The psychopath next door

I am currently dictating passages from the book Political Ponerology by Andrew M. Lobaczewski, an arduous task. However, as I read through the following passage, I thought it might perhaps be of general interest. The entire book is about psychopaths, how they maneuver in society, form groups, takeover companies, governments, and as we can see by looking at our current landscape, the entire world. Anthony Fauci is surely a psychopath, most likely Al Gore as well. Bill Gates, duh.

See if you think the following passages resonate with you as a non-psychopath.


“The average intelligence of the psychopath, especially if measured via a commonly used tests, is somewhat lower than that of normal people, albeit similarly variegated. Despite the wide variety of intelligence and interests, this group does not contain examples of the highest intelligence, nor do we find technical craftsmanship talents among them. The most gifted members of this kind may thus achieve accomplishments in those sciences which do not require a correct humanistic view or practical skills. (Academic decency is another matter, however.) Whenever we attempt to construct special tests to measure “life wisdom” or “socio-moral imagination”, even if the difficulties of psychometric evaluation are taken into account, individuals of this type indicating deficit disproportionate to their personal IQ.

In spite of their deficiencies in normal psychological and moral knowledge, they develop and then have at their disposal and knowledge of their own, something lacked by people with the natural world view. They learn to recognize each other in a crowd as early as childhood, and they develop an awareness of the existence of other individuals similar to them. They also become conscious of being different from the world of those other people surrounding them. They view us from a certain distance, like a para-specific variety. Natural human reactions – which often fail to elicit interest to normal people because they are considered self evident – strike the psychopath as strange, interesting, and even comical. They therefore observe us, deriving conclusions, forming their different world of concepts. They become experts in our weaknesses and sometimes affect heartless experiments. The suffering and injustice they cause inspire no guilt within them, since such reactions from others are simply a result of their being different and apply only to “those other” people they perceived to be not quite conspecific. Neither a normal person nor our natural worldview can fully conceive nor properly evaluate the existence of this world of different concepts.

A researcher in such phenomena can glimpse the deviant knowledge of the psychopath through long-term studies of the personalities of such, using it with some difficulty, like a foreign language. As we shall see below, such practical skill becomes rather widespread in nations afflicted by that macrosocial pathological phenomenon where in this anomaly plays the inspiring role.

A normal person can learn to speak their conceptual language even somewhat proficiently, but the psychopath is never able to incorporate the worldview of a normal person, although they often try to do so all their lives. The product of their efforts is only a role in a mask behind which they hide their deviant reality.

Another myth and role they often play, albeit containing a grain of truth in relation to the “special psychological knowledge” that the psychopath acquires regarding normal people, would be the psychopath’s brilliant mind or psychological genius; some of them actually believe in this and attempt to insinuate this belief to others.

In speaking of the mask of psychological normality worn by such individuals (and by similar deviants to a lesser extent), we should mention the book The Mask of Sanity, by Hervey Cleckley, who made this very phenomenon the crux of his reflections. A fragment:

“Let us remember that this typical behavior defeats what appeared to be his own aims. Is it not he himself who is most deeply deceived by his apparent normality? Although he deliberately cheats others and is quite conscious of his lies, he appears unable to distinguish adequately between his own pseudo-intentions, pseudo-remorse, pseudo-love, etc., and the genuine responses of a normal person. His monumental lack of insight indicates how little he appreciates the nature of his disorder. When others fail to accept immediately his “word of honor as a gentleman”, his amazement, I believe, is often genuine. His subjective experiences are so bleached of deep emotion that he is invincibly ignorant of what life means to others.

His awareness of hypocrisy’s opposite is so insubstantially theoretical that it becomes questionable if what we chiefly mean by hypocrisy should be attributed to him. Having no major value himself, can he be said to realize adequately the nature and quality of the outrages his conduct inflicts on others? A young child who has no impressive memory of severe pain may have been told by his mother that it is wrong to cut off the dog’s tail. Knowing it is wrong he may proceed with the operation. We need not totally absolve him of responsibility if we say he realizes less what he did than an adult who, in full appreciation of physical agony, so uses a knife. Can a person experience the deeper levels of sorrow without considerable knowledge of happiness? Can he achieve evil intention in this false sense without real awareness of evil’s opposite? I have no final answer to these questions.”

