I've heard some people say that a sociopath has no empathy for other people. I've heard & read other people say and write that what defines a sociopath is that they don't have consciences. I know that a person can have a powerful conscience, but not feel empathy for other people aside from his conscience. For instance, there is a person I know like this who has a strong conscience but very little empathy aside from his conscience. I will call the person person X. Person X would feel enormous empathy (and guilt) for a person that he or she accidentally hurt in a car wreck. However, if the same car accident victim was hurt in a car wreck, and person X did not cause the wreck, person X would have almost no empathy for the victim. The outcome for the victim would be the same in each scenario. If a person has a strong conscience, but the person has almost no empathy for other people apart from his conscience, is the person a sociopath?