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Profile Of A Sociopath

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Re: Profile Of A Sociopath

Post by Marnie on Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:28 pm


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Profile Of A Sociopath

Post by Marnie on Fri May 22, 2009 2:09 pm

Glibness and Superficial Charm

Manipulative and Conning

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 A
deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core.
Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and
opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices
who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let
nothing stand in their way.

Shallow Emotions When
they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more
feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by
insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would
upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their

Incapacity for Love

Need for Stimulation Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

Callousness/Lack of Empathy Unable
to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for
others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive NatureRage
and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval
produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating
hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing,
entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for
their impact on others.

Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency Usually
has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by
conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant
behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

Irresponsibility/Unreliability Not
concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or
indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame
themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity Promiscuity, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

In the 1830's this disorder was called "moral insanity." By 1900 it was
changed to "psychopathic personality." More recently it has been termed
"antisocial personality disorder" in the DSM-III and DSM-IV. Some
critics have complained that, in the attempt to rely only on
'objective' criteria, the DSM has broadened the concept to include too
many individuals. The APD category includes people who commit illegal,
immoral or self-serving acts for a variety of reasons and are not
necessarily psychopaths.

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