Dr. Lillian Glass Never Said Obama Was a Psychopath- Meme Got It Wrong

“Crocodile Jeers”

“Body language expert Lillian Glass said a popular meme misconstrued one of her quotes and made assertions that aren’t credible or ethical.

CLAIM: According to a body language expert, a photograph of President Obama crying reveals he is a psychopath.


EXAMPLE: [Collected via Facebook, January 2015]

The origin of the claim contained in this graphic seems to come from a 2013 book by Lillian Glass titled, “The Body Language of Liars.” Yet, as we all know, this isn’t an exact science in any way. Furthermore, the author, though seemingly educated in this field, seems to have a found a niche in which to capitalize on people’s fears. A title of another of her books is, “Guide to Identifying Terrorists Through Body Language.” Another is “The Body Language Advantage: Maximize Your Personal and Professional Relationships with this Ultimate Photo Guide to Deciphering What Others Are Secretly Saying,in Any Situation.”
Nevertheless, opponents of the President are using something she wrote to some degree of success.

obama lillian glass example

ORIGIN:On 5 January 2016, President Obama proposed several measures to curb gun violence while delivering remarks on the topic in the East Room of the White House. As he discussed gun deaths involving children, the President began crying (as seen at the 0:44 mark in the video embedded below):

The following day, a meme about President Obama’s show of emotion began circulating online, holding that according to body language expert Lillian Glass, the Commander-in-Chief’s tears bore hallmarks of psychopathy (and implied that the body language he demonstrated was evidence he is himself a psychopath):

Some versions of the meme attributed its claims to Dr. Lillian Glass:

In her 2013 book “The Body Language of Liars,” behavioral analyst Lillian Glass wrote that psychopaths are really bad at crying:

“When psychopaths cry, they will often wipe underneath each eye, one at a time. When people cry genuine tears they cry with both eyes, and so they will tend to wipe both eyes at once.”

A brief online search indicated that the quote cited above was lifted directly from a 6 November 2013 Business Insider article titled “7 Signs You’re Working with a Psychopath.” The article predictably described an entirely different context:

They are really bad at crying.

“When [Susan Smith] gave a press conference and cried about her missing children, her fake tears were actually what raised suspicions that she was the killer,” says Glass.

When psychopaths cry, Glass says they will often wipe underneath each eye, one at a time. “When people cry genuine tears they cry with both eyes, and so they will tend to wipe both eyes at once.”

In their original context, Dr. Glass’ observations clearly pertained to video footage (not a still image). Dr. Glass’ web site includes a blog wherein her observations consistently describe analysis of subjects in context and motion (utilizing photographs to illustrate the body language she described in a broader context throughout). Nowhere in her writings did we locate an example of her making such a definitive diagnosis based upon a single still image, nor of her throwing around severe diagnostic language such as “psychopath.”

We contacted Dr. Glass regarding the meme and the use of language from her 2013 book The Body Language of Liars. Dr. Glass told us she was aware of the quote’s newfound popularity and was deeply dismayed by the lengths to which her words and work had been misconstrued due to the meme (and related articles).

Dr. Glass strongly repudiated the assertions of the meme, noting that the quote originally appeared in her 2013 book and was used for the Business Insider piece in a very different context. Moreover, she stated that she would never engage in body language analysis so flippantly, nor did she consider the subject matter of the meme appropriate for such observations. Mostly, Dr. Glass was dismayed at the virality of a grossly misconstrued, unrelated, out-of-context quote from her book in a meme that misrepresented her work.

According to Dr. Glass, the thrust of the meme is unequivocally false. Whether folks believe President Obama’s tears at the 5 January 2016 appearance were legitimate or not, the meme based on that moment in no way represents the analytical work of the body language expert to whom it is attributed.

LAST UPDATED: 07 January 2016



Craigslist Killer Philip Markoff Finally Commits Suicide in Jail. Body Language Signals of Anti Social Behavior May Have Been Ignored By Ex Fiance Megan McCallister

It comes as no surprise to me that Craigslist Killer medical student Philip Markoff finally did himself in. According to reports he put  plastic bag over his head and smothered himself to death as well as cutting an artery so he would bleed to death.

