Look into the eyes

Watch out for charismatics.  First thing is which institution are they in – this one is bad:


Stanford psychology and law professor David Rosenhan could transfix an audience in a crowded lecture hall with just a few words.

“What is abnormality?” he would ask undergraduate students, his deep and resonant golden voice building and booming. “What are we here for? Some things will be black … Others will be white. But be prepared for shades of gray.”

Rosenhan would know. His own life, as I would later find out, was filled with shades of gray.

He wasn’t particularly attractive — the word often used to describe him was “balding” — but there was something magnetic, even seductive, about him, especially in front of a crowd.

His students called it a gift, describing his ability to “rivet a group of two to three hundred students with dynamic lectures that are full of feeling and poetry.” One student recalled how Rosenhan opened one of his lectures while sitting on a student’s lap — as a way to test the class’ reaction to abnormal behavior.

The eyes are a good sign, before the rest of the behaviour. He immediately looked egotistical and narcissistic – to use Ann Barnhardt’s terms somatic and cerebral, he was a cerebral case.

Look for lack of any kindness as well.

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