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TYRANNICAL MINDS: Narcissism, Personality, and Dictatorship
by Dr. Dean A. Haycock

TYRANNICAL MINDS: Narcissism, Personality, and Dictatorship by Dr. Dean A. Haycock

An incisive examination into the pairing of psychology and situation that creates despotic leaders.

Not everyone can become a tyrant. It requires a particular confluence of events to gain absolute control over entire nations.

First, you must be born with the potential to develop brutal personality traits. Often, this is a combination of narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism, paranoia and an extraordinary ambition to achieve complete control over others.

Second, your dangerous personality must be developed and strengthened during childhood. You must suffer physical and/or psychological abuse and/or grow up in a trying times.

Finally, you must come of age when the political system of your country is unstable, volatile.

Together, these events establish a basis to rise to power, one that Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, Saddam Hussein, and Muammar Qaddafi all used to gain life-and-death control over their countrymen and women. It is how Osama bin Laden and the leaders of the Islamic State hoped to gain such power. ³Getting inside the heads² of foreign leaders and terrorists is one way governments try to understand, predict, and influence their actions. How can we explain these urges to dominate, subjugate, torture and slaughter? Though these men lived in different times and places, and came from vastly different backgrounds, many of them share similar, abnormal personality traits and, in some cases, mental disorders, including ³The Dark Triad² ‹ malignant narcissism, psychopathy and paranoid personalities.

Haycock¹s brilliant TYRANNICAL MINDS reveals how recognizing these traits can provide insight into dangerous political motivations and actions, can potentially allow us predict this behavior and how to thwart it.

Dean A. Haycock, PhD, is a science and medical writer, who earned a PhD in neurobiology from Brown University and studied at The Rockefeller University in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Paul Greengard. He has been published in many science publications and is the author of Murderous Minds: Exploring the Criminal Psychopathic Brain (Pegasus; licensed to Hachette Phoenix for Simplified Chinese Language Translation Rights) along with several other books.

Praise for Haycock¹s Murderous Minds:

³Part true crime, part neuroscience and a page-turner from start to finish.² ‹ Kirkus

³In this fascinating page-turner, neurobiologist Haycock uncovers the correlation between brain abnormalities and violent behavior, and whether one guarantees the other. Certain to begin an important conversation.² ‹ Publishers Weekly

"An informed and masterful account. Haycock's balanced and scientifically sound coverage is admirable and refreshing. Highly recommended.² ‹ Robert D. Hare, Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

"A gem. I became completely immersed in it and lost myself in the world Haycock created at the nexus of science, story, history, complete with downright wondrous narrative yarns to boot.² ‹ James Fallon, The Psychopath Inside