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Psychological License Key to Loughner

January 10, 2011

I have written in my book, It Has A Name! and on this blog recently about Logic versus Rationality. Many unhealthy narcissists are very logical thinkers, but not rational in their behavior. In reviewing recent information on accused murderer, Jared Loughner, I read a piece this morning in the UK Mail Online that covered his suspected YouTube posts. The video was laid out in a fashion that used a primitive logical argument structure to express his world viewpoint. In doing so, this self-reinforcing expression gave him psychological license to act upon his argument, essentially giving himself permission to act in a way that was irrational. The self-referencing as ‘terrorist’, implies the correlating and consequential actions of a terrorist. The trigger event is being discussed widely by various reporters, but it would seem he had targeted the congresswoman as far back as 2007. And of course with all murderers all they need is motive, means, and opportunity. He had the motive as far back as 2007. He bought the murder weapon this last November. It was then a matter of opportunity. Saturday’s event was all it took to complete the plan.

Here is the transcript of the online video:

If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.

‘You call me a terrorist.

‘Thus, the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.’

‘The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar,’ the person wrote in one of the videos, which contain music and white text on a black background.

‘No! I won’t pay debt with a currency that’s not backed by gold and silver. No, I won’t trust in God.’

The videos, which are set to music, mostly consist of text flashing up on screen. Some contain diagrams.

Loughner appears to be attempting to use the basic rules of logic to frame his bizarre, paranoid philosophy.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1345450/Tucson-shooting-suspect-Jared-Loughner-linked-fanatical-magazine-American-Renaissance.html#ixzz1AeQdvNwl

  1. Alan Bickley
    January 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I think you’re on to something with this post: Loughner as an example of the narcissist personality. His writings and the accounts of his outbursts in classes recall for me many young people I encountered in Madison, Wisconsin in the 1980s – bright, but not overly so, creative but with limits, a sense that others did not appreciate their intellect and creativity, and a resentment of this lack of appreciation that led to a variety of misbehaviors and social faux pas. None that I knew of took it as far as Jared Loughner has taken it, and some have survived into middle age as self-medicators using alcohol or illicit drugs, or as users of prescribed drugs. A shared characteristic was a vulnerability to BS, a tendency in spite of their marginal brightness to prefer the spiritual to the scientific in explaining events.

  2. January 10, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks for your comment. What I see is a narcissistic tendency as he sought high quality, focused attention. Often because this type person sets their own agenda and makes their own rules, they seek notoriety or notorious attention as all eyes focus on them, thus is very high quality. The other thing is, for just those few minutes during the shootings, he was the dominant person and narcissists seek to be the dominant player in situations where they assert control. I do not have enough information yet on his background, but it will not surprise me if we find he is an extreme narcissist, and/or sociopath. Note, he is being non-verbal and i would suspect has retreated into his grandiose world. The next thing would be depression as he will experience rejection and very negative criticism. The unhealthy narcissist does not tolerate criticism well.

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