Todd Bartlem on Carly Fiorina. Is she a sociopath?
Todd Bartlem, who went on to become Fiorina’s first husband, accuses her of creating a misleading mythology and ‘losing her humanity’ for a ‘pathological’ pursuit of power.
That is exactly the impression I had of her before I read that.
Todd also explains that the story of how she rose from secretary to CEO is total bull, that was just a part-time job she had between dropping out of law school and starting business school.
The article also explains that shortly after she joined AT&T after graduating from business school, she began having an affair with a senior AT&T executive who obviously helped to jump-start her career. Sleeping to the top.
‘She is pathologically narcissistic and all she cares about is her,’ he said. ‘Nothing holds together with her.
‘I got kind of suspicious of her towards the end of the marriage because she had no old friends. She had nobody that she knew in the past, and I thought, “God that’s kind of weird.”‘
Today Bartlem believes the reason lies in Carly’s ‘modus operandi’ of ‘dropping people’ as soon as they have fulfilled their useful purpose in her life. Certainly it’s what he believes happened to him.
‘I had no utility and that’s what the judgment was,’ he said. ‘If you aren’t useful to her, your time is over. She learned that in business school. I was heartbroken. It was brutal.’
Bartlem claims that when Carly walked out on him she did so without leaving so much as a forwarding address or phone number. A year after the divorce, he claims, she pulled up in the driveway of their former home and calmly said, ‘I will never see you again.’
Todd describes a sociopath, and it is believed that a disproportionate share of CEOs are sociopaths because sociopathy is very useful for getting ahead in corporate America.
Trump, who may be somewhat of a narcissist but who is not a sociopath (he didn’t need to be a sociopath to get ahead because he started out a winner on account of being born rich) would be a much better and safer leader for our country. I’d be a lot more afraid of Carly Fiorina’s finger being on the nuclear button.
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Todd is wrong about learning to be a sociopath in business school. I have an MBA from ASU, and it was just a bunch of academic classes, nothing very sinister at all.
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Best comment is from “Rifleman”:
Trump is in NO way a sociopath. He’s a modified narcissist who likes people and has a need for people to think well of him.
Sociopaths don’t care.
That’s why Trump some times lashes out, he acts like he’s being mugged and he fights back.
Trump seems like a well meaning guy who just can’t believe how bad things are and wonders why powerful people don’t give a damn or actually like the way things are going.