There’s a psychological phenomenon called Folie a Deux, where two people share the same delusional system.
Or, in the case of the nation of Libya, several million. fortunately, there appears to be evidence of some people having spontaneous improvement; throwing off the dlusional system by themselves:
“I just can’t take it any more,” Khadafy’s interpreter shouted into the live microphone – in Arabic.
“His interpreter just collapsed – this is the first time I have seen this in 25 years,” another U.N. Arabic interpreter told The Post.
Breaking with protocol, Khadafy brought his own interpreters from Tripoli for Wednesday’s speech rather than use one of the 25 Arabic translators supplied by the United Nations, staff interpreters said.
“This is the best team in the world – most heads of state prefer to use U.N. interpreters because then – no matter what happens – they can blame the interpreter,” one staffer said.
Khadafy told the U.N. that he was supplying his own French and English interpreters because he would be speaking a special dialect only they would understand, but staff interpreters said he actually spoke standard Arabic.
It’s not just the zany conspiracy theories about the Kennedy assassination and swine flu that are a challenge, but the loony Libyan’s strange mannerisms.
“He’s not exactly the most lucid speaker,” another Arabic interpreter said. “It’s not just that what he’s saying is illogical, but the way he’s saying it is bizarre. However, I think I could have made him sound a lot better.”
Khadafy has a habit of repeating the same phrase over and over again, “which is good because if you don’t understand what he says the first time you can get it right the second or third time,” the interpreter said.
The Colonel extemporaneous ramblings are a particular challenge, another interpreter said. “Sometimes he mumbles, sometimes he talks to himself,” he said.’
Ajalyaqeen, who had to rescue the bealegured interpreter, was given the day off yesterday.
“Ten minutes with Khadafy earns you a lot of annual leave,” one interpreter said.
Hmmm . . . what was that definition of Schizophrenia again:
Schizophrenia (in Greek, “split mind”) is a severe mental illness characterized by a variety of symptoms including but not limited to:loss of contact with reality
* bizarre behavior
* disorganized thinking
* disorganized speech
* decreased emotional expressiveness
* diminished or loss of contact with reality
* diminished to total social withdrawal.
Schizophrenia afflicts approximately one percent of the world’s population, making it the most common psychosis. Fundamental symptoms include thought disturbance, withdrawal, and difficulties managing affect (Facial expressions). Secondary symptoms include perception disorders such as hallucinations and grandiosity.
People suffering from Schizophrenia believe that other people have a capacity to read their mind, control their thought patterns or are scheming to harm them. In other cases, they may smell odors or hear voices that other people don’t smell or hear. These experiences leaves a person withdrawn, frightened of extremely agitated.
You know, I didn’t mean to make this a Hugo Chavez post. That’s what I get for posting with a glass of wine besides me. But it would certainly explain the behavior of both leaders, wouldn’t it?
Actually, it would explain the behavior of parts of the U.N. Security Council and most of the U.N. General Assembly as well, come to think of it.