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‘Ticking like time bombs’: This is how tyrants are made

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Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D., MPP explained how people evolve into becoming a tyrant in a report for Psychology Today It explained that if we knew what caused people to become cruel and oppressive rulers then maybe they might be able to be stopped.

“If we knew what makes them tick like time bombs, we would deal with them more strategically. But tyrants are slippery. They’ll gaslight to keep you from figuring them out. Parents argue in circles about what drives their tyrannical child as do the victims of any tyrant. The tyrant likes us confused,” the report said.

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The report outlined that multiple behaviors result in people becoming tyrants and that the behaviors can be noticed. It challenged people to determine if they see these behaviors in themselves.

“See if you can find these behaviors in yourself from time to time,” the report said. “Without giving it much thought, compromising your scruples for some immediate advantage, or to avoid losing some advantage you have. Rationalizing to maintain your sense of self-worth and status.”

It explained that this behavior should be taken seriously.

“It makes us more prone to take their indignance seriously as though they really care about whatever makes them indignant. They can lead us by the nose into the weeds, weeds they only pretend are important to them when actually they’re just blindly preserving and gaining whatever advantage they can,” the report said.

Dr. Sherman lists the behaviors to watch:

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  • Without giving it much thought, compromising your scruples for some immediate advantage, or to avoid losing some advantage you have.

  • Rationalizing to maintain your sense of self-worth and status.

  • Hoping no one challenges you and when they do, deflecting, rejecting and denying their challenges.

  • Holding a higher standard for other people’s behavior than you hold for your behavior.

  • Getting righteously indignant: When angry at someone for doing something bad to you, forgetting that you do it too.

  • Feeling victimized, wanting to square things up by gaining the advantages you’re owed, and when you gain them, feeling like you’re entitled to them.

  • Not thinking about any of this. Just living from moment to moment, enjoying what success you gain without worrying about how you gained it.

Read the full report here.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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