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This ones on my Christmas reading list..
In her book The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless vs. the Rest of Us, American clinical psychologist Dr Martha Stout explains why she thinks this is:
Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless. You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience that they seldom even guess at your condition.
The individuals that society puts in the front line to try and spot the threat from sociopaths could hardly be more different. Social workers, doctors and teachers are, usually, natural carers - people who empathise easily with others. They are wired to see the best in people, to develop trust.
And most of the time, that is exactly what we want such professionals to do - to support and to help people through their difficulties. But we also demand that they retain a deep cynicism about the individuals they work with - constantly questioning and imagining the very worst.
Sometimes they must make professional judgments about people who are wired completely differently to themselves - people who do not share the basic qualities that define humanity as they understand it.
Amazon.com: The Sociopath Next Door: Martha Stout: Books
http://www.amazon.com/Sociopath-Next-Do ... 799&sr=1-1
IF YOU ARE WILLING TO SHARE WITH DR.STOUT YOUR OWN SUCCESS STORY OR STRUGGLE WITH A SOCIOPATH, PLEASE SEND IT DIRECTLY TO HER AT THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL ADDRESS. UNHAPPILY, AS DR. STOUT HAS BEEN FLOODED WITH COMMUNICATIONS SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE SOCIOPATH NEXT DOOR, SHE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REPLY TO ALL MESSAGES. HOWEVER, SHE WILL READ WITH INTEREST ALL MESSAGES E-MAILED TO HER. PERHAPS YOUR STORY IS PRIVATE, INVOLVING A FRIEND OR A FAMILY MEMBER, OR PERHAPS IT IS MORE PUBLIC, INVOLVING A PROFESSIONAL OR SOMEONE IN A POSITION OF LEADERSHIP. IN ANY CASE, PLEASE KNOW THAT ANY INFORMATION SENT TO THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS WILL BE VIEWED BY DR. STOUT ONLY-- AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THIS WORK.