Is Anders Behring Breivik a Psychopath?
That is one of two questions from a Reader, but in order to even make a guess I had to know more about Breivik…
On July 22.nd Norway capital Oslo was bombed by Anders Behring Breivik who was arrested when the police arrived after an hour during which he shot a number of people.
The incident was in the World News yesterday where I found some Information after a Scandinavian Reader had send me a link to a Youtube Video that Breivik had uploaded to Youtube prior to his bombing act and told me that Breivik had written a 1500 pages long European Resistance Manifesto.
But Youtube had removed Breivik’s Video, but I eventually found this one video that hadn’t been taken off the net. I did try to find a way to download it, but a download feature isn’t implemented at the website. They do have a comment board, so I left a comment telling them they were apparently the only source to this video at that time and added that other websites, Youtube being one of them, had taken the video off the net, and it turned out to trigger quite a few responses from other people who share my aversion against withholding knowledge in general, and against withholding important information especially.
From the what I’ve gathered about Anders Breivik, he does not appear to be a psychopath. He does seem to have some Sociopathic traits, however, but it should be noted that without knowing how he behaves in daily life I can’t give any final statement. Maybe more information will be available with time.
Do Psychopaths have a Manifesto?
No, not a unified one anyway. Psychopaths have no sense of unity, not as a minority and with other psychopaths, nor with other people who are not psychopaths. We are loners, but not in the sense that we keep to ourselves for we tend to be very outgoing and like socializing fine. There is no ideology that keeps us together though we do tend to have a somewhat Machiavellian-type kind of mind set.
The reason for this is not one but a combination of many factors that have to do with our personality characteristics on one hand, and with the way we interact with our surroundings and in society – or the way that society interacts with us – on the other. The latter is important, because I believe it carries a lot of the blame for the antisocial tendencies in psychopathic individuals as we see it in our society in present day.
Of course this is not to say that individual psychopaths cannot create their own manifesto for whichever cause they find themselves attracted to. It happens, but so does it happen for people of any and most of all other kinds and varieties of personality types, with and without disorders.
Anders Behring Breivik appears to be at least leaning towards a kind of neo-Nazism, but from his way of writing I do not think he is alone nor a leader in his “movement”, and leadership will generally be the only thing that can keep a psychopath in a organization based on willingness to commit and work for the group. It would also seem that Breivik is a Freemason, but so are many other people. It doesn’t say much except for as a detail in the whole picture, and as such this too does not seem very psychopath-like, but could well be sociopath-like. Psychopaths can be free masons or be members of other types of ideology based groups too, but not with the conviction and selflessness that I sense from Breivik in relation to the cause of Nationalism.