When he was first arrested and put into custody, there were reports that he constantly picked at himself until he bled. In fact eyewitnesses stated that Markoff “started to pick at his ear” the day his Megan McAlister  fiance at time visited him in jail.

His self mutilating body language spoke volumes. But what about his body language signals when he was dating and engaged to Megan? did they speak volumes as well or did Megan ignore them?


Markoff’s  picking at himself until he bled  was a form of self mutilation. Because he was caught and  finally trapped , it was a body language tell that indicated that he was punishing himself  and displaying his  self  loathe for getting caught.

Markoff was so arrogant and thought he was so brilliant and clever at figuring  out his  brilliant plan to make an easy buck. He answered Craigslist ads placed by those engaged in offering sexual messages or services and robbed them. He was sure they wouldn’t protest or report him. After all, they were doing something illegal as well and didn’t want to get themselves in trouble by reporting illegal acts they were committing.

But when  they protested, he killed them like he did with 26 yer old Julissa Brisman. Police found lots of evidence-panties he collected from  his apartment from his victims along with  plastic handcuffs, and a hollowed out Grey’s Anatomy book containing a gun- his murder weapon.

So when he  was caught, he was bright enough to know that there was absolutely no way out. His self mutilation and self punishment reflects his  anger at himself for not being so brilliant and for getting caught.  This lead to his ultimate self punishment of killing himself.  Because he was devoid of emotion as most psychopaths are, his emotional distress was revealed in his body picking.

He knew what lay ahead of him. So he took the easy way out and saved the state time and money and did the job himself. So now there is one less Toxic Man among us.


One of the significant body language tells that can be observed with Markoff can be seen when he was in the courtroom. He showed absolutely no emotion. His face was stoic and he barely moved .

Emotionally, through his facial expressions and body language , he showed a lack of remorse and a lack of guilt. This is very indicative of those with antisocial personality disorders. There was also no question that he was in shock when first capture , much like another very tall, intelligent  and  handsome fellow who allegedly killed several young women- Joran van der Sloot.

What these two miscreants have in common is that they were so arrogant and full of themselves and thought so highly of their own intelligence that they never thought they would ever get caught. So when they did get caught they were in complete physical  shock. This dramatically showed in their body and facial language.


What was most chilling to discover was how security cameras showed Markoff  casually strolling to and from  the three different crime scenes as he used his Blackberry. He showed the same psychopathic casualness that Joran van der Sloot showed in his body language. when he calmly walked out of the hotel room carrying his bags, while he left a mutilated dead woman inside his hotel room.

It seems that their demeanor isn’t the only thing these two had in common.  They both robbed  killed women for money to help support their gambling debts and habits. They had no sympathy or remorse for their victims and were able to continue on in their lives  as though nothing happened.


There is no doubt that Markoff thought about killing himself the whole time he was incarcerated. But he chose to commit the act on  the date of  his would be first wedding anniversary. To me this is clear a shout out to Megan, a beautiful young  and intelligent woman, who also wanted to become a doctor herself, who  had no clue about him or the double life he was leading.

Perhaps his suicide on the date of their failed wedding was a sick and depraved message to   Megan  in order to  one last time create pain and emotional  havoc in someone’s life.

It was clear from her statements to the press and statements, through her attorney, which were  made  after Markoff was arrested,  Megan had no idea who her fiancé was or what he was doing in his spare time- robbing and killing. She wrote in her email to the press:

Unfortunately you were given wrong information as was the public. All I have to say to you is Philip is a beautiful person inside and out and could not hurt a fly! A police officer in Boston (or many) is trying to make big bucks by selling this false story to the TV stations. What else is new?? Philip is an intelligent man who is just trying to live his life so if you could leave us alone we would greatly appreciate it. We expect to marry in August and share a wonderful, mean‘I will stand by Philip as I know he is innocent.

