I’ve written before about what Cleckley referred to as “unmotivated antisocial behavior.” In that post, I spoke of the “demons” that psychopaths battle and the antisocial proclivities that can often bubble up to the surface. A recent comment by one of our regulars had me thinking a bit more on this subject, however.
For me, at least, the problem comes when rolling the dice becomes the more interesting option. I mean, I *could* do it the pro-social way, but the little devil on my shoulder says “Fuck that, do it the fun way,” and I usually end up choosing the antisocial way.
And therein lies part of the problem, now doesn’t it? I think there is a huge component of human nature that says we could live a little by letting ourselves go, by choosing antisocial behavior. Isn’t that much of the allure with drug use, reckless driving, and other “fun” activities, none of which need be prosocial? As with most things, I believe the psychopath is simply more honest on this front with these desires.