All researchers into psychopathy underlined three qualities primarily with regard to this most typical variety: the absence of a sense of guilt for antisocial actions, the inability to love truly, and the tendency to be garrulous in a way which easily deviates from reality.”


MT here. I also came upon the following short passage, which struck me as very interesting:

“Another interesting question suggested itself: what kind of people are the so-called “jackals”, hired as professional and mercenary killers by various groups, and to quickly and easily take up arms as a means of political struggle? They offer themselves as specialists who perform the duty as expected; no human feelings interfere with their nefarious plans. They are most certainly not normal people, but none of the deviations described herein fit this picture. As a rule, essential psychopaths are talkative and incapable of such carefully planned activity.”


This is me, MT finishing out here. We have all known these kinds of people, lived with them or worked with them, perhaps even married one. The damage they do, the harm they inflict, the ugly feelings they leave in their wake, are incalculable. We are usually left in stunned surprise when they work their magic on us, springing their traps (their ultimate joy in life). It all takes a toll on us, leaving us tired, chagrined, and only wanting to create distance from them. I think Lobaczewski claims at one point that they make up perhaps 6% of the population. Martha Stout (The Psychopath Next Door) claimed that the higher one goes up the corporate ladder, the more there are. Jordan Peterson, on the other hand, says that they are not as common in the business world as other researchers claim, as they cannot plan effectively or apply themselves with enough energy to succeed. I wonder about that. The ones I have known indeed love to plan, to set traps, and further, are usually sexually promiscuous, so that sleeping one’s way to the top is not uncommon.

“Ponerology” is the term Lobaczewski invented to describe nested evil in countries. He lived in Poland when it was controlled by the USSR. He wrote the book only to have it captured by authorities and disappeared. He rewrote it, this time giving it to a person in the Vatican for safekeeping. (I could have warned him not to do that.) Again, it disappeared. He came to the United States thinking that he had escaped such evils, only to learn (this in the 1980s) that the United States was as enmeshed in Ponerology as his former home. He wrote the book again while living in the United States, finally managing to get it published in 2007 by Red Pill Press. Lobaczewski died that year at the age of 86.

19 thoughts on “The psychopath next door

  1. It’s always been passing strange to me that psychopaths could ride herd over others, like a crime boss, who has to direct other misfits without it all crashing down very quickly as these miscreants express their true nature.
    As well, I wonder about the mercenary passage. Assuming that Hollywood is a factory of lies, propaganda and misdirection, I really wonder if mercenary assassins exist at all. Dave Davies of the Kinks was once shot and wounded by a drug addled cretin and Davies came to believe it was an assassination attempt. He said it was far easier to get a guy to kill for a bag full of drugs than hiring a [John Wick] type. Seems plausible. But the margin for error is rather large.
    When I was in college, a professor related a story he heard in the army about an assassin who, after his first kill, needed 6 months to recover. In time he became too deadly, killing the wrong people and he had to be institutionalized. That seems also more plausible than the professional killer who has a wife and kids and a basement arsenal.


    1. One of the great failings of movies, in my view, is that they can have a professional assassin like, say, James Bond, who in a typical movie might kill 10 people, and at the same time fall in love. I know and most of the Bond movies he was always detached from his women costars but there was one movie, I think the first one where Daniel Craig played Bond and he met a girl and fell in love and said to her “I am yours.” She drowned at the end, and of course, he had to watch.

      [By the way, you know a lot more about movies than I do, but the one movie that I saw where death and killing was handled as the emotional and terribly traumatizing experience it is was Clint Eastwood’s The Unforgiven.]


      1. There is a theory about this, Organic Portals, humans without souls, the todays NPC concept is quite similar. Can be found in the works of Rudolf Steiner, Gurdjieff, and others. All down here got arms and legs, indeed, but not all humans are the same. Maybe a reason for the obsession of the left about “equality”. The left produces thick books, to define moral, but never succeedes. Something is missing, the link up. You may know, there are people who are just exhausting, maybe even your spouse. The OPs run the matrix, like in the movies, or just steal your energy. They are a hive, connected. There is a script, that’s why 007 does not die in the first scenes, the movie would be over. In reality, OPs got scripts too. Those people with perfect curriculum vitae, for example.

