Sociopaths are not human like the rest of us. How can we justify calling sociopaths part of human nature when they lack a conscience and are incapable of demonstrating and feeling real empathy or remorse?
Sociopaths are primitive, unevolved and act on primitive survival skills like wild animals. Sociopaths are the Homo sapiens equivalent of reptilian snakes with one goal, and that one goal is survival at all costs, any cost.
The sociopath’s first step toward survival is convincing us human beings, we evolved Homo sapiens, that the sociopath is also a human being.
The sociopath must SEEM like one of us.
To seem like one of us all the sociopath has to do is watch us. The sociopath’s survival skills are easily fine-tuned, because we evolved Homo sapiens give the sociopaths everything they need and often.
We are great models. We are so good at being human beings. We are breathtaking to the sociopath. Utterly breathtaking!
We shine and shimmer. No wonder sociopaths use superlatives to describe us. To sociopaths, we are unique and absolutely fascinating, because we are so unlike the sociopaths.
The single, most important characteristic of human beings that the sociopath must be able to mimic is also the most impossible for human beings to hide–our emotions!
Unfortunately, our emotions give us away every time.
(Shame on us for being human beings! Shame on us!)
We show an emotion, and the sociopath copies it. Bam! Just like that; no rehearsal needed. It’s so easy!
Who would ever suspect a sociopath’s emotions are actually deceptions in disguise? No one.
And boy does the sociopath show emotions! Especially in the beginning. The sociopath goes overboard with emotions. He exaggerates emotions, and if we were smart, we’d be able to interpret these over dramatizations of emotions as insulting and unworthy of our time.
(Actors over dramatize. And sociopaths are great actors, don’t forget.)
Sociopaths show emotion, after emotion during the initial phase of hooking us. In this phase, sociopaths mimic emotions in order to suggest that they have a conscience. They especially like mimicking the emotions that beg us to take notice and help them or save them, at the same time pretending to care about our feelings.
Martha Stout, author of The Sociopath Next Door, believes that the biggest give-away sociopaths offer us is their quest for pity. I agree with Stout’s observation and conclusion. I have come to believe that people who need our pity and support, never ask for it. Those who ask for it, don’t deserve it.
The sociopath is forever needy of our support and pity. That’s why he must perfect his ability to mock our emotions. And it is a mockery, don’t forget.
There is no substance to the sociopath’s display. How do we know? How can we know?
All we have to do is ask the sociopath in the middle of one of his crying fits why he is crying. He’ll say something like the following but it will come out like a question,
“Because I’m supposed to be crying when I talk about this?”
(Oh, no! That’s not why you’re crying, Buddy. And I’m not going to give you the right answer, either. TRY to figure out why human beings cry. Go ahead. Just try.)
Once we start seeing through their facade, their mask, we, the non-pathologicals, are crucified and unjustly perceived as the enemy in their eyes. The enemy because we are human and have hopes, dreams and empathy and can spot a fake from a mile away. Ten miles away!
We are the enemy, because we expose them for the empty creatures they are. We’ve lifted the mask, and they hate that. They really hate that.
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