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- Early behavior problems: snuck out at night to buy knives

- Failure to accept responsibility for own actions: constantly blaming others

- Impulsivity: Post State of the Union with the "unity" theme, he said his speach wasn't mean enough.

Dr. Hare describes people he calls psychopaths as "intraspecies predators who use charm, manipulations, intimidation, sex, and violence to control others and to satisfy their own selfish needs. Lacking in Conscience and empathy, they take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without guilt or remorse."


Niccolo Machiavelli was banished from political life in 1512 and, subsequently, began writing which led to his famous work, The Prince. In The Prince, he advocated that rulers be unscrupulous and resort to deceit, cunning, political assassination, and use of fear to keep order and stay in power. The message contained in The Prince was interpreted to endorse the dark arts.

Those who possess Machiavellian traits (Machs) place a high priority on power, money, and competition (winning at all costs). Machs detach themselves from conventional morality and have no qualms about deceiving and manipulating others. There are three clinical subscales: 1) the use of deceit in interpersonal relationships, 2) a cynical view of human nature, and 3) the lack of morality. Common traits gleaned from my research are:

- Usage of fear: First Oval Office speech

- Frequently cunning and deceitful: Russians in Oval Office with no America press

- Cynical disregard of morality: using immigrant children as bait to arrest sponsors

- Political assassination: voiced wanting to jail political rivals

- Focused on power : Kavanaugh appointment

- Focused on self-interest and personal gain: violation of Emoluments Clause

- Cold selfishness: not paying taxes makes him "smart"

- Duplicitous interpersonal style: (see NYT article 551 People, Places and Things")

- Tend to be unemotional; emotionally detached: tossing paper towels to victims

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