And in a message to a reporter on a social networking site she said the following :
‘Philip is a beautiful man inside and out. ‘He is intelligent, loyal, and the best fiance a woman could ask for. He would not hurt a fly!’

But were her words true? Did she really believe her words? The answer is probably.  Perhaps  he only showed her his good side.  On the other hand, perhaps there were signals all along  but Megan may have been  too blinded by a  planning  a lavish wedding and a future with a bright doctor.  The question is were there signs early on that could have clued Megan in to the fact that her fiancé was living a double life?  The answer is YES!


As any forensic psychiatrist  will tell you, once you decide to burrow  deep beneath the surface you will discover that this aberrant  behavior did not happen over night. They were there when he was a child. The fact that he refused to make eye contact with his parents when they sat in the courtroom also seems to speak volumes. They no doubt knew early on that something was off with their son which they may have chosen to ignore.

Perhaps they felt that now that he was going to get married he would  finally straighten out. But they were wrong. When he told his parent to forget about him after they visited him in jail, it said it all.

There may have  also been symptoms of Philip Markoff’s  psychopathy that were evident that Megan McAllister also  ignored or refused to see.

One of the most telling things in psychopathic behavior is the emotional detachment. You can actually see it in their engagement photo. While he is smiling with Megan, she is the one lovingly nuzzling into him. He on the other hand  has a mask-like  smile and doesn’t embrace her arm. Instead he awkwardly positions the front of his hand against her elbow.  He doesn’t lean into her or embrace her. Granted  this is only one photo.

But when we examine another photo of the two of them in a more casual setting,  we see the same pattern. She is nuzzling  and leaning into him and he is so detached,  he even has one of his hands behind his back as though he has something to hide-  his secret  life. Again you do not see him embracing her or showing signals of affection towards her.

Megan may have rationalized that Philip  wasn’t the affectionate type or didn’t like public displays of affection. But when two people are about to marry, there should be a lot of  mutual displays of affection. But were there other signs?

1, Did he lack sensitivity?

2. Was he cunning and manipulative?

3.  Did he show a lack of remorse or guilt?

4, Did she catch him in lies?

5. Dis she think he was callous and lacked sympathy?

6.  Did she notice that he was full of himself all the time with a grandiose sense of self worth?

7, Dis she notice a glibness and a superficial charm?

8. Did he always seem to blame others and not accept responsibility for his  actions?

9. Did he seem to have a shallow ?

In retrospect, I have no doubt that Megan could answer YES to many or all of these questions.

These are the signs of someone who exhibits psychopathic or sociopathic behavior. In fact I discuss this is greater detail in my new book which will be coming out in November  2010 called TOXIC MEN- 10 Ways to Identify, Deal With and Heal From men Who make Your Life Miserable which you may pre order by clicking here http://www.amazon.com/Toxic-Men-Ways-Identify-Miserable/dp/144050007X

If Megan chose to ignore these red flags, it is understandable. After  all, they met doing something that was selfless and good for the sake of others. They were both hospital volunteers when they were in college. So she saw Markoff  as a good person who does good for others. The fact that he was in medical school and intent on becoming a doctor confirmed to her that he was a good persona nd out to help others.

She thought he guy from a good family, seeing that  his father was a respected dentist.  As a doctor, they had wouldn’t have financial worries.  They were planning a big wedding and she was ready to start her life with him.

So after he was picked up on I 95 while they were in the car together, police  separated them  in two police cars where Philip was taken into custody and Megan was released. It is understandable why she vehemently proclaimed that there must have been some mistake.

But Megan’s story teaches us a great deal. We must be vigilant. We must look for these red flag signals and never ignore them or hope they go away or change. They cannot  change.

