A little more stigma, please

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 19.44.37It would have saved the lives snuffed out by this amok-pilot

Andreas Lubitz’s problem, writes Dalrymple, was

one of character rather than of illness.

He was a narcissist whose enthusiasm for fitness was

not for fitness for any end other than a purely self-regarding one. The picture of him out running, pouting as if engaged on something serious and staring ahead with earphones in his ears to exclude the outer world from obtruding on him in his self-absorbed bubble, suggested a man more than usually self-centred.

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 17.37.28He is reported to have been

determined to make more of a mark in the world than his native talents would permit, reducing him to the necessity of doing something terrible to catch the attention of the world that he so craved, and no doubt felt that he deserved. For narcissists, anonymity is the worst of fates.

Dalrymple says he cannot help but think that Western culture

is propitious to the promotion of narcissism of the type that I suspect that Lubitz suffered from — or made others suffer from.

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 17.36.37Psychiatry

will never make the likes of Lubitz whole. We shall never be putty in technicians’ hands. That is not the same as saying that he should have been allowed to fly aëroplanes. A little more stigma and prejudice would have saved the 149 lives he so egotistically snuffed out.

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  • Vincent  On April 6, 2015 at 04:24

    Isn´t it your own narcisssism that drives you, mr. Darlymple? Isn´t it your own incompetence to be a father for your patients that drives you to blame ´the culture´ for everything you could not offer yourself?

  • Vincent  On April 6, 2015 at 04:46

    I think it´s best for him to write self-indulgent columns. It makes him feel good about himself. Good luck!

  • Gates of Vienna (@GatesofVienna)  On April 6, 2015 at 04:56

    We don’t know the diagnosis of the co-pilot. It could well have been bi-polar “depression” – a misnomer if ever there was one. Depression is merely one aspect of a disorder that can cause psychotic breaks, delusional thinking.

    The information available about him appears to be similar to the Navy Yard shooter in 2013:

    A hotel clerk asked Newport naval police to come to the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites in case Alexis hurt someone.

    Officers “learned that Alexis had taken apart his bed, believing someone was hiding under it, and observed that Alexis had taped a microphone to the ceiling to record the voices of people that were following him,” according to the report. He also complained about a chip in his head and microwave signals.

    Officials at The Experts contacted local police and Alexis’ mother about his behavior but concluded that that “the information collected about Alexis was based on rumor and innuendo, and therefore a report to the government should not be made, since doing so may infringe on Alexis’ privacy rights.”

    The report also found fault with the Navy for not properly monitoring Alexis, a former sailor. If proper procedures had been followed, “the chain of events that led to the (Navy Yard) shooting incident on September 16, 2013, may have been interrupted, earlier in Alexis’ career.”
    This appears to be a brain disorder that strikes in early adulthood, as the brain is finalizing a process begun in utero, speeded up at age two or so, and then, stopped until around the age 15, continuing on into the mid-20s. For some it goes haywire and no one knows why. Two percent or so of humanity exhibit the signs and symptoms, but the gene is carried by far more people than that..

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