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Lust for power, hmm...

Posted by Diagnostician on September 17, 2005 at 11:32:39

In Reply to: And Maria's lust for power posted by Observer on September 16, 2005 at 18:32:45:

A lot of people have a lust for power. Isn't an strong desire for power the basic force underlying political leadership? I'm not sure that's a pathology, although it is surely a character trait that lends itself to evil as well as good.

This is really the problem at the heart of defining "personality disorder" as a form of mental illness. Is the person mad or just very bad? Or maybe some combination of the two? I personally believe that narcissistic character pathologies such as Zerby & Berg exhibit involve a sickness of the spirit as well as of the brain.