Out of the Box said:Prayers for rain said:Assuming you're sincere and this question is not just rhetorical noise, you might want to check this board :
as well as read Political Ponerology (Andrew Lobaczewski) and The Sociopath next door (Martha Stout) for starters.
The problem with psychology, sociology and "ponerology" is the very subjective nature of these fields. Not only do they allow a lot of room for interpretation and bias, they also depend heavily on credible information. Hence, I think it is quite absurd to make psychological profiles of anyone without having known them personally.
Psychologists and psychiatrists usually do a lot of testing and/or inquiries before they make their diagnosis.... and even they are often wrong because of their own biases.
I understand your skepticism, because on the face of it ponerology can look simply like another more sophisticated form of scapegoating. I'm not as up to speed on ponerology as some in this forum however from my understanding it is a discreet and specific type of (possibly genetic) defect (a defect which i guess could be linked in the esoteric sense mostly to those called "organic portals") which manifests itself in very recognizable ways to those who are paying attention. If some random person you've never seen before is chasing you with a knife or a gun you don't need a psychiatrist to tell you that this person has come unhinged for whatever reason, and wants to harm you. In the same way, we can usually see from the habitually harmful and almost incomprehensibly destructive actions of certain people (specifically those in leadership positions) the effects of ponerolgy or something equally as pathological, whatever you want to call it. Ponerology, for whatever reason, seems to be a recurrent trait of those in high leadership positions who have across the board an almost inhuman regard for other human lives outside of their own immediate social network.
It doesn't take a big leap of imagination to see the effects of something akin to mental pathology at work during the Shoa. What is really unfortunate from my point of view is that this event has been mythologized and placed beyond the realm of close examination. IMO, this lack of examination keeps us from being able to see it for what it really was - insanity plain and simple, NOT some kind of special event with ramifications only for Jewish people.