No Bernie, you are not a sociopath. That word has a particular meaning and it indicates a person who does not experience certain feelings to the same degree as a normal person, and as a result they are both driven to excesses in order to feel self-actualized and they aren't dissuaded from these excesses because they don't feel pain or shame very strongly either.
Sociopaths have something biochemically wrong with them; they're very consistent in their range of behaviors and they can't be cured. You're obviously not a sociopath.
Having known several actual sociopaths, I can say quite confidently that this is not true.
Some people are born monsters and nothing can be done about it. In the case of sociopaths, they make up about 2% of the overall population and about 40% of the prison population.
I can't with a clean conscience condemn Madoff for his crime while at the same time ignoring the persistence of Social Security. Bernie's $65 billion disaster will look like pocket change next to the trillions that Ponzi scheme is likely to claim.
I think it is pretty clear it wasn't just the money but the adulation of being a genius with money. That is the closest thing a guy like Madoff is going to get to being a rock star.
Interestingly, Zak found that oxytocin had no effect on two percent of the participants and that these students fit the personality profile of sociopaths.
Also there is some pretty solid evidence that people who score high on the wrong indeces for this also don't respond to oxytocin the way normal people do.
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