|Book: The Sociopath Next Door|
|Life is a Game|
Conscience is a creator of meaning. As a sense of constraint rooted in our emotional ties to one another, it prevents life from devolving into nothing but a long and essentially boring game of attempted dominance over our fellow human beings, and for every limitation conscience imposes on us, it gives us a moment of connectedness with an other, a bridge to someone or something outside of our often meaningless schemes.
People without conscience experience emotions very differently from you and me, and they do not experience love at all, or any other kind of positive attachment to their fellow human beings.
This deficit, which is hard even to ponder, reduces life to an endless game of attempted domination over other people. Sometimes sociopaths are physically violent [...] Often they are not, preferring to "win" over others by raiding the business world, or the professions, or government-or simply by exploiting one person at a time in parasitic relationships.
—Martha Stout, Ph.D.
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