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  2. Any authoritarian system, especially one based solely on rewarding usury — I’m thinking capitalism here — simply rewards the most aggressive, most extroverted, most efficient of the players. But a system that demands screwing “the other guy” is based on some Darwinian misunderstanding; his science did not actually advocate what is commonly accepted as human survival of the fittest, which is by definition inhumane, opposes nature, and non-Darwinian. While psychopaths may rise to the top of the hierarchical power pyramid faster than many other more qualified minds, boot-lickers do most of the grunt work and sometimes achieve celebrity status, if only as a front or beard for the real powers that be. Yes, at this moment I’m thinking of you, Ayn Rand (Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum O’connor).


    1. One of the most widely read posts I ever wrote prior to this blog taking off as it has was called “Was Ayn Rand a Sociopath?” After reading Lobaczeski, I think she might better fit under the name “Spellbinder.” I am not at all clear on the difference, and have much more to do in this area, but Rand had a loyal following that would take a bullet for her. Most psychopaths have enemies, not loyal legions of followers. Two others who might qualify as Spellbinders (and you will think of more), Barack Obama and Billy Graham.


      1. Rand, Obama, Graham and other high-profile role players are used as lures. They have gift of “charisma” needed to round up the marks before fleecing. Kind of like the Pied Piper of Hamlin, who lured rats out of town with his magic flute. When locals refused to pay for his fee, the piper turned his magical powers on their children, luring them away from their deadbeat parents.


      2. Re “Most psychopaths have enemies, not loyal legions of followers.”

        That’s entirely false. Look at Stalin, Mao, Trump… virtually any high official, prominent authority, or politician anywhere.

        The most vital urgent and DEEP understanding everyone needs to RE-learn is that psychopaths typically are not physically violent crazies but always stealth predators (exploitative deceivers, which explains why the public has been fed a MISLEADING understanding of psychopaths). And then… the most vital urgent and DEEP understanding everyone needs to gain is that a network of manipulating psychopaths ARE governing big businesses (eg official medicine), nations and the world (the evidence is irrefutable as is obvious with the Covid Scamdemic). But that’s only ONE part of the equation that makes up the destructive human condition.

        It is NOT just a matter of “draining the swamp” at the top and we’re back to our former (sick) “normal.”

        The true, WHOLE, but “politically inconvenient” and “culturally forbidden” reality is more encompassing because “the swamp that needs draining” on a psychological and behavioral level is over 90% of people anywhere. Check out “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room –The Holocaustal Covid-19 Coronavirus Madness: A Sociological Perspective & Historical Assessment Of The Covid “Phenomenon”” at

        Without a proper understanding, and full acknowledgment, of the true WHOLE problem and reality, no real constructive LASTING change is possible for humanity.


        If your employer (even educational or federal employers) wants you to take a Covid vaccine give him/her one of these form letters of exemption found at w w w d o t lc d o t o r g/exempt

        By the way, with the letters of “omicron” an alleged Covid variant you can spell “moronic”…

        And further speaking of stupid herd people not getting the glaringly obvious truth/ie not getting the constant onslaught of BIG lies of the official authorities……

        “2 weeks to flatten the curve has turned into…3 shots to feed your family!” — Unknown


        1. Thanks, very insightful comment. I am trying to better understand the concept of “Spellbinder,” as it could be that people like Stalin and others fall into that category. At this point I can only say that I don’t know what I don’t know.


  3. You’ve had a lucky ride through organisational/business life if you haven’t encountered a psychopath along the way. To expand on Buffett’s wisdom for Peterson’s sake – if after a while playing the game you don’t know who the psychopath is, it is probably you.
    A lone psychopath can be tolerated, just. But as Lobaczewski noted they can recognise each other means they prey in company. Even on their own a spineless boss in the hierarchical structure is easy takings. Then after the burial comes the cultural epidemic where the blindly ambitious underlings with the awareness of goldfish, but the attitude of the deserving, pick up on the new organisational energy and bully their way into the new psychopath boss’ affections.
    Spread that culture across the globe and the result is a pandemic. An IT primer sequence so contagious it needs a 24/7 media and political intervention for humankind to get it.


