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Psychopathy (also called sociopathy)

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde poster (Wikipedia)

A psychopath – also called a sociopath – is an individual with no regard for ethics who displays little or no emotional response in harming others or being harmed. These individuals habitually lie, cheat, engage in antisocial and even criminal behavior. They also manipulate, exploit, betray and break hearts but feel no shame, guilt or remorse in the process.

Psychopaths are cold, callous and often chillingly clever. They may, for instance, take a spouse and even have children just to look normal, fit in to society and get away with depraved schemes. In espionage, this may also apply to hostile spies from another country who take an indigenous wife in their new country of residence to fortify their cover. Psychopaths often sense another person’s feelings but, unlike the empath, use their ability to manipulate and exploit.

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This screenshot shows Ingrid Bergman as she is pleading with Dr. Jekyll (Wikipedia)

According to Freud, the psychopath has a strong id and an overdeveloped ego, which together overshadow the superego. More recently, Declan Murphy and a team of psychiatric researchers in the UK suggest that neural activity in the emotional centers of the psychopath’s brain is minimal.

Many attribute violence in the media as a contributing factor that might push a borderline personality into full psychopathy. But psychopathy isn’t just about violent crimes. Participants in the Enron scandal, for instance, could be seen as psychopathic.

Some theorists associate psychopathy and hate but these two characteristics are not necessarily linked. Psychopaths simply don’t feel remorse, guilt nor shame. And it’s unclear whether this is caused by a deeply repressed hate that emerges in twisted forms or, on the other hand, some genetic trait that renders the psychopath callous and uncaring.

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1920 movie poster for 1920 American film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Wikipedia)

An article at claims that psychopath managers at the workplace are as common as 1 in 10.¹ We should remember, however, that the term psychopath is a concept, one not necessarily 100 percent present in reality. Some individuals, for instance, may exhibit many of the characteristics of a textbook psychopath 99.9% of the time but also display genuine caring 0.1% of the time.

Wikipedia reminds us that the concept of psychopathy has historical roots, has undergone changes and currently has different meanings:

The definition of psychopathy has varied significantly throughout the history of the concept; different definitions continue to be used that are only partly overlapping and sometimes appear contradictory.²

¹ “Corporate Psychopaths,” Catalyst, Reporter: Jonica Newby, Producer: Louise Heywood, Researcher: Jonica Newby, May 5, 2005.


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Internet Caffe Internet cafe , Republica Dominicana (Photo credit: pics)

In the 1980’s electronic mail or e-mail was a highly coveted technological novelty available only to the savviest of academics and business persons. Today e-mail is more commonly used than surface mail. Countless internet-based companies such as Microsoft’s, Google’s Gmail,, and, provide free e-mail services to anyone with internet access.

It has become public knowledge that e-mail is a potentially insecure means of communication. This means that it is possible for individuals to legally (as in the workplace) or illegally (as with hackers) intercept another person’s private e-mail.

In ancient and medieval times, power struggles often revolved around the flow of oral and written information. In years past spies attempted to intercept and forge papyrus and, later on, paper scrolls. Today the medium of legitimate and, perhaps, illegitimate competition is predominantly electronic.

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Psi Spies

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As we enter the 21st century, the idea of psi arguably is becoming more acceptable in contemporary society.

Some contend that psi studies don’t bring reliable scientific results, but police forces still consult with psychics to try to locate dangerous criminals.

Meanwhile, so-called Remote Viewers are conducting controlled experiments, honing a technique that they say will make anyone able to practice unconventional distance viewing.

If human beings are, as the Indian guru Sri Aurobindo believes, slowly evolving into a subtler, more spiritual type of species, it’s conceivable that a new kind of political battleground might arise in the not too distant future–namely, psi spying.

Some futurists predict a scenario where politically hostile psi spies ‘read’ the true intentions of elected politicians and use that knowledge to try to orchestrate chaos in democratic nations.

Just another fringe theory better left to science fiction? Possibly. But according to Anthony C. LoBaido, Steve Hammons and others, the CIA has already experimented with Remote Viewing (RV) as a method for intelligence gathering. And LoBaido says the FBI also investigated RV.

While some may still see the idea of psi spies as just another paranoid conspiracy theory, Jim Marrs doesn’t. His book, Psi Spies: The True Story of America’s Psychic Warfare Program, points out that visionary and prophetic experiences play a large role in most world religions, to include Native American and Biblical traditions. And Marrs claims that over the past quarter decade several US administrations, Republican and Democrat alike, have funded RV research.¹

¹ Jim Marrs, Psi Spies: The True Story of America’s Psychic Warfare Program, New Page Books, 2007, p. 16.

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