What does it mean to be a sociopath?
Define A Sociopath
SOCIOPATH: A person who lacks a moral compass, or a social conscience.
Sociopaths go unnoticed in today's society unless they decide to do something drastic, such as killing a coworker or crashing their car on purpose. On a normal day they might speed slightly over the speed limit even though they know society would consider it wrong. They do not see things as right or wrong, things just are what they are. Sociopaths will do what they have the impulse to do, without fear of the law. "The threat of punishment at home or school only served as a challenge to figure out how to circumvent the consequences when I did what I wanted to do anyway, I didn't fear the punishment I just saw it as an inconvenience to work around"(Thomas 47). To be a sociopath is to be feared by society and to be powerful in business.
Sociopaths and the Law
From a law standpoint, sociopaths are treated as the enemy. If one is diagnosed with sociopathy by a psychiatrist they are more likely to be charged as guilty. "4 % of our nation's population is sociopathic ... 20 % of prison inmates in the United States are sociopaths" (Stout 82).
Law enforcement has a hard time when it comes to understanding how a sociopath's mind works. People fear what they don't know. Sociopaths are different from normal people, and people fear what is different. The law sees sociopaths as people who are evil and will do whatever they have to do to hurt people. Sociopaths see it as they will do whatever they can for personal gain.
Sociopaths and the Economy
“I always said that if I wasn't studying sociopaths in prison, I'd do it at the stock exchange” said Roger Hare, creator of the psychopath checklist. While sociopaths make up 1% of the population, they make up 10% of workers on Wall Street. Sociopaths force their way to the top of the food chain, aiming for the most control. In the process of becoming the boss, they end up making considerably more money than others in the same position. Their lack of morals leads them to make harsher choices to get to where they are. The economy does not treat sociopaths better, sociopaths make the economy treat them better.
To be a sociopath is to lack a moral compass. To be a sociopath is to be feared by law enforcement. To be a sociopath is to be forceful. To be a sociopath is to be valuable. To be a sociopath is to be powerful.
What does it mean to be a sociopath? It means to take chances and force your way to the top, even when everything is working against you.