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What is the definition or description of: sociopath?

What is the definition or description of: sociopath?

Sociopath: A sociopath is someone who exemplifies antisocial personality disorder. Sociopaths are glib and superficially charming; they are masters of influence and deception. They have no guilt or remorse about exploiting or manipulating other people; winning is the most important thing. They can use words poetically and almost hypnotically. When veracity is challenged, they attack the messenger. ...Read more

Sociopath (Definition)

A sociopath is someone who exemplifies antisocial personality disorder. Sociopaths are glib and superficially charming; they are masters of influence and deception. They have no guilt or remorse about exploiting or manipulating other people; winning is the most important thing. They can use words poetically and almost hypnotically. When veracity is challenged, ...Read more


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How is a sociopath diagnosed?

How is a sociopath diagnosed?

A sociopath, simply: Put, lacks empathy for others and what we often call a "conscience." This is a serious diagnosis and needs to be done by a mental health professional. It's easy to call others names like this. A mental health professional can provide education and possible support for loved ones also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How can I know im a sociopath?

How can I know im a sociopath?

Others would notice: Others would probably notice before you do. Sociopaths exploit others for their own ends, and have no remorse for the pain they cause. They break laws; they lie; they steal, etc -- without any concern for the rights of others. They are often impulsive, and frequently involved with drug ; alcohol abuse. This article expresses some interesting ideas: http://tinyurl. Com/nc68upo. ...Read more

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How does someone become a sociopath?

How does someone become a sociopath?

Sociopathy: There is no simple answer. Most likely a combination of genetic, environmental and psychosocial factors contribute to this disorder. ...Read more

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What to do if I may be a sociopath.?

What to do if I may be a sociopath.?

Antisocial: The modern clinical term for sociopathy is antisocial personality disorder. The hallmark of this disorder is the person seems to have no conscience, or sense of morality, or right or wrong. This person cannot empathize with others, is opportunistic, predatory, and often thrill seeking. An example of this would be Charles Manson. Any licensed mental health professional can make this diagnosis. ...Read more

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How should a person know if they're a sociopath or not?

How should a person know if they're a sociopath or not?

Sociopath: Pattern of disregard for, & violation of the rights of others. They cannot conform to social norms. They can be impulsive, deceitful, aggressive, irresponsible & lack remorse. ...Read more

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Nothing matters/bothers me. Help is this like a sociopath?

Nothing matters/bothers me. Help is this like a sociopath?

Not really: "nothing matters" sounds more like depression than sociopathy. A sociopath has aims and goals — and doesn't let other people's pain or discomfort get in his way. Sociopaths also rarely seek help, so the fact that you did argues against sociopathy. Actually, it sounds like your symptoms do bother you. A mental health evaluation, or just seeing your primary care doctor, might help. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of a sociopath?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of a sociopath?

Antisocial pathology: Sociopaths are individuals who have limited capacity for remorse, empathy, or sympathy with regard to others. They often use others to their own advantage and care little of the harm that may come to others in the process. Extreme examples would be criminals, murderers, and serial killers who do not feel guilt the same way that empathic people do. Often times they come across as slick/smooth. ...Read more

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Could a sociopath have a breakdown and be hospitalized for it?

Could a sociopath have a breakdown and be hospitalized for it?

Yes.: Sociopaths can and often have other conditions like bipolarity that may lead to 'breakdowns'. The will get depressed often after being 'caught' or exposed for their misdeeds.

Depressions are often short-lived and not deeply felt or experienced given the nature of their sociopathy. ...Read more

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How do a sociopath and a psychopath differ?

Overlapping terms: The two terms are often used synonymously. There is disagreement about the differences between the two terms and there is also difference of opinion regarding how to best measure psychopathy and whether there is a spectrum of psychopathic behavior and symptoms. Essentially, both are conditions where there is poor behavioral control, illegal behavior and a lack of remorse for hurting others. ...Read more

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How are psychopath and sociopath different?

How are psychopath and sociopath different?

Sociopath/Psychopath: Are basically the same disorder. Sociopath is a newer term for psychopath. Some people debate slight differences but the terms refer to complete disregard for the feelings and rights of others. It's as if the person is born w/out a conscience. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can narcissists and/or sociopaths steal your personality?

No...but...: No one can steal your personality. However, narcissists and/or sociopaths can manipulate an individual in a way that makes that person feel convinced that they are not in control. They seek power over others and can use subtle ways to achieve said power. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a psychopath and sociopath?

What is the difference between a psychopath and sociopath?

Similar: Both are antisocial behavior. Psychopath is determined by genetics. Sociopath is determined by environment. ...Read more

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Could psychopaths, sociopaths and narcissists feel emotion?

Could psychopaths, sociopaths and narcissists feel emotion?

