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Mon Jan 28, 2019, 05:34 PM

Characteristics of the Sociopath

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Beware of These 15 Characteristics of a Sociopath



According to the American Psychiatric Association's
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, a sociopath is defined as a person with "a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood."

Sociopathic tendencies include certain key traits like selfishness, superficial charm and a feeling of immense pride in themselves, to name a few. Sociopaths are not born with these tendencies though, they develop these tendencies as a result of several environmental factors that they face in their childhood or early adolescence. Though sociopath characteristics begin at an early age, they go unnoticed for a long time, under the assumption that the child will grow up and learn on his own. Sometimes, sociopaths are referred to as psychopaths because the behavior projected in both cases is more or less the same. But these terms are not synonymous. While sociopathy comes about as a result of environmental factors, psychopathy is an innate phenomenon.


No guilt or remorse.

Whether it's a murder, robbery, lie, or any other criminal act, sociopaths feel no guilt whatsoever. They live in an amoral world of their own where they can never empathize with others and neither do they feel guilt for blaming others. They are known to be compulsive liars and they lie to an extent where room for guilt gets occupied by self-made reality. They often believe that the pain inflicted on the other person is deserved by them. Many criminal sociopaths are often seen giving such explanations for when their crime is caught.


Other Common Characteristics

1. Early behavior problems which are referred to as juvenile delinquency.

2. Indulging in crime of slander.

3. Exhibiting promiscuous behavior and infidelity, often tagged as being incapable of love.

4. Having an entrepreneurial criminal mindset.

5. Being authoritarian, dominating and secretive.

6. Showing cheap goal-setting tendencies - like enslavement of victims.

Dealing with a sociopath can be very difficult on several levels. First, it takes a considerable amount of time to recognize sociopathic tendencies in a person, by which time one has already had to go through varied levels of anguish. Second, treatment for this disorder is nearly impossible because a sociopath does not believe that he has a problem. He has no conscience and therefore he does not understand the difference between right and wrong and neither does he care about the consequences of his actions. What further adds to the difficulty in treatment is that he is a compulsive liar and can thus lie during treatment sessions, thus rendering them pointless to a great extent because his improvement can never be calculated accurately. It has therefore been agreed that the most effective way to deal with a sociopath is to keep away from them in whatever way is possible.

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Mon Jan 28, 2019, 05:36 PM

1. Five characteristics of a sociopath

When it comes to narrowing down a list of five characteristics of a sociopath, one thing is for certain: there are more than five. However, there are five common traits that most sociopaths exhibit and these can often be the first signs that a person has that they are dealing with someone who may be a sociopath.

1. Irresponsibility
While alone, irresponsibility isnít a terrible characteristic, it can be one of the first characteristics of a sociopath that people have. They can bounce from goal to goal, refuse to honor their obligations, or act on a whim with no regard to who or what might be at risk because of their behavior. Irresponsibility can also take on the form of disregarding societal norms if it doesnít suit a sociopathís needs at the moment. It also manifests in a refusal to take on responsibility for their actions, because a sociopath seems to always assume that anyone hurt by their actions got exactly what they deserved.

2. Lying
One of the top five characteristics of a sociopath is that they lie constantly. They will lie to get what they want, hurt others, or just for their own amusement. Sociopaths are adept at lying because it comes so naturally to them; in fact, many probably donít remember a time where they didnít lie. They also most likely donít believe that lying is wrong. And most sociopaths can lie with such charm and grace that most people never question if the person is telling the truth. In fact, this is probably the most recognizable sign of a sociopath: they lie so much that once theyíre found out, itís hard to know if they had ever told the truth.

3. Lack of Emotion
Lack of emotion is another of the five characteristics of a sociopath. The inability to feel any emotion, with the possible exception of feigning it for personal gain, is common among this group of people and can be also one of the most destructive aspects of their personality. A person with no emotion can be eerily calm in moments that normal people would consider heartbreaking or frightening and will often drop the act of emotion when it no longer suits them. This lack of emotion also allows them to dismantle their lives quickly, with no thought to the destruction they may leave behind, and move on without baggage.

4. Manipulation
These people are masters of manipulation; it is one of the best tricks in their bag. Itís also a strong characteristic of a sociopath. They use manipulation as a tool every day to get the results they want, whether that means a promotion, a new relationship, more money, or to get revenge on a person.

Snip... they will use it every time they want something without regard to the consequences; this can lead to broken homes or people getting hurt because of their actions.

5. Superficially Charming
One of the most interesting things about sociopaths is that they can be incredibly charming, but only in a superficial way. Snip...


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Mon Jan 28, 2019, 08:06 PM

2. Similar to an article I read and have posted often...


Glibness and superficial charm are at the top of the list. A lot of the traits go along nicely with narcissism. Add in some sadism and you have our POTUS. Isn't that just lovely for us.

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Tue Jan 29, 2019, 01:28 AM

4. I find it frightening. Thanks for sharing it.

I clicked through and found this tidbit which cuts to the heart of the matter.

Most experts agree that the condition is permanent and completely untreatable. Itís been theorized that their situation is the result of a kind of inherited learning disorder: without dread or anxiety to deter them, psychopaths are unable to make the associations between behavior and punishment that make up the building blocks of a normal conscience.


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Tue Jan 29, 2019, 02:21 AM

5. Politics is a field they thrive in....

"Those who do succeed can do so spectacularly. For instance, while it may sound like a cynical joke, itís a fact that psychopaths have a clear advantage in fields such as law, business, and politics. They take risks and arenít fazed by failures. They know how to charm and manipulate."

I was dating a sociopath for a long time (not severe but enough to cause constant problems) and I asked my therapist about the disorder. He told me that "sociopaths are everywhere, just look at politicians". That clarified it for me.

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Tue Jan 29, 2019, 01:14 AM

3. Recognizing Antisocial Behavior in Adults and Children

Recognizing Antisocial Behavior in Adults and Children

Signs of ASPD in adults
The signs of ASPD can vary widely from person to person. In addition, one personís symptoms may change over time. When reading through these signs, keep in mind that all humans exhibit this kind of behavior from time to time, especially when theyíre upset. They arenít always signs of ASPD.

Unlike someone having a particularly bad day, people with ASPD never feel any remorse for what theyíve said or done, even if it caused someone a great deal of harm.

1. Lack of empathy
One of the most notable symptoms of ASPD is a lack of empathy. In response to another personís feelings, they may come across as:

overly critical
People with ASPD donít always realize how harmful their actions are. In other cases, they may simply not care that their actions hurt someone.

2. Disregard for right and wrong
People with ASPD generally have no regard for boundaries, rules, or laws. Someone with ASPD may:

steal from others
break laws
be in constant legal trouble
be in an out of jail for minor to major crimes
When disregarding right and wrong, people with ASPD usually donít consider the short- or long-term consequences of their actions.

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