Friend: Ok, but socios are pretty inflexible regarding what they want to do in the day to day.
M.E.: Yeah, compulsive.
Friend: Because they're always right.
M.E.: Well, I don't know if they are always right, they are just compulsive about whatever it is they happen to be compulsive about. For me it’s efficiency, others, violence, whatever else. We have poor impulse control.
Friend: And yet, you don't have emotional impulses... It's confusing because empaths have impulses based on emotions, with poor impulse control when the emotions are strong. So I always think that sociopaths have better impulse control because they are not slave to their emotions.
M.E.: Yeah, i can see how that seems contradictory.
Friend: Oh wait, I think I get what you mean... Sociopaths do whatever they want to do whenever they want to do it without a sense of responsibility or obligation stopping them. Is that sort of right?
M.E.: I mean, think of the people that have OCD compulsively washing their hands all the time. If you could say that those people do whatever they want to do whenever they want to do without a sense of responsibility or obligation stopping them, then yeah, you're right. Emotions can compel you to do certain things, I am sure. But in the absence of emotions grows the unemotional compulsion in the sociopath's brain.
Friend: But emotions can also keep you from following your impulses, if you have greater ethical loyalty to something else...
M.E.: Yeah, emotions can keep you from following your impulses, so can other things like ethics or security cameras.
Friend: Okay, I think I got it.