It has long been said that most sociopaths never serve a day in jail. Instead, they drift into fields like law, politics, business, law enforcement and the military where their talents can be put to good use. They often rise high in these fields, though most people don’t like them very much. They are ruthless, cold, calculating, manipulative, egocentric, charming, focused, unempathetic, remorseless and fearless.
New research including brain scans show that the difference between controlled and uncontrolled sociopaths is dimensional rather than discreet. That is, they are all part of a continuum. The difference between the criminals and the controlled types is that the criminals are more aggressive and uninhibited.
Why do some sociopaths choose the controlled route – to become what I call “legal criminals”? Because they don’t want to go to jail! No one has to do anything. People pick and choose what they do. Plenty of sociopaths simply choose not to be criminals due to fear of getting caught, not because they care about their victims. Others choose to be criminals because they are less inhibited and don’t care or think about getting caught or not.
I doubt if even controlled sociopaths are very nice people. Though I can’t be sure they were sociopaths, I have dealt with plenty enough of these types in my life. In general, they caused some sort of damage or harm to me. I don’t cotton to assholes.
To me, the difference between controlled and uncontrolled sociopaths is not very great. Some are legal criminals and some are illegal criminals. Big difference!
It’s said that the illegal criminals do more damage, but sometimes I wonder! How do you classify how much damage someone does. The ruthless executive lays off 50,000 workers. How many get heart attacks and strokes, take up drinking or drugging, gamble away their money, commit domestic violence or crimes, commit suicide or kill their SO’s? We say this fellow is better than an actual murderer or attacker but there’s a body count and long term damaged people either way, eh?