You might have to read the book to understand the concept.  According
to the author they can get a real kick out of inflicting psychological
pain on others.  It is a game for them.  They enjoy seeing others
squirm before their power to inflict misery.  They are not robots with
no emotions, they just lack empathy.

--- In, "sparaig" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> --- In, Sal Sunshine <salsunshine@> wrote:
> >
> > Curtis, this is on my list!  But, cheapskate that I am, I haven't
> > able to find a good deal on a used one yet.  Glad to hear you read
> > enjoyed it.
> > 
> > On Aug 6, 2006, at 3:11 PM, curtisdeltablues wrote:
> > 
> > > One of the best books I have read this year is called "The Sociopath
> > > Next Door" by Martha Stout.  The condition is far more common than I
> > > had realized, 1 in 25.  Only a tiny percentage of them are
> > 
> > Yep, most never get caught at anything--unless it's perhaps some 
> > white-collar crime.
> > 
> > > Most just operate in society without a conscience. Wherever they are
> > > they take delight in tormenting people.  Operating without any sense
> > > of the reciprocity that binds the rest of us, their contempt for
> > > others leaks out even as they try to fit in and hide their agenda.
> > 
> > Right, most just live for the thrill of tormenting others, in either 
> > petty or much larger ways, whatever they can get away with.  One of 
> > them is in the White House now.
> >
> Seems that that is a misinterpretation of things. Sociopaths just
don't CARE. They don't 
> live to hurt people --people are simply there for them to exploit.

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