- Aug 2017
Was Hernán Cortés a psychopath? A history and psychological analysis.
I would say that that's actually what the 'clinical definition' of psychopathy is. It's moralizing and judgemental civic religious ideology dressed up with pseudoscientific medical jargon. Barring actual physical damage or deformity 'mental illness' is simply a Soviet code-word for 'I do not approve of this behavior'. Brains can be ill, minds can not. There is no 'correct' set of values, motives, preferences, beliefs, or social arrangements. These terms like 'sociopath' are on the same level with Soviets jailing homosexuals and anyone who didn't want to be robbed by Communist thugs, and frequently have been used as an excuse to jail people without trial in the USA as well as the USSR.People don't like Cortez and what he did, but that does not make him a pyschopath...Pyschopath has a clinical definition, it does not mean just not a nice guy.