Psychopaths have littered society for centuries. These cruel monsters are aware that what they are doing is wrong, yet do it anyways. They can charm and manipulate people to get what they want and feel absolutely nothing when they destroy a life. When examining his life and actions, one could conclude Joseph Stalin was a psychopath. This is shown in his bad childhood, his early behavioral problems, his sexual promiscuity, his ability to charm and manipulate, and his callousness and shallow emotional response.
First, one of the earliest traits in a psychopath is a bad child hood with abuse of any kind or parental neglect. Stalin's father, Vissarion "Beso" Djugashvili, was a terrible man. For one, He was an alcoholic. Stalin's mother, Ekaterina "Keke" Geladze Djugashvili was recorded saying that he "could not stop drinking." Before long, his drinking affected his business: "his hands began shaking and he couldn't sew shoes. The business was only kept going by his apprentices," said Keke. By the time Stalin was five, Beso was always drunk, paranoid and very violent.
Once Beso threw Stalin so hard to the floor that there was blood in his urine for days – when Soso [young Stalin] hid, Beso searched the house screaming, 'where is Keke's little bastard? Hiding under the bed?' Keke fought back. Once Soso arrived at Davrichwy's [the local police officer] house with his face covered in blood, crying: 'Help! Come quickly! He's killing my mother!' the officer ran round to the Djugashvilis to find Beso strangling Keke.
Sometimes Beso would arrive drunk at Stalin's school and demand he drop out to become a cobbler. Keke said that Beso repeatedly "burst into the school drunkenly to grab Soso by force."Once, Beso kidnapped Stalin and forced him to work in his business. However, Beso was forced to return Stalin home before disappearing, leaving Stalin and Keke with nothing.
When Stalin enrolled in school, the children were very harsh to him, calling him "Pocky" for his small pox scarred face and constantly beating him. "There was hardly a day," says Stalin's friend Kote, when "someone had not beaten him up, sent him home crying." It is without a doubt that Stalin had a horrible child hood. It is this childhood that contributed to Stalin's future as a psychopath.
Secondly, a common trait on of a psychopath is early behavioral controls. In 1991 a man named Dr. Robert Hare revised a psychopathy checklist in which lists traits of psychopaths. On this list is an early behavioral problem. After the incident in which Beso almost killed Keke, Stalin "would take stubborn offence at his father." Stalin learned violence – once throwing a knife at Beso in order to protect Keke – and grew up "pugnacious and truculent, so hard to control that Keke herself, who adored him, needed physical discipline to govern her unruly treasure."At the age of twenty Stalin was expelled from the Tiflis Theological Seminary for disrespect for those in authority, reading forbidden books, and trying to convert fellow students to Marxism. Stalin then joined a Social Democratic Labour Party and then was arrested and exiled to Siberia for organizing a strike at the large Rothschild plant at a young age Stalin was a rebel and showed the "early behavioral problems" trait of a psychopath.
Thirdly, a very strong trait in a psychopath is to have many different, short term relationships. Stalin showed HHare )both bothboth sexual promiscuity and many short term relationships in which are points on Dr. Hare's checklist. HHare )The first of Stalin's known affairs was with a woman named Natasha Kirtava who was Stalin's landlady briefly before his arrest and exile to Siberia. After Stalin returned from Siberia, he had another affair with the married Olga Alliuyeva who was also his future mother in law.In 1904 Stalin married a woman named Ekaterina "Kato" Svanidze Djugashvili for three years until she died three years later in 1907. Less than a year after Kato's death Stalin dated an eighteen year old girl named Alvasi Talakvadze and at about the same time a famous activist named Ludmilla Stal. A few months later he proposed to a twenty three year old teacher named Stefania Petrovskaya who was a fellow exile. However, she was soon arrested and they did not marry. After this he had an affair with another teacher named Serafima Khoroshenina. They moved in together in a house owned by Maria Kuzakova. Stalin slept with Maria and then left her pregnant after Serafima caught them together. After this Stalin had several affairs one after the other with a sixteen year old runaway named Pelageya Onufrieva, a thirty three year old woman named Tatiana Slavatinskaya, a fellow activist named Valentina Lobova, and a thirteen year old orphan named Lidia 1918 Stalin married Nadezhda "Nadya" Alliluyeva, his possible daughter from his affair with her mother Olga. During this marriage Stalin did not stay faithful and after a long depression she killed her self in 1932. Stalin had many short term relationships during his life and even in long term relationships, he did not stay faithful. Stalin shows the "sexual promiscuity" and the "many sort term relationships" trait of psychopaths.
Fourthly, most psychopaths seem to be able to charm and manipulate other people to get what they want. Superficial charm and manipulation are both strong points on the Dr Hare Psychopathy Checklist. In 1908 Stalin dated an eighteen year old girl named Alvasi Talakvadze who he manipulated to do things for him. Once he "ordered her to take some secret documents to the Balakhana oilfield in a coffin" in which he proceeded in instructing her in burying it. All of the females who had a relationship with Stalin thought that he was perfect and charming in which allowed him to manipulate them. Later Stalin manipulated the weak President Franklin D. Roosevelt believed Stalin to be a great and trust worthy man and most certainly not a monster. This allowed Stalin to freely control parts of Eastern Europe. Psychopaths charm and manipulate the gullible to get what they want and this is exactly what Stalin did time and time again.
Fifthly, most psychopaths are callous and show a shallow emotional response. In 1928 Stalin orchestrated the five year plan in which focused on "collectivizing" the poorer people. In other words the five year plan focused on mass murders. Stalin orchestrated famines by raising the prices of grain too high for peasants to buy and then threw people out of their jobs by demanding a drop in manufacturing production. He then had workers shot or thrown into harsh labour for being late to work. Then Stalin got paranoid and had anyone who was not unquestionably loyal to him killed. From the late twenties he terrorized people who were apart of social groups that were upset by the October Revolution. He then began to victimize people he knew personally, turning them from friends to subordinates and sending them into torture, hard labour, and execution. Overall Stalin killed over 20 million people and felt nothing when he did so.
From boyhood onwards his friends – had noted a deeply uncongenial side. He was extraordinarily resentful and vengeful. He coddled grievances for years. He was supremely casual about the effects of the violence he commissioned.
Stalin felt nothing when he destroyed a life. Something that was noticeable to his friends even at a young age. Stalin strongly shows the "callous" and the "shallow emotional response" traits of a psychopath.
Joseph Stalin, the second ruler of the USSR, was a psychopath. This is shown in his bad childhood, his early behavioral problems, his sexual promiscuity, his ability to charm and manipulate, and his callousness and shallow emotional response.