DeMaio Deconstructed, Part III: The Psychology of a ‘Political Sociopath’
Monday, May 14, 2012
by Doug Porter
May 14, 2012
If nothing else, this little exchange demonstrates the willingness of candidate DeMaio to operate in an environment devoid of facts. But when a colleague reported to me last week that DeMaio was still spinning this yarn, it occurred to me that there might be a great deal more substance to Donna Frye’s ‘political sociopath’ label.
In the mental health world, as it turns out, the word ‘sociopath’ is not considered a valid descriptor of any state of mind. The word we’re looking for is Psychopathy, defined as an abnormal lack of empathy combined with strongly amoral conduct but masked by an ability to appear outwardly normal. I think that term is a proper adjective to describe the political modus operandi of Carl DeMaio.