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Seriously though folks psychopaths can be useful, in times of dire action needed the cold steel of a real SPs brain can come in handy when the murderous pirates are climbing aboard with knives between their teeth you don't need a team of fluffy empaths you need an angry Mongo. A lack of empathy is not always a bad thing, just most of the time. It takes all sorts to make a world.
I don't agree. If you read memoirs such as "With the Old Breed" by U.S.M.C. Corporal E.B. Sledge or "Band of Brothers" about Major Dick Winters and Easy Company, or talked to my late father-in-law about his experience, we all have it in us. The more combat we endure, the more vicious we become.
The sociopath only enjoys a slight advantage in surprise situations in peacetime - i.e. their main advantage is when they are jumping someone who is not expecting it. This advantage accrues mostly to criminals, not soldiers.
Once in combat, the sociopath tends to enjoy the death and destruction more than the neurotypical, and is much more likely to commit an atrocity such as My Lai, rather than sacrifice his life for his brothers in combat. The sociopathic narcissist, like Hubbard, becomes a shirker and malingerer.
I see this argument all the time about business leaders being mostly sociopathic, and how we'd kill competition if we didn't have them. That's patent BS. When allowed to rise tot he top, non-sociopaths have better long term business success, it's just that, I think deliberately, our short-term Wall Street incentive system rewards the sociopath too much. Good guys can finish first, if they aren't Fair Gamed.