Scott McClellan vs Political Correctness

As The release of Scott McClellan tell all book “What happened” hit the book stores in the USA, the symptoms that prove that Political correctness is in fact a Psychiatric Disorder will become very apparent. It appears the army of people who stand up to political correctness may have found a new champion.

Starting off with a story headline quote from the Los Angeles Times ‘Political world abuzz over Scott McClellan’s tell-all book Copies of former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s memoir “What Happened” is seen on display today at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. McClellan called the war in Iraq unnecessary and wrote that President George W. Bush has misled the nation into the invasion in Iraq. The former press secretary is derided for his disloyalty and lauded for his frankness in the memoir. Bush is said to be ‘puzzled’ by his longtime aide’s account.’, it is clear to see the attacks on this man who was once the face and voice of the White house are driven by political correctness.

To tell a story about a president is one thing, but to tell a story about a sitting president is the sign of a true leader against the powers of political correctness. So now we shall see over the next several days and weeks how well the first amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech holds up when attacked by the obsessive movement of political correctness.

I have taken the time to borrow from the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania the descriptions of personality disorders for two reasons. One is the descriptions are very easy to understand, and second the close proximity to Washington DC. You can see the original content at

Personality Disorders

Personality traits are the way in which individuals consistently perceive, relate to and think about themselves and the world around them. Their personality is the way they exhibit these traits in their interactions with other people. People with healthy personalities are able to cope with the normal stresses of daily living and have no trouble forming appropriate relationships with family, friends and co-workers.

A personality disorder is said to exist when the way in which an individual consistently perceives, relates to and thinks about him- or herself and the world around him or her is so rigid and out of sync with others that it causes difficulty in forming and sustaining relationships and coping with the normal stresses of daily living. As a result, the individual feels very unhappy and distressed.

The many different types of personality disorders are generally grouped into three clusters, each with their own set of behaviors and symptoms. The three clusters are:

* Cluster A: Odd or eccentric behavior
* Cluster B: Dramatic, emotional or erratic behavior
* Cluster C: Anxious, fearful behavior

The following brief descriptions of nine different personality disorders are intended only to give a general idea of their different traits.

Cluster A:

Paranoid Personality Disorder

People with Paranoid Personality Disorder interpret the actions of others as deliberately threatening or demeaning and believe others will harm, exploit or deceive them, even if no objective evidence exists to support that belief.

They also suspect they may be attacked suddenly by others at any time and without reason. People with this disorder may be jealous, guarded or secretive and may appear to be withdrawn or excessively serious.

Schizoid Personality

People with Schizoid Personality Disorder are withdrawn and detached from others and appear to be emotionally cold and distant. They often appear to be loners who fear closeness and intimacy and choose solitary activities or hobbies that do not require interaction with others.

Schizotypal Personality Disorder

People with Schizotypal Personality Disorder are uncomfortable around others and have difficulty forming relationships. Their behavior, including the way they talk, dress or think about the world around them, is often odd or eccentric. They also may react inappropriately or not at all during conversations, or display signs of “magical thinking,” such as saying they can see into the future or read other people’s minds.

Cluster B:

Antisocial Personality Disorder

People with Antisocial Personality Disorder consistently disregard, or even violate, the rights of others. They tend to act out their conflicts and ignore normal rules of behavior and are deceitful and manipulative.

Frequently, they are also impulsive, irresponsible and callous, lie repeatedly and use an alias or con others. This disorder has also been called psychopathy, sociopathy or dissocial personality disorder.

Borderline Personality Disorder

People with Borderline Personality Disorder have unstable and intense personal relationships, problems with self-image and are markedly impulsive and moody. They make frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment and as a result may become excessively dependent on others. They have great difficulty with their own sense of identity and may view the world in extremes; others are either “all good” or “all bad.”

As a result of these characteristics, people with this disorder often have difficulty in interpersonal relationships. They are also prone to self-mutilation or suicide attempts.

Histrionic Personality Disorder

People with Histrionic Personality Disorder are very emotional, feel uncomfortable or unappreciated when they are not the center of attention and may do something dramatic to draw attention to themselves. They use physical appearance to draw attention to themselves and often dress inappropriately, provocatively or seductively. They often are dramatic and theatrical, display rapidly shifting and shallow emotions and are easily influenced by others or the circumstances of the moment. Often, too, people with this disorder consider relationships to be more intimate than they really are.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

People with Narcissistic Personality Disorder have an exaggerated sense of their own importance. They constantly seek admiration from others but have little empathy and tend to exploit their personal relationships. They also believe they are superior to others and are preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love.

Cluster C:

Avoidant Personality Disorder

People with Avoidant Personality Disorder feel inadequate, are hypersensitive to rejection or negative evaluations and, as a result, are inhibited in social situations. They avoid intimate relationships, as well as social or occupational activities that require them to work with others, because they fear criticism, disapproval or rejection. They are unusually unwilling to take personal risks or try something new because they may be embarrassed and view themselves as socially inept, personally unappealing or inferior to others.

Dependent Personality Disorder

People with Dependent Personality Disorder believe they cannot function without the help of others and are submissive and clinging in an attempt to get others to take care of and make decisions for them. They have difficulty making everyday decisions, such as what color shirt to wear to work, without the help of others. They lack the self-confidence to initiate projects or individual activities and feel so uncomfortable and helpless when left alone that they will urgently seek another relationship when one ends. They worry incessantly about being left to care for themselves and will go to the extreme of volunteering to do something unpleasant in order to obtain nurture and support from others.

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

People with an Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder are so preoccupied with orderliness, perfection and control that they are unable to be flexible or open. As a result, while they may be reliable, dependable, orderly and methodical, they may also be unable to cope with changed circumstances.

They are so preoccupied with details, rules, lists and order that the point of an activity is often lost and goes unfinished. They will sacrifice leisure time, vacations and friendships to work, and are inflexible about moral and ethical issues. They are reluctant to delegate tasks to others and view money as something to be hoarded for future catastrophes.

As you can see obsessive political correctness can easily fit in one or more of the above descriptions. As political correctness has just recently reached the status of psychiatric disorder, no description yet exists.

So as the attack unfolds on Scott McClellan over the next several days, the political correct movement will do its best to make Scott McClellan look like someone who is mentally ill who slipped through the cracks. There will be regular updates on this story pointing out the symptoms that identify political correctness as a psychiatric disorder.

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