I was just taking a break with a cup of coffee, after a rather long conversation with an acquaintance who mentioned something about Shakespeare’s Hamlet – a play which takes place in Denmark (a Scandinavian state in Northern Europe), and this reminded me of the mail I received from a Reader who lives there. He told me in his mail that the Danish Prime Minister has the psychopathic stare.
I didn’t check it out when I wrote the Psychopathic Stare articles, but the Hamlet discussion inspired me to take a look. I didn’t expect to find anything I would be able to notice as psychopathic or otherwise odd, since I generally can’t see the ‘cold’ or ‘unemotional’ quality that people so often talk about, and even have said to see in me.
So I was rather surprised at what I found when I downloaded the attachments in my Danish Reader’s mail. The Reader further tells me that in his country the Psychopathy Diagnosis is not called psychopathy, but ‘Character Deviant’. A label that leaves most of those who get the diagnosis unaware that they’ve been diagnosed as psychopaths. But then, according to the Reader this is all in a day’s work where he comes from. There the population is pretty much kept in the dark about everything.
It reminded me of where I grew up, but I guess this have to be the more extreme. They have the world’s highest tax at 50% average, plus 25% VAT on everything from groceries to dentistry and railway tickets. After that comes the extra special charges which differ in between wares and services.
Maybe it all adds up in the end, they also have one of the world’s highest annual suicide rates.
Denmark has fostered some of the world’s greatest authors. Hans Christian Andersen who wrote ‘The Ugly Duckling‘ – a story about how the great are bullied by the common and mediocre… a theme that apparently is very central in daily life in those parts even today… comes to mind.
Correction: Anders Fogh Rasmussen is no longer Prime Minister of Denmark, but sits in the European Parliament.
Addition: It was brought to my attention that it can seem as if I am saying this man is a psychopath, or that he has a psychopathic stare (which is more or less the same thing).
Let me take this opportunity to once again emphasize that I can not determine whether or not someone is a psychopath, or if they have a truly psychopathic stare, from looking at a picture! Nor will I ever attempt to do so!