Official Culture in America: A Natural State of Psychopathy?

Laura Knight-Jadczyk

Laura Knight-Jadczyk

Laura Knight-Jadczyk wrote back in 2003:

When I first moved abroad at the age of 21, I quickly realized that I was, like most Americans, abysmally ignorant with regard to politics. I discovered – to my great dismay – that in my host country, most of the average people around me – shopkeepers, hairdressers, taxi-drivers – knew more about what was going on in the USA and the rest of the world than I did; a LOT more! I had no IDEA of the things that were going on that were common knowledge to other peoples in the world. And here, it wasn’t simply a matter of having a different opinion than others. It was a matter of an almost complete lack of INFORMATION within the very country that promotes democracy as the rule of an “informed citizenry.” I realized with striking clarity exactly how ignorant I was at that point, and I admitted it to myself. Further, I was embarrassed for myself and other Americans who were seen (rightly so) as equally ignorant and “in the dark” politically and culturally speaking. BUT, due to this embarrassment and realization of the extraordinary extent of my ignorance, I determined to do something about it.

But there are so many Americans who – when faced with similar situations, faced with their own ignorance – deny it aggressively. And generally, the “last word” for them is: “Oh, he/she doesn’t know what the hell they are talking about! They’re ‘foreigners’.” And that’s the key: “foreigners.”

“Foreigners” can’t possibly know anything because they aren’t American. And Americans, by default of having the most bombs on the planet, always “know” what’s up. Or, at the very least, their leaders do and we just don’t have to think about such things. That’s what we elect our leaders for, isn’t it? So they will handle all that boring and tedious political stuff and leave us alone to watch “Survivor” and the Super Bowl and wash our new SUV so that the Joneses can be green with envy!

And they leave it at that. It’s the preferred way to handle all such questions. Forget the entire issue of an “informed citizenry” and any possible outrage that citizens of the US are not only NOT informed, they are being deliberately DIS-informed!

They don’t even realize that “Survivor” is programming them to the very attitudes that are being displayed by their leaders – normalizing it, so to say – and at the present moment these attitude are being manifested in their own lives in a direct and terrifying way. For many in the US, their future is that there won’t be any more Super Bowls, and the SUV certainly doesn’t get enough gas mileage to get them far enough away from the terror that will confront them when they are “voted off the island” in the global game of “Survivor.”

Why does this condition exist? Why are so many people so susceptible to the “official culture” and the mass media propaganda? Why are so many people willing slaves to it? And why do some others – once the questions have been raised – begin to seek the knowledge that reveals the man behind the curtain?

Perhaps it is more than simply a matter of very clever and intense programming. Perhaps it is also a matter of the nature of a person?

LKJ: In recent times, I have considered many ideas in an attempt to answer this question. The members of the Quantum Future School have been engaged in studying psychopathy and pseudo-psychopathy for about two years now. This has certainly prepared most of us to be able to see the man behind the curtain, or, in this case, behind the “mask of sanity.” But it still doesn’t answer the question as to why psychopathic behavior seems to be so widespread in the US. (That is not to say that it doesn’t exist everywhere – that’s a given.)

Linda Mealey of the Department of Psychology at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, has recently proposed certain ideas in her paper: The Sociobiology of Sociopathy: An Integrated Evolutionary Model. These ideas address the increase in psychopathy in American culture by suggesting that in a competitive society – capitalism, for example – psychopathy is adaptive and likely to increase. She writes:

I have thus far argued that some individuals seem to have a genotype that disposes them to [psychopathy].

[Psychopathy describes] frequency-dependent, genetically based, individual differences in employment of life strategies. [Psychopaths] always appear in every culture, no matter what the socio-cultural conditions. [...]

Competition increases the use of antisocial and Machiavellian strategies and can counteract pro-social behavior

Some cultures encourage competitiveness more than others and these differences in social values vary both temporally and cross-culturally.[...] Across both dimensions, high levels of competitiveness are associated with high crime rates and Machiavellianism.

High populaton density, an indirect form of competition, is also associated with reduced pro-social behavior and increased anti-social behavior. [...] [Mealey, op. cit.]

