Signs you’re dealing with a sociopath. What do we call people with no conscience, who seem to have absolute disregard to other people, society and societal rules? Psychopaths and sociopaths.
Psychopathy and sociopathy are perhaps two of the most confused terms in the field of psychology and criminology. Whilst these terms sound very similar, they do in fact differ in characteristics.
Both disorders are categorised as antisocial personality disorders, as they share major characteristics. Although many experts disagree on the significance of these differences, Dr. Scott A. Bonn offers a compelling hypothesis that psychopathy is a result of genetics, while sociopathy is a learnt behaviour.
Because sociopaths do have the ability to feel empathy, as well as form emotional attachments to certain people. He suggests childhood trauma and physical or emotional abuse are possible causes of sociopathy.
So, is it possible that you might personally know a sociopath? Unfortunately, it is.
Here are the signs that you’re dealing with a sociopath
They have a grandiose sense of self
Sociopaths tend to entitle themselves to certain things and claim them as their own, as they think it is their right to do so. When confronted, they do not find anything wrong with their actions or themselves.
They can even manipulatively make it seem like others are the selfish ones. This sense of self-righteousness is supported by their artificial charm. Which in turn stems from the manipulation, resulting in a loop of characteristics.
Although they do appear quite attractive personality-wise. They are in fact domineering and consider others as mere instruments to be used for self-indulgence. On the business level they are highly authoritarian, when given the opportunity.
They are mischievous, cunning, or have behavioural problems
Usually, sociopaths have a history of behavioural or academic trouble. But only in rare cases are they in trouble with the law.
A sociopath lies so often it becomes part of their personality. They are extremely cunning and know how to easily convince people. However, they have difficulties in making and keeping friends.
The compassion a sociopath demonstrates is usually stimulated rather than felt, and serves a certain motive. Despite that they do actually have a sense of morality unlike psychopaths. But appear to be satisfied by their own antisocial behaviour.
They are irresponsible or unreliable
A sociopath is not interested in others’ needs, lives, or even safety. They are oblivious to the damage they cause. Sometimes, they aren’t even concerned about their own safety.
On the personal level, when in trouble, they tend to quickly accuse someone else of being guilty, even when the action is of their own doing.
On both the personal and business levels, they fail to plan ahead, lack realistic visions for the future, and exploit others for their own advantage without a second thought.
They have poor behavioural controls or an impulsive nature
When dealing with a sociopath, you find yourself in a cycle of short periods of peaceful expressions. Followed by periods of rage that can sometimes develop into abuse, and once again followed by short periods of peace.
This cycle makes the abused feel helpless. Sociopaths’ poor rage control issues lead to repeated violent assaults on other people, as well as, if not especially on, animals.
Sometimes a matter that would make a normal person angry would mean nothing to a sociopath, and yet matters which might be of no worth to a normal person can outrage a sociopath.
They are unable to feel guilt, shame, or remorse
When a sociopath has a certain goal in mind, they have no problem causing devastation to others, as long as they can reach that outcome. They won’t let anything stand in their way and have no remorse.
This is because they have shallow emotions and lack empathy. Their lack of remorse and guilt stems from their ability to rationalise the pain they inflict on others, and their inability to empathise with the pain of their victims.
So, does anyone come to mind after reading these signs you’re dealing with a sociopath? Let us know in the comments below!