Sunday, August 18, 2019

Profile of a Sociopath

I've run into sociopaths a few times in my life and been fooled.  One was a respected psychiatrist with a loyal following among his clients, their families, and even real psychiatrists. And he never finished a year of college anywhere.

Some of the traits associated with sociopaths: -

·         Glibness and Superficial Charm.
·         Manipulative and Conning. They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible.
·         Grandiose Sense of Self.
·         Pathological Lying.
·         Lack of Remorse, Shame, or Guilt.
·         Shallow Emotions.
·         Incapacity for Love.
·         Need for Stimulation.

Manipulative - Sociopaths tend to try to seduce and ingratiate themselves with the people around them for their own gain, or for entertainment.

Deceitful - Sociopaths have a reputation for being dishonest and deceitful. They often feel comfortable lying to get their own way, or to get themselves out of trouble. They also have a tendency to embellish the truth when it suits them.

Callous - Some might be openly violent and aggressive. Others will cut you down verbally. Either way, they tend to show a cruel disregard for other people's feelings.

Hostile - Sociopaths are not only hostile themselves, but they're more likely to interpret others' behavior as hostile, which drives them to seek revenge.

Irresponsible - Another sign is a disregard for financial and social obligations. Ignoring responsibilities is extremely common.

Impulsive - Making spur of the moment decisions with no thought for the consequences is part of everyday life. They find it extremely difficult to make a plan and stick to it.

Risky Behavior - Combine irresponsibility, impulsiveness, and a need for instant gratification, and it’s not surprising that sociopaths get involved in risky behavior. They tend to have little concern for the safety of others or for themselves.

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