The SOCIOPATH realizes that being a Bully, at least in Certain Situations, would be Counter-Productive. Confrontation Leads to Arguments and Animosity, which Causes Individuals to Pick and Choose Sides. The Creation of Enemies or Foes will Initially Work against the Sociopath, if They are in a Situation that is New, Because the Groundwork has not been laid to Work Both Sides of the Fence.
The Sociopath is Much More Likely, in the Beginning, to seek out the Bully. By Endearing Themselves to such an Individual, They Have an Unwitting Ally to Carry out the Dirty Work, and Expand Their Power within the group.
Of course the Sociopath wants the Bullies Help to remove Obstacles, but doesn't want anyone to Notice This Change, or to Realize that the Bully has a New Confidant. This Takes a Delicate Hand, and the Ability to see the Needs and Weaknesses of Both Sides. The Success of Such an Operation can Lead to the SOCIOPATHS GREATEST PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT, AT LEAST IN TERMS OF FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL ENRICHMENT:
THE ABILITY TO PLAY BOTH SIDES AGAINST EACH OTHER, AND COME OUT OF IT WITH NOTHING MORE THAN HURT FEELINGS AND A SENSE OF BETRAYAL ON BOTH SIDES. A SOCIOPATH CAN SHOW ANGRY CONDEMNATION, PRETENDING TO AGREE WITH THOSE WHO HATE AND FEAR THE BULLY, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME SYMPATHIZING WITH THE BULLY ABOUT THE LACK OF RESPECT THAT THEY ARE GIVEN BY THE OPPOSITION.
Of Course, such an Ending does not Bother the Sociopath. Neither side was ever FRIEND OR FOE, ENEMY OR ALLY, JUST OBJECTS TO BE USED TO SATISFY THE DESIRES AND NEEDS THAT LIVE IN THE MIND OF THE SOCIOPATH.
Remember, A LACK OF EMPATHY, MEANS THAT WHAT HAPPENS TO OTHERS IS OF NO CONSEQUENCE TO THE SOCIOPATH, UNLESS IT HINDERS THEIR ABILITY TO FULFILL PERSONAL GOALS. A SOCIOPATH DISCARDS FRIENDS AND ALLIES QUITE EASILY, ONCE THEY HAVE SERVED THEIR PURPOSE.