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Comment author: ChristianKl 03 April 2017 08:57:02AM *  4 points [-]

Yes, overloading the word sociopath is a bad idea. There are true sociopaths out there and knowing how to interact with them can be important. Prisons did raise recidivism rates of sociopaths by giving them the same "empathy for victims" training that works for the average prisoner to reduce recidivism rates.

Leecher might be a more appropriate word for a person who extracts resources without giving anything back. You might turn a leecher into a contributing member of a community by appealing to moral principles but the same approach is useless for a true sociopath.

Comment author: Lumifer 03 April 2017 03:37:19PM 0 points [-]

"Leecher" cross-contaminates with lecher. In my neck of the woods the usual verb is "to mooch".

Comment author: ChristianKl 11 April 2017 11:01:01AM 0 points [-]

Okay, moocher works well.