We cannot be blinded by what we want to see and not what is actually there or not there. Based on Markoff’s body language towards Megan in the above photos  what was not there was a lot of  open affection. That may have been indicative of his inability to have anything other than a detached emotional interaction with another person. It may have been the first red flag of  psychopathic behavior.   www.drlillianglass.com

How Body Language , Speech, and Voice Patterns Can Be Used to Spot the Possible Sociopathic “Casey Anthony’s” of the World


Being passionate about the body language my intention in my blogs is to share with you the truth about what is really going on with newsmakers based on their body language, voice patterns and communication skills. Hopefully my blog will not only give you insight as you see how I “read between the headlines” but will allow you learn how to read others so that you can apply it to those in your own life


Since I wrote the blog about Casey Anthony’s body language and fake tears during her recent court date, many people have asked me how to spot a sociopath- how to spot the Casey Anthony’s of the world. Casey isn’t the only such creature in the public eye who appear s to fit the description of a sociopath.


That is why I want to share with you how to read a sociopath based on their body language, facial language, voice, and speech characteristics .


According to the literature and the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). the definitions are blurred as the two often share common antisocial traits. One of the main differences between the two is that the “sociopath” tends to be more disorganized like the Columbine killers and Casey Anthony, while the “psychopath” is more methodical like cannibalistic monster Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy, especially in their criminal pursuits.


Famed Canadian psychologist, Dr. Robert Hare, developed a checklist called The
Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised(PCL-R) which is a diagnostic tool of 20 traits
assessed by a scoring system used to rate a person’s antisocial behaviors. They include :
1.glib and superficial charm,
2. grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self,
3. need for stimulation,
4. pathological lying,
5. cunning and manipulativeness,
6. lack of remorse or guilt,
7. shallow affect(superficial emotional responsiveness),
8.callousness and lack of empathy,
9.parasitic lifestyle,
10. poor behavioral controls
11.sexual promiscuity,
12. early behavior problems,
13. lack of realistic long-term goals
16.failure to accept responsibility for own actions,
17.many short-term marital relationships,
18.juvenile delinquency ,
19. revocation of conditional release, and
20.criminal versatility.


The more of these traits one has, the more of a sociopath they are. When you look at these characteristics and apply them to Casey Anthony, it is interesting how many of these traits she possesses. She appears to have at least 17 of these traits of not more.

While there have been clinical approaches to describing people with his aberrant behavior pattern, before this blog, no one has ever approached analyzing them in terms of profiling both their Verbal and Nonverbal Communication Patterns. I will do this for you in this blog so that you will be more able to easily recognize them.


These people prey on others using charm, deceit, violence or other methods that allow them to get what they want. Therefore in terms of speech patterns, they may try to cajole you by complimenting you excessively and speaking to you with inviting words. They seem very agreeable with whatever you say in order to draw you in. Initially they would never show thatthey are contentious or had a difference of opinion to yours. That is why they are so great at first impressions because they’ll say what you want to hear. They’ll ask you lots of questions about yourself because they want to quickly figure out what you want to hear and what are your” hot buttons.” They want to know what makes you happy, mad, glad or sad, so they can play on your emotions- emotions which they lacks.


There is a grandiosity in terms of how they speak of themselves. When they speak about others it is usually to place blame and to tell you how awful the person is and what they did to them. They take no responsibility and never use the words “I’m sorry” or “I apologize.” It is always someone else’s problem. (Doesn’t that sound familiar in terms of Casey? Recall the Jailhouse Tapes as you read on.)
“I” “I” “I” “I”
The one word they will use with frequency is “I” as they have an overly inflated opinion of themselves and lives in a world which only revolves around them, with a sense of entitlement that they are the center of the universe. This makes them brag a lot and seem very cocky.
They will lie to you to get what they want and has a complete disregard for the feelings or rights of others. Words mean nothing to them unless it benefits them and their needs.


They are also highly receptive to perceived slights, so if you say something they think is directed at him, they’ll react by saying hostile and derogatory things back to you. (Perhaps that is why Casey’s parents always seemed to be walking on eggshells around Casey, You really heard evidence of this during the jailhouse tapes).


Since they are usually impulsive and tend to live for the moment, there is little regard for consequences. You’ll often hear a lot of wild ideas and ever changing topics and subject matter during is conversation since it’s difficult for them to stay focused on one thing. There wee certainly a lot of wild ideas taking place when Casey was describing what was going on with Zanny the Nanny and the whereabouts of Casey.