    1. Oh yeah, I met many. Business, especially in oil and gas, where there are so many innocent folks out there who don’t even know what they might own under their own land, is stalking ground. Back in the 1980s when companies would drill natural gas wells and then cap them and wait for a pipeline, one guy I know would lease the underground rights from them without them knowing there was natural gas that had been discovered. (There was/is no obligation to inform royalty owners of drilling results.) He would then threaten to sue them when they found out, a SLAPP. This same man operated many gas wells, and withhold production taxes far in excess of their reality from his partners and royalty owners. He had hundreds of thousands of $$$ overwithheld. He called it a “plugging fund” to be used to cover the cost of plugging a well, but he then sold everything, pocketing the production taxes, having no plugging obligation. Outright theft. He was/is a devout Christian. He accused his business partners of greed. His Christianity was but a manifestation of his psychopathy. Odd duck, vicious criminal.


  4. Quel surprise that Jordan take your damn vaccine Peterson would try to have us believe that psychopaths are not prevalent in business or politics. Solid snake.


  5. Fear. All the worlds a stage & the production company (elite or royal lineages) have everyone’s attention. To program the minds. Starting w/that got dayum TV set. Isis Horus SET. IHS (catholic/Jesuit thing)


  6. I’m totally into this idea that the Vatican is the center of power for like 600 years or something and it considers the entire world (people and goods) as property. That’s why they call us “sheep”, which actually means cattle. People who work for Vatican have to prove one way or the other that they also consider other humans as cattle. All authors or movie makers also all actors are part of this. They all had to prove that they have no mercy and no feeling for cattle. That’s why this people are able to invent so absurdly bad guys, serial killers, mass murderers and such. You can try to invent (in your mind) a really bad character but you’ll fail because normal people always have some empathy. Not so the Hollywood authors. I’m not going into details here. I don’t know how they prove to Vatican that they don’t care for other humans. There are rumors about child sacrifices or bloody rituals. My point is, this people had to do something extreme and are now on the dark side. And of course they will never show to cattle, what they really think.
    In Germany (and Austria) the Corona cult is getting more absurd every day. Our new government consists of clowns only. This people are not able to say one coherent sentence and they don’t just play dumb. They are. I assume that it is to wake up as many more people as possible till all this hits the fan. Our media keeps inventing new fears every day. I don’t think people take this seriously. Current mass demonstrations show people are not buying this anymore.
    We mostly stay at home, except for buying groceries or taking walks and that way we don’t have to care about it at all. Some neighbors work in the city and for them it is not very funny.
    It will end soon, maybe with a bang, maybe quietly, maybe Omicron is a way for them go get out. They may say, Omicron creates natural immunity or something like this.


  7. I find his ideas interesting but I’m very persuaded by the general thrust of Mathis’ work having to do with interconnected ruling families – and I’m not quite sure how ponerology would square with that. For instance, presumably these families of great inherited wealth are not genetically all psychopaths (assuming there is something to this 6% or x% psychopaths idea.) More likely would be that they are acculturated to their class and role in society, and have some ideological justification (such as social darwinism, or theological views, etc etc) that rationalize and justify their actions. Those of us lower on the scale sometimes “other” people lower than ourselves, or those outside our tribe (national, political, whatever) so this seems to be a general human capacity – we see it currently with the vax wars, where this ability to “other” is used to discriminate against the unvaxxed.


    1. Hierarchies are a man-made invention in opposition to nature’s anarchic, cooperative scheme. Ruling over others and nature is believed by the aristocracy to be by a combination of belief in divine right and “will to power.” However creative, these are man-made inventions doomed to fail eventually.


    2. Interesting sidebar – somewhere in the book, Lobaczewski says that most of the “opathies” – psych, character, socio, etc., travel down on the mother’s side. I surely flagged that passage and will come across it again.


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