Many who have been involved in close relationships with sociopaths would say that the the word 'sociopath' is essentially a medical term for an evil and depraved person.
If one says that sociopaths aren't worth helping, one rather misses the point, after all. The price the world pays for not being able to help these people is incalculable. Euthanasia isn't the answer. There are people (whose consciences I really must wonder about) who suggest that all the sociopaths that can be located and diagnosed by the authorities should be gathered up whether or not they've done anything wrong yet, and killed en masse (shades of World War Two, but with a different group of people). This is appalling, for reasons I hope I don't really need to explain!
But it also shows the hopelessness that sociopaths and their behavior make many people feel.
To counter that hopelessness, please know these two incontrovertible points: (1) no, the sociopath who hurt you isn't happy; (2) yes, the massive population of sociopaths the world over will be able to be treated before long, and possibly the first threads of that are already starting now.
True that most if not all sociopaths are firmly within the definition most everyone else has of "evil" -- but also true that it is a neurological problem to start with; over the years from infancy to adulthood, a person born this way learns nothing about connecting with people and everything about manipulating them.
Empty and unable to change that circumstance, sociopaths drift aimlessly around, occasionally colliding with other people and causing damage. They return again and again to new people, but cannot get anything satisfying from their parasitic contact (they'd make lousy vampires if such things existed!), and so, drift on...
But "society" -- specifically, some neuroscientists -- may soon be capable of changing that, of freeing sociopaths from that trap and sparing the people who would otherwise get hurt by them. First of all, the parts of the brain that are silent in sociopaths and not in normal people can be awakened, although the resulting maelstrom of response would have to be carefully managed in a controlled setting. Secondly, it's been proven now beyond the hint of a remaining doubt that the patterns learned in early life are not as "fixed" in the adult brain as was once thought: even people in their sixties and seventies can change the courses taken by information in the brain, as work with stroke survivors has proven.
What no sociopath can do on his or her own, not too far in the future, neuroscientists can do.
But this would entail a lengthy in-patient stay.
With no knowledge of how to cope with the emotions the rest of the world has been dealing with all their lives, the recovering sociopath would be rendered as vulnerable as a baby. Which makes sense, because some of the most basic aspects of the human mind would be developing from the primordial stasis in which they had remained since birth!
A person thus treated would never be fully normal, but the human brain is amazing in the way it adapts and continues to develop all through life.
And given the utterly joyless and meaningless existence a sociopath leads, any genuine improvement is better than none.
And once they are helped, those who are hurt and bewildered by their terrible and often baffling behavior will be a lot happier, too.
One very important point, therefore, is that, most certainly, no one helps sociopaths by repeatedly calling them 'evil'! That kind of response cannot possibly help anyone. A sociopath before treatment cannot trust anyone and must learn the fundaments of trust and interaction between people. No one who is persuaded to believe that he or she is just plain bad can sustain any hope for change. It becomes a vicious cycle: the sociopath, being told he or she is evil and cannot be helped, gives up, and in frustration and anger lashes out again at people, and in response to that, people say that their original point is proven.
The main reason sociopaths don't usually seek help is that they can't trust, rather than that they like being as they are. Plus, they can often sense exactly what sort of a response any call for help on their part is most likely to elicit from professionals and lay folk alike. Sociopaths are not breezing along in paradise. It isn't all a game. It's a truly miserable existence. And it can be made better. It may not be "curable" yet, but it most certainly isn't as hopeless as so many people say. There is therefore nothing to be gained and much to be lost when therapists and lay folk try to ostracize sociopaths from the human race entirely! Sensationalism and superstition will only prevent progress.
This was written on another question on the same essential topic as this one, by a self-confessed sociopath (other than me!) --
The essay that follows was written in another answer by another self-admitted sociopath, who actually might not be a sociopath. Still another person added the brief comment to that effect after her tragic essay.
Comment: The above testimony is clearly not indicative of a sociopath because they seem to make efforts to keep from harming others, even if it doesn't benefit themselves.
Comment: no that's just how easy it is for you to be fooled. there is good and there is bad and that is all.
they arent they just get it on before marriage.
Sociopaths do have feelings like normal people. However, they don't feel empathy or remorse and have a lack of inhibition.
really they arent they just want people to save them
Yes, sociopaths can live a long life just like people with other mental illnesses. They will live longer with the help of therapy and medications to relieve some of their symptoms and behaviors.
They don't, they just think they do.
everyones tastebuds arent the same.just like when some people love ice cream and other people just plain out hate it.some people eat slimy buggers.so i guess that ear wax is what some people like to eat!!!8p
there arent really any classes. people just no them selves
Many sociopaths are plain sadistic.The broader notion that most sadists and masochists 'switch' betweem the one and the other is problematical.Added (DF-04/09) - (speculative)From a physical perspective (as against emotional sadism and masochism) Many sociopaths are sadistic. Many sociopaths are also masochistic. This is not necessarily a case of switching between the two, but just another aspect and stems from a different perspective. Whereas sadism may stem from amusement at hurting others and a sense of power and control, many sociopaths describe a feeling of emptiness or even something described as "sociopathic pain". Sociopaths may then enage in masochism as "pain to kill pain." Of course, not all sadomasochists are sociopaths!
yes, he is somewhat crazy. haha! =) But arent we all at least a lil crazy? cuz if not then we would just be plain boring...
just say you are most people arent lying about it
there arent any hacks for 9D people just try and fool you
Scottish people speak English so a Scottish person would say: just plain folks.