Political Ponerology has ratings and 28 reviews. The first manuscript of this book went into the fire five minutes before the arrival of the secret p. About the Author. Andrew M. Lobaczewski was born in and grew up on a rural estate in the beautiful pied mountain vicinity of Poland. Under the Nazi. In , the third and final copy was written from memory by the last survivor of the original researchers: Andrew Lobaczewski. Zbigniew Brzezinski blocked its.

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We may attempt to analyze these ponerogenic processes which have given rise to human injustice, armed with proper knowledge, particularly in the area of psychopathology. Again and again, as the reader will discover, in such a study, we meet with the effects of pathological factors whose carriers are people characterized by some degree of various psychological deviations or defects. With very few exceptions down the ages, discussions in moral philosophy – the study of right conduct – have failed to systematically investigate the origin, nature, and course of evil in a manner free from supernatural imaginings.

Evil was often considered something to be endured rather than something that could be understood and eliminated by rational measures.

And – as Lobaczewski demonstrates – the origin of evil actually lies outside the boundaries of the conventional worldview within which the earlier moral inquiries and literary explorations were conducted. Evil requires a truly modern and scientific approach to lay bare its secrets.

The original manuscript of this book went into the furnace minutes before a secret police raid in Communist Poland. The second copy, painfully reassembled by scientists working under impossible conditions of violence and repression, was sent via courier to the Vatican.

Its receipt was never acknowledged – the manuscript and all valuable data lost. Inthe third and final copy was written from memory by the last survivor of the original researchers: Zbigniew Brzezinski blocked its publication.

Political ponerology

After half a century of suppression, this book is finally available. Political Ponerology is shocking in its clinically spare descriptions of andtew true nature of evil. It is poignant in its more literary passages revealing the immense suffering experienced by the researchers contaminated or destroyed by the disease they were studying. Political Ponerology is a study of the founders and supporters of oppressive political regimes.

Morality and humanism cannot long withstand the predations of this evil. Knowledge of its nature – and its insidious effect on both individuals and groups – is the only antidote. Its genesis reveals many factors, pathological, especially psychopathological, in character, whose essence medicine and psychology have already studied….

Lobaczewsko reflection alone is insufficient. Like a color blind man incapable of distinguishing red from green, a small minority of the human population cannot experience or fully comprehend the normal range of human emotions.

And like those color blind who may conceal their condition by using the correct words while not understanding their meaning e. However, they do no actually experience the emotion in question. They lack the ability to comprehend the emotional “punch” that certain words contain.

Hare, These individuals are known as psychopaths. Not zndrew can they not feel the pain of others, they often seem to deliberately cause others pain. Many so-called “antisocial individuals” acquire similar characteristics in their life-time, whether caused by brain damage to certain areas of the brain, or functionally, because of close contact with and influence by such individuals.

Lobaczewski terms such individuals characteropaths. The vast xndrew of both these groups cannot change. The acts that we call evil especially on a macrosocial level can be traced back lpbaczewski this deviant minority of human beings and the effects of their actions on their family, friends, and society. That is why various types of characteropathy participate during the initial periods of the genesis of evil, both on the macrosocial scale and on the individual scale of human families.


Certain brain lesions and their effects on personality play an important role in the genesis of evil. lobaczeqski

Political Ponerology

The effects of these lesions will vary depending on the location of the brain damage, the time of its origin, and the ajdrew of the bearer after the damage occurs.

Lobaczewski calls these character or personality disorders “characteropathies”. These include, for example, the ability to form emotional bonds with others and to empathize what Lobaczewski calls intuiting a psychological situation.

However, andres thought processes differ, and are characterized by heightened emotional violence and pathological egotism. Such a stimulus unleashes upon the partner a torrent of pseudological, largely paramoralistic, often insulting utterances which always contain some degree of suggestion.

While cultured and logical people tend to avoid paranoid individuals because of their vulgar and violent language, paranoids have a remarkable capacity for enslaving less critical minds. Among those susceptible are young people, the psychologically deficient, and those who have been victimized anerew pathological egotists.

Such a victim finds himself agreeing with a skewed worldview, and any disagreement is limited to minor points. Paranoid individuals are well lobsczewski of their ability to enslave others, and take full advantage of this early in life.

Paranoid individuals are similar to psychopaths in that they are incapable of feeling self-doubt, or of seriously questioning their beliefs. Any such inner conflict occurs without self-control, self-awareness, or a hierarchy of values.

In llbaczewski, while they may encounter moments of inner tension caused by some confrontation of their own beliefs with contradictory data, in their own minds, they are never wrong. Lobaczewski traces the cause of this characteropathy to brain tissue damage, usually in the diencephalon region of the brain. Their paranoid view of reality can range from relatively naive to violently revolutionary, loaczewski was the case with the Russian revolutionary, Vladimir Lenin.

Those without brain tissue damage often develop paranoid characteristics as a result of psychological induction by a paranoid characteropath. A terror-filled upbringing gives rise to rigid and stereotyped thinking, and makes it hard for such an sndrew to develop a healthy world-view.

