distinction which, by their pathological reasoning, gives them total license to rob, cheat, murder and destroy the rest of us.

    Hitler and the National Socialists clearly perceived this group—and its control of international financing based on usury and debt from fractional reserve lending—as being responsible for the hyper-inflation, 50{7462fd5d987b5b45f145d4c829bd68725759e65e7695f1e074740579327beb1f} unemployment and widespread hunger, deprivation and decadence in Weimar Germany. When the NSDAP was VOTED into power by the German people, it took immediate steps to depose that group of psychopathic controllers and within a mere 4 years had Germany back to a stable and successful economy with a population now engaged in meaningful work and united in a national vision of prosperity and hope for the future. This was done primarily with public works programs and interest-free debt-free money BEFORE armament spending began:

    This, in my view, is why the psychopathic master-race cult had to employ all its powers of propaganda and financial controls to fully engage the resources of the capitalist and communist nations (52 of them, to be exact) in order to totally annihilate Hitler’s Reich as well as the German people themselves. Otherwise, Germany’s unique demonstration of a thriving people and economy in the midst of worldwide depression might inspire other nations likewise to end their own suffering and debasement by identifying and throwing off the yoke of their psychopathic financial predators.

    Rather than demonizing Hitler and the Germans as MW does, and as we have been taught to do by our psychopath-controlled education system/media/entertainment industry, perhaps instead we should be trying to learn from what Hitler and the Germans really accomplished before they were destroyed and demonized.

    It is quite curious to me that, for all they have done to increase awareness of psychopathy and ponerology—not the least of which was to publish and publicize Lobaczewki’s book—Laura and the SOTT team have also failed the Hitler test. They do deprecate Zionists and their political influence over most of the Western nations, but I do not see much discussion of how the master-race cult, of which the Zionists are but a part, bends nations to its will through usury and debt-based international finance.

    Bernhard, I would be very interested to know what insights you may have on these matters.

    • February 8, 2014, 6:34 pm

      Yes, there is much to be said about Hitler and what happened prior, during and after WWII with anything relating to it. The fact that some researchers who are presented in the documentary you mention have been arrested for simply questioning the official historical narrative, a “thought crime”, is a huge read flag and should make one question “official history” even more. Having said that I wouldn’t say that Hitler was just a “good” and “nice” guy. Psychopaths tend to fight each other for power and control with different fractions. I think he could have been used (like a “Useful Idiot”) because he was very power driven and pathological in his own ways. In the end the whole official WWII story gave the USA (saviors) and Israel (Zionism)(eternal victims) a VERY good image that can’t be questioned whatsoever. They needed someone like Hitler to have the ultimate enemy image.
      I feel many people shy away from talking about it because it is the ultimate taboo topic, where any slight sympathy for Hitler and the German people around that time, or questioning the official story is being seen as “anti-Semitic” or “racist”.
      Having grown up in Germany with a very “guilt-ridden” education about how horrible we were in WWII and then seeing this documentary was a huge eye opener and I even wept, feeling the pain of a whole nation and culture that has been betrayed. But this is a huge topic which requires careful examination.

    • commenter
      March 21, 2014, 8:53 pm

      re: A Course in Miracles

      interesting that connections with CIA have come up, not sure if they have been noted or addressed by ACIM followers/adherents:

  • February 8, 2014, 8:58 pm  Reply

    Thank you for this! Sharing. So grateful to have come across your videos and to have found you on FB. I really appreciate your work.

  • monetmonet
    February 8, 2014, 9:00 pm  Reply

    Have you attempted a one on one meeting with Marianne to discuss this with her? Think she’d be open to it? Or shared this writing with her?

  • mglanxon
    February 10, 2014, 7:58 am  Reply

    First I’d like to say I enjoyed your article. I commend you & others for realizing, knowing & writing about this subject. As I have stated before when I was in high school I was involved in a debate regarding “Capitalism vs Communism”. At the end of the debate I theorized that NO form of government would work on this planet because of the greed & selfishness that was inherent in humans. I posited that this
    could be overcome if a select group of people,w/out these traits, left the planet & basically started over & began “weeding “these traits out of new borns by education etc. I’ve also recently stated that change could only happen via the “ C’s realm border wave” arriving or some other kind of major catastrophe,followed by a “rebuilding etc. ”Unfortunately I still believe that. I’ve try to “influence” my own “Local Universe” as WP & others have suggested but so far have failed. Do you see any alternative? This topic means a lot to me but is source of personal doubt & sadness. Again I ask do you see any alternative?

