Sarah as “Psychopath”?

Sarah Palin is a classic “psychopath” as defined by Lowen psychodynamics. Published on September 10, 2008 by Deborah King

Sarah Palin is a classic “psychopath” as defined by Lowen psychodynamics, a system that analyzes the inner forces that affect behavior. This is NOT the same as the psychiatric definition of psychopath as a person suffering from “a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior.” In the mid-1930s, Alexander Lowen, MD, (who studied Freud with Wilhelm Reich) designed a system of psychodynamics that defined five consistent behavior patterns. Psychodynamics, for those not familiar with this branch of psychology, deals with the interrelation of the unconscious and conscious mental and emotional forces that determine personality and motivation.

Lowen characterized psychopaths as seeing life in black and white, with their internal motto being “kill or be killed.” They see the world as attacking them, so they meet life in an aggressive manner, always fighting for what they believe is “right.” In psychopaths, the energy field is strongly focused in the throat, so they make great actors, singers, lawyers, and performers. They are apt to be charismatic communicators who seek and enjoy positions of power. They are usually attractive, commanding, and confident.

Apply this description to the little we know about Sarah Palin. In her speech at the Republican National Convention last week, she was full of spunk and vigor, sure of herself, smiling through her attacks on her opponents. She’s a warrior—afraid of nothing. After all, this is a woman who doesn’t hesitate to tackle a demanding job while raising five kids, including a newborn. A woman who has killed the meat she eats. A woman unafraid of firing anyone who crosses her in some way.

However, with this type of personality, all that outward bravado is frequently masking a deep sense of distrust and insecurity. Psychopaths go to great lengths to hide their feelings of weakness and fear. The last thing they want is to appear vulnerable on the battleground—and life is always a battleground to them. Question their authority or “truth” in any way and beware: they attack wildly; the barracuda comes out!

The psychopath is willing to sacrifice greatly on the personal level. With an uncommonly strong will power, they can work long hours, go back to work mere days after giving birth, juggle many balls in the air at once. They know they are “good” while others are “bad,” “right” while others are “wrong.” Since they are very willing to fight for what is “right,” they are always the aggressor and blame everything on the “other.” Secretly, they are afraid that if they lose, it means they are “bad.” They are usually healthy and work cheerfully and hard . . . until they collapse.

We can speculate that Sarah, like other psychopaths, likely mastered this defense in childhood in response to situations that caused a lot of fear. Even in childhood, winning at all costs would have been very important to her, as it would have been her way of making daddy proud. A psychopath is always trying to please the parent of the opposite sex. Here’s the girl who went moose hunting at dawn with her dad before school, the high schooler who, even with an ankle stress fracture, made the critical free throw in the last seconds of the basketball game, the girl who went on to please the judges and win beauty pageants. And who later won elections.

Betrayal on any level is what a psychopath fears most. They are unable to experience or trust the goodness of others. They are afraid that even their closest friends will betray them, and they tend to pick spouses that let them run the show. The psychopath doesn’t really trust anyone, and desperately has to be in control. It is fear of losing control that wants to ban books. It is fear that needs to stand behind a gun. It is fear that make pro-choice so threatening.

When life is a battleground, the enemy is always out there to “kill or be killed.” Psychopaths can be great warriors in the causes they believe in, but presidents or vice presidents can’t be effective leaders if everyone is ultimately the enemy. Running a country requires a different set of skills: teamwork and cooperation, where many are decent and a lot of people are right, not just the leader. Sarah Palin seems to be an unlikely choice to have a heartbeat away from the oval office. ~

 The article above was sent to me recently by one of my fav commenters ‘Wake Up America’ suggesting that I’d be intrigued and indeed, I am!

It’s been obvious to some of us that actually know Sarah that something is not quite right with her mental health, this being based on her words and deeds. Some internet searching has been done trying to find more information. As the article stated quite a few political commentaries and blogs about her career, her run for the White House with John McCain, her family and, of course, the various scandals and such that have surrounded her, have been published. I checked out the   blog on the Daily Kos from 2008 in which jhastings detailed his supposition that Sarah Palin has bipolar disorder. I also found that since 2008 a considerable number of comments to various blogs in which readers use the term bipolar to describe some action or another by Palin.

