Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The evil eye

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The evil eye is supposed to inflict bad luck and be motivated by envy. At first sight this seems distinct from evil in the usual sense but it is interesting that evil people, or at any rate psychopaths, do stare in a remarkably strange way and evil people are actuated primarily by envy. They envy everything for evil is a vacuum, a negation, not a real thing in itself. Especially they are drawn to good people, whom they wish to harm. 'His life had a daily beauty in it which made mine ugly' was the only explanation Iago gave for his crimes.


Ira Einhorn

I remember a beautiful psychopathic lawyer who loved Bach and played me a concerto on a CD and then told me 'That was written from pure hatred.' Those words made me feel sorry for her. I also felt sorry for her when she told me once that she hoped there was some tiny shred of humanity in her.

The psychopathic stare is a well documented phenomenon. Dr. Robert Hare, the greatest contemporary authority on psychopaths, writes, in Without Conscience:

Many people find it difficult to deal with intense, emotionless, or "predatory" stare of the psychopath. Normal people maintain close eye contact with others for a variety of reasons, but the fixated stare of the psychopath is more prelude to self-gratification and the exercise of power than simple interest or empathic caring.

And:

Some people respond to the emotionsless stare of the psychopath with considerable discomfort. Normal people maintain close eye contact with others for a variety of reasons, but the fixated stare of the psychopath is more a prelude to self-gratification and the exercise of power than simple interest or empathic caring. ... Some people respond to the emotionless stare of the psychopath, with considerable discomfort, almost as if they feel like potential prey in the presence of a predator.



I have been on the receiving end of many such stares from two psychopaths I knew well (both highly intelligent and beautiful female Romanian lawyers) but I out-stare them effortlessly. I am an habitual starer though not a psychopath.



Apparently there may be a genetic basis, at least some think, to psychopathy. Psychopaths' brains when scanned often differ slightly from those of normal people, but brains develop in childhood, just as personality traits do. One interesting fact is that psychopaths are said to be more likely to have blue or green eyes than the general population. If this is true then Romania has fewer psychopaths per capita for blue and green eyes are rare in this country of brunettes. But 
I wonder. Some psychopathic traits seem not unfamiliar in Romania: lying; mimicking; haughty body language; arrogance; promiscuity; lack of ethics; skill at betrayal; inability to work hard. Deep waters.








3 comments:

  1. Paul,

    Check this link:

    http://geert-hofstede.com/romania.html

    Doesn't relate to all of the above but provides explanations for some of the traits you describe.

    In return, can you introduce me to the two highly intelligent and beautiful women refered to above? :)

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  2. One of them is in North Carolina, the other one somewhere in Romania.

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  3. Thank you for the link which I only just saw. Absolutely fascinating. Yes Romania is very collectivist and conformist which is a strength and a weakness but people are, as a Romanian friend of mine said 'individualists, but not like the Irish, a race of geniuses, are individualists but individualists only because we cannot stand one another.' Only look at the way Romanians
    drive or park their cars..

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