The non-damaged psychological functions become overdeveloped to compensate, which means that instinctive and [emotional] reactions predominate. Relatively vital people become belligerent, risk-happy, and brutal in both word and deed. Damage to the frontal cortex at or near childbirth especially among premature infants has been the most common cause for this characteropathy. As a result of modern advances in medical care for pregnant women and newborns, the spectacular role this disorder plays in ponerogenesis is more characteristic of past generations.

These individuals are impulsive, irritable and aggressive, have a low frustration tolerance, shallow emotions, and demonstrate socially inappropriate behavior. This type of brain damage does not impair memory, intelligence, or the ability to accurately intuit a psychological situation.

This inhibits the so-called “executive system” which manages thought processes. As such, frontal characteropaths are characterized by abnormal levels of reactive aggression as opposed to the instrumental aggression which characterizes essential psychopaths. Impulsivity and Poor Long-Term Planning: Because of this inability to manipulate information in short-term memory, individuals with frontal brain damage must develop mental short cuts. This results in split-second decision-making, and hasty actions and words that are deemed absolute and irrevocable.

Such ruthless and egotistic beliefs traumatize and spellbind normal people, diminishing their ability for common sense. Some even come to view frontal characteropaths as having special powers. If a parent possesses this disorder, all their children will usually show evidence of this fact in their personalities.

Lobaczewski characterizes Joseph Stalin as typifying such a characteropath. An individual with frontal brain damage shows some behavioral similarities with essential psychopathy, which has led to the erroneous conclusion that psychopathy is caused by frontal brain damage.

A typical description of an extreme case may include the following: This opens the door to the influence of other pathological characters who most frequently carry some inherited psychological deviations. With the rise of modern medicine came the use of little-understood drugs which leave permanent damage to the nervous system.

Some tumor treatments i. While retaining their intelligence, they become vengeful and praise-craving egocentrics, indifferent to the pain they cause others. Such individuals are usually psychologically naive and unable to comprehend the crux of a matter.


Responsible people in countries where the system of monarchy still survives are anxious not to allow a carrier of such a gene to become queen. Any society exercising so much concern over individuals with blood-coagulation insufficiency or other serious and life-threatening pathology would protest if a man afflicted with such a condition were appointed to a high office bearing responsibility for many people. This behavior model should be extended to many pathologies, including inherited psychological anomalies.

The early appearance of psychopathic behavior in children, and the similarity with some forms of brain damage, are evidence of the genetic and biological basis for psychopathy. Certain inherited, and thus irreversible, psychopathies play an important role in the genesis evil on the macrosocial level, while others play lesser roles. These include many commonly known personality disorders. According to Lobaczewski, the study of psychopathology was further advanced in Eastern European than in current Western psychiatry.

While current personality inventories may be useful in accurate diagnosis, they are not useful in differentiating between various personality disorders. An essential psychopath may be diagnosed as narcissistic and antisocial personality disorder.

Keeping this in mind, we here present Lobaczewski’s descriptions of the various psychopathies, along with the closest Western diagnosis. They tend to assume extreme positions, and are eager to retaliate for minor offenses. Sometimes they are eccentric and odd. They easily become involved in activities which are ostensibly moral, but which actually inflict damage upon themselves and others. Their impoverished psychological worldview makes them typically pessimistic regarding human nature.

Political Ponerology – A Science on The Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes

The main features of schizoidia andres schizoid personality disorder are dull emotions and a lack of feeling for psychological realities, and it andrdw probably inherited autosomally. Their lack of emotion allows them to develop their speculative reasoning, which is useful in non-humanistic disciplines e. Under experiences of extreme stress, schizoids collapse into a state closely resembling schizophrenia, stifling their capacity for thought.

Schizoids often betray their characteristic view of human nature in their statements and writings.

Political Ponerology by Andrew M. Lobaczewski

Ironically, normal people, under the influence of schizoids and their lobqczewski view of reality, will tend to fulfill such a xndrew of human nature. Such open schizoidal declarations are apparent in the works of Marx and EngelsHobbesand various leading neoconservative intellectuals.

Schizoids often cause their families much trouble and are often poor parents. They are easily manipulated for the benefit lobacczewski more clever individuals, often playing the role of quo-at-quo.

Their simplistic “black or white” view of human reality often turns their good intentions into bad results. If schizoidal views are published and widely distributed like the writings of Marxor of Leo Straussthey can play a large role in the origin of evil on a mass scale. When normal people read the work of a schizoid, they are often unaware of the true nature of the author they are reading.

Only with a proper understanding of the pathological nature of this material can one effectively read through it and immunize oneself against infection. Completely anrdew in conscience and in feelings for others, the selfishly take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without the slightest sense of guilt or regret.

They are fast-talking, charming, self-assured, at ease in social situations, cool under pressure, unfazed by the possibility of being found out, and totally ruthless. The man was just an out-and-out liar… He always wanted to test you to the limits. He wanted to see how far he could go before you had lobacxewski step on him… He was a manipulator … Olson was a blabbermouth….

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