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Study: Psychopaths and Narcissists Exploit Virtue-Signaling and Victimhood | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on April 29, 2021

The paper is called Signaling Virtuous Victimhood as Indicators of Dark Triad Personalities.

The “dark triad personalities” are narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.

The research found that individuals with these three traits are more likely to signal virtuousness or victimhood.

That means psychopaths, narcissists, and shrewd opportunists often take advantage of the social climate for their own gain.

https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/study-psychopaths-and-narcissists-exploit-virtue-signaling-and-victimhood/

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Last September, a professor of African studies at George Washington University, Jessica Krug, admitted to faking African and Latina heritage for her entire adult life.

She was apparently about to be outed as a race-faker, and decided to get ahead of the news by admitting that she was “a culture leech.”

According to friends, Krug was militant and aggressive in her stances against systemic racism, going so far as to pick fights in public with other White women, and expect her Black friends to help her.

Clearly Krug thought identifying as Black allowed her to claim the moral high ground from the White devils, and lend her more expertise and street cred in her career as a Professor and author of African studies.

Rachel Dolezal, famous outted after years of pretending to be Black, also benefitted from her faked identity– she was the head of an NAACP chapter.

And who could forget Elizabeth Warren, who was listed as a minority professor at Harvard for years because she thought her high cheekbones made her a Native American. She was later hilariously trolled by Trump, who convinced her to get a DNA test, which she actually bragged about, saying it confirmed that she is at most 1/64th Native American.

This really isn’t a hard phenomenon to figure out. The more you give certain groups in society special advantages and privileges– from the moral high ground to jobs and salaries– the more this will bring the worst type of people out of the woodwork to take advantage.

In the context of two recent studies, it all makes perfect sense. Here, the science confirms what we intuitively know– that bad people take advantage of other people’s good intentions to gain power.

You’ve probably heard of “virtue signaling,” when someone tries to show how morally superior they are because of some cause they claim to care about.

For example, the Instagram influencers caught staging pictures which showed them helping to clean up a neighborhood after a riot. Or a company that tweets out support for gay rights during pride month.

They are signaling that they are virtuous, and reaping the social and material rewards of being part of the “woke” crowd.

But this new research indicates that these Social Justice Warriors might not be so well-intentioned.

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology recently published a paper which analyzed the results of a number of studies on victimhood and “virtue signaling.”

The paper is called Signaling Virtuous Victimhood as Indicators of Dark Triad Personalities.

The “dark triad personalities” are narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.

The research found that individuals with these three traits are more likely to signal virtuousness or victimhood.

That means psychopaths, narcissists, and shrewd opportunists often take advantage of the social climate for their own gain.

And it’s not just sympathy or social status they gain. The benefits of virtual signaling include real, tangible, gains in resources– as evidenced by the three White posers we discussed.

That’s because the US is now an environment in which it is, according to the study, “increasingly advantageous and even fashionable” to be considered a victim.

It is also used as a way to gain “moral immunity” for “deceit, intimidation, or even violence by alleged victims to achieve their goals.”

In other words, the ends justify the means. As long as you claim to have a noble intention, then it can excuse any amount of terrible behavior in the pursuit of that goal.

And that is why Black Lives Matters embeds its admittedly Marxist goals in the vehicle of racial justice.

Signaling support for disenfranchised groups is a shortcut to get ahead in today’s world.

This obviously doesn’t mean that every “woke” person is a psychopath. Surely some have the best intentions.

But this study confirms that when society gives some people special rights and privileges, bad people will always take advantage of it.

Coupled with another study which was released a couple years back, we can understand perfectly the woke threat coming out of the belly of the beast, Washington DC.

The study called Psychopathy By State found that the concentration of psychopaths in Washington DC was far higher than in any state.

“The presence of psychopaths in District of Columbia is consistent with the conjecture… that psychopaths are likely to be effective in the political sphere.”

Psychos are drawn to power. It is not just that power corrupts, it is that already corrupt people seek power. Government is the best industry to be in for someone with no morals.

The study surveyed samples from the lower 48 states and Washington D.C. to find the prevalence of personality traits which correspond to psychopathy.