The conclusion is that the American way of life has optimized the survival of psychopaths with the consequence that it is an adaptive “life strategy” that is extremely successful in American society, and thus has increased in the population in strictly genetic terms. What is more, as a consequence of a society that is adaptive for psychopathy, many individuals who are NOT genetic psychopaths have similarly adapted, becoming “effective” psychopaths, or “secondary sociopaths.”

A lot of this reminds me of children of abusive parents who grow up to accept abuse as normal, becoming abusive to both themselves and others.  Read more here.

When I first moved abroad at the age of 21, I quickly realized that I was, like most Americans, abysmally ignorant with regard to politics. I discovered – to my great dismay – that in my host country, most of the average people around me – shopkeepers, hairdressers, taxi-drivers – knew more about what was going on in the USA and the rest of the world than I did; a LOT more! I had no IDEA of the things that were going on that were common knowledge to other peoples in the world. And here, it wasn’t simply a matter of having a different opinion than others. It was a matter of an almost complete lack of INFORMATION within the very country that promotes democracy as the rule of an “informed citizenry.” I realized with striking clarity exactly how ignorant I was at that point, and I admitted it to myself. Further, I was embarrassed for myself and other Americans who were seen (rightly so) as equally ignorant and “in the dark” politically and culturally speaking. BUT, due to this embarrassment and realization of the extraordinary extent of my ignorance, I determined to do something about it.

But there are so many Americans who – when faced with similar situations, faced with their own ignorance – deny it aggressively. And generally, the “last word” for them is: “Oh, he/she doesn’t know what the hell they are talking about! They’re ‘foreigners’.” And that’s the key: “foreigners.”

“Foreigners” can’t possibly know anything because they aren’t American. And Americans, by default of having the most bombs on the planet, always “know” what’s up. Or, at the very least, their leaders do and we just don’t have to think about such things. That’s what we elect our leaders for, isn’t it? So they will handle all that boring and tedious political stuff and leave us alone to watch “Survivor” and the Super Bowl and wash our new SUV so that the Joneses can be green with envy!

And they leave it at that. It’s the preferred way to handle all such questions. Forget the entire issue of an “informed citizenry” and any possible outrage that citizens of the US are not only NOT informed, they are being deliberately DIS-informed!

They don’t even realize that “Survivor” is programming them to the very attitudes that are being displayed by their leaders – normalizing it, so to say – and at the present moment these attitude are being manifested in their own lives in a direct and terrifying way. For many in the US, their future is that there won’t be any more Super Bowls, and the SUV certainly doesn’t get enough gas mileage to get them far enough away from the terror that will confront them when they are “voted off the island” in the global game of “Survivor.”

Why does this condition exist? Why are so many people so susceptible to the “official culture” and the mass media propaganda? Why are so many people willing slaves to it? And why do some others – once the questions have been raised – begin to seek the knowledge that reveals the man behind the curtain?

Perhaps it is more than simply a matter of very clever and intense programming. Perhaps it is also a matter of the nature of a person?

LKJ: In recent times, I have considered many ideas in an attempt to answer this question. The members of the Quantum Future School have been engaged in studying psychopathy and pseudo-psychopathy for about two years now. This has certainly prepared most of us to be able to see the man behind the curtain, or, in this case, behind the “mask of sanity.” But it still doesn’t answer the question as to why psychopathic behavior seems to be so widespread in the US. (That is not to say that it doesn’t exist everywhere – that’s a given.)

Linda Mealey of the Department of Psychology at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, has recently proposed certain ideas in her paper: The Sociobiology of Sociopathy: An Integrated Evolutionary Model. These ideas address the increase in psychopathy in American culture by suggesting that in a competitive society – capitalism, for example – psychopathy is adaptive and likely to increase. She writes:

I have thus far argued that some individuals seem to have a genotype that disposes them to [psychopathy].

[Psychopathy describes] frequency-dependent, genetically based, individual differences in employment of life strategies. [Psychopaths] always appear in every culture, no matter what the socio-cultural conditions. [...]