  • Marla Frees
    February 12, 2014, 11:39 am  Reply

    Yes I too enjoy this article and probably will spend hours deciphering all that I can from it. What I love about Marianne running is that its not that she knows all or that she is naive in being able to fix things, but that her heart and mind are pushed to offer a different kind of view of this whole system. Shedding light in a club that has dominated society takes effort that is inspired. Human beings are so complex, with various agendas no doubt would keep us busy forever trying to analyze, yet insteps a woman vested for years in material of a spiritual nature that goes beyond the initial dogma of organized religion. Similar, in that any text that is taught could become rhetoric to control people, but, different in that the teachings are about taking responsibility, while also acknowledging a higher consciousness. This is a crack in proverbial egg G and with that said, lets acknowledge that someone is willing to do that. Wishful thinking perhaps, but this dialogue has started and in my lay lay layman’s opinion….its a start. I very much suggest that you do sit down with her and discuss this! Thank you.

  • February 12, 2014, 11:50 am  Reply

    Only a neurotic majority would choose psychotic leadership.

  • March 20, 2014, 11:59 pm  Reply

    A couple years after voting for Obama, Marianne Williamson started to notice that maybe Obama wasn’t as wonderful as she had hoped and so she instead started singing the praises of guess who: Anthony Wiener. No joke…she said that he(and a few other enlightened democrats) were now the “moral force of the democratic party.” Hahaha. No joke.

    Where is her remorse for electing/supporting men with zero integrity? What is it called when someone shows no remorse for their actions? Sociopath? Ponerogenic? Psychopath? All of the above?

  • commenter
    March 21, 2014, 9:09 pm  Reply

    i think this paragraph of yours deserves some critique:

    “She mentioned that it is about holding systems accountable but not demonizing individuals. This really makes no sense, since systems are created, used and abused by individuals. Focusing on fixing the system is like blaming a car because of a drunk driver is causing accidents. The same old mistake of focusing on the symptoms instead of getting at the root, a result of trying to present solutions too soon without having sincerely explored what the “problem” is to begin with. The system cannot be fixed. It has been designed that way since the get-go, but we’ve been living under these political systems and governments for so long that we don’t even question them anymore, but accept them like in a global Stockholm Syndrome, idealizing them and not seeing reality for what it is. We are so conditioned and programmed that we don’t even question the need of a “government” to begin with. Those that are given the opportunity to do so, seem to experience some kind of brain freeze that prevents them from really considering that question deeply.”

    it makes perfect sense IMO to hold the system accountable. some systems would be perfect vehicles for (psychopathic) individuals to wield overarching authority, other systems would be more decentralized and directly democratic

    to think we need to understand the dynamics of psychopathology moreso than creating systems that are under collective rather than individual control is not a given, even though some of the people in charge of our society may be psychopaths…

    anywhere that people live together in a society, they need to figure out how to live together … it’s nice to talk about individuals that don’t need governments, but even at a community level there needs to be a form of collective decision making. and then on larger scales, there needs to be some way of working together

    these are systems that we definitely need to improve upon what we currently have, so that individuals are able to participate in the decisions that affect them, and not have them imposed upon from above (whether it be by psychopaths or bureaucrats or fascists or capitalists)

    currently the economic system dominates most decisions, and ‘government’ is only a secondary system that assists the economic one, and neither are democratic in any meaningful way

    the systems that run our society (the ‘car’ in your analogy) do need to be critically examined, and not only the fact that psychopaths (aka ‘drunk drivers’) are in charge – put a drunk on a train as a passenger and its not going to cause any accidents

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  • Insider from MW's Campaign
    April 2, 2014, 4:09 pm  Reply

    I did some side work for Marianne’s congressional campaign and I’m in close contact to a number of people from Marianne Williamson’s crew, and here’s what’s going on behind the scenes: Of the 40+ wishful thinking devotees, EVERYONE has either quit or has been fired. The turnover rate is astounding, Marianne having burned through 4 (possibly more) campaign managers in the past few months, one only lasting 2 days before quitting due to Marianne’s extreme behavior. The word on the inside is that the whole thing is a wreck. Everything’s fractured, and Marianne barely sleeps or eats, which is evident when seeing her in person, beyond the plastic surgery, Photoshop, and camera effects. It’s all wearing down on her ability to hold up a polite social mask. Everyone from her team I’ve talked to said that away from the public, she’s an abusive narcissist, control freak, OCD asthmatic workaholic, and exhibits signs of Borderline Personality Disorder, which could be why she was SO touchy about making the point regarding “not name-calling” when discussing the issue of Psychopaths in positions of power. The BPD diagnosis is interesting to consider since she’s seeking power but doesn’t have the internal fortitude to maintain composure under pressure or work well with others. Numerous people who were on her team said that they have no doubt that even IF she were to get elected, she’d be a wreck dealing hundreds of political psychopaths breathing down her neck, pushing her around with corporate bullies behind them. She can’t even handle being healthy and treating people well on the campaign trail, or even simple questions posed to her like the one in the video above!

