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Types of Abuse
The 'Sociopath' Personality
pages to read
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- How to Spot a Sociopath
- Protect yourself from sociopaths
- Sociopathic Personality Disorder
For a person to be diagnosed as a sociopath he or she must have at least three or more of the below mentioned symptoms
• Displays heightened levels of deceitfulness in dealings with others, which involves lying, conning others without remorse, or even using aliases
• Inability to abide by the social norms and thus violating law
• Displays aggressiveness and often tends to get into assaults and physical fights
• Displays complete lack of empathy for others and their situation for which they are responsible
• Displays no feelings or shallow feelings
• Displays impulsive behavior which is indicated by the inability to plan for the future
• Displays no concern for safety of others around them or self
• Inability to sustain a consistent behavior that stems mainly from irresponsibility especially at work place or in other dealings
• Displays promiscuous behavior
Research has revealed that since a sociopath never conforms to the rules of the society, he or she is not bothered about the consequences of his or her actions. Such people at times are also able to inspire like minded people. Some of the other traits that are common in antisocial people are that they are usually intelligent and have a superficial charm and they are able to attain success using unscrupulous methods. Thus they can also never learn from their own mistakes and they do not hesitate to indulge in certain activities that are considered immoral and taboo by the society.
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Sociopaths are known for their superficial charm, calculative and controlling behavior, which is one of the main reasons why they are able to trick people and charm them with their smiling faces and good natures in a relationship. Relationships with sociopaths are really difficult to maintain as sociopaths are also masters of manipulations and they tend to take whole control of the relationship and the other person involved, leaving them feeling inferior and unsatisfied. Sociopaths also never learn from their previous mistakes and they tend to commit the same mistake over and over again. They also never hesitate to manipulate their partners to gain control and power in the relationships and as they are remorseless, they use any means and methods possible to retain their control in the relationship. Relationships with sociopaths are often one way and do not last long as there is a lot of stress in the relationship and the partner is left feeling worthless and unhappy most of the time.
Sociopaths with narcissistic traits and such a situation is a dangerous one, as these people do not want to be helped. Such people often tend to be highly manipulative and without any shred of remorse for their actions, even if their actions have harmed others who are close to them or their family members. There is nothing that can stop a narcissistic sociopath from achieving his goals. He makes use of all his charm which is highly superficial and intellect in order to attain his goals by any means possible. Such people often think that they are above all and they do not really care if anyone disagrees with them.
Psychopath vs Sociopath
→ PSYCHOPATHS are considered to be a form of antisocial personality disorder. They are often paranoid and suspicious and the implications of this paranoia tend to be severe, with psychopaths interpreting all aggressive behavior against them as unjust. Usually psychopaths are organized and they can have normal relationships and they are successful career wise too. These people place a lot of emphasis on planning, especially when planning to commit a crime, they tend to plan for years. Read more symptoms of psychopaths.
Psychopathy is among the most difficult disorders to spot. The psychopath can appear normal, even charming. Underneath, they lack conscience and empathy, making them manipulative, volatile and often (but by no means always) criminal. They are an object of popular fascination and clinical anguish: psychopathy is largely impervious to treatment. It is important to note that the vast majority of people with antisocial tendencies are not psychopaths. -www.psychologytoday.com/basics/psychopathy-
→ SOCIOPATHS are incapable of maintaining relationships, jobs and they are highly disorganized and erratic. As they have no respect for social norm, they do not hesitate to physically or verbally abuse their victims.