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12 Million Americans Are Sociopaths

Posted By admin On August 5, 2012 @ 3:08 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

Washington’s Blog [1]
Aug 5, 2012

We’ve extensively documented that sociopaths in D.C. and on Wall Street caused the financial crisis [2].

But we didn’t realize how many people are sociopaths.

Psychologist Martha Stout [3] – who – clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for 25 years – estimates in her book The Sociopath Next Door that as many as 4% of the population are conscienceless sociopaths [4] who have no empathy or affectionate feelings for humans or animals.

4% might not sound like much.

But – using the U.S. as an example, that means that 12 million [5] Americans are sociopaths.

Because sociopaths are ruthless and will squash their rivals and burn institutions to the ground in order to reach their goals – but great at pretending that they care about people – they are incredibly destructive.

Sociopaths would have been discovered very quickly in a small group. But in huge societies like our’s, they can rise to positions of power and influence.

Unless we learn to spot “wolves in sheep’s clothing”, we will continue to fall prey to their scams.

Note: Other mental health experts put the percentage of sociopaths at 1-3% of the population, which is 3 [6]-9 [7] million Americans.


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[1] Washington’s Blog: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/08/as-many-as-12-million-americans-are-sociopaths.html

[2] sociopaths in D.C. and on Wall Street caused the financial crisis: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/07/why-dont-the-psychopaths-on-wall-street-and-in-d-c-show-remorse-for-their-destructive-actions-and-why-dont-we-stop-them.html

[3] Martha Stout: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Stout

[4] 4% of the population are conscienceless sociopaths: http://www.amazon.com/Sociopath-Next-Door-Martha-Stout/dp/0767915828

[5] 12 million: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=4%25+of+the+population+of+the+%22united+states%22

[6] 3: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=1%25+of+the+population+of+the+%22united+states%22

[7] 9: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=3%25+of+the+population+of+the+%22united+states%22

[8] Zombies, Deniers, Sociopaths, Schemers and Protectors: The five dominant personalities you’ll encounter in a world gone mad: http://www.prisonplanet.com/zombies-deniers-sociopaths-schemers-and-protectors-the-five-dominant-personalities-youll-encounter-in-a-world-gone-mad.html

[9] Americans On Foodstamps Hits New Record In August, Increase By Over Half A Million To 42.4 Million, 17% Increase Year Over Year: http://www.prisonplanet.com/americans-on-foodstamps-hits-new-record-in-august-increase-by-over-half-a-million-to-42-4-million-17-increase-year-over-year.html

[10] More Than 101 Million Working Age Americans Do Not Have A Job: http://www.prisonplanet.com/more-than-101-million-working-age-americans-do-not-have-a-job.html

[11] An Unprecedented 26 Million Americans Are Now Underemployed: http://www.prisonplanet.com/an-unprecedented-26-million-americans-are-now-underemployed.html

[12] More Than 100 Million Americans Are On Welfare: http://www.prisonplanet.com/more-than-100-million-americans-are-on-welfare.html

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