    She’s had this issue creep up before, as noted in a few articles back before her P.R. people were able to control what got out about her. See the following articles:

    “Many people who have worked with her say she has an explosive temper that erupts indiscriminately even in front of sick clients. They contend she is a “control freak” who insists on becoming involved in every detail and cannot bear to be upstaged or challenged. “If you don’t agree with Marianne you’re not going to be around very long,” said Dick DeVogeleare, a dismissed executive director who sued the center for breach of contract and later settled.

    “Marianne is someone who likes to control everyone around her,” said journalist Jean Halberstam, formerly on the Manhattan center’s board.”

    “As Williamson makes her way out of the spotlight and off the stage, she seems not to hear the accolade, and at least several in the gathering are witness to a quite different side of the inspirational speaker…”,,20112175,00.html

    I think this sheds light on WHY she avoids the issue of psychopathy.It seems like psychological disorders are a sensitive subject for her, much like they are to many people who have been diagnosed with them.

    • critical thinker
      April 3, 2014, 8:53 pm

      possibly what you say is true,
      possibly this is just part of the political game,
      there is indeed a ‘cointelpro – p2’ program run by those behind the US government that exists solely to sully reputations and shift thinking across the internets
      i would imagine they could probably easily get away with posts like these if not much more imaginative tampering

      but oh so easy to believe everything that gets posted on the internet when it tells us things we wish to believe

      • April 3, 2014, 9:03 pm

        Actually this is not part of the political game. I happen to know this person who posted this comment, but who wants to stay anonymous at this point.
        There has been a discussion about this on facebook and a couple of people contacted me today (one even called me) who have worked in the past and are currently working with MW, confirming the comment of the person on my article. Apparently there is something “cooking” behind the scenes and it’s been going on for a while. There is a lot of hypocrisy between what she teaches, her “spiritual” public image and how she behaves.

        Personally I didn’t see that coming since my article only focuses on what she said and her fallacies. But in the end it all does make sense and should be a good lesson for anyone who gets fooled by appearances and has an emotional attachment to “celebrity guru” personalities like that.

        The people who contacted me wish to stay anonymous but it seems the cat is out of the bag since they told me they saw this coming. Will be interesting to see what kind of “damage control” will be done by her and her advisers. It will also be interesting to see the reaction of all the people who donated money for her campaign.
        Of course there will be always the ones who defend her no matter what as it is usually the case with high profile individuals like that and the “fans” they attract.

        All of this makes her new campaign video even more ironic but in light of it all, it makes sense why she made a video with people praising her. It may already be part of the “damage control”.

    • Another MW staffer
      April 18, 2014, 6:25 pm

      So glad this person spoke up. It’s 100{7462fd5d987b5b45f145d4c829bd68725759e65e7695f1e074740579327beb1f} true, She hits every diagnostic criteria for BPD in the DSM 4, 5 and NIMH. I started in January and between 1/1 and 2/28 she went through 6 campaign managers. At this point she has one or two sycophants still on staff but its all run by volunteers. Bernhard, send me an email and I can tell you some hilarious and horrifying stories.

  • April 4, 2014, 6:26 pm  Reply

    and the 435 current reps are all saints?

  • Paul
    April 6, 2014, 12:52 pm  Reply

    I am now reading Ospenskys book “In search of the Miraculous”..which is a great book..and I was surprised to see that Marianne Williamson wrote the foreword after watching your video and seeing her behaviour. You would think that she would have more clearity since the book was a major impact for her. But of course as Gurdjieff says it very easy to fall asleep and there are many pitfalls on the way! Great post Bernhard…Hope to see more in the future.

    • April 6, 2014, 1:30 pm

      Yeah, Gurdjieff is probably turning around in his grave and so is Ouspensky.

  • April 9, 2014, 5:40 pm  Reply

    she’s the devil I know.

  • April 30, 2014, 12:29 am  Reply

    One doesn’t need to dig too deep to prove that Marianne is off her rocker. The simple fact that she recently sung the praises of people like Anthony Wiener and Barrack Obama is vivid proof that she hasn’t the slightest clue of what integrity looks like. Look at the people she has supported over the years. The very notion of integrity doesn’t even exist in her consciousness. Like attracts like. That is all one needs to know.

