What’s REALLY Scary

What a year this has been. I think between the pandemic, Trump, economic stress, wildfires, hurricanes, social unrest, and the fact that everyone seems to be losing their minds to some degree or another, we’ve all been scared enough this year. And here comes Halloween. I don’t know about you, but I’m in no mood to play at being scared this year. I’m over it. I’m done. There’s just too much to be really afraid of these days.

But it would feel weird if I didn’t acknowledge Halloween somehow. Happy Halloween! Can I tell you a scary story?

Most people think psychopaths have to be violent to be considered psychopaths. People hesitate to use the term outside of the serial killer realm. They’ll “downgrade” the nonviolent ones to sociopath. But that couldn’t be more misleading.

Actually, it is estimated that psychopaths comprise one percent of the population, and most of them are relatively functional. A lot of them become bosses and leaders, as a matter of fact. They’ve got that ruthless, cutthroat aspect to their personalities that often gets them to the top. You’ve probably known at least one psychopath in the course of your life, whether you realized it or not. I have known several, unfortunately.

Here’s a fairly standard psychopathy checklist that I copied from an article in healthyplace.com:

  1. Superficial charm and glibness
  2. Inflated sense of self-worth
  3. Constant need for stimulation
  4. Lying pathologically
  5. Conning others; being manipulative
  6. Lack of remorse or guilt
  7. Shallow emotions
  8. Callousness; lack of empathy
  9. Using others (a parasitic lifestyle)
  10. Poor control over behavior
  11. Promiscuous sexual behavior
  12. Behavioral problems early in life
  13. Lack of realistic, long-term goals
  14. Being impulsive
  15. Being irresponsible
  16. Blaming others and refusing to accept responsibility
  17. Having several marital relationships
  18. Delinquency when young
  19. Revocation of conditional release
  20. Criminal acts in several realms (criminal versatility)

So here’s something scary: 4 years ago, we elected someone who possesses at least 18 of those 20 traits (I’m not even sure what number 19 means, and I don’t know if he was a delinquent, because daddy, I’m sure, could always buy him out of trouble), and he has demonstrated this fact time and time again. This man has been leading the free world for the past 4 years, to our detriment, to the point where people have actually died unnecessarily. This is not a political issue. It’s a mental health issue.

But you know how scary movies often make you jump, and you know you’re about to jump, but you still jump? Well, this is even worse. Because the truly, genuinely scary part of all of this is that there are people in this country, knowing all that we know, seeing all that we’ve seen, who will still vote for this man. And they walk amongst us, and look just like us.

If that doesn’t make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up, nothing will. Don’t assume we’ve got this. Please vote.

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8 thoughts on “What’s REALLY Scary

  1. Helen

    Like you, I don’t know what #19 means, but after reading Mary Trump’s “Too Much and Never Enough,” I’d say he has all of those traits. Three days and I’m holding my breath.

  2. Lyn

    Braced for the nightmare reaction of his angry armed supporters if he loses. If we vote him out, and he leaves the country, we still have to live with the rage of his unstable cult worshipers. Many places are boarding up their properties, anticipating a post election storm. Mary Trump deserves a medal for putting her life on the line to expose him. Can’t imagine the hate being thrown at her. Actually, a nice ghost story is a relaxing break from this horror show of a reality.
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/31/us/lake-lanier-urban-legends-trnd/index.html
    Happy haunting… and everyone remember to deep breathe.

    1. Yes, I suspect this thing will get ugly. And I guarantee you he’ll never leave this country. He definitely does not have any international worshipers, and what country would let his butt in? He certainly isn’t going to learn another language, and every English speaking country is horrified by him. You’re right, though. deep breathing is necessary.

      1. Lyn

        Russia might help him avoid extradition. He has a lot of classified information to trade. Melania can translate for him. 🙂

  3. Lyn

    #19 means revoking parole. Studied psychopaths after being victimized repeatedly by one who managed to fool the psychologists. Once he confessed they apologized for not protecting me. He had them convinced he was the poor dumb victim. You can imagine the trauma Trumps behavior makes me relive. Need a P.ost T.rump S.tress D.isorder support group when this is over. 🙂

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