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How can society adapt to coexisting with sociopaths?

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Nov 01, 2021
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Is the problem still unsolved?


Is it concisely described?

How can people coexist with sociopaths without being exploited?
I imagine that many people don't know much about sociopathy which makes the problem worse.

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Club for sociopaths

Aashi Agarwal
Aashi Agarwal Nov 02, 2021
Similar to gambling at casinos what if there was a nightclub that welcomes sociopaths and openly advertises this? Neurotypical people would be welcome to the club while knowing fully well that chances of running into a sociopath at this club would be high. There could be numerous games and events like Poker arranged by the club where manipulation could be a key component. Each member of the club could be assigned a rank based on their profile (their profile would contain details they wish to disclose publicly) and other could scan this information and request to play with people of a certain rank. Each time a member outsmarts someone of their same rank or higher, they move up the ladder. By bringing together people on the same spectrum, in an arrangement where the game is to manipulate and deceive others, the sociopaths would find competition and make things more interesting for them. At the same time, it would keep naïve people out of their way for most part of it. Since there is no definite treatment for people suffering from Antisocial Personality Disorder and most experts advice people dealing with sociopaths to have tips and tricks up their sleeves to safeguard themselves from such people, it might be beneficial to provide sociopaths a platform to unleash their exploitative side by competing with people who are moved by the same tendencies as they themselves are. Having an outlet for their compulsive need to manipulate by gamifying it might lead to less harm caused by them in the outside world.
  • Might provide sociopaths with an impetus to manipulate and deceive others.
  • Provides a place where sociopaths can feel accepted and be themselves.
  • Reduce a sociopath’s interaction with neurotypical people (non-sociopaths) when they are feeling most vulnerable and not in control of their instincts.
  • Help sociopaths become more self-aware.
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Reward empathic behavior

J. Nikola Nov 02, 2021
As described in the video from the session description, sociopaths have a reduced/non-existing feeling of empathy.
What if society found a way of rewarding empathic behavior more than it does now?
Can it somehow be put in front of other skills?

My ideas are:
  • creating a non-profit organization that focuses on teaching people what kind of things they can do for the needed ones
  • anonymous rating and giving a person an "empathy score" which is calculated via its volunteering activity, basic acts of kind (nice gestures in the train, in the class, at work), and rewarding it accordingly at school, work, etc.
  • one person in the class or at work could be trained to keep track of these acts and handle a simple database of social engagement of each individual - the need for a standardized rating scheme
  • social media algorithm that track user activity on the Web and find patterns of sociopath behaviour; later suggests atricles and content that provokes empathy
There is also a session dealing with this in a form of an app.
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A few Buddhist monks could temporarily convert their monastery into an education center for sociopaths

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Nov 02, 2021
I wonder what a bunch of Buddhist monks could come up with if they were tasked with temporarily converting their monastery into an education center for sociopaths.
They would first learn everything there is to know about sociopathy then come up with an education program and experiment with a few volunteer sociopaths.
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