    Beyond her obvious weak alignments, it is also plainly obvious that her mind is deeply fragmented, As Bernard pointed out, she is unable to differentiate between the tiny branch of a problem and the root. Now this of course is the case with most human beings(including politicians) on the planet, so ya, essentially she nothing more than your average run of the mill fragmented mind, with perhaps a bit of extra elitist egotism thrown in there. What’s new under the sun?

  • Jamie Rusche
    May 27, 2014, 5:13 pm  Reply

    You’re totally winning me over. Way to go!

  • July 22, 2014, 10:23 am  Reply

    “What is it with people and especially politicians to always have to have an answer and appear “knowledgeable” to the point of having opinions about topics they do not understand and distort/misinterpret as a result of it, consciously or not?”

    Perhaps this characteristic does not apply equally to everyone but mainly to the narcissistically/sociopathically disordered who are the type one would expect to find seeking positions of power and influence or act upon their craving to be the center of attention? The doubtful and hesitant simply don’t position themselves in the spotlight or speak up and become noticed.

  • April 18, 2015, 10:31 pm  Reply

    “Imagine that – sociopaths have high self-esteem.” – George Carlin

  • April 19, 2015, 12:54 am  Reply

    um, what if her “work” as a “spiritual teacher” WAS her political campaign and now she/the system is just reaping the “benefits”? i have a feeling that we’re going to see many of these “spiritual teachers” running for high level positions, like this. and just think – how many of them have international influence, with their books and stuff published in so many languages…

  • May 8, 2015, 6:01 am  Reply

    I think the writer completely misread the audience reaction when the term pathocracy was mentioned in the M. Williamson video. The laughter wasn’t out of awkwardness or denial. It was an expression of complete recognition.

    • May 8, 2015, 9:20 am

      Jace, how can you possibly make that judgment when you weren’t there? It was not just the laughing but the energetic impressions of that reaction which were clearly sarcasm and literally making of me and what I said. It was not a pleasant experience at all. Further more, talking to some people of the audience after the talk, it made it even clearer that they didn’t understand this topic at all and didn’t take it serious and laughed it off again.

      This is also just a very short clip of a 1hr talk. The rest of her talk and the audience’s reactions (most of them “groupies” and fans of MW who just swallow everything she said without questioning) also made it very obvious that they don’t comprehend the real issue nor have any understanding of psychopathy and ponerology.

    • January 7, 2016, 5:36 am

      Interestingly, I had an idea very similar to yours, Jace, about the laughter.

      While I think it’s very unlikely that the audience had real insight about the psychopathy issue and got what Bernhard was implying, I felt it was more about the traditional, cliche idea of “politics being jerks”. So, the laugh bursted therefore as if it was programmed, like in a sitcom…
      Almost everyone in every country complain easily against politicians, usually in a superficial way, just to discharge anger and frustration (or mere entertainment) and with no deeper understanding of what’s really at play.

      • January 7, 2016, 9:04 am

        As I said in my reply to Jace, it’s impossible for you or anyone to judge the situation unless you have been there and felt the energetic impressions of the “laughter” which was far from simply the “cliche idea of “politics being jerks” “.

  • Bill McGrath
    September 17, 2015, 1:46 pm  Reply

    I read once that when frogs spawn a small percentage of the offspring emerge as cannibals. This is said to be an evolutionary advantage as if the rains fail and the ponds dry up the cannibals will develop faster by eating their brothers and sisters ensuring the next generation. Perhaps psychopathic personality types originally had the same function. Or at least they tell us their predatory behaviour is for the general good.

  • November 16, 2015, 11:33 pm  Reply

    Please keep posting about this topic Bernhard, people need to understand how dangerous and prevalent psychopaths really are in our culture.

  • December 18, 2015, 1:21 am  Reply

    Fascinating…every time I return to this body of information, I learn a pinch more…ponerology politics resonates and the proof in the pudding… Cointelpro, solipsism, are all flagging up my fear based programming… As I have come out of one level of matrix programming, stopped boozing, self medicating etc… However i do not want to be in other MCS . I am however now aware of humans that are mimics. Can a psychopath show their cruel, and cold side too? Or are they just constantly acting to one across as ‘normal’?
    Either or, brilliant and thorough. I will now do more research.
    Thank you
    I felt uncomfortable at the audience laughing at your question. Herding came to mind.