Competition increases the use of antisocial and Machiavellian strategies and can counteract pro-social behavior

Some cultures encourage competitiveness more than others and these differences in social values vary both temporally and cross-culturally.[...] Across both dimensions, high levels of competitiveness are associated with high crime rates and Machiavellianism.

High populaton density, an indirect form of competition, is also associated with reduced pro-social behavior and increased anti-social behavior. [...] [Mealey, op. cit.]

The conclusion is that the American way of life has optimized the survival of psychopaths with the consequence that it is an adaptive “life strategy” that is extremely successful in American society, and thus has increased in the population in strictly genetic terms. What is more, as a consequence of a society that is adaptive for psychopathy, many individuals who are NOT genetic psychopaths have similarly adapted, becoming “effective” psychopaths, or “secondary sociopaths.”

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  • Anonymous

    I agree with most of it up until “some individuals seem to have a genotype that disposes them to [psychopathy]“, which just ruined it for me. For anyone interested in the relation between psychopathology and political power, read this.

    AlexComfort.com/Authority.html

  • JoiquimCouteau

    I agree with most of it up until “some individuals seem to have a genotype that disposes them to [psychopathy]“, which just ruined it for me. For anyone interested in the relation between psychopathology and political power, read this.

    AlexComfort.com/Authority.html

    • http://francoistremblay.wordpress.com/ Francois Tremblay

      I’m sorry the truth ruins things for you. You must be a very depressed person indeed.

      • JoiquimCouteau

        I disagree that nucleic acid sequences can be consistently linked to psychopathology, what does that have to do with being depressed? Or, for that matter, ‘the truth’?

  • http://francoistremblay.wordpress.com/ Francois Tremblay

    I’m sorry the truth ruins things for you. You must be a very depressed person indeed.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree that nucleic acid sequences can be consistently linked to psychopathology, what does that have to do with being depressed? Or, for that matter, ‘the truth’?

  • Anonymous

    Pretty decent analysis but I can’t stand the term psychopath or sociopath. Using terms like these, conjures images of serial killers and maniacs, which the author notes, but she fails to see that attributing evil to psychopathology is a dead-end.

    True, it makes more economic sense to go along with evil and if she would have stuck with that for the whole article it would have been awesome. Psychology and Psychiatry are hideous amalgamations which are the product of the middle ages renaissance mentality and its collision with the industrial and scientific revolutions. However, I should qualify that sentiment by saying that in the 21st century we are quickly leaving behind all of the vestigial elements of the soul healing profession and the practitioners have successfully ripped the soul out of the individual in treatment. Jung described it as “Psychology without the Soul”, as it was attempting to assert its primacy even during his time.

    Call a spade a spade. It’s not a disorder or disease of the logos or the physical organic brain, it is simply evil. Until you call it what it is, it will continue to disguise itself as the author points out. The preoccupation with the lack of emotional response or understanding also irks me. I struggle with having “normal” emotional responses, I often don’t understand how others feel and don’t know how to react but I feel their emotions quite strongly. To the point that strong negative emotions emanating from others can make me feel extreme discomfort, even when its socially acceptable to weep I usually dont feel a compulsion to, except in solitude and I don’t consider my sadness any less deep. I think singling out those who fail to process emotions normally as psychopaths is dangerous.

    In fact this disturbed culture that is described in this article is completely reliant on your predictable emotional response. Media is all about manipulating the emotions of viewers to watch, buy, talk about, and accept the ruling paradigm. Conflating lack of normal emotions with psychopathology is what the establishment does, an individual who exhibits this apparent lack of fear who also is aware of the world and desires to improve our world is an irreplaceable asset as fear of job-loss, social ridicule, jail, rejection keeps most individuals from expressing their reservations about our culture!

    Interesting read either way

  • MoralDrift

    Pretty decent analysis but I can’t stand the term psychopath or sociopath. Using terms like these, conjures images of serial killers and maniacs, which the author notes, but she fails to see that attributing evil to psychopathology is a dead-end.

    True, it makes more economic sense to go along with evil and if she would have stuck with that for the whole article it would have been awesome. Psychology and Psychiatry are hideous amalgamations which are the product of the middle ages renaissance mentality and its collision with the industrial and scientific revolutions. However, I should qualify that sentiment by saying that in the 21st century we are quickly leaving behind all of the vestigial elements of the soul healing profession and the practitioners have successfully ripped the soul out of the individual in treatment. Jung described it as “Psychology without the Soul”, as it was attempting to assert its primacy even during his time.

