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Podcast    H2'ed 3/16/19

Ian Hughes Disordered Minds; How Dangerous Personalities are Destroying Democracy

Broadcast 3/16/2019 at 7:59 PM EDT (18 Listens, 33 Downloads, 2591 Itunes)
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Ian Hughes is the author of Disordered Minds; How Dangerous Personalities are Destroying Democracy.

He's a research fellow at the Environmental Research Institute at University College, Cork, Ireland. His blog, focuses on dangerous personality disorders and their consequences.

Why did you write this book?

You say there's a small minority of people who live among us whose psychology is such that it almost necessitates calling them a different type of human being., and that they have dominated the normal majority for most of human history

Tied to three diagnoses

How do religion and financial institutions fit into this picture?

How do these people come into power and what can we do about them?

Strengthening of Democracy needed. Democracy can be understood as a system of defenses against dangerous personalities.

Dangerous Personality disorders and definitions
Psychopaths; .5-1% of population
Narcissistic Personality Disorder: .5-1% of population
Paranoid personality disorder 4% of population


Ego ideal instead of super-ego

Majoritarians are not Democrats, or Democracycrats

8th pillar of Democracy"Stop people who oppose Democracy and dont believe in it.

Jason Sterns told: When violence starts, society seems like a centrifuge. Only the most ruthless can stay in the center

How individual disorders become mass pathology
Instances of mass political violence typically occur when Psychopahts, narcissists and paranoids cooperate"when the ruthlessness of psychopaths combines with the arrogance of narcissists and the fear mongering of paranoids, society often has little defense. And they can often co-exist in one individual.
Stalin Hitler, Mao, Pol pot

Character of a tyrant

Groups rise to power
Role of ideology, how ideology changes once in power.
Hoffers True Believer
Destructive charismatics

How do ordinary people commit extraordinary acts of violence?
Amador"Savater warns humanity is not a given

Collectivization"a top down approach"used to starve people
You have hope.

Characteristics of dangerous personality leaders:
Dehumanizing of opposition, demand for complete submission of subordinates , narcissitic rage, extreme risk take, unrealistic optimism, inability to change course in the face of a disaster, charisma, relentless paranoia.
Rigidly fixed personality
Toxic triangle. How did they seize power?

Democracy as defense
Democracy is suffering a crisis of legitimacy

Social democracy
Eliminating democracy
Democracy as a m oral system

Connection between modern capitalism and your theme?
How poverty empowers dangerous personalities
Psychopaths and religion and the poor

Economist Joseph Schumpeter

Inequality and dangerous personalities
152 Neoliberalism

Hope"needed strengthening of democracy

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He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites,

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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 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 (more...)

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