Can you be a sociopath if you feel empathy for other people?

When bad things happen to people who don't deserve it, even if I don't know them at all, or well, it impacts me deeply emotionally, but sometimes people call me a sociopath. What do you think?

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  • No. Sociopaths by definition lack empathy.

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    • Of the seven-or-so criteria in a multi-faceted definition, that is but one. Potential sociopaths can meet as little as three.

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  • Yes, you can. I can turn mine on and off as and when I please.

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  • People who are sociopaths have no empathy.

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    • Of the seven-or-so criteria in a multi-faceted definition, that is but one. Potential sociopaths can meet as little as three.

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