    Call a spade a spade. It’s not a disorder or disease of the logos or the physical organic brain, it is simply evil. Until you call it what it is, it will continue to disguise itself as the author points out. The preoccupation with the lack of emotional response or understanding also irks me. I struggle with having “normal” emotional responses, I often don’t understand how others feel and don’t know how to react but I feel their emotions quite strongly. To the point that strong negative emotions emanating from others can make me feel extreme discomfort, even when its socially acceptable to weep I usually dont feel a compulsion to, except in solitude and I don’t consider my sadness any less deep. I think singling out those who fail to process emotions normally as psychopaths is dangerous.

    In fact this disturbed culture that is described in this article is completely reliant on your predictable emotional response. Media is all about manipulating the emotions of viewers to watch, buy, talk about, and accept the ruling paradigm. Conflating lack of normal emotions with psychopathology is what the establishment does, an individual who exhibits this apparent lack of fear who also is aware of the world and desires to improve our world is an irreplaceable asset as fear of job-loss, social ridicule, jail, rejection keeps most individuals from expressing their reservations about our culture!

    Interesting read either way

    • Navysealteam7

      LOL! Having some trouble accepting you’re own psychopathic traits, ‘MoralDrift’? And who really has the ultimate definition of, “evil”? Evil seems to be a changing definition over-time to fit those who would like to use it against others that aren’t fitting into their agenda.Genetics seem to predispose most people to be herd-animals and then gives a few individuals a different roll of the dice so they can bring the herd into new directions.

      Just my 2 cents..

  • Hadrian999

    citizens have been conditioned to believe patriotism and love of country are equal to blind obedience

  • Hadrian999

    citizens have been conditioned to believe patriotism and love of country are equal to blind obedience

    • MoralDrift

      The sad thing is, the most blind and obedient believe themselves to be the most free

  • derp

    Sorry, but there are way, way too many inappropriately used quotation marks here.

  • derp

    Sorry, but there are way, way too many inappropriately used quotation marks here.

  • Blah

    why would anyone want to read something by Laura Knight-Jadczyk who is herself a psychopath and a cult leader?

  • Blah

    why would anyone want to read something by Laura Knight-Jadczyk who is herself a psychopath and a cult leader?

    • Andrew

      Ever hear the maxim “Takes one to know one?” Maybe that’s how she knows.

  • Anonymous

    The sad thing is, the most blind and obedient believe themselves to be the most free

  • Andrew

    Ever hear the maxim “Takes one to know one?” Maybe that’s how she knows.

  • Navysealteam7

    LOL! Having some trouble accepting you’re own psychopathic traits, ‘MoralDrift’? And who really has the ultimate definition of, “evil”? Evil seems to be a changing definition over-time to fit those who would like to use it against others that aren’t fitting into their agenda.Genetics seem to predispose most people to be herd-animals and then gives a few individuals a different roll of the dice so they can bring the herd into new directions.

    Just my 2 cents..

  • Anart

    This woman is herself a disinformation source why are you giving her advertising space this will only make people question this sites credibility…..

  • Anart

    This woman is herself a disinformation source why are you giving her advertising space this will only make people question this sites credibility…..

  • Jayweidner

    Laura Knight Jadczyk should know all about psychopaths and their behavior.  In 2003 she stole an undetermined amount of money in a house raffle scam.  She has never returned the money she stole and she blames everyone else for the criminal activity.  Sounds just like a psychopath doesn’t it?  She gets her info by channelling aliens via a ouja board.  She is a high school drop out with no cred.  None.

  • Jayweidner

    Laura Knight Jadczyk should know all about psychopaths and their behavior.  In 2003 she stole an undetermined amount of money in a house raffle scam.  She has never returned the money she stole and she blames everyone else for the criminal activity.  Sounds just like a psychopath doesn’t it?  She gets her info by channelling aliens via a ouja board.  She is a high school drop out with no cred.  None.

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