Edit: UNDO - I disagree, especially with the 1st paragraph in your 1:18pm Post ... it doesn't make sense.
Firstly, the definition of a sociopath does NOT change. It never changes. Their tactics and their MO, method of operation, may vary and change from
time to time, but the definition does not change. Much like a woman ... she is either pregnant OR she is not pregnant ... one or the other, no
in-between. A person is either a sociopath or they are not. They are either a narcissist or they are not ... no in-between.
Here is what defines a sociopath/narcissist. This has always been and will always be a way to determine if one is pathological, detached and devoid
--- a sociopath is someone without a conscience or empathy. They lack a conscience and they lack the ability to feel empathy. A narcissist does have a
conscience, but does not have empathy. So, the commonality between the two is this -- neither feel empathy/compassion and both are very dangerous
They never care about others. Sometimes, they may pretend to care and therefore are quite adept at fooling others. Both may pretend to have empathy
and compassion. But, in reality it's not genuine. Their brains are hard-wired very differently from normal people. They are soulless, devoid of
emotions. They care only about themselves. They get their energy by playing mind games, abusing and belittling others and/or by re-victimizing them --
there is nothing normal about this type of thinking. The only way they can feel good about themselves is to screw others out of whatever it is they
have and to put others down ... no other way.
If they seem to care about others, there is a hidden agenda. If they extend a common courtesy, there are plenty of (irrational and illogical)
conditions, as well as (unnecessary) strings attached, and they must benefit significantly more than those they are "helping". They do not give a
rat's arse about "for the benefit of all". They play to win at the expense of others, even if they happen to wear a smile and may otherwise appear
normal. They fail to see the struggles of others, nor do they care in the least. If they are clearly in a position to help someone, they will not do
so unless the pay-off is great. Doing anything out of the goodness of the heart that they don't have, is not going to happen. It's always all about
Secondly, there is no correlation whatsoever with wealth and socio-pathology/narcissism. There is also no correlation with success and
socio-pathology/narcissism. A certain percentage of poor and middle-class people are pathological, as are some rich people. While some wealthy people
and some poor people have plenty of empathy, some do not. So, just as one cannot determine these disorders by appearances, one cannot determine if an
individual lacks empathy by their income, bank account and their assets. Two false statements: "Most rich and successful people are greedy
sociopaths'. 'Most poor people are empaths'.
Third, we cannot possibly determine if one is a sociopath/narcissist by their job title or by their educational level or IQ. Again, there is no
Those best suited for leadership positions are people with: empathy, a conscience, the passion/drive to provide sound leadership combined with an
above-average to high IQ ... NOT one or the other -- ALL of these qualities and components are absolutely necessary. Sadly, few "leaders" have ALL of
the above ... which is exactly why the country, as a whole, is tanking and it is also why some 'haves' and 'have-nots' are in conflict ... exactly
what they want. They divide people because they operate on the principle that strength and power are in numbers.
These horrid people tend to stick together and they hire each other, which I believe is the main reason this country is spiraling downward, as I
mentioned in my previous post. People hire people most like themselves.
BTW, when you are reading through the posts on ATS, it's not usually hard to determine if an anonymous poster is devoid of emotion -- a sociopath or
narcissist. They hate for their disorder to be exposed and they tend to protect their pathology. They despise awareness. They also want the haves and
the have-nots to be divided. That IS exactly what they want.
edit on 20-11-2011 by Jana12 because: Edit: to add on first line