So, you are saying that leaders are selected by common people with prevalent cognitive distortions? That would explain so much.<quoted text>
I believe you are catching on. It's not necessarily the source, but the content that is implied here. Cognitive distortions are common among common people. Leaders are selected by followers and not the other way around.
Interesting you use the term "cognitive distortion". When I started getting stalked, the person (who I believe was) behind it could seem to create some sort of distortion in the minds of people who trusted him.
Over time, he would exude more and more control over others until they didnt seem to think independentaly from him. Funny thing...he "seemed honest".