posted on Jun, 7 2012 @ 10:54 AM
Originally posted by Domo1
reply to post by LifeInDeath
Google sociopath. Then Google psychopath. You're not 'at least' a psychopath, if not a sociopath. Proved my point. Thanks. Also, don't really
like Mittens, just supporting him because it's SO popular to bash him at the moment.
I've read extensively about both, don't need to google it. My fault is that I probably wasn't clear in my meaning. To me there's a matter of degree
between the two in that psychopaths are born, sociopaths are made, usually through trauma at an early age. They aren't identical but they are very
similar in many ways. To me it's always seemed that a psychopath is sort of like the purer form between two types of similar mentalities, that's what
I have my own pet theory based on observation and personal experience over the years, that a lot of this kind of behavior can be learned later in life
and that people can make conscious decisions to start acting in this way, to turn off their empathy. Maybe they're not true sociopaths, maybe they
are sort of pseudo-sociopaths (pseudo-psychopaths?).
I think there's something in modern business culture, and it may be taught at business schools, that gets people thinking in these ways. Obviously,
there's also something about the culture that just simply attracts a lot of these types of people, too so sussing out which is which on an individual
basis can be hard. From my own experience, I found myself getting very hard and callous in dealing with people, especially when working in film where
I was in a position of some small level of power accepting or rejecting works by writers and directors. My level of empathy really started to plummet
and at a certain point I didn't like what I was becoming. That world was very cruel sometimes and very Machiavellian and the more ice-cold people
could be, the better they seemed to fare. I eventually found my limits, though, and it was a big reason why I left the business.
6/7/2012 by LifeInDeath because: (no reason given)