That’s actually not true. We can program emotions and empathy into them just as would program their logic. If an AI has antisocial personality disorder, it’s because the programers FORGOT something very important.

That’s actually not true. We can program emotions and empathy into them just as would program their logic. If an AI has antisocial personality disorder, it’s because the programers FORGOT something very important.

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That’s a perspective issue. We won’t know either way, just as we don’t know for sure if each other has emotions or is just acting.

But mirror neurons, while not as magical as they’re made out to be, nevertheless, point a clue.

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It’s nothing to be afraid of though. People with APD are commonplace. We’ve all gone to school with them and we all have slight traits of APD, just as we all have slight traits of manic depression, ocd, etc.

It’s only a problem when it’s debilitating either to self or socially.

If it’s you, you can work on it. There’s coping skills. There’s way to learn.

If it’s someone you deal with on a regular basis, then you just have to learn their triggers, positive and negative. If you know what triggers their happy, push those buttons. If you know what triggers their anger, don’t push those too often unless you’re ready.

A lot depends on their honesty too. Telling the difference between someone who is acting and someone who is legit can be difficult.

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If you’re dealing with a MANIPULATOR, which come in both empathetic AND APD forms, that’s when you have to tread carefully and stay on alert.

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Manipulators are actually easy to deal with, once you know their rules, or rather, once you learn what stereotypical picture of you that they are attempting to manipulate.

You have to know your own triggers in that case and be ready. They can actually make fantastic friends but you always have to watch for the bluff.

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It’s true. You can ignore their words (which they’re often VERY good at) and instead pay attention to their actions. [or read their words THROUGH their actions]

But this is where it gets REALLY weird, at least for me.

I’m good with words. I’m good with rhetoric and convincing people with writing.

Am I a manipulator?

Hard for me to swallow, but yes.

I’m also anti-social.

So what distinguishes me from them?

Not much. When I stop and think about it… not much at all.

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Ah, but so are many sociopaths. How many times do you hear, “But he was a good family man! He was good to his kids, a pillar in the community! He’s NEVER murder 27 people and bury them in their backyard!”

Well…

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But yes, thank you. I think I’m nice too. Could be an act though. I could also be a cat. Such is the internet

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Yeah. I’ve dealt with both kinds – the ones that bite your arms off and the ones you don’t even realize are sociopathic.

I generally avoid the ones that bite your arms off or if I can’t avoid them, I learn their triggers and i know how far I can push them before they snap.

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Example If Trump was a sociopath, what would his happy trigger be?

Flattery. He *adores* being flattered. Learn how far you can push the flattery before *he* realizes you’re playing him by watching other people interact and how he reacts.

Then, stay in a safe flattery zone, not too weak and not too strong. Push once in a while – it helps gain trust.. but do so carefully. You don’t have to be afraid of them, just know your limits and theirs.

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Aw geez, you got tangled up with no way out. I’ve found myself entangled a few times and it sucks because it’s almost invisible until AFTERWARDS.

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I hope you’re right. I mean, there are SOME benefits to sociopathic leadersihp. They can make the “tough decisions” because they lack a well developed conscience.

Of course a “tough decision” usually means decisions that negatively affect thousands or millions of people.

Should ANY decision negatively affect thousands or millions of people?

I don’t think so.

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