But as charming as they try to be, they’ll often leak out insensitivity by making unfeeling and even sadistic comments. Remember when Cindy came to the jail and Casey laughed insensitively and said :Why is this one crying?” ,

At first it may sound strange and macabre and it may even give you a chill when you hear them- say it. Don’t ignore your body response. It is your limbic system warning you that something is very wrong! Because most Socio -Psychopaths have been cruel to animals as children, while they may tolerate animals, deep down, they won’t like animals or may even make sadistic comments about your animal.. Any sadistic comment about animals or children are huge red flags. When Casey said to a boyfriend “Can I bring snothead?” that may have been a hige red flag.


The telling sign of a Socio-Psychopath is that they often contradict themselves in the same sentence. Toy rally saw it in the video when case was questioned by police. She was asked if she had Jose Baez;s number. She said she didn’t. Then when questioned later, she voluneteerd that she had Baez’ cell number. This is a HUGE RED FLAG!\Researchers are discovering
that this contradiction you see so often in their speech patterns has a lot to do with the
particular way their brain is wired.

There is usually a deadness or a hollowness to their tone. They don’t seem to be connected as they would ever feel guilt or remorse for anything they did.


But you may hear a whine in their tone from time to time when blaming others. It’s everyone else’s fault but his. You hear this message in their tone of voice. If you disagree or have another point of view, you’ll also hear the whine in the voice. This was very evident with Casey in listening to the jailhouse tapes.


Because they lack empathy, that’s why you don’t hear emotion in their voice. You may therefore hear a monotonous sounding voice.

Their deadpan tone lacks empathy and remorse, like Bernie Madoff displayed when he “apologized” before he was taken away to prison in handcuffs. People were angered by his lack of remorse, He couldn’t express remorse because he had no feeling. He was essentially as Dr. Hare describes, and “emotional android.”


But when trying to manipulate you, you’ll a shift in their normally monotonous voice. They’ll get louder and the rate of speech will get faster as they try to get your attention.


You will often find a lack of fluidity in their body language. There is a stiffness and a rigidness to their movements. You may often think they have good posture, but it comes from having a rigid stance. Since movement is dictated by what you feel, and there is a void in the Socio-Psycopath’s emotions, they are not able to express the full range of emotions through their body.

That is why all of these well known Socio-Psychopaths have a mechanical rigidity in their movement or little movement at all. In fact you often see them holding on to themselves as a ploy so they won’t have to express themselves, since their body language expressions are so incongruous.

It is not uncommon for them to speak about something in the positive and watch them shake their head “no” or speak about them in the negative and watch them shake their head “yes.”

Because of their puffed up ego you may notice a puffed out chest or breast to go along with this ego, as well as a swagger in his walk , indicating they are above it all.


When gesturing, it’ll be over the top with wide, seemingly out of control large hand and arm gestures when trying to make a point. Sometimes you wonder why he’s gesturing so inappropriately. You really see evidence of this in the jailhouse tapes when Casey is angry at her mother.
They use their over the top gestures try to get your attention so they can manipulate you. You see it with Madoff and and every otheSocio-Psychopath.


Because they lies so often and manipulate so well, you want to pay attention to their gaze. If they constantly look you in the eye without moving and stares at you, that is a huge warning signal they are lying to you or trying to manipulate you.


Unlike a lot of liars who break their gaze, the Socio-Psychopath will intensively stare into your eyes when he wants something from you or wants to manipulate you. There’s no doubt that Charles Manson did this as he convinced his followers to commit heinous acts. You can see his intense and compelling eye gaze as you watch interviews of him on youtube. When he wanted to make a point with Geraldo or another interviewer, he looked right into their eyes, otherwise he consistently looked away.


So when a Socio- Psychopath has nothing to gain from you, they’ll have a hard time looking at you because they can’t relate to you as a person. They can only relate to you as an object- what you can do for them.

