A sociopath is a person who completely disregards and violates the rights of others while refusing to conform to societal norms. There are many characteristics to help identify sociopathic behavior.
According to Sadie Davis from the Psycology.about.com website created on February 21, 2009. A sociopath is a liar and a user, plain and simple. They have no sympathy or empathy for anyone but themselves. They do not know, or want to learn, how to care about someone else. They are great actors for a while until they think they've got you hooked. Then you become nothing more than their victim. Davis stated that their ultimate goal is to rule the world, including all the people in it. A person with sociopathic tendencies tells you everything you want to hear and behaves exactly as you want them to behave. They sweep you off your feet and make you fall instantly in love with them. They're charming and sweet and lying! A sociopath wants everything that everyone else has. They're very jealous of material things. They have a huge sense of entitlement. They will tell you that they don't love themselves. This is not necessarily true as research shows that they only love themselves. According to psychologist a sociopath will use many people for many different things. They will use one person for their money, another for their car, another so that they can have a roof over their head. In the meantime, they have nothing nice to say about these people who, so generously, give up their money, cars and homes for the sociopath. The minute the sociopath is denied what he wants from you, he'll turn on a full-blown rage act. Or, if you're lucky, you'll get the crying act instead. Anything they can do to make you give, give, give to them. It is believe that their short-term goals are having everyone else do everything for them while they reap the benefits. One thing about a sociopath always amazed me is that sociopath can be completely wrong about something. For example, let's say you tell the person "the sky is blue". They will respond with "no, it's green". Now, we all know the sky is blue but the sociopath will argue, scream and fight, if necessary, to prove that he's right and you're stupid. You know you're correct, but they are never wrong and will bully their opinions onto you. In my research I learned that sociopath do not make good friends or lovers. They demand, not expect, but demand, way too much from people. Another tactic they use when they are denied something is to degrade, accuse and verbally abuse their victims. Since they are incapable of feeling for anyone else, this is an everyday occurrence for a sociopath. They will not tell you they're sorry because they're not. If they do tell you they're sorry, wait ten (10) minutes, they'll ask you for something. Sorry is only used, flippantly, when they want something from someone whose feelings they just hurt. If you are involved with someone who shows these types of behaviors, I suggest running now. It won't get better. You have to look out for yourself, they certainly aren't looking out for you!
Profile of the Sociopath
According to psychopathy checklists of H. Cleckley and R. Hare. Sociopathic Behavior can be profiled. * Glibness and Superficial Charm
* Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims. * Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."
* Pathological Lying
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests. * Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
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