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The Golden Rule To Understanding Sociopaths

If you are stuck in a relationship with a sociopath, and find yourself making excuse after excuse to justify his or her behavior, here is one rule that you should keep in mind that might offer you some help:

Sociopaths know the difference between right and wrong but, don’t feel it. In other words, they don’t have a conscience to check them BUT they do have a brain to decipher the difference between good and bad so why would anyone choose to be bad.

When I figured that out, I became free. After all the excuses I have used to justify poor behavior, once I realized that just because you don’t emotionally feel right and wrong your brain knows the difference and that is enough. It’s hard to imagine living without a conscience but, it’s impossible to live without a brain so, guess what, sociopaths will never be off the hook.  There will never be an excuse to make sense of their decisions cause at the root they have a choose. We all have a choice so, even if sociopaths don’t feel guilt or empathy they know right from wrong.

How and why human beings form a conscience is complicated but, black and white, right and wrong, and good or bad, are cerebral and concrete so next time you find yourself making excuses or, being manipulated by a sociopath, stop and know the golden rule. And be free!


The Golden Rule To Understanding Sociopaths

Erica Loberg

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Loberg, E. (2017). The Golden Rule To Understanding Sociopaths. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 21, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2017/11/16/the-golden-rule-to-understanding-sociopaths/


Last updated: 30 Nov 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Nov 2017
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