Sunday, 18 February 2018

Psychopaths May Be The Best CEOs And Some Already Are

I think we've all felt at some point that one of our bosses is fucking crazy, and that may not be far from the truth.

Forbes shows us the bull :

Jeff Bercovici

British journalist Jon Ronson immersed himself in the world of mental health diagnosis and criminal profiling to understand what makes some people psychopaths — dangerous predators who lack the behavioral controls and tender feelings the rest of us take for granted. Among the things he learned while researching his new book, “The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry”: the incidence of psychopathy among CEOs is about 4 percent, four times what it is in the population at large. I spoke with him recently about what that means and its implications for the business world and wider society.

Are we really to understand that there’s some connection between what makes people psychopaths and what makes them CEO material?

At first I was really skeptical because it seemed like an easy thing to say, almost like a conspiracy theorist’s type of thing to say. I remember years and years ago a conspiracy theorist telling me the world was ruled by blood-drinking, baby-sacrificing lizards. These psychologists were essentially saying the same thing. Basically, when you get them talking, these people [ie. psychopaths] are different than human beings. They lack the things that make you human: empathy, remorse, loving kindness.

So at first I thought this might just be psychologists feeling full of themselves with their big ideological notions. But then I met Al Dunlap.[That would be “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap, former CEO of Sunbeam and notorious downsizer.] He effortlessly turns the psychopath checklist into “Who Moved My Cheese?” Many items on the checklist he redefines into a manual of how to do well in capitalism.

There was his reputation that he was a man who seemed to enjoy firing people, not to mention the stories from his first marriage — telling his first wife he wanted to know what human flesh tastes like, not going to his parents’ funerals. Then your realize that because of this dysfunctional capitalistic society we live in those things were positives. He was hailed and given high-powered jobs, and the more ruthlessly his administration behaved, the more his share price shot up.

So you can just go down the list of Fortune 500 CEOs and say, “psychopath, psychopath, psychopath…”

Well, no. Dunlap was an exceptional figure, wasn’t he? An extreme figure.

I think my book offers really good evidence that the way that capitalism is structured really is a physical manifestation of the brain anomaly known as psychopathy. However, I woudn’t say every Fortune 500 chief is a psychopath. That would turn me into an ideologue and I abhor ideologues.

Is it an either/or thing? It seems to me, thinking about it, that a lot of the traits on the checklist would be be useful in a corporate ladder-climbing situation. So maybe there are a lot of CEOs who simply have some psychopathic tendencies.

It is a spectrum, but there’s a cutoff point. If you’re going by the Hare checklist [the standard inventory used in law enforcement, devised by leading researcher Robert Hare], where the top score is 40, the average anxiety-ridden business failure like me — although the fact that my book just made the Times best sellers list makes it difficult to call myself that — would score a 4 or 5. Somebody you have to be wary of would be in early 20s and a really hard core damaged person, a really dangerous psychopath, would score around a 30. In law the cutoff is 29.

There are absolutes in psychopathy and the main absolute is a literal absence of empathy. It’s just not there. In higher-scoring psychopaths, what grows in the vacant field where that empathy should be is a joy in manipulating people, a lack of remorse, a lack of guilt. If you’ve got a little bit of empathy, you’re kind of not a psychopath.

So maybe there’s a sweet spot? A point on the spectrum somewhere short of full-blown psychopathy that’s most conducive to success in business.

That’s possible. Obviously there are items on the checklist you don’t want to have if you’re a boss. You don’t want poor behavioral controls. It’d be better if you don’t have promiscuous behavior. It’d be better if you don’t have serious behavioral problems in childhood, because that will eventually come out. But you do want lack of empathy, lack of remorse, glibness, superficial charm, manipulativeness. I think the other positive traits for psychopaths in business is need for stimulation, proneness to boredom. You want somebody who can’t sit still, who’s constantly thinking about how to better things.

A really interesting question is whether psychopathy can be a positive thing. Some psychologists would say yes, that there are certain attributes like coolness under pressure, which is sort of a fundamental positive. But Robert Hare would always say no, that in the absence of empathy, which is the definition in psychology of a psychopath, you will always get malevolence.

Basically, high-scoring psychopaths can be brilliant bosses but only ever for short term. Just like Al Dunlap, they always want to make a killing and move on.

And then you’ve got this question of what came first? Is society getting more and more psychopathic in its kind of desire for short-term killings? Is that because we kind of admire psychopaths in all their glib, superficial charm and ruthlessness?