There was nothing anyone could do for Ted Bundy during his last interview before he was executed. That is why he made very little if any, eye contact with his interviewer as you can observe on youtube. The same holds true for ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff. In a roundtable talk he gave, he made no eye contact with anyone. Why? Because he didn’t need them. They weren’t of value to him. He couldn’t manipulate them so he didn’t even bother to try.
What these Socio- Psychopaths do is use intermittent operant conditioning which tends to compel you to listen or at least to pay attention to him, by intensely gazing at you and then suddenly ignoring you eye contact wise, so you wait for his burst of attention. They can read your anticipation as well. That is how they manipulates you.


Facially, they lacks animation and appropriate emotional response. Oftentimes you may see a masklike facial expression which actually looks rather pleasant because they have trained themselves to keep a pleasant expression on their faces to avoid the unpleasantness that is lurking in their minds. Casey certainly had this pleasant facial mask on most of the time.Other times she looks as though she has a smug expression on her face, This was particularly evicent during her latest court appearance when she wasn’t faking her tears.


Because they are so devoid of emotion, it is impossible for them to show the wide range of emotion through their facial expression. That may be why serial killer John Wayne Gacey, who murdered so many young boys lured them into his path of destruction by painting his face as a happy circus clown.

This is evident in Bernard Madoff’s communication, up until the time he was sentenced to prison. In fact many reported that he had a “smirk” up until the end. That is exactly what I am talking about. It is a half smile where they try to display pleasantness but it doesn’t quite make it, so it comes out as a smirk. Ted Bundy had the same expression and the same thing was said about him up until his execution. Wife and fetus killer Scott Peterson had the same “smirk” during the trail which unnerved jurors. He still had the masklike smirk even when he was first being escorted into San Quentin by the guards.
His facial appearance appeared masklike and devoid of animation and emotion. This is a huge facial language signal that there is a problem. Unless someone’s face is boxtoxed, they must show some facial animation. But in the case of the Socio-Psychopath, they devoid of emotion, so that is why he has difficulty showing a range of emotion in his facial expression. That is why Casey’s crying doesn’t look real.


Sometimes they’ll try to feign emotion by crying in order to garner sympathy. But you will rarely see tears. Since they have no feelings, which includes their having no sadness, they will often mimic crying behavior by wiping under their eyes. The give away is there are no physical tears to wipe! This was definitely the case in Casey’s latest court appearance.

If you notice any of these signals do not ignore them! Doing sp could ruin your life or even cost you your life. If you instincts tell you that you are in the presence of a Sociopath or if you
ever have a strange feeling in the pit of your stomach, know that your instincts are right! Listen to them and RUN!!!! http://www.drlillianglass.com

Does Balloon Dad’ Body Language and Communication Show Signs of Sociopathic or Psychopathic Behavior?

Balloon Dad Psychopath
Before I begin discussing Balloon Dad, Richard Heene, I want to state loud and clear that I am
NOT diagnosing his Psychological condition, nor am I doing any type of Therapy with him.

The reason I bring this up, is because a few years ago, a blogger , who went by the moniker
“dissent” obviously saw me throughout the media and ridiculously accused me of diagnosing
Britney Spears when Britney was going through her problems. The blogger’s allegations were
absolutely silly because as anyone knows, you can’t accurately diagnose anyone, unless you run a comprehensive battery of tests on them and see them up close and personal. But you can speculate.

As a Media Psychologist, who has also been formally trained as a Journalist, it is my duty to
present ALL the possibilities that could account for someone’s behavior. It is the responsible
thing to do to speculate on all aspects of their behavior that is analyzed. It is what ALL of my
fellow Media Psychologist colleagues do, especially those of us who appear regularly on the Nancy Grace show, (all of whom I respect and admire). We ALL give our POSSIBLE takes on the matter at hand. That is what we are there to do- to educate and inform the public.