Of course, D.C. came in first by far. But as the author notes, that this is not exactly a fair comparison, as it is a city being compared to entire states. The study finds that urban areas, in general, correspond to more psychopathic personality traits.

Another interesting finding is that a higher concentration of lawyers predicts higher psychopathy prevalence. Shocking, I know.

So removing D.C. can you guess which states come in the top three for concentrations of psychopaths?

  1. Connecticut
  2. California
  3. New Jersey

The least psychopathic states are:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Vermont
  3. Tennessee
  4. North Carolina
  5. New Mexico

And it should not be surprising that the main correlation was that state with the lowest percentage of people living in urban areas also had the lowest concentration of psychopaths.

Perhaps psychopaths need to be around more victims, or constantly switch out their friends and acquaintances as they become wise to their antisocial behaviors.

It is possible that psychopaths are more easily recognized and ostracized in smaller communities and rural settings.

The study concludes:

Areas of the United States that are measured to be most psychopathic are those in the Northeast and other similarly populated regions. The least psychopathic are predominantly rural areas. The District of Columbia is measured to be far more psychopathic than any individual state in the country, a fact that can be readily explained either by its very high population density or by the type of person who may be drawn [to] a literal seat of power (as in Murphy 2016).

Hailing originally from Massachusetts, I can attest to the highest corresponding personality trait being “Temperamental & Uninhibited.” Where did you think the term Masshole came from?

If you aren’t a psychopath when you enter the state, you soon become one from the traffic alone. And I wonder if just being in such close proximity to people makes it a necessary adaptation to care a little less about how your actions affect others.

The solution is to not give a single inch to these virtue signaling psychopaths.

Don’t engage them. Don’t fall into their traps, don’t denounce your Whiteness, or apologize for being straight, Christian, rich, privileged, or whatever. That’s a race to the bottom, and the best thing we can do is either ignore them, or relentlessly make fun of them with memes.

What you don’t want to do is go in the other direction, and become the self-fulfilling prophecy by actually becoming racist. Remember, this is a small group of people trying to make everyone else self segregate or identify with a victim group. Just keep it in mind that this narrative is being driven by elitist White liberals, some of whom will go so far as to fake being victims themselves.

The other thing you can do is self-select the group you associate with, and live around. I’ve been doing this for years, and the only time I ever see these ridiculous race baiters and woke mobsters is online.

Remember, the media will take a tiny minority opinion, present it as if it is mainstream, and try to build it into a movement. It’s still dangerous, since the minority can, and does in many cases, take over and set policy. You still have to call attention to the cult to make sure it doesn’t catch on.

But I don’t actually know any woke mobsters in real life, which is either a testament to the power of selecting the people you surround yourself with, or it means, as I suspect, that there actually aren’t that many people who think like this.

And finally, living in a more rural place, or a tight-knit suburban community– which again, you have specifically selected– can also solve a lot of these problems.

Like the study says, these people concentrate in cities, so being rural does get you out of their reach to some extent.

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The Problem Is Systemic Victimhood, Not Systemic Racism | Chronicles

Posted by M. C. on March 1, 2021

Esolen goes on to call this “a self-perpetuating and self-destructive falsehood” in which “blacks, encouraged to look upon whites as inveterate enemies, begin to dress, talk, and act in antisocial ways.” Such behavior “keep[s] racism burning.”

That behavior, Esolen says, is pure cruelty. “Cruelty it is, because of what it does to those who think they have nothing to offer the world that is finer than their victimhood.”

https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/blog/the-problem-is-systemic-victimhood–not-systemic-racism/

By Annie Holmquist

I was a sheltered white girl working my way through my teen years, when circumstances suddenly threw me into regular contact with minority children and families in inner city Minneapolis. Although it was a bit of a culture shock and sometimes difficult, I quickly grew to love the time I spent teaching, talking with, and growing to love the kids from a range of racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.

I’ve learned a lot of things over the more than 20 years spent with these children and their families. But one thing I’ve learned especially is that racism comes in more flavors than simply white against black.

