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Forum Post: big corporations and sociopaths share the same characteristics

Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 9, 2011, 12:26 p.m. EST by Lynzee2u (4)
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It’s amazing how these traits also apply to large “greedy” corporations. The “Citizens United” decision by the supreme court said that corporations are “people”. If that’s true than corporations are SOCIOPATHS!! CHECK IT OUT!!!! PROFILE OF A SOCIOPATH • 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 victims [us] as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims [us]. • 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 Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims [us] and accomplices who end up as victims [us]. The end [bottom line] 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. Unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises. • Callousness/Lack of Empathy Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims [us], having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them. • Poor Behavioral Controls Creating hopelessness in the victims [us]. Believe they are all-powerful, allknowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others. • 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. • Parasitic Lifestyle Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, exploits others effectively. • Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily. • May state readily that their goal is to rule the world



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[-] 2 points by PandoraK (1678) 10 years ago

The intensity and purity of his/her self esteem is such that he/she can conceive of no consequences to self for his/her actions.

Does this pretty much sum it up?

[-] 2 points by bcvagabonds (11) 10 years ago

I posted this elsewhere, but thought it may serve well on this discussion:

It's unfortunate that so many things wrong with this world seems to make sense when you look at them through "the lens of profitability" - meaning that immorality, depravity, greed and narcissistic behaviour can, sadly, make sense when you think of what is financially profitable to the purveyor of said actions.

I've heard it said that, if you subject corporations to the test of what determines "clinically diagnosable sociopathy", they easily fall within that definition. And while it may be a simplistic (unfair???) analysis to subject a human creation to human moral code (assuming sociopathy fails our expectations of morality), it is equally unfair to give corporations dominion over our personal lives, politics, environments, futures, health, etc AND NOT hold it to the highest possible standards. If we are going to treat capitalism as our religion, it should pass at least the minimum standards of humanity (including those tacitly set by the DSM IV).