However, since 2008 Sarah Palin’s behavior has continued to get more absurd and out of control, showing a pattern and classic signs of mental distress. As a possible contender for the highest office in the land will Palin’s full medical records be released? Because all that was excepted in 2008 from this woman was a half a page statement from a doctor of  Obstetrics confirming only that she can get pregnant and has successfully done so.

How will we know if some significant illness ie: bi polar or being diagnosed a psychopath has been omitted?

Will Sarah be able to get awaywith just making a statement to her medical condition, as she did in 2008?

She is the only one of the presidential or vice presidential candidates who has not released any health information about herself.

Palin did suggest that releasing her records could be fodder for political attacks of some kind.

“So be it, if that will allow some curiosity seekers, perhaps, to have one more thing that they can either check the box off that they can find something to criticize, perhaps, or find something to rest them assured over.  Fine.  I’m healthy, I’m happy, had five kids.  That is going to be in the medical records.  Never been seriously ill or hurt.  You will see that in the medical records if they’re released,” Palin told NBC’s Brian Williams.

Could there be information or evidence that Sarah Palin has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or something as impairing?

Note to America.. Should someone who is seeking power as Palin apparently is and has shown she has some real significant mental and behavioural problems have her medical records released in full?

Here is an interesting analysis from a blogger in 2008:
http://cousinavi.wordpress.com/2008/10/07/sarah-palin-vicious-ignorant-narcissist-and-mentally-ill/
A practicing psychiatrist weighs in on this one.
http://www.doublex.com/section/news-politics/does-sarah-palin-have-narcissistic-personality-disorder
This is a bit off topic but interesting about Walt Monegan:
http://www.wellsphere.com/mental-health-article/sarah-palin-s-mental-health-record/267434

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36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jessica
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 13:54:16

    Ok, I get it, she’s nuts!

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  2. tm
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 14:32:01

    Great article, but I wish you wouldn’t perpetuate the “critical free throw” myth. Team was up by 2 w/ seconds left. Wasilla High wins whether SP gets her 1st point of the game or not.

    Palinbots will then want to claim her 1 point was important strategy-wise, but the opponent’s strategy would’ve been the same either way, since there was no 3pt line at the time.

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    • Syrin
      Dec 19, 2010 @ 19:30:17

      Thank you for your comment. But, I’m not sure how I perpetuate the “critical free throw” myth…. I’m not one to use sports analogies.

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      • WakeUpAmerica
        Dec 19, 2010 @ 19:45:25

        The poster is referring to this excerpt from the article: “…made the critical free throw in the last seconds of the basketball game…” He/she must think that you wrote the article.

  3. Diane
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 14:48:45

    Kind of sounds like most republicans these days, the fox news staff and sarah palin.

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  4. WakeUpAmerica
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 14:55:13

    Her personality reminds me of Scott Peterson, the “wonderful” husband who was convicted of killing his pregnant wife Lacey in Modesto, CA. Scott still has the ability to suck people in and make them think he is the sweetest, most wonderful person in the world, and he would never harm a fly. Despite the overwhelming evidence of guilt, many people still passionately support his innocence and donate thousands of dollars to his defense fund. I see many parallels of personality between Scott and Sarah, although, she hasn’t murdered or caused the murder of anyone (that we know of).

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    • AFM
      Dec 19, 2010 @ 15:25:14

      You better believe it. It’s like openning a beautiful wrapped christmas gift. When you open the gift you realized the box is full of coal, sticks and dirt. Beauty on the outside, ugly on the inside.

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      • WakeUpAmerica
        Dec 19, 2010 @ 15:27:30

        Yes, we have a saying in my group of friends that describes her empathy and intellectual curiosity well: She’s an inch deep.

  5. Linda Arizona
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 15:00:45

    This is a good post. However, bipolar disease is completely different from Anti-personality Disorder/Sociopathy/Psychopathy, which Palin has.

    She faked a pregnancy for some odd reason.

    She has no conscience.

    She cannot learn from her mistakes.

    She must have attention, constantly.

    The list goes on.

    She is a Sociopath. Classic example.