It’s a little hard to know how exactly to term one version of this, but the best way I can think of is to call it “black-on-black racism.” This kind of racism came to my attention in the form of a single mother with several children. She was doing her best to get her life together, raising her children to be upstanding citizens, trying to live her own life in a morally upright way, holding down a job, and trying to climb the ladder of success. Yet in return for her efforts her fellow blacks accused her of “being white.”

Although I’m sure those comments hurt her greatly, this woman disregarded them and pressed on, trying to overcome her difficulties and get ahead in the world. Yet I’ve seen others who have had similar comments thrown at them give up, preferring to run with the crowd than be ostracized by their own community.

I am not the only person to have noticed this trend. Scholar and author Anthony Esolen highlights a similar scenario in the February issue of Chronicles, writing:

It is bad to be a young black man reading and enjoying Shakespeare, meeting the sneers of his black classmates, who call him ‘white’ inside. It is worse to be that fellow who could and should be in love with learning, having his heart cut out by the contempt, and courting indifference instead of interest, and failure instead of triumph. It is worst of all to be those who do this to him, confirming themselves in their own incapacity.

Esolen goes on to call this “a self-perpetuating and self-destructive falsehood” in which “blacks, encouraged to look upon whites as inveterate enemies, begin to dress, talk, and act in antisocial ways.” Such behavior “keep[s] racism burning.”

That behavior, Esolen says, is pure cruelty. “Cruelty it is, because of what it does to those who think they have nothing to offer the world that is finer than their victimhood.”

One might easily, and truthfully, respond that blacks were horribly wronged through slavery. But does this give them a reason to wallow in their victimhood? More importantly, does it give blacks justification for pulling their fellow blacks down, trying to keep them in the life of victimhood and oppression forever? I don’t see how that could possibly be the case. As Esolen writes:

Because blacks were enslaved 150 years ago, if your skin is dark now, even if you are not a descendant of those slaves, you get points as a ‘victim,’ regardless of whether your own poor decisions drag on you like a ball and chain. John Calhoun didn’t push the cocaine your way. Jefferson Davis didn’t get your girlfriend pregnant. Robert E. Lee didn’t tempt you to play video games when you should have been reading books.

We live in a time when accusations of racism are blasted in our faces and attempts to correct systemic racism exist at nearly every level of society, from the Biden administration, to Big Tech, to higher education. But do these ostensible attempts to correct the wrongs of the past and root out today’s racism only exacerbate the problem by teaching people that victimhood is good? And in encouraging the victim mentality, do we discourage responsibility, growth, and personal success for those trying to break free from a life of victimhood?

Maybe we’re focusing on the wrong thing. From what I’ve seen in the past, perhaps a focus on rooting out systemic victimhood—for all races—is the first step to stopping the systemic racism that allegedly plagues our society.

Annie Holmquist

Annie Holmquist is the editor of Intellectual Takeout. When not writing or editing, she enjoys reading, gardening, and time with family and friends.

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Jon Rappoport’s Blog « Fake Study, Fake Drug, Fake Land of Loons

Posted by M. C. on June 11, 2020

The authors of the study and the Lancet reviewers now confess the
data can’t be found. The strong suggestion is, the data never existed.

The relentless and brilliant journalist, Celia Farber, covers the
whole sordid story at uncoverdc.com. She points out that “Remdesivir,
[the toxic COVID drug] ‘touted’ by Anthony Fauci…costs $1,000 per pill,
whereas HCQ’s generic price is $0.64.” That’s called a clue.

https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2020/06/10/covid-fake-study-fake-drug-fake-land-of-loons/

by Jon Rappoport

As many of you know, a major study on the drug, Hydroxychloroquine
(HCQ), has been retracted by the Lancet, a mere 13 days after it was
published. That might be a world record.

The study, using a gigantic data set of 96,000 patients in 671
hospitals, concluded the drug was useless for treating COVID-19
patients, and posed health dangers.

The study (briefly) had the effect of convincing medical
professionals, governments, media, and the public that HCQ was a total
failure. A COVID drug would have to come from somewhere else.

Only one problem:

The authors of the study and the Lancet reviewers now confess the
data can’t be found. The strong suggestion is, the data never existed.

