posted on Jul, 4 2015 @ 02:44 PM
I'd rather not get tied up in semantics, but sociopaths can feel empathy, however they choose to focus elsewhere. It's been suggested psychopathy can
be an attentional deficit issue, where by individuals will simply be incapable of emotionally processing when they are stuck to a goal in mind. The
emotional information will not enter they psyche, they will be blinded by their desire to "win". Interestingly enough, this source also stated this
desire can be rather weak, while the counter to emotionally process is simply that much weaker to register.
As for can someone be taught? Look at the examples above. The sociopath knows, but just don't care. It's an adaptive strategy. The psychopath simply
has funky neurobiology, and perhaps can be treated, but why would either choose this? That may be the issue. If we look at trends in advancements of
brain-imaging, and collection of information surrounding this, and related fields of science, we can imagine a time where we could hone in on
deficiencies scanned in the wiring, and tailor specific training for said deficiencies/abnormalities. That being said, it would require the
individuals will to change, else be forced, but I'm not sure how well a treatment would work by force.
So in theory, it could work, in practice? Best to nip it in the bud. I'd rather weed out the genetic vulnerabilities that increase the chances of
developing such conditions. That is, of course, if we can't find extremes stemming from these same genes which may produce things like "genius"...
which may actually be the case.