The Nigerian university campus grown fraternity (UCGF) tended to start well but end up acquiring a good number of psychopaths. Most members of these fraternities are serial victims of these psychopaths (sometimes the same ones) who eventually and permanently hold the reins of power. Why would educated endure being repeat victims? Richard Dawkins’ Self Gene holds the answer; these fraternities are enclaves that contain cheats (psychopaths), suckers (victims) and grudgers (resistors to psychopaths). The Cheats are tolerated!
Identifying the psychopath often comes when it is too late. Some of the easy to identify psychopaths in fraternities are mostly what can be called the ‘disadvantaged psychopath’ typically (but not necessarily) ugly, short, from poor background, wretched looking, struggles with eloquence and cannot naturally command respect. An ever-begger, lacking in any form of self-dignity / self-respect, lacking in social acceptance, covetous of achievements beyond his finest capacities, he resorts to the destruction of others to compensate for his inherent and unshakeable disadvantages. Whatever they gain through psychopathy they tend to lose by psychopathy because they much better at creating ‘liabilities’ than ‘assets’ and their very ‘disadvantages’ make most of the victories they attain by predatory and ruthless manipulation, Pyrrhic and vacuous. This also makes their psychopathy increasing worse.
The harder to identify breed is the ‘advantaged psychopath’ usually handsome, tall or average height, from better off backgrounds, attractive, content looking, excellent in communication, erudite, he is the darling of everyone. The overt destruction of others is not his style. His exacting of on others due to their very own “elegance” is usually surreptitious, ‘saving you’ to your face while nuking you behind your back simultaneously. The advantages these psychopaths are born with are often used in working on grandiose plans by ruthless manipulating often highly able men, the plans are more based on delusion than reality. The advantaged psychopath tends to only lose or fail to attain victories, Pyrrhic or enduring, by sheer mistake associated with their impulsiveness. While displays of anger, vengeance, greed, toxicity, betrayal and pure dishonourable conduct is a common characteristic of the disadvantaged psychopath because they are always working insecurely upwards mostly beyond their best capabilities, the advantaged counterpart is comfortable coordinating in higher echelons of society where dishonourable behaviour is not tolerated. Each failing makes this breed of psychopath even more refined and devious.
The internal and external wretchedness of the disadvantaged psychopath in fraternities and the organic refinement and entitlements of the advantaged psychopath make me wonder because while they are both heartless, superficial and lack compassion, and destructive their approaches are very different. The wretched psychopath remains wretched and advantaged psychopath remains grandiose. Nevertheless, the advantaged is far more better tolerated than the wretched psychopath; observing battles between the two breeds beats fiction and Hollywood any time.
Beware of the psychopath, whether you are in a fraternity or not.