Is Kim Jong Un sane? I’m going to share with you some interesting facts about the dictator based on an article, by Ian H. Robertson PhD, published by Psychology Today on April 5, 2013, about the time Un assumed power in the wake of his father’s death.
If you are like me, your knowledge of Kim Jong Un is limited to the information the media has provided. Until I did my own research, I believed Un had never left North Korea, and that’s just not true.
According to Dr. Robertson, Kim Jong Un is anything but insane and is in fact acting “rationally.” Dr. Robertson writes, “The survival of his dictatorship depends on maintaining a sense of threat from the outside world and empowering his impoverished people with images of military power.” The doctor goes on to compare him to other nefarious dictators and even gang leaders.
But, what is most interesting is the information he obtained from Joao Micaelo, the son of a Portuguese diplomat, who was Kim Jong Un’s “closest friend.” Yes, I did say, “friend.” Mr. Micaelo described Un as a “fierce competitor” — a star basketball player — a fact that one could surmise was the spark that led to the bromance between Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman.
Reportedly, Un was quite intelligent and good at math but a lazy student. He was, nevertheless, a proud countryman who listened to his country’s national anthem repeatedly. I’m wondering if he is a bit obsessive-compulsive or just programmed to use brainwashing techniques even on himself.
His friend said he was close with his father. Dr. Robertson reminds us that Kim Jong Un is a god or at least a demigod to his people, and that, inside the brain, this is a drug-like reaction to power.
Quoting Dr. Robertson, “Kim Jong Un almost certainly feels god-like because of the drug-like effects — the chemical messenger dopamine is a key player — that power has on the brain. Power is an aphrodisiac which casts a spell of charisma around the holder and bewitches those he has power over, and if that be millions of people, so be it.”
Likewise, a defected North Korean soldier claimed in an interview with the BBC that “The citizens are told that the unfair persecution by South Korea, Japan, and the United States keeps the country poor.”
Now, this psychological assessment was done without face-to-face meetings, and Un has now been in power for nearly five years. I believe there is information that suggests the country is not nearly as poor as it was under the leaderships of Un’s father and grandfather.
Kim Jong Un has made some lucrative energy trades with the likes of China and, rumor suggests, Iran, Russia, and others. Reports from around the world claim he sold 100,000 of his citizens into slavery. Obviously, there haven’t been many vacant seats at his bargaining table. As a result, his people are living better than they have in decades.
He has miniaturized nukes faster than we can repair our devastating healthcare crisis. With the addition of nukes, this dictator and his subjects are feeling deliriously confident. Not to mention the leader’s ruthless inclination to behead anyone that doesn’t fully support his regime. Surely all this has him receiving no information that might challenge his beliefs.
Back to Dr. Robertson’s assessment. He does conclude that, although Un was a sane adolescent at boarding school in Switzerland, with years of separation and the drug-like effects of power, he is fundamentally changed and is now “over-confident, blind to risk, inclined to treat others as objects, tunnel visioned, narcissistic, and protected from anxiety.”
Ultimately, Dr. Robertson leaves us with a dark thought: “But the most worrying symptom of power in the current crisis is its “god effects” — gods are invulnerable. Gods are not constrained by laws of nature. Gods are immortal. We should be worried.”
Please, follow the links to Psychology Today and read “The Winner Effect,” by Ian H. Robertson. It is a fascinating analysis of Kim Jong Un.
Additionally, on our website, you will find an article by Alex Berezow, published August 8, 2017, “Psychological Profile of Kim Jong Un: Would He Really Attack Guam?”
In this article, Alex cites “The Unit of Personality in Politics,” a research project directed by psychology professor Aubrey Immelman. The project’s dedication page, directed to Kim Jong Un, is in my opinion a cush and somewhat PC assessment of the dictator. From the article, I am surmising the author feels the same.
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