Sociopathy and social conflict, or, ‘the empathy trap’

Empaths are people who are able to grasp what another person is feeling and ‘walk a mile in their shoes’. They are much more likely to act on their conscience, which makes them a potential obstacle for the sociopath.


Sociopaths also derive pleasure from tormenting and thwarting empaths – they like the sport. Sociopaths also want to take from the empath, take everything that is lacking within them.

Empaths are makers of social change, opening up spaces for experimentation and freedom. But, as the writers note while our culture superficially celebrates those who do so, the reality is quite different:


Deborah Talbot