FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2022
Just for the record, two estimates: On January 6, did Donald J. Trump know or believe that Mike Pence's life was in danger, or that his life might be in danger?
We don't know how to answer that question. We will say that many people seem to have taken that impression from yesterday's January 6 committee hearing. For example, today's Morning Joe program began with a segment which you can see titled this way at the program's web site:
Joe on Thursday revelations: Trump on Jan. 6 was working to cause harm or death to Pence
Is that an accurate statement concerning a real "revelation?" We can't say. We can refresh you concerning two estimates of the prevalence of sociopathy in the general population.
Long story short! In 2018, an article in Psychology Today offered this basic background:
EDDY (4/30/18): In 1994, the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was published (the DSM-IV)....Regarding sociopaths (the DSM uses the equivalent term Antisocial Personality Disorder or ASPD), it said that overall prevalence “in community samples is about 3% in males and 1% in females.”
Between 2001 and 2005, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded the largest study ever done regarding the prevalence of personality disorders in the United States. Structured interviews were done with approximately 35,000 people who were randomly selected to be representative of the U.S. adult population in a variety of ways including age, income, gender and region. This study found that...3.7% would meet the criteria for ASPD (5.5% male and 1.9% female).
Say what? According to that study, 5.5% of the adult male population would be diagnosable for this personality disorder? That's what the survey said!
We offer this only as a point of general interest. For better or worse, no discussion of any such topic will be taking place any time soon within our mainstream press corps.
We also assume that people afflicted with this disorder didn't choose to be so afflicted. That doesn't mean that they might not be dangerous.
Why does Trump behave as he does? We aren't medical specialists ourselves, so we can't offer informed speculation about a question like that. For a more detailed discussion of this topic, you can just click here.