Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Yes, Steve Jobs Was A Psychopath

If you read one or more of the great books on the subject of psychopathy (e.g., The Mask of Sanity by Hervey Cleckley; Without Conscience by Robert Hare; The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout) and then read The Little Kingdom by Michael Moritz, the fact of Steve Jobs' psychopathic personality is undeniably obvious.

Some of Steve's "friends" were un-happy with Walter Isaacson's bio of Jobs (apparently told the truth too unvarnished/didn't spin him in a flattering light), so they cooperated with another author to get a different take on him out there.

Ironically, that book makes his psychopathy even clearer:

What he learned from the Pixar experience - especially the success of their first movie, Toy Story - was that if he could just restrain himself from interfering in the greatness-creators' work enough, he could prevent himself from preventing them from creating the greatness they were capable of; and, that fed his malignant narcissism much better than the string of failures from the Lisa through the Mac to NeXT Computer did.

He was not a genius and not a visionary.

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