When I had the idea to write an editorial about sociopathy, I had to research it because I was ignorant as to what it actually entailed. When, I did, I found out the definition was inconsistent. This really helps in diagnosis, huh? Actually, it does. It expands the number of people they could diagnose. Let’s have a look, shall we?
- Glibness and Superficial Charm
Like politicians and corporations?
- Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
Like politicians and corporations?
- Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”
Noticing a pattern here?
- Pathological Lying
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
Those politicians and corporations are really dangerous.
- Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
You guys really should help me take them out, by force if necessary.
- Shallow Emotions
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.
I got the sense they weren’t genuine, too, when I was on the phone with their call centres. Besides, who’s to say what an “insignificant matter” is? The majority? Why, I think not. Maybe normal people get upset at insignificant matters, which they do, so this symptom contradicts itself.
- Incapacity for Love
So, we can’t even hurt them?
- Need for Stimulation
Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.
Wait a minute. I thought it was the politicians and corporations that were the sociopaths. Suddenly, it’s me? Okay. Guess I’m a sociopath.
- Callousness/Lack of Empathy
Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.
Wow. This is confusing. I have contempt for others and their fake distress, but I wouldn’t take advantage of them unless the end result could justify it. For example: if I could manipulate several people into taking the government down, thus making everybody free. Of course, the corporations and governments don’t have contempt in general, but are still very willing to take advantage of people. Just this point is inconsistent.
- Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.
Back to corporations and politicians. Except that they make me feel rage, rather than expressing it on their own. This one said, “all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish,” and I thought it was talking about me, until it got into, “no sense of personal boundaries,” and “no concern for their impact on others.” And they were so close. Nope. Those last two would be you know who.
Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.
Wow. Big one. And the corporations and politicians are the ones guilty of this one, just like with most of the big ones. And they even sue the ones who point out that they’re at fault. Yeah. Expecting another lawsuit threat for this one.
- Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.
I may be wrong, but I think I read this in AT&T’s policy somewhere. Or was it Google’s?
- Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.
Yep. Definitely corporations on this one.
But, then, in 1994, the APA discarded the term, “sociopathy,” and replaced it with Antisocial Personality Disorder, and the DSM-IV lists the below as its symptoms:
1. Since the age of fifteen there has been a disregard for and violation of the right’s of others, those right’s considered normal by the local culture, as indicated by at least three of the following:
A. Repeated acts that could lead to arrest.
B. Conning for pleasure or profit, repeated lying, or the use of aliases.
C. Failure to plan ahead or being impulsive.
D. Repeated assaults on others.
E. Reckless when it comes to their or others safety.
F. Poor work behavior or failure to honor financial obligations.
G. Rationalizing the pain they inflict on others.
I can think of one textbook sociopath off the top of my head. The United States government. That organisation should be committed. But, wait, there’s more.
From Caroline Konrad’s 1999 book, MW:
Today’s traditional methods of psychotherapy (psychoanalysis, group and one-on-one therapy) and drug treatments have failed. Therapy is more likely to work when an individual admits there’s a problem and wants to change. The common problem with psychopaths, says Sets, “Is they don’t see a problem with their behavior.”
Psychopaths don’t seek therapy willingly, says Seto. Rather, they’re pushed into it by a desperate relative or by a court order. To a psychopath, a therapist is just one more person who must be conned, and the psychopath plays the part right until the therapist is convinced of his or her ‘rehabilitation.’
So, in other words, the whole psychiatric and psychological branches of the medical industry hinge on the ability to convince the victim that there is something wrong with him. But, since you can’t con a conman, the psychopath sees right through the medical industry scam and pulls the scam in reverse.
Another thing that they like to use to diagnose antisocial personality disorder (formerly sociopathy and psychopathy) is a disregard for the law. I maintain there has to be a law to disregard one, and since there is no law, then… Aww… Guess I’m a sociopath. I was once called a psychopath by a court of law, but the sole distinction between sociopath and psychopath is that a psychopath is born that way and a sociopath was made that way by society, according to the Robert Hare’s Without Conscience. I guess that makes me a sociopath. Well, sociopaths like me, unite, and take down the big sociopaths that are government and corporation.
On a final note, if sociopathy were suddenly removed from society, the system would collapse. It wouldn’t know what to do with itself.