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originally posted by: ToneDeaf
There is no 'why' "they cut themselves off from feeling sympathy", they
have none to begin with and never will,
A psychopath is always a psychopath; genetic traits or chemical makeup causes the person to lack the ethics and empathy most of us have. Signs that something is not quite right with the person are generally visible from a very young age. A sociopath, however, often becomes one as a product of his or her upbringing. Environmental factors such as abuse or a cold, difficult childhood can cause a person to emotionally shut down and gradually devolve into sociopathy.
The cause of psychopathy is different than the cause of sociopathy . It is believed that psychopathy is the result of “nature” (genetics) while sociopathy is the result of “nurture” (environment). Psychopathy is related to a physiological defect that results in the underdevelopment of the part of the brain responsible for impulse control and emotions. Sociopathy, on the other hand, is more likely the product of childhood trauma and physical/emotional abuse. Because sociopathy appears to be learned rather than innate, sociopaths are capable of empathy in certain limited circumstances but not in others, and with a few individuals but not others.
Not submitting to them is one issue, not fanning their ego is another,
anything else unfortunately end up enabling.
Sympathy is their bait, that is how serial killers get their victims.
Totally makes sense, I hear you.
originally posted by: Bluesma
Cutting yourself off from your empathic abilities is not the answer. Being a master of your emotions is.
originally posted by: loveguy
Is there such a thing as an honest sociopath?
originally posted by: Stuprimori
So before you start lumping different disorders together like psychopaths, narcissist, ect. with sociopaths, please do your research and learn that they are all very very different.
The sociopath has no sympathy for anyone, that is their punishment. Further hatred of them does not even come near to the punishment they give themselves.
Knowing that you can have sympathy for even the worst elements of humanity means that you will never have hatred for anyone.
It takes personal spiritual dedication to overcome these flaws, and most people do not want to do that, so they are on their own.
Pills and medication or talking about someone's childhood is not going to fix anything.