9 Signs Of A Sociopath
Sociopaths have a difficult time adapting to the behavioral and ethical standards of society. They can be dangerous, and some of them have no regard for laws or the facts. Sociopaths lack remorse, and they disregard the feelings and rights of others. Being a criminal is not a requirement for being diagnosed as a sociopath. There are people living next door who fit the description and show the signs of sociopathy. Sociopaths are masters of deception and they have the ability to influence those around them in dramatic ways. They always sound believable, even when the story is pure fabrication.
The sociopath who lives next door or the family member who has no concept of reality can wreak havoc in their own special way. They create a sense of uneasiness that is hard to pinpoint at first, but, as time goes on, the signs of being a sociopath are hard to ignore. Some people don’t know what the signs of sociopathy are, but, sooner or later, they become aware of them because the distorted reality they share with a sociopath becomes unbearable.
According to the book, The Sociopath Next Door, four percent of the population displays signs of antisocial personality disorder. In terms of numbers that means more than 12 million people are running around telling fabricated stories and distorting facts, and many people believe them. The believers alter their lives to mimic the behavior of a sociopath. But there are telltale signs that every sociopath displays at one time or another.
Here is a list of the 9 most obvious signs of a sociopath.
1-They Invent Outrageous Lies About Their Experiences.
They tell stories that are absurd and exaggerated, but, for some reason, they sound believable.
2-They Are More Intense And Spontaneous Than Other People.
They tend to do bizarre and erratic things that others would not do. Sociopaths are not bound by normal social contracts, and their behavior is often risky and irrational.
3-They Are Incapable Of Feeling Guilt, Shame, Or Remorse
The brain of a sociopath is wired differently. They don’t process emotions like other people. They will betray, threaten, and even harm people without thinking twice about it. Self-interest takes priority over the feelings of others. Many sociopaths have high government positions because they value their ego above everything else.
4-Sociopaths Want To Win And Dominate At All Costs.
Winning is everything to a sociopath. They will defend their lies with absurd arguments. They viciously fight to defend their position at all costs. The wrath of a sociopath can manifest in a dangerous combination of threats, innuendos, challenges, and physical abuse.
5-Sociopaths Are Usually Highly Intelligent.
Rather than using brain power to establish a bond with friends, they use their intelligence and high IQ to deceive and manipulate. The experts say sociopaths are incapable of feeling love. They feign compassion and love to get what they think they need. But they don’t actually have the same emotional bond with love that normal people do.
6-Sociopaths Are Charming And Have A Strong Sexual Attraction.
Being charming is one of the first signs of a sociopath. They have an outward “glow” that attracts people. That glow can appear sexy, but not all sexy people are sociopaths. Sociopaths usually have strong sexual appetites and weird sexual fetishes.
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7-Sociopaths Are Delusional.
Sociopaths believe what they say. They create their own truth and their own reality. Whatever they say or believe becomes the truth to them, no matter how strange or unrealistic that belief may be. The people that fall under the spell of a sociopath also believe that truth is reality, and they defend that reality to the end.
8-Sociopaths Never Apologize.
Sociopaths believe they are never wrong. Even when there is proof they are wrong, they deny the proof. They never feel guilt, and they never apologize for causing any discomfort, uneasiness or harm from their words and deeds. When they are caught red-handed, they respond with anger and threats. They are masters at presenting themselves as heroes with integrity and high moral standards. They can turn one group against another, and then proclaim they are the savior. But no matter where sociopaths go arguments, strife and hatred usually follow them.
9-Sociopaths Don’t Accept Logical Reasoning.
Trying to reason with a sociopath is a waste of time. Facts and established truths annoy and anger sociopaths.
The signs and the symptoms of sociopathy may take time to manifest. But the lack of concern and regret, coupled with a lack of remorse and guilt become obvious when a sociopath has time to lay the groundwork for the relationship he or she wants to maintain. Using charm and wit are the trademarks of sociopaths. Being callous, disrespectful and cynical are the tools of the disorder. Persistent lying and the exploitation of others are daily traits and disregarding right and wrong are the means to an end for the sociopath. There are other sociopathy traits, and they are the icing on the cake when trying to identifying the signs of antisocial personality disorder. Those traits include unreliability, insincerity, poor judgment and a failure to learn by experience. Sociopaths also have poor insight, and they usually fail to follow a life plan. They like to talk, but their pathological egocentricity gets in the way of a meaningful conversation.
There is no known cause for antisocial personality disorder. There are studies that show child abuse, genetics and environmental factors play a role in creating sociopaths. A sociopath parent may be the catalyst for sociopath child. Males tend to follow in the footsteps of the parent more than females. There are a lot of sociopaths in prison, and many of those people are psychopaths as well as sociopaths. Some medical professionals believe a psychopathic personality is the same as a sociopathic personality, but other doctors say they are two separate disorders. A sociopathic personality is hard to treat because sociopaths rarely seek treatment on their own. But if they do get help, the therapy seems to help especially if the sociopathic person is in their 40s.