I really liked this recent comment from a reader:
You as a psychopath have to learn the emotions, that too cognitively. But you cannot generate or experience the feeling of the other person. That is the fullness of life. To experience, to feel – the rain, the clouds, the memories of childhood, your dog’s hug. They are feelings that were stored as memories to be retrieved as a memory of feelings. Not as memory of meaningless data. That is the foundation of the frustation of being a psychopath. That in spite of all the wealth you accumulated, your life means nothing much to yourself, let alone to others. But if a psychopath tries to lead a truthful life, he may start to feel, to experience a sense of meaning. Unfortunately for himself, a psychopath will persist in leading a life of deceit, continuing a meaningless existence, valuing things considered worthless and repulsive by normal people – an ability for trickery.
I am just trying to explain why we classify it as pathology. Not as a condemnation of psychopaths. one cannot condemn the diseased. What is needed is to elevate the psyche from its poverty of experience.
Is the commenter correct? Are we truly missing out on the richness of life? Does the “data” we see rather than human beings lead to our antisocial ways? Is our experience truly impoverished?