Yesterday North Korea exploded, what many believe, was their first hydrogen bomb (aka Thermonuclear weapon). Only five other countries possess hydrogen weapons - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Hydrogen bombs are based on fusion (chain-reactions of hydrogen atoms joining together to form helium atoms, under very high temperatures and pressures - the process whereby our Sun [and all stars] produce energy). Fusion weapons are profoundly more powerful compared with fission weapons (the splitting of larger atoms [e.g., Uranium-235 and Plutonium-239] to release energy). Nuclear weapons based on fusion technology are also smaller and lighter - thus allowing for increased range of the ICBM and/or greater destructive power.
Virtually all other countries, including the Chinese and Russians, believe Kim Jong-un's rapid, offensive build-up of nuclear weapons is deliberately unjustified and destabilizing. And yet, North Korea is now a nuclear power. Thus it's profoundly important for any other head-of-state to be able to accurately predict his behavior.
Kim Jong-un has a deep desire to be seen by other World leaders - and the other 7.5 billion of us - constantly surrounded by subordinates. He very much wants to viewed as intelligent, wise, and powerful - with his underlings constantly writing his words, recording his wisdom, and taking his orders. From a nonverbal perspective, these other men can be thought of as extensions of himself. They are momentarily his surrogate arms, hands, face, and body. But rather than a gorilla beating its chest, a peacock spreading its feathers, or a rattlesnake shaking its tail - they are substitutes. They are temporary analogs. This repetitive and very public behavior is particularly highly correlated with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
It's important to make the distinction, however, that these men are but evanescent plumage. As Kim Jong-un has frequently demonstrated - to him, the North Korean people are very much disposable - objects to be used, killed, and replaced. This behavior and world-view correlates with strongly with both Psychopathy and Machiavellianism.
Summary: Narcissists, particularly malignant narcissists, very often manipulate other people (indirectly or directly) using them as temporary, surrogate nonverbal expressions - in effect, extensions of their own bodies' - illustrating their own emotions'.
While we, of course, cannot conduct a formal psychological evaluation on Kim Jong-un - what we can view of his long-term behavior strongly correlates with Narcissism, Psychopathy, and Machiavellianism - the Dark Triad.
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