For most people, being hypocritical is uncomfortable- at least if they become aware of that hypocrisy. Hypocrisy means guilt, denial, etc.
A minority of sociopaths and sociopathy adjacent types seem unaffected by hypocrisy- able to wear the mask quite comfortably. A lot of politicians and clergy, for example.
But every so often one hears about particularly spectacular cases of hypocrisy among elites, cases where a person’s private actions seem to mock the very norms they support in public life- as if the hypocrisy were not incidental, but the point of their actions. When I hear about these cases I wonder if they do not form a type, the joyous hypocrite- which goes beyond mere calculating indifference to hypocrisy. These people seem to positively enjoy the sense of power they gain from violating the norms they preach.
Such a character might enjoy hypocrisy for:
- The sense of cleverness it gives them in tricking others about their principles and moral identity.
- The sense of power it gives them, in being able to bypass barriers which they have reinforced.
- The sense of exclusivity they gain, in taking a pleasure they’ve helped render illicit for others.
- the sense of freedom they gain from not being encumbered by the disguises they wear.