January 27, 2014 by Liberty
The cruelest men and women among us are not the ones medically defined as sociopaths. Despite the image that movies tend to portray, the people doing the damage are usually just normal people like you or I. The ones committing these acts know this “One Easy Step” to bypassing their human emotions to become even more dangerous than a run-of-the-mill sociopath. Yes, this one method can make the most generous and caring person even more dangerous than your average sociopath.
The Disadvantage of Sociopathy
When sociopaths are portrayed in movies, there usually portrayed as nearly invincible. When they finally are beaten, it often comes down to some heroic teamwork taking them down. This is typically miles from the truth. Diagnosable sociopathy is virtually suicidal.
Normal sociopaths are sitting in cells or dead. The world looks down at murder, theft, and other violent acts. When a sociopath is not intelligent enough to figure this out, the end up driving themselves down a dangerous road that sets themselves up for disaster. Not being smart enough is not a death sentence for most people. For a sociopath, it very well could be.
Smart sociopaths are the ones that most people worry about. These are the CEO’s and politicians manipulating the system for their own benefit. They understand how important it is to not arouse suspicion. They even fake empathy to look more normal.
That is the problem though. No matter how hard a sociopath tries, they remain disabled. They are unable to understand a fundamental human emotion. This is an emotion that allowed people to work together well through history. Sociopaths don’t have the skill of empathy. They will always need to fake it.
This is a skill that you and I take for granted. The average person can empathize without even thinking about it. The sociopath needs to constantly be watching themselves because the moment they let their guard down, they might get caught. One poor choice of words or actions can ruin their facade of empathy. They will always be stuck faking it.
More Dangerous Than Sociopathy
The average human being is significantly more dangerous than the average sociopath. A sociopath lacks the emotions to live their life well. The average person has those emotions. These emotions can be a hindrance. There are times when emotions can seem to get in the way of personal gain but have you ever not listened to your emotions?
Everyone has ignored their emotions at one time or another. Perhaps you were terrified of riding your bike but you rode it anyway? Maybe you were angry at your boss but you stayed in control? Maybe you felt guilty but took something you shouldn’t have anyway? Emotions are not controlling the person. The person is controlling the emotions.
Emotions are a tool that can be used. They are not a restriction on ones ability to decide otherwise. Sociopaths are given one option. The average person is given two.
How to become a sociopath is as simple as continuing to do what you already do. You complete this one easy step every single day. All it comes down to is your decision to do it.
What’s more dangerous than sociopathy?
Rationalization is the process of telling yourself a story. Sometimes the story is true. Sometimes the story is false. We all do it. When you have a relative that died you might say, “They were suffering…” or “They’re going to a better place.” You can say these things despite having no actual reason to believe them. Despite that, they can comfort you into feeling better.
If you want to know how to be a sociopath (without the disadvantages) then just learn to rationalize effectively.
If you want to steal from someone, instead of saying that you’re going to steal it from them, say that the person stole it from others. Or say, they were being stupid with their money, they deserve to lose it. Or say, it’s not theft if everyone does it. These are all just stories. You can pick whichever one suits your tastes.
Every time you start to feel a tinge of guilt about something that benefits you, all you need to do is repeat the story. Yes, the story is probably false but as long as you can’t say it’s not true, it might be true. If you have trouble believing that then rationalize it into a believable story too. This eases emotions into a backdrop.
This is how good men do horrible things.
You can lead a man into a gas chamber and still sleep at night by telling yourself you did it for your country, or your kids, or some other good cause. Then, years later, when that person is told about the horrors they’ve done they’ll come up with a new rationalization. They might say they would have gone to prison if they didn’t obey or they might say they didn’t know. This is the backbone of evil.
A sociopath means almost nothing without hordes of men and women willing to rationalize themselves into their own personal gain.
You now have the one easy step to become a sociopath (or worse.) Sociopaths are only a tiny percentage of the truly disgusting people in this world. They are a speck on the radar. They are not the ones to worry about. Most psychological assessments have agreed that Hitler was not a sociopath. Similar assessments have been done on most of the men we view as the cruelest in history. Suspected sociopaths are few and far between.
How to become more dangerous than a sociopath is as simple as telling a story.
Keep in mind, making the decision to rationalize has its own risks. Right now, the world is pretty well over-run with rationalization but there will always be a minority of people that see your disgusting nature despite your rationalization. You might tell them, “They stole the money from me first.” They will recognize the rationalization and see you for the sociopath you are (or might as well be.)
Recognizing this cruelty is as simple as understanding how it works.
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