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    • WakeUpAmerica
      Dec 19, 2010 @ 15:30:09

      I agree, however, does one personality disorder automatically exclude other personality disorders? Isn’t it possible that she suffers from more than one?

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      • Linda Arizona
        Dec 19, 2010 @ 21:58:49

        Sure, “WakeUpAmerica,” it’s possible that a person can have two personality disorders or more. I’m not a psychologist, but I’ve done a lot of research on Sociopaths, and they don’t feel remorse or guilt or shame. Aren’t these the kinds of emotions that haunt bipolar sufferers precisely because they have intense emotions and inappropriate shame and guilt and sadness. And then, they experience euphoria that is so intense that they can go without sleep for days as they work on projects or any number of things. Then, they crash. If I understand bipolar disorder, there is a kind of emotional rollercoaster ride that bipolar people experience. The lows are debilitating.

        A Sociopath is usually energetic, never depressed or sad and is usually in great health. Who wouldn’t be if they were never sorry or ashamed?! They are all about winning–at all costs.

        That’s why I believe wholeheartedly that Phalin is a Sociopath, plain and simple.

    • Kelly
      Dec 20, 2010 @ 07:22:48

      You can add Narcissistic Personality Disorder to the list.

      Narcissistic Personality Disorder involves arrogant behavior, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration-all of which must be consistently evident at work and in relationships. People who are narcissistic are frequently described as cocky, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding. Narcissists may concentrate on unlikely personal outcomes (e.g., fame) and may be convinced that they deserve special treatment.

      Narcissists tend to have high self-esteem. However, narcissism is not the same thing as self-esteem; people who have high self-esteem are often humble, whereas narcissists rarely are. It was once thought that narcissists have high self-esteem on the surface, but deep down they are insecure. However, the latest evidence indicates that narcissists are actually secure or grandiose at both levels. Onlookers may infer that insecurity is there because narcissists tend to be defensive when their self-esteem is threatened (e.g., being ridiculed); narcissists can be aggressive.

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      • JackRyan
        Dec 20, 2010 @ 17:05:28

        WTH, I thought this was about Sarah Palin. What you are describing as narcissist matches Obama….

  6. C/nm
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 15:17:46

    Scott Peterson, JeffreyMacDonald, SP.
    JMac was also desperate for the same attention.
    Anything stopping him was also always someone
    else’s fault. He has always railed at the slightest ‘slight’.
    Very similar personalities.

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  7. bwilder
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 15:53:34

    Narcissistic Personality Disorder involves arrogant behavior, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration-all of which must be consistently evident at work and in relationships. People who are narcissistic are frequently described as cocky, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding. Narcissists may concentrate on unlikely personal outcomes (e.g., fame) and may be convinced that they deserve special treatment. Related Personality Disorders: Antisocial, Borderline, Histrionic. Narcissism is a less extreme version of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Narcissism involves cockiness, manipulativeness, selfishness, power motives, and vanity-a love of mirrors. Related personality traits include: Psychopathy, Machiavellianism.

    Narcissists tend to have high self-esteem. However, narcissism is not the same thing as self-esteem; people who have high self-esteem are often humble, whereas narcissists rarely are. It was once thought that narcissists have high self-esteem on the surface, but deep down they are insecure. However, the latest evidence indicates that narcissists are actually secure or grandiose at both levels. Onlookers may infer that insecurity is there because narcissists tend to be defensive when their self-esteem is threatened (e.g., being ridiculed); narcissists can be aggressive.

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  8. pamela
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 16:26:52

    I have not read much about psychopathic behavior. I am reading a book about narcissists. She’s text book. To a “T”.

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  9. Syrin
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 17:02:13

    I looked for anything from 2008 that I posted on our local newspaper political blog at ADN about Sarah showing signs of narcissism, gave the definiton from the Mayo clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/narcissistic-personality-disorder/DS00652
    So many other comments and statements from critics of Palin’s were continuously deleted. In this exchange I’m called a cyber bully.
    http://community.adn.com/node/121691?page=2
    There are many mental illness that we can apply to Sarah Psycopath’s personality, we may never know the truth just which one it is. But, reality and observation tells someone like me that she has some kind of disconnect and should be stopped and questioned about the similarities of her public behavior and the list of symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder. And it’s developed into advanced stages because it’s been untreated for years..

