You know... I get a lot of time to think while watching chips fly off machines and playing in the workshops at Schloss Nitrocellulose.
And I have started to wonder if liberalism is actually 'really' a mental disorder.
Allow me to offer my conjecture.... We are all familiar with Psychopathy. It is a lack of empathy. It is not a mental disorder that makes people collect moths and put lotion in a basket. It is simply that psychopaths can do this sort of thing without remorse. It's a real, documented and legitimate psychological status. I won't call it an illness or a disease. It is simply a state of being that many have. And a few turn into something monstorous.
So if the 'lack of empathy' is at one end of a spectrum of some kind... is there something at the other end of the spectrum which is 'Far too much Empathy?" In other words... a mental state where you can't help yourself but to get worked into a frenzy over EVERYONE else and EVERYTHING else that is not you, yourself and your individual situation? It stands to reason that is Psychopathy is one end of the scale.... then the other end of the spectrum would be people who are so disturbed by their empathy for everything from Polar Bears to Starving African Kids to Swedish Retards named Greta to Cattle (my dinner) to Dogs on Leashes to... you name it. They can't go through life for one minute without getting wound into a knot empathizing with everything in sight, to the point that they cannot function without trying to right every wrong, free every Rhesus Monkey, Save every Seal, break down over every slur... and have to spend their mentally-deranged lives forcing their empathy on everyone else?
I have never looked into it, really. But is liberalism really just the flip side of Psychopathy?
There have been some interesting historical/scientific (refereed) papers published on how societies decline when they get successful enough to allow a Leisure Class and an Academic Class to start destroying the basic survival principles. And they are good, thought-provoking pieces that I think have merit.
Has anyone ever done a scientific paper, study or research project to offer up a psychological explanation for the "over-Empathizing" personality and to try and put it on a spectrum somewhere? And question the impact of those folks on political discourse?
Liberalism is a disease is a mantra that I've had for some time. But until the last couple of years, never really tried to put some scientific method around my personal viewpoint. So we have an hypothesis.... needs a conjecture, a study, a theory and some conclusions.
Maybe someone beat us to it?
Paragraph 4, "worked into a frenzy" "hyper empathy"
Spoiled screaming brat that wont stop until they get their way.
Lack of emotional control.
It's in DSM4.....