[ExI] Implications of Sociopath Testing
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Sat Aug 23 18:05:16 UTC 2008
On 8/21/08, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
>If you think about it, sociopathy isn't even
> particularly unacceptable in many situations. In a business
> transaction, each party knows that the other party is only out to get
> what they can for themselves, and each party knows that the other
> party is only behaving honestly because they judge that they have more
> to gain that way. Sociopaths simply take this strategy and apply it to
> every aspect of their lives, and if they start off with any brains,
> quickly work out that violent crime doesn't pay well. In fact,
> intelligent sociopaths are more likely to become successful
> businessmen and politicians, because they don't let sentimentality get
> in the way of career-advancing decisions.
I am quite perplexed.
I have always considered the term "sociopaths" as referred to
individuals who are dysfunctional in their inability to conform to the
social norms of their community - sometimes perhaps with good cause,
but this is another story.
Definitely not as referred to individuals that simply behave as ideal
utility maximisers in the sense of classic economic theory.
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