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    • Anonymous
      Dec 19, 2010 @ 17:18:39

      It’s frightening how many people are drawn to someone with this kind of mental illness, whatever it is. It is more frightening that they give their complete devotion, undying love, and will do anything including committing violent acts to protect the object of their devotion. That is what makes people like Sarah Palin so dangerous as their mental illness progresses without intervention.

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    • Just_a_Mote
      Dec 19, 2010 @ 18:24:30

      I also was posting comments on ADN in 2008 that were critical of Palin. The deletions of comments got so bad (large parts of the comment stream would be deleted) that I stopped commenting. I shudder to think about what this country would be subjected to if she ever became POTUS. I think the ejection of non Palin supporting people from Costco yesterday was just a micro-microcosm of what would ensue.

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      • Syrin
        Dec 19, 2010 @ 18:32:46

        I agree with you totally.. Fore shadowing of things to expect from her. Did we ever comment in a thread? Was Just a Mote your username? I appreciate anyone who attempted to stand for whats right and whats wrong with Sarah Palin!

      • WakeUpAmerica
        Dec 19, 2010 @ 18:48:54

        I commented often as well and was deleted. The weird thing was that they had it set up so it looked like your comments were posting, but if you logged out and looked again, they weren’t there. I have never seen that set-up before or since. ADN seems to be ethically challenged.

      • Just_a_Mote
        Dec 19, 2010 @ 18:56:56

        Syrin, I think I was using the username Kermit. It was my second username on ADN because my first was deleted although I was always civil (as is my nature). We may have commented in thread but frankly my memory is a bit vague. I dropped off when the deleting became ridiculously pervasive. I greatly appreciate and thank you for your efforts in trying to get the word out about Palin.

  10. HudsonElizabeth
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 05:11:49

    This is important information — to read about her behavior all of her life before John McCain gave her the opportunity to ruin the lives of the entire country and beyond. I am so glad there are stories in the record about her craziness and meanness from long ago. But, when will our media read them and look into them and report them? When will they do their job of protecting the people of the country from this crazy woman instead of fawning all over her?

    Thank you for all you do to show her weaknesses and problems in the light of day.

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  11. RockyMissouri
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 05:31:01

    You give her too much credit…when it’s really very simple..it’s the T & A effect on old dudes…

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  12. Sarah Palin has a serpent's heart
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 07:28:07

    Yes $arah is a psychopath and a narccisist. Especially the part where she will use people for her own gain-(using Trig and Bristol as props). I noticed that since Bristol has been on DWTS $arah has been interviewed by Barbara Walters and Robin Roberts from ABC, the same network DWTS is on. I have a hunch that $arah made a deal with ABC-they let Bristol be on DWTS and she will make herself ($arah) available to interviews on ABC.

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  13. Alaskan
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 09:01:30

    Good article.
    Interesting to note that under Walt Monegan’s watch, the Anchorage Police Department was a different place. Effective law enforcement, but good with the public and did reduce crime statistics.
    Now, APD is increasingly getting a reputation for thuggery. Alaska jails are overflowing. Everyone is a criminal, it just depends on when we all get caught. Rough. Mean. Punitive. Repeat violators themselves.
    And the State Troopers are earning a similar reputation, after decades of being the good guys.

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  14. Celia Harrison
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 11:03:32

    Sarah Palin is a psychopath/sociopath. The DSMIV used by psych professionals is greatly written by the APA (American Psychiatric Association). It includes spending time in jail. The ICD-10 used by much of the rest of the world does not have this criteria. One reason is many of our sociopaths are politicians, religious leaders, Pentagon operatives and CEOs of corporations, by adding the jail criteria this keeps them from fitting the criteria. Low income people who get caught at petty crimes will be demonized, sentenced to prison and label sociopaths, while those who torture or facilitate it go scott free. Note, in the U.S. jusice is based on how much money you have to buy justice.

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  15. cousinavi
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 18:59:00

    Thanks for the link. Appreciate the notice.

    Reply

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