I was reading this article on psychopathy the other day, and all the symptoms just reminded me of someone. This was the definition given:
Psychopathy is a socially destructive personality disorder usually characterised by a combination of emotional, interpersonal and behavioural traits. The most common of these are egocentricity, extreme impulsivity coupled with irresponsible behaviour, pathological lying and a lack of guilt or remorse.And here are some of the symptoms:
1. glibness (layman's meaning: able to talk/write fluently about bullshit like a politician)
2. grandiose sense of self-worth (i.e. egotistical maniac)
3. pathological lying
5. lack of remorse/guilt (i.e. never says sorry)
6. emotionally shallow
7. callous or lack of empathy
8. failure to accept responsibility of own actions
Need I go on?
I have often tried to think that he is not insane and on tried not to make this personal. But going through this checklist, my un-expert opinion is that Voldemort seems very close to being or is a psychopath. I think it is probably closer to a narcissistic personality disorder, but again, I am no expert.
Oh, in case you think I made up the checklist, I got it from Dr. Robert D. Hare's psychopathy checklist. Dr. Hare is a world-renowned psychologist researching the field of criminal psychology.
This is by no means a criticism. Psychopathy is a very real condition and I am not in the habit of discriminating against people who are suffering from various disorders. This post is merely to illustrate and make an observation as well as to raise awareness for those who are unaware.
Dr. Hare describes people he calls psychopaths as "intraspecies predators who use charm, manipulation, 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". "What is missing, in other words, are the very qualities that allow a human being to live in social harmony."
In other words, listen at your own peril.