  • June 9, 2016, 3:39 pm  Reply

    Godwin’s Law: She lost the argument 😀's_law

  • jasonbpwright
    January 11, 2017, 3:24 pm  Reply

    Very relevant article in 2017!

  • January 27, 2017, 3:50 pm  Reply

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    In Lies We Trust
    When truth becomes conspiracy, reality becomes an illusion.
    The world as we know it, is an illusion based on lies and deceit.
    If the world seems insane, it’s because it is run by insane people.
    Good guys finish last, so where do you think all the bad guys are.
    Money makes the world go round, so money talks and people can be bought.
    Jobs at all cost, cost us all.
    So stop going along to get along, because it is wrong and it does cost us all.
    They say (the psychopaths) there is a sucker born everyday.
    Blind trust will be humanities undoing, so stop be-LIE-ving blindly and question everything.
    They lie and we be-LIE-ve, because we trust.
    Stop trusting and be-LIE-ving anything that is mainstream. It’s all being manipulated.
    To be-LIE-ve is to not know. So start knowing and stop be-LIE-ving. Do your own research.
    You may think you are free, but really you are only free to conform.
    We were all born into slavery. Freedom is nothing more than an illusion.
    Truth is knowledge. Knowledge is power. Knowing the truth will set you free.
    Ignorance is not bliss, it is how we are all being used and abused.
    People say they love their (grand)children.
    Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words.
    This world is in a sad state of affairs and needs fixing.
    We all have free will and you are not powerless.
    We can choose to sit idly by, while the world crumbles around us
    or we can all grab a cause and get involved.
    If we all joined in one cause, we could change the world overnight.
    Be the change you want to see.
    “It does not take an army to fight evil.
    All it takes is for individuals to do one good deed at the time.”
    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing”
    So if you do nothing, nothing will happen.
    Alone we have the power of none, but together we have the power of “ONE”
    You can make a difference now by sharing this message.
    Deal with reality, before it deals with you.
    “I’m trying to free your mind… But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.” — Morpheus

    The Hidden Evil is a psychopathic program which exists in a society controlled by psychopaths. The World Is Run By Real Psychopaths

    “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” ~John Lennon (1940-1980), English singer and songwriter

    Do Psychopaths Run the World?

    Psychopaths in Positions of Power
    “The eyes of a psychopath will deceive you, they will destroy you. They will take from you, your innocence, your pride and eventually your soul. These eyes do not see what you and I can see. Behind these eyes, one finds only blackness, the absence of light. These are of a psychopath.” ? Dr. Samuel Loomis

    “Masters of Manipulation”: Psychopaths Rule The World |

    Psychopaths Rule Our Entire World – Politicians and Bankers are all Psychopaths

    Who Helps the Psychopaths Run the World?


    • D.D.
      April 10, 2018, 2:09 pm

      Excellent reply, thank you for the links.

  • Dannette Winn
    April 7, 2018, 5:38 pm  Reply

    Much of my awakening continues to be around this~ all the abuse, deceit, and lies I told to cover up for the psychopaths who raised me. What a way to “learn” the depths of their psychosis~ to be born into it~ I know from the inside, acting as an undercover agent you could say, to now be coming out the other side~ I am certain this was a training ground for me to help “tag” these people spiritually

  • Mo
    February 7, 2019, 6:22 am  Reply

    A profound and careful discussion of a hugely important subject.
    Just a few years ago I had the radical insight, that some people are definitely not heart-based like I am. This immediately opened me up to so much clarity about the insanity so often seen in the world.
    Again thankyou.

  • Randall Mitchell
    March 21, 2019, 8:33 am  Reply

    Thanks, Bernard, for these insights. SInce 2014, reasonably perceptive social observers would have be able to identify the blatant, unmitigated career psychopathy displayed by the Clintons. And Marianne, bless her, doesn’t even apparently grok a fundamental lesson of ACIM–THERE IS NOTHING TO FORGIVE–in her reparations pet project. I think the indigenous tribes would be first in line for that!

  • Pamela Jones
    May 13, 2019, 2:02 pm  Reply

    I heard Ms Williamson speak at a conference over twenty years ago and my gut reaction was quite negative. I believe it had to do with a sense of a large ego masquerading as a spiritual teacher. When I heard she was now in politics I was floored. Not a fan at all.

  • Britta Froehling
    August 19, 2019, 1:30 pm  Reply

    I am just wondering: among the psychopaths in society (the 6% of the population), do we know how many of those are male and how many female? Are there interesting differences between male and female psychopaths?

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