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A How-To Instruction Manual For the ‘Ambitious’ For-Profit College

Here is a Profile of the Sociopath  that can be found in its entirety at the link. A more in depth discussion and list of symptoms can be found at Sociopath World I highly recommend checking it out (alongside for-profit college recruiting and promotional materials).

Profile of the Sociopath

  • Glibness and Superficial Charm
  • Manipulative and Conning
    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
  • Grandiose Sense of Self
    Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”
  • Pathological Lying
    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
  • Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
    A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
  • Shallow Emotions
    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.
  • Callousness/Lack of Empathy
    Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.
  • Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
    Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.
  • Irresponsibility/Unreliability
    Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.
  • Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
    Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.
  • Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
    Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution.

Other Related Qualities:

  1. Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them
  2. Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
  3. Authoritarian
  4. Secretive
  5. Paranoid
  6. Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired
  7. Conventional appearance
  8. Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)
  9. Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim’s life
  10. Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim’s affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)
  11. Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim
  12. Incapable of real human attachment to another
  13. Unable to feel remorse or guilt
  14. Extreme narcissism and grandiose
  15. May state readily that their goal is to rule the world

(The above traits are based on the psychopathy checklists of H. Cleckley and R. Hare.)

This little gem of an article is courtesy of and can be found @ ForProfitEDU. Please keep in mind the profile above as you read through the article below.

Understanding why for-profits are growing @ ForProfitEDU

All student interests and motivations are not at all the same, you need to understand their motivations to understand the market.  Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt: A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way. Shallow Emotions: When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

You need to not think about yourself here as you are NOT the typical student growing to these schools. Grandiose Sense of Self Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”
Hmm could this be code for ‘minority’ seeing as the argument has been that the For-Profit College regulations penalize minorities.

We are talking demographics, ethnicity’s, socioeconomic differences and growing population trends.  For many of us the decision to go to college was a big one. College is a BIG DECISION for most people, especially now that college tuition costs the same as a Bentley!  Thanks Wall Street!

We spent a lot of time and effort thinking about where to go, the advantages of each school and what would be the best opportunity for us.  We went and visited many of the schools, we looked at the academia, the campus life and the fit for us at those schools. The question was not should we go to college, but rather which college should we go to… this was a massive decision and we treated it as such. Grandiose Sense of Self: Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”

Well, that’s not the case for the vast majority of the students who enroll in the for-profit schools. Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others

They for the most part are simply viewing the decision as I need to get a degree, and I don’t have the luxury of stopping everything else in my life for 4 years in order to get it.  Thanks to you and your Wall Street cronies the majority of people, including those you reference above, no longer have that option psycho!

I need to get a degree to get a job and start my career.  I can’t make any money without a degree, so how do I get my degree.  I also want it local and flexible (or online) so my life doesn’t have to stop while I am doing it. Callousness/Lack of Empathy Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them. Here comes the BAIT and SWITCH that we’re all so PISSED OFF ABOUT!

They search online or maybe see a TV commercial, they call or fill out a lead form (requesting information) and then they get “the call”.  The call is when a trained admissions rep (in other industries they are called sales reps.) calls them ASAP.  The faster they get them on the phone, the better their odds of bringing in the student.  Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle: Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively. 

They establish a rapport, they build the case for why the prospective student MUST move forward to change their life for the better and they go for the enrollment.  Shallow Emotions: When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

Most prospects don’t shop around, and once they have established a relationship with a school they move forward with that school, rarely will they return calls from the other schools they may have requested info from. Manipulative and Conning: They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims. It’s called trust you Sociopath….they trust you and y0ur admissions counselors! They trust that you have their best interests in mind that you understand they want to better themselves and their lives. So what do you do? You take that trust and use it in the most SATANIC, DESPICABLE AND DASTARDLY MANNER FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL MONETARY GAIN

They rarely step back and say…okay I need to stop here for a moment and look at what else is out there. Irresponsibility/Unreliability: Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

They instead plow ahead and move through the process including financial aid and ultimately start school.  It’s a means to an end decision, and often a degree is a degree is a degree type of thinking.  Therefore, as the population continues to shift to an increasing percentage of the population of the non-traditional means to an ends thinking student from the traditional college selection is a huge decision for me student for-profits will continue to grow. Their models are aggressive, fine tuned marketing & enrolment machines, yet they provide the solution to what a growing population is looking for. Pathological Lying: Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility: Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution.  

A college degree and/ or career training in an environment filled with like minded students whose goal is to get a degree as soon as they can so they can join the workforce.  Callousness/Lack of Empathy: Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

Without the pomp and circumstance of traditional academia, without the huge sprawling campus, the sports teams, the fraternities, and the need to stop everything else in their life (for years) in order to obtain their education/degree. Shallow Emotions: When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

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