The psychopaths that go unnoticed

Posted on August 17, 2011

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I’ve seen the pilot episode of the show “Dexter” and am much too afraid to watch any more. I’m not exactly a fan of seeing people chopped up into bloody chunks.

But I hear it’s a very good show! Apparently the main character, Dexter, is a lovable psychopath.

Cause he murders murderers. I’ve always learned that two wrongs don’t make a right, but I guess we can let that slide in this case…

Anyway, wanna know who’s NOT a lovable psychopath?

A corporation. Wait, WHAATTT??

Yes, corporations are argued to be psychopaths. They exhibit the same qualities typically assigned to a psychopath, like our friend Dexter.

The checklist is as follows:

  • Callous unconcern for the feelings of others
  • Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships
  • Reckless disregard for the safety of others
  • Deceitfulness: repeated lying and conning others for profit
  • Incapacity to experience guilt
  • Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors

Think about all the corporations that make use of sweatshops and child labor (unconcern for feelings of others, disregard for safety of others, incapacity to experience guilt, failure to respect the law) and false advertising (repeated lying and conning others for profit).

It’s pretty scary if you look at it in this light, isn’t it? And corporations are, in fact, considered to be legal persons, but they aren’t held accountable for their actions like an actual human psychopath would be.

Think about how many corporations there are in the United States. They’re all out to make profit, behaving like a psychopath, without being held responsible for their actions.

Suddenly Dexter doesn’t seem so scary anymore…

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