A psychiatrist’s opinion on left thinking.

Epigraph # 1

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, a creed of ignorance, and a gospel of envy, its innate dignity is an equal sharing of suffering."
Winston Churchill

Epigraph # 2

"Communist or socialist democracy is the revolt of those unfit against attempts at order ..."
Carl Jung.


In his book « Left Psychopaths» Kerry Bolton, mentioning about early psychological work of Max Nordau (1895) and Lothrop Stoddard, refers to the leaders of leftist revolutions as “rationalized sociopaths”.

Let's look at the definition of sociopath in the international classification of mental disorders 10 revision: ICD 10. Sociopathy or, by definition, Antisocial personality disorder ICD 10 F 60.2 which is also called Amoral Personality is a disorder of a human personality, which manifests itself in disregard of social norms and the inability to maintain normal interpersonal communication. These people cannot empathize, they do not have access to concepts such as friendship and love, they are prone to impulsiveness and aggression.

At different times, investigating different social groups, various psychologists called such people "moral monsters," degenerates, "and the famous Lombroso designated them with the word mattoids (matto is crazy in Italian).

According to Nordau's definition: they ... "are unable to adapt to the existing circumstances. This inability is actually a sign of painful change ....,. He therefore rebelles against conditions and ideas about things that he necessarily perceives as painful, mainly because they impose on him a duty of self-control, which he is incapable of ... .. So he becomes an improver of the world, and develops plans for how to do humanity is happy, who, without exception, stand out both for their ardent philanthropy and often touching sincerity, and for their absurdity and monstrous ignorance of all real circumstances. "

Stoddard, whose psychological work was popular in the early 20th century, speaks of an attempt to psychoanalyze Bolshevik leaders by psychoanalysts who miraculously survived in Kiev in 1919:
“… .Almost all Bolshevik leaders were degenerates, with more or less severe mental disorders. Moreover, most of them were alcoholics; most were syphilitic and many were drug addicts ... "

According to the ideologues of the French Revolution, this civilization was the cause of tyranny and inequality, and therefore the destruction of it and its institutions (family, church, private property) will lead to an idealistic life of brotherhood and love.

Psychologists who observed prominent socialists in the early 20th century often use the term hysterical hyperesthesia when describing their personalities. That is, in simple terms: people with insufficient self-esteem, prone to emotional instability, conflict, irritability, impatience.

Very similar observations of relatives and friends, who talked to prominent socialists, theorists of communist movements. For example, Bakunin called Marx "a treacherous and secretive vain", and Engels a master of "political slander, lies and intrigue." Describing the personal traits of Marx, his rudeness, arrogance, isolation,undisguised contempt for workers, his relatives noted primarily Marx's rejection of personal hygiene. Interestingly, modern psychiatrists point to lack of personal hygiene as a common symptom of mental illness, or severe depression or psychotic disorder (schizophrenia, bipolar illness, etc.)

Contemporaries describe Trotsky, the initiator of the Red Terror, as a cold, emotionless, arrogant narcissist, full of arrogance and alienation from people close to him.

The German pathologist Vogt in the 1920s and later psychologist Lobachevsky described Lenin as a paranoid personality, a man with "pathological self-importance" and impatience with the opinions of others. They point to "hypothalamic brain damage" and the accumulation of so-called large pyramidal cells (Betz cells) in brain examination, mentioning that this is common in schizophrenia and epilepsy. It is not superfluous to recall the treatment of syphilis by Lenin at the age of 26 and the manifestation of the neuropsychiatric form of this disease many years later.

One of the founders of the new left-wing yippie or hippie movement (Youth International Party) Rubin and Hoffman. One suffered from strong matricidal thoughts, hating his mother and going through individual and group psychotherapy sessions all his life, and the other, being often in a manic depressive mood, killed himself, finding no satisfaction in rebellion and opposition to the authorities.

Now we are witnessing a kind of renaissance of left thinking, when the university impatience for dissent, the expulsion of teachers, the persecution of students who have their own opinions is going on everywhere. By watching a debate or hearing in Congress, one can observe the emotional instability of the dem. party members during the hearing of the prosecutor Barr, the hysterical reaction of media in relation to the White House, censorship by social networks.
These reactions and behavior may be easily viewed as defense mechanisms
( German: Abwehrmechanismen) which are psychological strategies brought into play by the unconscious mind to deny, manipulate or distort reality in order to defend against feelings of anxiety and unacceptable impulses and to maintain one's comfort.


Polish psychologist Andrew Lobachevsky describes as a psychopathic left-wing political utopian doctrine of a "happy" world of prosperity, sweeping away social foundations on its way, considering them as an institution of oppression.

Psychologists describing the behavior of the new left, whose movement began with the creation in 1962 of the organization of students for a democratic society, note unbridled, boorish, aggressive behavior, obvious hostility primarily towards parents, unwillingness to participate in discussions, intransigence to other opinions and often lack of personal hygiene ...
Dr. Hepner noted that the left, whom he calls "liberals", is made up of a significant number of difficult people who have projected their own inadequacy under political guise.

