Is Newt Gingrich a Sociopath

December 13, 2011 by
Filed under: Newt Gingrich, Politics, Ron Paul 

The more I read about Newt Gingrich the more convinced I become that he may be a sociopath. I’m not saying he is one but I’m suspicious.

There is a great article on Newt which adds to my concern. This time his his ex-wife talks about him in a way that gives reason in my opinion to again question psychopathy. Below are a few excerpts.

There was something missing inside, so he had to think his way into doing the right thing. “Newt trained himself. He wasn’t a natural. He doesn’t have natural instincts and insights. Everything has to be a thought process first. It took years and years. It wasn’t, ‘I have this insight, I am compelled, I can do no other.’ It was step by step by step by step, and it was all mental, all learned behavior.”

And

“I’ve known Newt now for thirty years almost,” says former congressman Mickey Edwards. “But I wouldn’t be able to describe what his real principles are. I never felt that he had any sort of a real compass about what he believed except for the pursuit of power.”

And

He asked her to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused.

He’d just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he’d given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.

The next night, they sat talking out on their back patio in Georgia. She said, “How do you give that speech and do what you’re doing?”

“It doesn’t matter what I do,” he answered. “People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.”

The full article can be found at the link below.

http://www.esquire.com/features/newt-gingrich-0910


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7 Responses to “Is Newt Gingrich a Sociopath”

  1. Robert says:

    Sociopaths don’t speak from their emotions, don’t expose their feelings. There is a correlation between them and successful imposters who are able to lie in a facile manner without the telltale facial expressions and body language that would betray normal people. Thus they appear to be sincere, guileless, and they are often extremely intelligent. They learn quickly that they can use language better than most people to gain their objective, but their Achilles heel is in overestimating the power of words versus substance. In Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, Parolles (French for “words”) is a sociopath who brags about his exploits in the war. But his comrades know his character and trap him in a lie, leading to his humiliation and downfall. But, like Newt Gingrich, he has risen up again, and with clever, ambiguous language, he ingratiates himself in the King’s court. But, like Newt, he will inevitably fall again. His enemy is truth.

  2. admin says:

    Very interesting. Great post thanks.

  3. admin says:

    Dave at the blog “The Blinders Removed” makes the case much better than. Good read here:

    https://blindersremoved.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/why-newt-gingrichs-infidelity-and-sociopathic-tendencies-matter/#comment-33

  4. Jason says:

    Three weeks ago, I probably would have dismissed your post with haughty derision (not publicly in a comment like this one — just to myself and then move on). However, in the last three weeks I’ve read the NYTimes piece on child sociopaths (psychopaths), two academic books on the Post-reform house (1974-present), and the Mann & Orenstien book, Even Worse than it Looks. My after thought, much like yours, was “oh my god, I think Newt Gingrich might be a sociopath.”

    This isn’t a partisan comment, there are several current Republicans (and Democrats) who are just as calculating, just as vitriol, and as ego driven as Newt, whom I would never think we’re sociopaths. But if you read about his career from 1978 through 1996, it’s tough not to at least wonder it.

  5. Djmj says:

    The sad part, even if what you say were true, he would still have made a much better President that what we have now. Its so sad what every American that fought in a war to keep our individual freedoms is now being stolen from within.

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