But blogger, “dissent” I discovered, seemed in my view, to have an “axe to grind.”
Apparently, she couldn’t stand “Media Psychologists” and let that be known in her blogs. I wanted to correspond with “dissent” to intelligently express my point of view to what I
thought in my opinion, were her malicious and nasty comments and unfounded claims, but I
couldn’t do so. I couldn’t communicate with her directly because she was “anonymous”.

So, I used my body language analysis skills and discovered her identity from reading all of her
blogs and analyzing what she wrote in her own word. I found out her name (initials L.E.P.)
address (New York, but not Manhattan), family situation ( a husband and a son and a daughter), her gripes (Media Psychologists) , and what she does for a living , just from reading her blogs.

As it turns out, “dissent” was another Psychologist – not a Media Psychologist, like myself, but rather a Tourette Syndrome Psychologist, who’s motivation was definitely, in my opinion, was
nothing other than “professional jealousy.” My opinion regarding her “professional jealousy”
towards me was confirmed after L.E.P. apparently saw me on the Nancy Grace Show and wrote a blog under her moniker of ”dissent” trashing Body Language and calling it pseudoscience. Actually, body language is both an art and a science.

It couldn’t be that much of a pseudoscience as she claimed, since it was the science of my body language analysis skills and the art of how I do my analyses, that lead to my identifying L.E.P. as the anonymous blogger “dissent.”

To me, L.E.P. ‘s behavior seemed similar to the recently publicized case where a jealous
wannabe trashed a gorgeous Vogue model in her blogs by calling her a “skank” and who’s
identity was subsequently outed by Google. But I didn’t need Google to discover the identity of
“dissent”. I only needed my body language analysis skills.

So, to L.E. P. or “dissent” and to others who may have similar “axes to grind”, or who are “haters,” troublemakers, or who claim to know me when they in fact do not, let me assure you that whether not you like me or Media Psychologists in general, I am doing my duty in a very responsible manner. I am doing as I have been trained to do and have done for the past two
decades, ever since beginning as a Psychology Reporter at KABC Television in Los Angeles.

Now, about Balloon Dad, Richard Heene. There has been a lot of talk in the media from
people who know him “up close and personal” like comedienne Sunda Coonquist and others
that Richard may be Bipolar. They speak of his rapid mood swings and violent temper which
many people with Bipolar Syndrome may possibly have. We have all seen his violent temper on Wife Swap and in a video where he violently yelled at Mayumi. So, it is easy for people to
assume that he may be Bipolar.

But I wonder if another reason he behaves as he does may be due to other conditions.
People who know Balloon Dad up close and personal have also claimed he is a “ narcissist,”
thinks he’s better and more intelligent than everyone, and has an over inflated opinion of
himself. We have all observed his irresponsible behavior and seen his lack of remorse on

Famed Canadian psychologist, Dr. Robert Hare, developed a checklist called The
Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) which is a diagnostic tool of 20 traits
assessed by a scoring system used to rate a person’s psychopathic or antisocial
behaviors. They include :

1.glib and superficial charm,
2. grandiose (exaggeratedly high estimation of self),
3. need for stimulation,
4. pathological lying,
5. cunning and manipulativeness,
6. lack of remorse or guilt,
7. shallow affect(superficial emotional responsiveness),
8.callousness and lack of empathy,
9.parasitic lifestyle,
10. poor behavioral controls
11.sexual promiscuity,
12. early behavior problems,
13. lack of realistic long-term goals
16.failure to accept responsibility for own actions,
17.many short-term marital relationships,
18.juvenile delinquency ,
19.revocation of conditional release, and
20.criminal versatility.

The degree of Psychopathy depends on how many of these traits one has. Dr. Hare’s Scale has been used by criminal law enforcement throughout the word. So I’m JUST
ASKING, what do you think? He certainly fits a lot of the criteria that Dr. Hare mentions,
on the list doesn’t he? It would be very interesting to see if they ran a battery of tests on Balloon Dad if and when he gets to jail that may give some insight as to what is his
Psychological state is and what his issues are. Even though there may be privacy issues and
we may very well find out about his psychological state because this evidence may be brought up in court during his trial, if indeed he has one.