Sociopathy and Power

I found this article today, titled If you don’t understand how people fall into poverty, you’re probably a sociopath. It’s very well written, and gets to the heart of Sociopathy.

I’ve run into a lot of sociopaths in my career in Special Ed. Since I am also in the mental health system, it sometimes feels like I’m surrounded by them. One of the keys aspects of sociopathy is the lack of empathy. Since they’re not bound by morals or believe that anyone matters beyond themselves, they have no problem stomping on people in order to reach the top.

That, of course, leads to “success.”

Politicians, captains of industry, rich people that use the law for their benefit, no matter who they hurt. They win because they don’t care. The worst part is that they never believe that there’s anything wrong with it. I doubt many sociopaths believe that they’re sociopaths.

Think about this: the people with the most power over your lives are the people that care the least about them.

They call it “filthy rich” for a reason.

Here’s an article called The Money-Empathy Gap about an experiment that shows it better than a simple platitude: The Monopoly Experiment.

Money is the root of all assholes…so is the colon, but that’s a different story.

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2 thoughts on “Sociopathy and Power

  1. Agreed. You should be aware, however, thats there is a lot more going on inside those evil brains besides a lack of empathy. The concept itself is not even real, with socio/psychopathy encompassing such a wide variety of affects thats its really tough to apply the label in many cases and we ALL get labeled as monsters.

    While its true that it was likely a card carrying psycho who lit your house afire with you inside, its just as likely a completely different psycho showed up in a fire truck and carried your butt to safety.

    It takes all kinds doc.

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