Chagrin d’amour of the amok-pilot

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 16.47.10Andreas Lubitz, writes Dalrymple, is reported to have had

a severe chagrin d’amour — or rather, I suspect, a crise de jalousie — not long before he crashed the æroplane.

He was also said to have been

a man of swiftly-changing mood, as the jealous often are: one minute domineering to the point of violence, the next apologetic and dove-like in promises of reform.

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 17.05.44Needless to say, such jealous men

do not love the object of their supposed affections, but themselves: they need a lover as a prop to their conception of themselves.

When a lover threatens to leave them, or does so, usually as a consequence of their erratic behaviour,

they are plunged into a crisis of outraged anger. In the best of circumstances, that anger declines and disappears once they find another lover-victim: but before this happens they often become violent.

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 17.05.56Dalrymple concludes:

In crashing his æroplane and killing so many, Lubitz may well have been taking his revenge upon the woman who so wounded his vanity: ‘See what you made me do! I told you I would do something terrible. You’ll have those people on your conscience for the rest of your life.’ According to my hypothesis, Lubitz was not so much depressed as angry with his lover, the world and fate.

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