After I read this, I knew I was destined for greatness.

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Read the complete article here.  Find Jon Ronson's book “The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry” on Amazon.


Woman Eats Yogurt Tainted With Semen

A man gets arrested and indicted for fapping into some poor broad's yogurt sample.  That really says it all.  I guess the yogurt was asking for it.  Have you seen the packaging these days?

The Smoking Gun exposes the smoking gun:

A grocery store clerk was indicted yesterday on federal charges for allegedly giving a female shopper a yogurt sample that was tainted with his semen, and then lying to federal agents about the revolting incident.

Anthony Garcia, 32, was named in a two-count indictment filed late yesterday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque. He is scheduled to be arraigned this morning on the felony charges. The January 25 incident was initially investigated by the Albuquerque Police Department before the case was turned over to federal officials.

According to a police report, the female victim told cops that she was shopping with her daughter at the Sunflower Farmers Market when she was approached by a “pushy” Garcia offering her the yogurt sample. After tasting the yogurt, the woman immediately thought the sample tasted “gross and disgusting” and, cops noted, “said it tasted like ‘semen.’”

A lab test confirmed that the yogurt sample provided by Garcia contained semen. Investigators then secured a search warrant authorizing the collection of blood and DNA samples from Garcia. Subsequent testing revealed that the semen found in the yogurt sample consumed by the female shopper matched Garcia’s DNA.

Read the article here to see the court documents and a mugshot.

Best comment I've read about this goes to William Casidy : "She's the one who wanted to sample the Yoplayedwithmyself brand, your honor."  Couldn't have said it better myself.


Adult Baby Creates Adult Baby Nursery in Thailand

Here's another found gem of bizarreness.  I give you the world of Adult Babies.  Here at Sinical, we like to inform and enlighten. Was that redundant?  Yes.  Yes it was.

Vice spoon-feeds us :


Baby Bunnykins is a 56-year-old adult baby, meaning he has paraphilic infantilism—a condition characterized by the uncontrollable desire to wear diapers and act and be treated like a baby. Born in London, Baby Bunnykins devoted much of his life to traveling the world studying Buddhism, and was a monk for 12 years before settling in Thailand, where he recently founded the Thai Adult Baby Nursery. Manchildren from around the globe flock to this toddler Shangri-La for the chance to unleash their inner baby without fear or shame, to be cared for 24/7 by an in-house nanny, to sleep in a crib, be bathed, fed, snuggled, and showered with unbridled love and attention as if they were once again new to this world. To many Baby Bunnykins is seen as the Mother Teresa of the adult baby community, famed as an advocate for mommyless ABs everywhere.

VICE: So when did the bitty baby wealize he loved wearing diapy wipies?

Baby Bunnykins: I started stealing diapers off clotheslines when I was 12. The first time I had the urge I was walking home from school and passed by a stroller with a diaper inside it. I didn’t really know why I wanted it, but I grabbed the diaper and ran off. I hid it in some linen in my bedroom, and would take it out whenever I was alone.

And what did the little baby do next?

When I was 16 I moved away from home to Australia, and with my newfound freedom I became more adventurous. I hired a seamstress to make baby clothing costumes for me, and would buy adult diapers to wear around the house and under my pants while in public. But I didn’t know anyone else who did this, so I was very confused—I knew I was interested in girls, but I also wanted to be a baby. I felt completely alone.

And when did bitty Baby Bunnykins find out he wasn’t the only one?

In about ‘85 I found a magazine in a sex shop with photos of men and cute girls in diapers, and women in nurses and nanny uniforms. I thought ahh! and bought four copies. There was an ad in the mag for an organization called DPF, which was promoting the scene in America. I joined and they sent me books, clothing, and the contacts for other ABs, and through DPF I formed some great friendships.

The wittle baby made friendsie-wendsies?

Yes, I met a mistress friend who would bring me to fetish parties. I’d dress in a romper suit and she’d wheel me there in a big baby buggy. Through her I met a nanny who would take me to the movies and bottle-feed me in the theater. I’d pay $100 for a couple hours but we’d end up spending the whole day together just because she enjoyed being with me. She had a three-year-old son and she’d sit me on the floor with him and say “All right, play.” It was great.

So what is a normal day like for my wittly cutie pie?

