Because there is ambiguity in the term, I’ll define the term explicitly as I prefer to use it: Sociopathy is the combination of psychopathy (the absence of emotional sympathy) with Machiavellianism (natural talent in sociopolitical navigation). Due to the latter it is typically associated with higher IQ, particularly verbal IQ. Sociopaths are social engineers due to a natural cynicism and by compulsive people watching, rather than by academic study or training.
It is also important to understand the organization, power centers, and soul – to the extent that’s not a contradiction in terms – of the bureaucracy you are stuck in. Example, for Gulf War One, the Army cast a very wide net to drag in a shitload of captains from all over creation to fill up certain units in Special Operations Command, one of those captains being a very eager to get to the war me. (Note, here, that SOCOM is amazingly captain heavy; yes, you will pick up trash and cut grass as an officer there.) About thirty or forty such captains, in the 96th CA Battalion (Civil Affairs. Sounds pogue, but is overwhelmingly combat arms and surprisingly casualty intensive), ended up on folding cots and hammocks in various company supply rooms. Some others rented apartments on short leases. I, instead, identified the proper office, went there, and talked the clerk-presiding into giving me a free furnished set of bachelor officer quarters. I was also, via understanding of how the system worked, the only captain to escape from USAREC to get to the war. I don’t honestly know if this is something mostly learned or something innate, but I am pretty sure that, if you don’t study the system you’re stuck in, any innate talent for manipulating it will be lost.
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Sociopaths are probably the most interesting case that I’ve thought about so far, regarding social mores. Clearly, they are aware of the rules (unlike aspies) and quite content to exploit and hack them (unlike schizoids), but I don’t believe they particularly care about them. To demonstrate by contrast, there’s a detachment that you don’t see with neuroticism…
On criticism of technology
In paragraph 1 of the manifesto the Unabomber speaks of “widespread psychological suffering” caused by “The Industrial Revolution and its consequences”. Throughout the manifesto this point is repeated many times, often worded differently using terms like “anxiety” and “depression”, and mostly suggesting disruption of what he calls “the power process” as its cause.
The truth is likely that he was suffering as a result of mental illness, and failed to recognize the cause thereof lay inside himself. Lack of insight in one’s illness is common in persons with mental disorders; the psychiatric report relates of a short period in 1966 when he suspected he might be developing a mental disorder, but apparently lost that insight soon thereafter.
Instead of realizing the true cause of his anxiety and depression he attributed those to technological society. As a logical result, he assumed many more people would be suffering similarly. Hence his notion of “widespread psychological suffering”. From this point on, he employed a rigid type of logic to arrive at the conclusion this widespread suffering could only be stopped by returning to a more primitive form of society without large-scale technology and large-scale organization.
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…or oppositional defiant disorder.
Air quotes because it’s really quite adaptive on the individual level, even if society formally disapproves.
ODD is a fixation to a common human behavior I call “conspicuous rule-breaking”. It’s a variant of virtue signalling where a person will flagrantly violate a social or institutional taboo in the view of others to demonstrate their high status. Chicks dig conspicuous rule-breaking because it demonstrates unpredictable wildness (the opposite of slavish predictability), which is why civilization is incompatible with feminism. Men fall into three camps, based on their preferred social style: signalers are impressed and attracted to conspicuous rule-breaking, spergs are offended and repulsed, and small-talkers are just surprised and confused (hence the nervous laughter).
To wrap things up, I made one of my little charts for social retards.