The relentless and brilliant journalist, Celia Farber, covers the
whole sordid story at uncoverdc.com. She points out that “Remdesivir,
[the toxic COVID drug] ‘touted’ by Anthony Fauci…costs $1,000 per pill,
whereas HCQ’s generic price is $0.64.” That’s called a clue.

And, of course, the plan is to keep the whole COVID farce going long
enough to make the Bill Gates vaccine the primary instrument of
treatment, through “prevention.”

The next part of this article was prompted by a story a friend told
me: a graduate student, when informed about the Lancet retraction, blew
up and said, “Don’t you care about SCIENCE?” Scratching an inch below
the surface of his non-sequitur outburst, his meaning was clear—he hates
Trump, Trump said he was taking HCQ, so HCQ must be terrible, so the
discredited Lancet study must actually be accurate. And that’s science.
Isn’t this charming? And how many thousands of dollars did this
student’s education cost?

So let’s focus on one sector of the massive population of loons who
are dutifully wearing masks and trudging down life’s path hypnotized by
the COVID myth:

College students.

Several years ago, I posted a staggering statistic from the National
Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): “More than 25 percent of college
students have been diagnosed or treated by a professional for a mental
health condition within the past year.”

Aside from the zombifying effects of the psychiatric drugs (made even
more dangerous by any effort to quickly withdraw from them), the
students gain a new perspective from the mental-disorder diagnosis:
they’re victims. And now a COVID pandemic? They can wear their masks
and deepen that self-image. Wonderful.

Big Brother has given them a psychiatric diagnosis, meds, and an
excuse for not succeeding in life. Big Brother has also given millions
of them student loans. An illusion of a free ride.

Victim mindset, free ride. Perfect.

Throw off those COVID masks? Not a chance. That would suggest the possibility of independence. Goes against victimhood.

Victims try and whine and moan but never really succeed. That
lifestyle sounds interesting. Put it on. Have fun with it. Adjust
attitudes. Become a “heroic victim.” Who knew there was such an
option?

Who is Big Brother? The college students hazily think about who is
supplying them with the “free” psychiatric meds, who is issuing orders
about the pandemic, and who is handing out their loans. Seems to be the
government on all counts. OK, love Big Brother, love the government.
Done.

If these students are learning anything at all in college, what is
it? Well, at the top of the list would be: “science is truth.” Simple,
easy, graspable.

In this “pandemic,” who is the main figure? Who is the one who SEEMS
to be on the side of science, with no political ax to grind? Fauci.

Well, good. Fauci represents the government, Big Brother. Love Fauci. Follow Fauci.

Where are the students’ brothers and sisters in the cult of victims?
Where are they to be found, whining and bitching and moaning? On
Twitter. Good. Love Twitter. Quick, easy, no thinking necessary.
Type three sentences, that’s work for the day. Whew. Relax.

Watch YouTube videos. Let the images and the voiceover flow by.

Creative vision, energy, ambition, logic? Empty words from a gone world.

Besides, AI is taking over everything. An automatic system from Big Brother. No effort necessary.

“Going outside for a few minutes now. Put on my mask. No problem.
When I’m out on the street, all I do is look at my cell phone anyway.
Just need to stay six feet apart. I can do that. Victim hero behind
the mask.”

The student vaguely remembers a moment last year when he was at the
museum and stopped at a painting by Goya. It ripped his heart out. It
sent torrents of energy up his spine. But…the memory passes. The meds
kick in. That was life as it used to be.

No more. Now it’s signs and signals of social justice and the cell
phone and twitter and the drugs and the mask and the victimhood and the
loans and Fauci and the pandemic, etc., etc.

SOURCES:

* https://uncoverdc.com/2020/06/06/politicized-science-lancet-nejm-retract/

* https://twitter.com/CeliaFarber

*
https://consumer.healthday.com/mental-health-information-25/anxiety-news-33/more-college-students-seeking-mental-health-care-738933.html

Note: the NAMI figure of 25%, which I found several years ago and
cited above in this article, seems to have been scrubbed from search
engines. NAMI is now pegging the figure at closer to 20%.

