How to recognize a Sociopath

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Here is a list of ways to identify a sociopath. This list is from "Profile of a Sociopath." Is is a pretty good list of sociopathic indicators.

Glibness/superficial charm
Manipulative and cunning
Grandiose sense of self
Pathological lying
Lack of remorse, shame or guilt
Shallow emotions
Incapacity for love
Need for stimulation
Callousness/lack of empathy
Poor behavioral controls/impulsive nature
Early behavior problems/juvenile delinquency
Irresponsibility/unreliability
Promiscuous sexual behavior/infidelity
Lack of realistic life plan/parasitic lifestyle
Criminal or entrepreneurial versatility
Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them
Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
Authoritarian
Secretive
Paranoid
Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired
Conventional appearance
Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)
Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life
Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)
Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim
Incapable of real human attachment to another
Unable to feel remorse or guilt
Narcissism, grandiosity (self-importance not based on achievements)
May state readily that their goal is to rule the world
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First, you'll know a sociopath from the description/list posted above here. Also, as another poster wrote, get a book on sociopaths and it will help you beyond belief. Even a book or article on controlling personalities or borderline personalities will help you. Once you can identify the pattern you will begin to "see the light." Sociopaths are charming at first and may seem charming and normal to everyone around them. But they have an almost scary need for control. They will isolate you from friends and family and you will be tangled in your web before you know it.

The key characteristics of a sociopath include: (1) having no conscience, (2) inability to treat others as human beings, with feelings and rights and (3) inability to learn from experience, from life. One result of this last is gross immaturity, though it may be hidden unless one knows the person well. A sociopath behaves as if he/she were the only person in the whole world and as if everyone else just existed for their benefit and had no existence in their own right. (4) Sociopaths treat other people as toys and hanker after the power to control and hurt their "nearest and dearest." (5) Many are monumentally self-important: They may pretend to be millionaires, when in reality they are sliding towards financial disaster. (6) Habitual dishonesty.
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If you see anyone displaying these behaviors get them help immediately.
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90 Undead Warlock
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pretty sure that every person ever has at least one of these symptoms
people really like trying to go on a hunt to find something, anything that might be wrong with them. that's why so many people are also pumped up with meds.
if you keep naming symptoms, eventually they'll find one that fits them.
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90 Undead Warlock
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhJ2qo618n0
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90 Blood Elf Hunter
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pretty sure that every person ever has at least one of these symptoms
people really like trying to go on a hunt to find something, anything that might be wrong with them. that's why so many people are also pumped up with meds.
if you keep naming symptoms, eventually they'll find one that fits them.


Having one of those doesn't make you a sociopath. having 3 doesn't make you a sociopath.
A person would have to display at least half of those traits on a regular (daily) basis to even be considered sociopathic.
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90 Blood Elf Hunter
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(1) having no conscience


06/21/2013 06:23 AMPosted by Chrysis
(2) inability to treat others as human beings, with feelings and rights


06/21/2013 06:23 AMPosted by Chrysis
3) inability to learn from experience, from life.


06/21/2013 06:23 AMPosted by Chrysis
(4) Sociopaths treat other people as toys and hanker after the power to control and hurt their "nearest and dearest."


06/21/2013 06:23 AMPosted by Chrysis
(5) Many are monumentally self-important: They may pretend to be millionaires, when in reality they are sliding towards financial disaster.


(6) Habitual dishonesty.


http://us.battle.net/wow/en/character/bleeding-hollow/Bloodyknight/simple

Time for an intervention.
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90 Undead Warlock
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okay? so someone is sociopathic, and then what? do you just completely ignore that person for the rest of your life so you and all the other shallow, uninteresting, boring people get to mingle in between themselves? fine with me. i guess individuality isn't a turn-on for you folk.
not to mention, some of these symptoms are the biggest load of bull!@#$ i have ever read in my life.
"Need for stimulation"
"Conventional appearance"
what kinda symptoms are those?
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90 Blood Elf Paladin
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arcanita is that you?
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85 Orc Warlock
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Looks like the Ironwolf guild requirement list.
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90 Undead Warlock
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i do fear the robots
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90 Blood Elf Priest
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It's more than just those requirements.

There has to be a lifelong history and diagnosis. I'm trying to recall everything from my abnormal psych classes, but I know you get diagnosed as a kid with some defiant disorder (forgot the name), then as an adolescent you get diagnosed with another disorder. Then after all of that and if you have been diagnosed with both disorders over your life you start the process of being diagnosed as a sociopath. I think it's an extremely low percentage that actually get classified as one.

Most people who seem like sociopaths aren't. They are just dicks, with a possible side of a personality disorder or something. :)
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90 Blood Elf Death Knight
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lol
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Qualities of a Sociopath

Someone who is described as a sociopath will have several traits that set them apart from those with no personality disorders. These traits include the following...