Left-minded individuals, as noted, are prone to narcissism,that is, narcissism, pretense of feelings. lack of emotional experiences. Their leaders, people with the most striking personality traits, are most likely sociopaths. Or just individuals prone to paranoid behavior. Such people do not know how to analyze their behavior, do not want to work on their mistakes. They are often not only alienated from their relatives and friends, not being able to often build even, deep and human relationships, but they are alienated from themselves, being in constant conflict or fight with themselves. Thus, these people tend to shift their blame, miscalculations, mistakes, and failures onto their opponents.

Absolutely, not all leftists are sociopaths or psychopaths. Probably only the brightest of them. Its main mass is neurotics, or hysterics, who sublimate their inner fears, unresolved personal or family conflicts, their own lack of self-control into political platforms of a socialist and even communist sense. Transforming themselves into eternal victims and in an eternal search for sacrifice, by any means trying to convince society of this.

Such people can easily lose their self-control sometimes only because of the alleged injustice: arrest for vandalism, blocking traffic, riots, throwing a Molotov cocktail. They often act with hypertrophied emotional reactions, acting as unjust martyrs.

Interestingly, the radicalism of the left movement depends on whether the participant is neurotic and then he will take part in pickets, demonstrations, and maybe in street riots, insulting or even beating dissenting people, or is he a sociopath who is ready to kill for the sake of his idea. In general, the entire mass of the left is heterogeneous, and due to the high level of narcissism among them, they are prone to frequent splits and the creation of numerous, gnawing among themselves, fractions.

As already noted, the new left, following the initial ideas of the Bolsheviks, who renounced family values, tried to socialize children, went further to reject the prevailing foundations and values, They view the state as something representing the foundations of their parents, and therefore seek in every way to destroy what so valuable, precious and familiar to their parents. As a result of constant struggle, the opposition turns into internal, anti-state terrorists, sweeping away things created over the years, attacking state buildings, demolishing monuments. Neurotics with an immature mental organization in this way psychologically "kill" their parents, destroy familiar connections, and sublimate internal unresolved conflicts into armed political rebellion.

An example of such groups can be called the Bayader Meinhof Red Army Faction, many of whose members were drug addicts, mentally unstable people who blamed the state for their personal problems, intellectualizing their aggression in the struggle for freedom and equality.

According to Bolton Kerry, a civilized society for a leftist is a kind of cultural prison. Which must certainly be destroyed and preferably with excessive violence, bringing the raging crowd to a real psychosis. destroying on its way everything on which this society is based, beating or killing dissent. At the same time, explaining their lawlessness by the struggle for freedom and human rights.

Remember the joke from the Soviet past: “in the fight for world peace, we will not leave a stone unturned”

Douglas Hyde, who served as editor of the Daily Worker, the British Communist Party newspaper, noted that youth affiliated with the British Communist Party lacked interpersonal empathy, instead rationalized as empathy for “humanity”. He also wrote about the lack of connections at the interpersonal level and the tendency to betray and forget their own associates.

A huge role in the intellectualization of left thinking was played by psychologists and psychiatrists of the 1960s and 70s, such as Theodor Adorno, Wilhelm Reich, Wolfgang Huber, Felix Guattari, who argued that rebellion against norms and values is a healthy phenomenon, psychopathy was seen as a kind of new normality aimed at resisting a repressive system , viewed group therapy as the prototype of the communist revolutionary cell. "Madness" was seen as a release, and above all from the family. And some, being adherents of Trotskyism and Leninism, considered all madmen to be political dissidents.

Interestingly, according to Australian psychologist John Ray, some studies have concluded that political orientation can be inherited. Scientists attribute this to the fact that some people are more prone to change than others. They need a frequent rush of adrenaline and this is often caused by mental instability. Also, these are people with symptomatology of egocentrism. According to psychologist Jean Piaget, these people are not able to coordinate different points of view, it is difficult for them to understand that others may have their own feelings, desires and needs, and have problems in interacting with others.

People with "symptoms" of left thinking have the so-called reality denial phenomenon, described by Freud as a mechanism of psychological defense. That is, when it is easier and more convenient for a neurotic not to notice reality. If it is inconvenient for him, they either run away from a problem, for example, into drugs, politics, etc., or solve illusory, imaginary problems, instead of solving real ones.

It is interesting that psychophysiologists note in people with suppressed right-brain thinking and predominance of left-brain thinking, the lack of a whole , complete perception and understanding of reality in all its versatility and complexity.

According to the concept of V. S. Rotenberg, “the left hemisphere selects a few internally consistent, not mutually exclusive, out of the entire abundance of real connections, and on the basis of these few connections creates an unambiguously understood context. The analysis of objects and phenomena provides unambiguousness, all other connections that can complicate and confuse the picture, make it less certain and internally contradictory - all these connections are mercilessly cut off. Such a neatly trimmed picture of the world is no longer a picture in the full sense of the word, but a model that is easy to use. … .. "

In conclusion, we can say that based on many years of psychological and independent research, observations by many prominent psychologists, behavioral analysis: the left thinking may be viewed as psychological deviance.
Kerry Bolton calls them "intellectualized sociopaths"
As they say, the diagnosis has been made. But in medicine, after a correct diagnosis, the next step is treatment. But here is the problem, as the patient resists and does not understand.
The main approach , perhaps, is to stop denying problem, It remains, perhaps, talk about it, engage various groups into discussions, teach children, find alternative sources of education, deliver information to society by all available means.
The process is slow and extended in time. As Tacitus wrote, "medicine sometimes acts much slower than the disease itself."