9. Sociopaths: Consequences

 

Here is what finally gives them away, but in the mean time allows their devious actions.  Just a s they cannot conceive remorse or guilt, neither can they comprehend consequences of their behavior.  Control and consequences are the two key points in what makes a Sociopath tick and a discerning leader will be on the lookout for these two points to justify their suspicions of a harmful predator in their midst.

The typical thought processes of a Sociopath is that everyone will see reality just like they do.  It’s the perfect narcissistic ruse of Sigmund Freud’s Pleasure Principle that our perspective is surely the reality of everyone else.  What I deem as the greatest fun and adventure is surely what everyone else feels as well.  The only difference for the sociopath is that they take this delusion into the darkest imagination of their mind.  They can cause great harm but people will see the “real” truth in all this and eventually will come to see them as the great yet misunderstood hero they really are.

They cannot imagine that others would hold onto any different reality.  The limited domain of their mind is all that registers, all that matters.  Their thinking cannot rise up to a greater level of thinking how others might understand a situation.  It’s as though they were completely blind to “other” scenarios apart from their own.

Sociopaths caught in the act are always deeply surprised and shocked when others see things differently from how they see it.  For them the rest of the world has gone stark-raving mad, which is ironically the exact point only reflected in the other direction.

A great example of this might be found in Adolf Hitler.  That great dictator who tried to destroy the world by his own power delusions is the perfect study of what happens when a sociopath completely gets their way.  He succeeded in every challenge through the desperation of his times of 1930’s Germany coming out of a dire depression.  Studying his steps to power is an eerie research.  Was it blind, stupid luck that could attain these positions?  Was there a demonic meddling driving the madness?

In the end, when Russian forces from the east and coalition forces from the west were about to annihilate the Nazi regime, what would you suppose his explanation of his demise and failure might be?  Did he for a moment acknowledge his stupid blunders and reckless meddling in his general’s efforts to wage war?  Nothing of the sort.  His final assessment was that the German people were not worthy of him (Ian Kershaw, “The End” (Penguin Press, 2011), p. 295).

As bizarre and even scary that sort of reasoning might be, it’s the classic insight into the deluded mind of a Sociopath.

 

Consequences are unpitying. 
Our deeds carry their terrible consequences, 
quite apart from any fluctuations that went before —
consequences that are hardly ever confined to ourselves.
                                            George Eliot
                                            (1819-1880)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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