• Lack of empathy – Inability to feel sympathy for others or to understand the emotional consequences of their actions

• Cold, calculating nature – The ability and willingness to use others around them to personal gain

• Shallow emotions – Lack of real emotion in response to events, limited capacity to feel love

• Narcissism – A personality disorder in itself in which the individual feels strong love and admiration toward themselves (often a defense mechanism against deep seated low esteem)

• Grandiose self image – They might see themselves as someone who is superior to others and sometimes even experiences delusions. A sociopath might see themselves as a fitting ruler of a country or even the world, but might also have delusional beliefs such as seeing themselves as a God or having super powers

• Charming – While the sociopath is unable to fully understand the emotions of others, they are capable but rather highly adept at mimicking them and might appear to be charming and normal at first

• High IQ – Often sociopaths will exhibit a high IQ which they can use to manipulate and plan

• Manipulative – Sociopaths use their superficial charm and high IQ to manipulate others to get their ends, and their lack of empathy allows them to do this with no sense of guilt or remorse

• Secretive – Has little need for others and is highly secretive in their actions meaning

• Sexually deviant – The lack of remorse, guilt or emotional attachments means that the sociopath is happy to have affairs and to engage in questionable sexual activity without questioning their desires

• Sensitive to criticism – That said, like all narcissists, the sociopath will desire the approval of others and will be highly sensitive to criticisms. They often feel they deserve adulation and admiration of the world and might feel victimized

• Paranoid – Often their lack of understanding of emotion along with their incongruous self view means that they feel a lack of trust and paranoia

• Despotic/Authoritarian – Often the sociopath will see themselves as a necessary authority and will be in favor or totalitarian rule

• Lawfulness – Despite popular belief, a sociopath is not likely to be a problem to the law in later life, but rather will seek to find loopholes, to rise to a position of power, or to move to another area so that their behavior is tolerated

• Low tolerance for boredom – Sociopaths require constant stimulation and get quickly bored

• Impulsive behavior – A lack of regret and empathy means makes sociopaths more likely to make sudden rash decisions based on the current facts

• Compulsive lying – As part of their facade, and as a means to an end, sociopaths are compulsive liars and will rarely speak truthfully making them hard to pin down

• The MacDonald Triad – In childhood sociopaths will likely have demonstrated the 'MacDonald Triad' also known as the 'Triad of Sociopathy', traits that often are demonstrated in sociopaths from a young age. These include animal cruelty (pulling the wings off of flies etc, bed wetting, and pyromania (an obsession with fire setting)).

Sociopaths of course vary in their symptoms and might act differently in different cases. However their main trait is presenting themselves as having the same empathy feelings and emotions as others when in fact they lack this emotional capacity. They are thus cold and manipulative and rarely see any problem with their actions.
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90 Blood Elf Hunter
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Purpose..... this thread is lacking.
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90 Blood Elf Paladin
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Qualities of a Sociopath

Someone who is described as a sociopath will have several traits that set them apart from those with no personality disorders. These traits include the following...

• Lack of empathy – Inability to feel sympathy for others or to understand the emotional consequences of their actions

• Cold, calculating nature – The ability and willingness to use others around them to personal gain

• Shallow emotions – Lack of real emotion in response to events, limited capacity to feel love

• Narcissism – A personality disorder in itself in which the individual feels strong love and admiration toward themselves (often a defense mechanism against deep seated low esteem)

• Grandiose self image – They might see themselves as someone who is superior to others and sometimes even experiences delusions. A sociopath might see themselves as a fitting ruler of a country or even the world, but might also have delusional beliefs such as seeing themselves as a God or having super powers

• Charming – While the sociopath is unable to fully understand the emotions of others, they are capable but rather highly adept at mimicking them and might appear to be charming and normal at first

• High IQ – Often sociopaths will exhibit a high IQ which they can use to manipulate and plan

• Manipulative – Sociopaths use their superficial charm and high IQ to manipulate others to get their ends, and their lack of empathy allows them to do this with no sense of guilt or remorse

• Secretive – Has little need for others and is highly secretive in their actions meaning

• Sexually deviant – The lack of remorse, guilt or emotional attachments means that the sociopath is happy to have affairs and to engage in questionable sexual activity without questioning their desires

• Sensitive to criticism – That said, like all narcissists, the sociopath will desire the approval of others and will be highly sensitive to criticisms. They often feel they deserve adulation and admiration of the world and might feel victimized

• Paranoid – Often their lack of understanding of emotion along with their incongruous self view means that they feel a lack of trust and paranoia

• Despotic/Authoritarian – Often the sociopath will see themselves as a necessary authority and will be in favor or totalitarian rule

• Lawfulness – Despite popular belief, a sociopath is not likely to be a problem to the law in later life, but rather will seek to find loopholes, to rise to a position of power, or to move to another area so that their behavior is tolerated

• Low tolerance for boredom – Sociopaths require constant stimulation and get quickly bored

• Impulsive behavior – A lack of regret and empathy means makes sociopaths more likely to make sudden rash decisions based on the current facts

• Compulsive lying – As part of their facade, and as a means to an end, sociopaths are compulsive liars and will rarely speak truthfully making them hard to pin down

• The MacDonald Triad – In childhood sociopaths will likely have demonstrated the 'MacDonald Triad' also known as the 'Triad of Sociopathy', traits that often are demonstrated in sociopaths from a young age. These include animal cruelty (pulling the wings off of flies etc, bed wetting, and pyromania (an obsession with fire setting)).

Sociopaths of course vary in their symptoms and might act differently in different cases. However their main trait is presenting themselves as having the same empathy feelings and emotions as others when in fact they lack this emotional capacity. They are thus cold and manipulative and rarely see any problem with their actions.


So... Arcanita?
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Purpose..... this thread is lacking.


Learning how to spot sociopaths can help you avoid them. The more you know.
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90 Blood Elf Hunter
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Learning how to spot sociopaths can help you avoid them. The more you know.


My boss was a sociopath............. fun times.
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90 Blood Elf Paladin
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06/21/2013 08:26 AMPosted by Chrysis
Purpose..... this thread is lacking.


Learning how to spot sociopaths can help you avoid them. The more you know.


Irony is a beautiful thing.
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