I live in Thailand with my mommy, who is my girlfriend, and a live-in nanny. I work as a kindergarten teacher, so I come home from work every day and the nanny bathes me in my special blue bathtub, and afterward she’ll powder me, put my diaper on, and put me in the crib for a nap. Then nanny wakes me up and changes my diaper, gives me a bottle, and I sit and watch TV and play with toys, or she sticks me in the playpen. My mommy comes home around 8 PM.

Do you make pee pee and poo poo in your diapy?

I do, but I don’t do number two all the time. I will occasionally just to give the nanny something to do.

Does this make the baby get all sexy wexy?

It’s not really about that. I don’t get sexually aroused by the nanny at all. When she bathes me my willy stays down. When mommy does it, it goes up, but I have a strong sexual attraction to my mommy. To be truthful, sex isn’t that important to me. I was a virgin until I was 38. I dated girls, but I was so screwed up with wanting to be a baby that no relationship lasted very long.

And does mommy love taking care of her bad little boy?

With the nanny the caretaking is more clinical, but with mommy everything is done with love—tickles, blowing on my tummy, changing my diaper, lightly slapping my bottom, putting me over her knee and saying I’m a naughty boy—all the nice things a mother would do to her baby.

What’s the sexy wexy like between mommy and baby?

The only way I can have sex is thinking about baby things. It’s weird, I realize, but mommy accepts that. I suck on her tits while we have sex, baby talk, things like that.

Has the big boy ever wondered why he wants to be an itty bitty baby?

I had a traumatizing childhood, so I link that to the reasons why I want to be nurtured and loved. I used to think all ABs were wounded as children like I was, but I’ve spoken to many people who had an amazing childhood and still ended up an adult baby.

Traumatizing how?

My mother was a prostitute in London in the 50s. As an infant, social services took me from her. I was placed in a children’s home and at four a couple adopted me. I didn’t like them; they weren’t child friendly and were very violent, and I was verbally and physically abused by my father. I got out as soon as I turned 16.

A common criticism of the fetish is that all ABs are pedophile wedophiles.

I just ignore that. Being an AB is about being involved with your own inner child, nothing else.

Why did the witty baby start the Thai Adult Baby Nursery last year?

I just see so many babies missing out—they want a mommy and someone to look after them, but they can’t find it. I wanted to offer babies somewhere to come that wasn’t too expensive, where they could really experience being a baby. A lot of people do things like this in the West, but they charge $300 or $400 for a couple hours. What we offer includes a fully equipped nursery, and a full-time nanny who stays with you all day until bedtime, who will even check your diaper in the middle of the night, all for $200 a day. I’m never going to get rich from it, but it’s a labor of love.

Read the rest at Vice Magazine: LOOK WHO’S TALKING - BABY BUNNYKINS - Viceland Today

Eh.  I've had weirder friends.  Check out this clip from National Geographic's Taboo for more Paraphilic infantilism :

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Austrian Man Allowed To Wear Pastafarian Headgear For License

Remember when I posted about the sighting of the Flying Spaghetti Monster not too long ago?  I didn't think so.  It was an article that explained how Pastafarianism was the atheist's answer to creationism.  A man in Austria recently won the right to exercise his faith by wearing a  colander on his head during his license photo.

Niko Alm seeks global recognition of Pastafarianism

The BBC likes it al dente :

An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as "religious headgear".

Niko Alm first applied for the licence three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons.  Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism.  Later a police spokesman explained that the licence was issued because Mr Alm's face was fully visible in the photo.  "The photo was not approved on religious grounds. The only criterion for photos in driving licence applications is that the whole face must be visible," said Manfred Reinthaler, a police spokesman in Vienna.  He was speaking on Wednesday, after Austrian media had first reported Mr Alm's reason for wearing the pasta strainer.  After receiving his application the Austrian authorities had required him to obtain a doctor's certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive.  According to Mr Reinthaler, "the licence has been ready since October 2009 - it was not collected, that's all there is to it".

The idea came into Mr Alm's noodle three years ago as a way of making a serious, if ironic, point.

A self-confessed atheist, Mr Alm says he belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a light-hearted, US-based faith whose members call themselves pastafarians.

A medical interview established the self-styled "pastafarian" was mentally fit to drive

NPR adds the meat sauce :

The AFP reports that Alm now wants to apply for "Pastafarianism to become an officially recognised faith in Austria."

If you want more, Alm detailed his fight on his blog. (We've linked to Google's English)

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