Is it possible to transform politics around values such as empathy, solidarity and love? Many progressive commentators think so, and have laid out different plans to put these ideas into practice. But empathy and love seem in short supply in the actuality of politics today, crowded out by hate and intolerance. In one society after another fear-mongering proceeds apace against poor people, immigrants, minorities and anyone else who is not part of the dominant group.
Ian Hughes’ book Disordered Minds is essential reading in the era of Donald Trump. ~ Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University
Ian Hughes adds new scientific insight to one of the deepest conundrums of politics: that positions of power appeal to the narcissistic, paranoid psychopaths among us, with catastrophic results for humanity. ~ Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now.
Read this exceptionally fine and accessible work of scholarship and make it your business to keep these disordered minds from disordering our universe. – Mary McAleese, Former President of Ireland
In the Guardian, Jonathan Freedland writes that Wolff’s revelations “prove—yet again—what a vile, narcissistic and dangerous man we have in the Oval Office.” And in the New Yorker, Masha Gessen, warns that Trump’s White House is “waging a daily assault on the public’s sense of sanity, decency, and cohesion. It makes us feel crazy.”
Is there any way to get beneath the daily assault on our sanity and try to understand what might be driving the chaos of the Trump Presidency? A good place to start is with the word that many say best sums up the man, which is narcissism. Continue reading →
‘[O]ne might well describe the twentieth century as the bloodiest period of utopian political experimentation the world has ever witnessed.’ 
The regimes of Stalin, Mao, Hitler and Pol Pot support the thesis that people with dangerous personality disorders, when they act together, and when the circumstances are right, can pose an existential threat to society. Each of these leaders clearly displayed traits associated with psychopathy and narcissistic and paranoid personality disorders. Continue reading →
This week I had the honour of being interviewed by Rob Kall for his Bottom Up Radio Show. Rob is the executive editor and publisher of OpEdNews.com one of the top 100 blogs overall, according to Technorati.com
The interview was an opportunity for us to explore in some depth some of the main issues surrounding people with dangerous personality disorders, the damage they cause, and what we can do to protect ourselves from the violence and suffering they inflict. Continue reading →
Ian has a big picture and a detailed understanding of how psychopaths have caused incredible damage, suffering and pain… and he has solutions. Rob Kall, Bottom Up Radio Show
Ian Hughes was interviewed by Rob Kall for the Bottom Up Radio Show to discuss a world damaged by psychopaths, and to explore some answers.
Rob Kall Interviews some of the world’s smartest, most dynamic people on his Bottom Up Radio Show with the goal of getting them to share their wisdom and knowledge and to stretch their vision. His guests have included Arianna Huffington, Joseph Nye, Greg Palast, Noam Chomsky, Ethan Zuckerman, and Douglas Rushkoff. The show runs 9-10 PM EST, 6-7 PM Pacific on AM 1360 in the United States in the South New Jersey and metropolitan Philadelphia area on Wednesdays.