Thursday, 26 September 2019

Johnson and emotion

"Psychopaths and sociopaths share a number of characteristics, including a lack of remorse or empathy for others, a lack of guilt or ability to take responsibility for their actions, a disregard for laws or social conventions, and an inclination to violence. A core feature of both is a deceitful and manipulative nature."  - from Psychopaths versus sociopaths: what is the difference? in The Conversation.

It is very tempting to diagnose prime minister Johnson as a sociopath on the basis of that article, especially as he has made his political way in the world on the basis of charm and a sense of entitlement. His response ("humbug") to Paurla Sherriff's emotional tirade linking the neo-Nazi murder of her friend Jo Cox with the sort of language which was flying around during the last referendum campaign would seem to indicate that. However, it could also be an innate revulsion at any display of emotion, a "stiff upper lip" attitude  ingrained by years of private education. One recalls his attack on Liverpudlians' "wallowing in their victim status" as a result of Hillsborough.

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