Yes: Yes, they are human and feel emotion. Their reactions and the circumstances leading to those reactions may differ from others', though. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are all serial killers psychopaths/sociopaths?

Can you tell me, are all serial killers psychopaths/sociopaths?

See below.: I am not a forensic psychiatrist, but I would say that anyone who takes another person's life suffers from a mental illness. Exposure to pain ; violence, lack of empathy, isolation of affect, disordered attachment in childhood, displacement of anger, projection of aggressive drives onto others, poor impulse control, ; poor coping ; problem solving skills may cause a person to take a life. ...Read more

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What are the signs of being a sociopath and having aspergers syndrome?

What are the signs of being a sociopath and having aspergers syndrome?

Different motives: Here's a simplistic account from a non-psychiatrist who's seen a lot. Both treat others badly. Sociopaths are indifferent to the feelings of others, and cause pain because they enjoy doing it. They don't care. Aspies cannot understand the feelings of others and do not mean to be jerks. They are very grateful when guided to being more diplomatic and able to read others. ...Read more

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Is there a way for a mental health professional to diagnose a sociopath?

Is there a way for a mental health professional to diagnose a sociopath?

Yes: A sociopath is known as antisocial personality disorder according to the dsm-iv. The most important part of diagnostics is a good clinical interview. In addition, several measures of personality assess for antisocial traits and can be used to support the information gained during an interview. ...Read more

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Can a truly normal person turn into a psychopath or sociopath, or are they born that way?

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Can a truly normal person turn into a psychopath or sociopath, or are they born that way?

Antisocial: Sociopathy can result in young adults with history of conduct disorder who have early history of oppositional defiant disorder who at earlier age had attention deficit disorder that was not treated. No studies confirm inheritance as a cause. Is more common in males. ...Read more

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Can I tell me if my bf or gf is narcissistic personal disorder, just selfish or sociopaths?

Can I tell me if my bf or gf is narcissistic personal disorder, just selfish or sociopaths?

Without meeting: With your boy or girl friend, no one can make the determination whether they have a personality disorder or not. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a kind and compassionate child becomes a sociopath or psyhcopath when he gets older?

Is it possible that a kind and compassionate child becomes a sociopath or psyhcopath when he gets older?

Depends on circumsta: It is hard to say what happens as a child ages. Though one's personality is generally formed by age 5, many genetic and environmental factors combine to produce adult psychological traits. Best thing to do is to provide a loving, supportive home life for any child! ...Read more

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What is the difference between psychopaths and sociopaths, are there more of them that are juvenile delinquents?

What is the difference between psychopaths and sociopaths, are there more of them that are juvenile delinquents?

Same and different: A psychopath is someone with little to no empathy, very shallow emotions, and poor connections to others. Very poor understanding of social norms. A sociopath has much the same issue, but more so in terms of interactions with others, often being manipulative, cunning, and using others as a tool. Both are very egocentric, and put themselves first always. Many juvenile delinquents are at least one. ...Read more

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I have a problem with compulsive lieing and minupliating people to get my ways I'm scared to death I'm A sociopath. Are these symptoms?

Personality Disorder: I commend you for being honest about compulsive lying and manipulating people to get my ways.
Being “scared to death I'm A sociopath” indicates that you want to improve yourself.
You are not sociopath if you do not have reckless disregard for your other’s, safety, have remorse for your actions, do not get in physical fights or assault, do not get arrested, and follow the LAW.
Have Therapy. ...Read more

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My guy friend claims to be a sociopath but he doesn't use me. He's been supportive to me with my marriage breakdown. Is he really a sociopath?

My guy friend claims to be a sociopath but he doesn't use me. He's been supportive to me with my marriage breakdown. Is he really a sociopath?

Sociopath: Pattern of disregard for, & violation of the rights of others. They cannot conform to social norms. They can be impulsive, deceitful, aggressive, irresponsible & lack remorse. ...Read more

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If I have no empathy or remorse and can do awful things and not care, does it mean I am a sociopath. I'm curious but don't want help, as I love myself just the way I am.

Empathy: Difficult to assess if you are a sociopath or not simply from your description and I also don't know if in fact you have no empathy at all. If you truly have no remorse for hurting others this is a serious interpersonal difficulty which will prevent you from sustaining intimacy with anyone who has an ability to care. Seek therapy with a mental health professional to learn more about empathy. ...Read more

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Are sociopaths born that way or is it bad parenting or something else?

Are sociopaths born that way or is it bad parenting or something else?

Antisocial: Sociopathy can result in young adults with history of conduct disorder who have early history of oppositional defiant disorder who at earlier age had attention deficit disorder that was not treated. No studies confirm inheritance as a cause. Is more common in males. ...Read more