Instead of accepting diagnoses of made-up mental disorders, parents
seeking to understand their children’s anxieties at college ought to
consider the following: “…National Center for Education Statistics [is]
reporting that many 12th grade students in the United States are reading
and writing at a fifth grade level. Many college students take
transitional coursework to improve their literacy skills in their first
year of college. The National Center for Education Statistics reported
that about one third of first-year college students take transitional
courses… At some post-secondary institutions [colleges], the percentage
of first-year students who enroll in transitional classes is as high as
60%…”:

* https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ972863.pdf

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The Age of Resentment – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on January 20, 2020

Even more heretical, he expressed gratitude that his ancestors were taken to America in spite of their true status as victims because life for blacks was so much better in white, racist America than in black governed Africa.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/01/ira-katz/resentment/

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There are several ways of expressing the “wokeness” of the times we are living in. I would argue that this is the age of resentment. It works like this, there is someone or something else, never oneself, to blame for every problem in life.  This concept applies across all (intersectional) groups, a primary example being racial groups. Thus, the 1619 project by the New York Times is intended to make African Americans resentful of white Americans based on the premise that American history is essentially a story of the victimhood of blacks. It follows that deep within the Maleboge of wokeness are white, male, heterosexual, Christians. They are the sole group (even as individuals) that can never claim victimhood, and in the end, are the perpetrators of every injustice ever committed anywhere. If that were not the ultimate indictment, even bad luck or acts of nature can be blamed on white privilege.

A very rare moment of truth-telling on race and the complexity of life was exhibited by the journalist Keith Richburg in his book Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa and this excerpt on why the problems in Africa persist,

The reason, of course, is that Africans are black. Too much criticism from white countries in the West comes dangerously close to sounding racist. And African leaders seem willing enough to play that card, constantly raising the specter of “neocolonialism.” Most Africans were born in independent black countries, but their leaders still harp about colonialism the way black America’s self-described “leaders” like to talk about slavery and Jim Crow. There’s another similarity, too. Black African leaders talk about foreign aid as if they’re entitled to it — it’s something that is due to Africa, with no strings attached — the same way many American blacks see government assistance programs as a kind of entitlement of birth. In both cases, you’re left with black people wallowing in a safety net of dependency…

Even more heretical, he expressed gratitude that his ancestors were taken to America in spite of their true status as victims because life for blacks was so much better in white, racist America than in black governed Africa.

While much can be written on the groups who are harmed by wokeness, I think it is critical to understand the impact on those who are “helped” by it. That is, to understand the sad and pernicious effects of fostering resentment in these people. The fact is that resentment is a psychological problem. To anyone I care for I always advise to try to overcome resentment, even when the person has truly suffered from injustice. Of course, Jesus’ message to love your enemies delivered at the Sermon on the Mount resonates with the perspective to eschew resentment.

To reject resentment is a primary assertion of stoics. One of my favorite quotes of Pascal through the years makes this point also through the Christian perspective.

“Thus I stretch out my arms to my saviour, who, after being foretold for four thousand years, came on earth to die and suffer for me at the time and the circumstances foretold. By his grace I peaceably await death, in the hope of being eternally united, and meanwhile I live joyfully, whether in the blessings which he is pleased to bestow on me or in the afflictions which he sends me for my own good and taught me how to endure by his example.”

I think the teaching against resentment has been expressed in many cultures. For example, the Bengali/English writer Nirad Chaudhuri wrote this passage in the second volume of his autobiography “Thy Hand, Great Anarch! India 1921-1952,”

“I have learnt the significance of suffering without understanding why it should be the lot of human beings to have it inflicted on them. It does not regard innocence, nor wrongdoing, but comes upon all impartially. It seems to be some natural, inescapable phenomenon like storms, floods, earthquakes, or volcanic eruptions. Looking upon it in this light, I have come to feel that there is nothing more cowardly than to nurse a grievance for it. Above all, I have come to hold that it is frivolity of the worst kind to air cheap compassion over it. There are only two victories over suffering offered to man: either to rise above it or to submit to it without complaining. That is being Homo sapiens in the first instance.”

Unfortunately we are living in a culture of resentment. Young minds are being formed by a zeitgeist of resentment. Yet, to encourage resentment in individuals and groups is truly madness, portending evil for everyone.

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