Is David Coleman a psychopath, and what does that mean for the rest of us if it’s true?

26 Jul

When David Coleman said, “no one gives a shit about how you think and feel,” did that reveal his psychological profile as an alleged psychopath?

As an alleged psychopath and one of the key architects behind the Common Core (so-called) State Standards agenda and the corporate education reform movement to privatize public education and profit off public money, Coleman probably wouldn’t understand that emotions drive most of the decisions that 99% of people make in life.

For instance, Psychology Today reports that “Your emotions will drive the decisions you make today, and your success may depend upon your ability to understand and interpret them. When an emotion is triggered in your brain, your nervous systems responds by creating feelings in your body (what many people refer to as a “gut feeling”) and certain thoughts in your mind. A great deal of your decisions are informed by your emotional responses because that is what emotions are designed to do: to appraise and summarize an experience and inform your actions.

What about David Coleman and the other leaders—Bill Gates, Eli Broad, the Walton family, etc.—of the often fraudulent and propaganda driven corporate school reform movement?

“Imagine if you never felt guilt, or embarrassment, or remorse for anything you did, ever! And there is no emotional attachment to other people and their emotions have no effect on you. In other words, you have no “conscience”, no inner policeman telling you what you should and should not do. And never any regrets either. …  The decision making of people who fit the definition of psychopathy is very different from yours or mine. They can decide to do things that we would never do. … Of particular importance are psychopaths operating in positions of power. Remember that they like to control and manipulate people for their own benefit. It makes sense then, that they will try to put themselves in positions of power, using whatever tricks, deceit and manipulations they can. Remember for them, the end justifies the means. … Remember that their own decision making process is not dominated by emotions, so their decisions are organized around their own selfish motives. … It is thought that 1% of the population are psychopaths.” – Decision Making

Does that 1% that represents the alleged psychopaths among us equal the 1% at the top of the socioeconomic pyramid of wealth and power? This may not seem like a big number but the damage these psychopaths inflict on society and on individuals, emotionally, physically, sexually, mentally and psychologically is enormous.

For instance, 20% of prison inmates fit the definition of psychopath and about 50% of major crimes are committed by psychopaths. But most psychopaths do not end up in prison. Experts say that if they have not committed a crime, it’s only because they have not been discovered yet, and they use their charm to disarm. They use mind control techniques to manipulate people, and when in trouble, they use guilt and fear so that people do not publicly criticize them.

From Time Magazine, Which Professions Have the Most Psychopaths? The Fewest?


Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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5 responses to “Is David Coleman a psychopath, and what does that mean for the rest of us if it’s true?

  1. Lloyd Lofthouse

    July 26, 2015 at 11:51

    Reblogged this on Lloyd Lofthouse and commented:

    Is this a war of psychopaths against those who care: CEOs and lawyers versus teachers and care givers?

  2. liberalteacher

    July 26, 2015 at 12:55

    When I took undergraduate psychology, I will never forget what my professor said about psychopaths. A psychopath can never be cured. Their brain is so hard-wired that the best we could do for them is to put them in prison and throw away the key. Hitler and Stalin were probably pyschopaths and look at the human toll in death that resulted. I suspect Mr. Trump also suffers from this disorder. Therefore, one must be careful who one votes for. People like Trump are not clowns, they are monsters.

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      July 26, 2015 at 15:51

      Recent genetic research may have found the gene that creates psychopaths and it may be inheritable.

      As long as the corporate RheeFormers are collecting data on children/people, they should require that everyone gets a genetic profile and a brain scan to identify the psychopaths and then include that in their person data available on-line. Maybe if the psychopaths were identified early there could be interventions to treat them so that disorder doesn’t end up hurting millions of other people. I’ve read enough abut DNA to know that our lifestyles can activate genetic switches that are destructive to our mental and physical health and that in turn can hurt people close to us.

      • liberalteacher

        July 26, 2015 at 16:57

        Yes, as usual, the reform crowd tends to focus on the wrong things.

  3. Poetic Justice

    July 26, 2015 at 12:57

    This is scary. Here is my post about Coleman from a while ago.


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