Is Rauner a sociopath?


Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis spoke this morning at a Parent Mentor celebration and workshop at the Apostolic Church of God.

“We are all being held hostage by a governor who doesn’t want to work for us. The budget is being held hostage by a … sociopath.”


CTU President Karen Lewis at Parent Mentor Program today. Photo: Deb McCoy.

It is not the first time Lewis has called the Governor a sociopath.

The Parent Mentor Program trains parents to work in classrooms in 65 low income schools. The sponsors say those parents help about 600 teachers and nearly 15,000 students across the state.

Rich Miller of Capitalfax got upset with the union president for diagnosing the Governor without a license.

Perhaps her’s was a poetic license. But I’m not so sure she’s off base with this.

Wrote Miller, “President Lewis has a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology and music, not psychology. She ought to keep her amateur diagnoses to herself. By the way, ‘sociopath’ is a banned word on this blog, for this very reason. Don’t use it.”

Miller has a funny way of banning a word, using it twice in that short post.

An article in Pyschology Today distinguishes between sociopathy and psychopath.

Sociopaths are volatile and prone to emotional outbursts, including fits of rage.


It is difficult but not impossible for sociopaths to form attachments with others.


“Many sociopaths,” writes the author,  “are able to form an attachment to a particular individual or group, although they have no regard for society in general or its rules. In the eyes of others, sociopaths will appear to be very disturbed. Any crimes committed by a sociopath, including murder, will tend to be haphazard, disorganized and spontaneous rather than planned.”

Yep. Yep. Yep. Check. Except for the murder part.

Psychopathy is related to a physiological defect that results in the underdevelopment of the part of the brain responsible for impulse control and emotions. Sociopathy, on the other hand, is more likely the product of childhood trauma and physical/emotional abuse. Because sociopathy appears to be learned rather than innate, sociopaths are capable of empathy in certain limited circumstances but not in others, and with a few individuals but not others.

Nurture, not nature. All that money. Nine homes.  Carhartt jackets. Million dollar Wine Club. Check. Check. Check.  Check.

Sociopath sounds about right to me.

12 Replies to “Is Rauner a sociopath?”

  1. The general populace just hasn’t grasped the fact that these private profiteers really are out to destroy the profession of teaching in the same way they already destroyed the profession of journalism.

  2. You can’t mention his crimes that you have covered and suggest impeachment and he has something against Karen Lewis. That is why I never refer to his blog directly. Its inside Springfield and it is just as annoying as DC.

  3. All this time I thought he was a psychopath. After almost being beat in the primary, he changed his campaign to exclude all mention of his union-busting agenda. That was not haphazard or disorganized, it was a carefully planned campaign of dishonesty. Psychopath or sociopath, he is a madman that is hell-bent on one goal, to bust all unions in Illinois public and private.

  4. So, what happen to the term ” balanced budget???” I do not see this coming from any where!!!!! To all you of who name callers… How about a Balanced budget????

  5. Sociopathy and psychopathy aren’t really psychological diagnoses, so feel free to use them without a license. Neither one is found in the any version of the DSM. Hervey Cleckley first developed the psychopathy checklist, but it’s considered about on par with the Myers-Briggs – useful, but not psychologically determinative, and something any schmo can use at their pleasure. The DSM includes Antisocial Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which would be considered the official psychological diagnoses and those should probably not be thrown around by non-licensed armchair psychologists.

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