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Imagine a mass murderer who, to make a point, massacred enough people to build 28 towers constructed with human skulls. The goal was to cow the citizenry of the territories he invaded-- to intimidate people to pay egregious taxes.. This monster wannabe, who was attempting to re-enact the role of a previous monster/mass murderer... Genghis Khan. He marched on Isfahan Iran, from his native Uzbekistan, with a huge army. The people surrendered and he let them live. But then, when his tax collectors levied impossibly high taxes, he brought his army back and killed hundreds of thousands, including the tens of thousands it took to source the skulls for the towers.  

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The man's name was Timur, or because of a never-healed foot wound acquired during a battler-- "Timur-e-Lang," meaning "Timur the Lame." The anglicized version is Tamerlane. He lived from 1336 to 1405

I recently interviewed psychiatrist Donald Black, M.D. discussing his book on sociopaths-- Bad Boys Bad Men. He told me that the worst kind of sociopath is the narcissistic sociopath. As the publisher of a website that sees 200,000 to 800,000 unique visitors a month, I encounter my share of sociopaths, and I wanted to understand the psychodynamics of this worst kind-- because they are the plague of many websites, particularly the comment sections.   Doing some web research, I  found this list of some of the worst ones, which listed Tamerlane along with Ted Bundy, Johan Rudolph Mengele and Vlad the impaler, to name a few.  

One has to ask--  Did the parents of Tamerlane Tsarnaev know the history, the namesake of their son? Did they intentionally name their son after a mass murder. After all, the name is somewhat unique. 

Whether the parents knew or not, I wonder, did Tamerlane Tsarnaev google his name. Did he discover his namesake? Did he see that a monster could carve out a page in history that stood the test of time for over 600 years? Did it give him ideas? Did it inspire him?  

We may never know the answer. We won't even know if he was a sociopath or psychopath. And THAT we should know. Different psychological and psychiatric experts differ on whether there's a difference between psychopaths and sociopaths. But we know that there are about a million psychopaths and eight million sociopaths in the US, at the least. The dumb ones, the more maladapted and most brutal ones sometimes get caught. But the high functioning ones roam the world as predators without consciences or empathy, hunting for prey to exploit or just hurt. They operate in corporations, in government on websites, in non-profit organizations, as bullies in playgrounds, as stalkers of celebrities and cyber-stalkers in chat rooms. 

Scientists are beginning to learn more about these threats to the public. Brain scans, questionnaires, psychophysiological assessments, language pattern analysis are all being used to detect psychopaths and sociopaths. The work can't proceed fast enough. My impression is that these predators are highly dangerous, highly destructive and injurious to society, wreaking pain, crime and hurt. These pathological predators should be identified and treated similarly to the way sexual predators are treated. We need an ambitious, aggressive goal set-- raised to a level of importance as great as the moon landing program, the war against cancer-- and we need to do it right away. Making it happen could be what it takes to shift the balance back to a caring culture.


Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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" But the high functioning ones roam the world as ... by Norman Harman on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 2:40:31 PM
The worst psychopaths are those who become nationa... by Richard Pietrasz on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 3:14:26 PM
Wonderful post.  Thanks, once again, for lead... by Phillip Michaels on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 3:17:31 PM
 "Leading" to diagnose future criminals and t... by BFalcon on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 9:06:11 PM
I suppose you need to consider that some of these ... by paulvcassidy on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 3:17:43 PM
According to  this article I have to go kill ... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 3:21:56 PM
Perhaps you should teach your dog to eat rich rabb... by paulvcassidy on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 3:47:25 PM
When I was quite active at OEN, long ago, I always... by Marilyn Frith on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 3:57:08 PM
It's as plain as the nose on your face that he was... by paulvcassidy on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 4:07:56 PM
Not to burst your bubble but even if you were on B... by Jack Blue on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:12:28 AM
There is the possibility that there were both acto... by David McCorquodale on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:31:26 AM
So sad when questions arise, which probe the offic... by Marilyn Frith on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 9:38:57 AM
And I apologize to your dog Cyrus... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:38:51 PM
I am working on him  but we both are a little... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 5:46:50 AM
subject from a popular book does this imply?"These... by Gary Glaxon on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 4:26:52 PM
This Anne S .McKnight article gives a generational... by E. T. SIMON on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 4:56:51 PM
I suppose we should burn all of Marlowe's plays. &... by Jack Blue on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 5:10:20 PM
This article is nonsense.  We do not know who... by Jim Morgan on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 5:17:25 PM
Congratulations.  You know who Tamerlane was.... by Fran Rigberg Baker on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 5:54:12 PM
I imagine the worst monsters could have histories ... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 9:13:43 PM
Amnesty's Kelowna Chapter last month showed the fi... by manifesto 2000 on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7:41:43 AM
Hi, Bob,What you say about sociopaths is true. &nb... by Fran Rigberg Baker on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 1:50:27 PM
I understand from news reports here in Canada that... by B. Ross Ashley on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 6:08:21 PM
Rob - you have raised an extremely neglected but u... by manifesto 2000 on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 7:14:43 PM
ROB, WELL SAID.  WHERE DO I SIGN?  WHERE... by Levi Yoder on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 8:23:07 PM
especially when only generalities are used to desc... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 10:39:03 PM
Rob is doing his duty to the community to raise th... by manifesto 2000 on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 4:18:44 PM
The Boston incident is merely a good half hours wo... by charles mcgee on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:08:53 PM
So sad..but so true. I cannot understand why some... by BARB BF on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 9:26:36 AM
started out as a reminder that wasn't "tamerlane" ... by laurie steele on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:50:53 AM
" Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton ... by BARB BF on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:47:29 AM
The violent sacking and pillaging of the African c... by Marilyn Frith on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 10:02:50 AM
The psychopathic personality is driven by ambition... by Marilyn Frith on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 10:33:17 AM
It's weird to see a Pop Psychology Profile of an a... by Clark on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 11:30:46 AM
Excellent background info.  Thank you.  ... by Marilyn Frith on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:42:58 PM
...Mass Casualty Event is the title of the powerpo... by Clark on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:41:12 PM
I have long believed that people should be educate... by Fran Rigberg Baker on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:10:26 PM
I heard the interview prior to this arti... by Gary Glaxon on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:14:57 PM
I have read all I could find on this subject--star... by Jerry Lobdill on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:53:42 AM
While my interview guest Dr. Donald Black, MD, say... by Rob Kall on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:18:03 AM