Sociopaths have antisocial personality disorder, which is a chronic mental illness that affects your everyday thoughts, behaviors and relationships. Sociopaths may violate the law and the rights of others, while having little regard for right and wrong and lack of remorse for their senseless acts of crime. If, after reading this list of sociopathic personality disorder signs, you think you may be dealing with a sociopath, you should encourage your friend or loved one to seek professional medical help.
- Persistent Lying or Deceit
If a person repeatedly lies, uses aliases or cons people for personal enjoyment and gain, while feeling no remorse when caught, you could be dealing with a sociopath. Sociopaths are very believable liars and rarely tell the truth. They aren’t concerned with doing the right thing, therefore making it easier for them to deceive people and get their way by lying.
- Lack of Remorse, Guilt or Empathy
Sociopaths don’t experience much remorse or guilt for their behaviors, nor do they have empathy for others’ feelings. They may be engaged in violent acts, such as child abuse and abusive relationships, but not take responsibility for their actions or accept blame.
- Incapacity for Love
Because sociopaths are making more enemies than friends, they don’t give or receive love easily. Family members, friends and coworkers may distance themselves from sociopaths because of their repeated lying, deceit and neglect that has damaged their relationship. Sociopaths may also have trouble making and keeping friends because they put themselves above others and aren’t concerned with their feelings.
Sociopaths are generally irresponsible and unreliable individuals, who seem to be oblivious to the harm or disappointment they cause others. They are quick to lie and blame others for acts they clearly committed, and do not accept blame or apologize when they are wrong.
- Impulsive Behavior
Promiscuity, infidelity, alcohol and drug abuse and gambling are just a few of the behaviors exhibited by sociopaths. Their lack of accountability and disregard for safety makes it easier for sociopaths to engage in dangerous or impulsive behavior that could be damaging to themselves or others.
- Juvenile Delinquency
Juvenile delinquency, such as stealing, animal cruelty and aggression are some common attributes of a young sociopath. Sociopaths think they are above the law and rules that everyone must abide by, therefore, a life of rule breaking and illegal acts starts at a young age.
- Grandiose Sense of Self
Sociopaths are convinced they are above everyone else and they are entitled to certain things no one else gets. Because of this mindset, sociopaths may be engaged in illegal activities and have reoccurring difficulties with the law. Sociopaths are delusional and feel as if they deserve a free pass in every situation.
In addition to pathological lying, sociopaths will manipulate strangers and people close to them in order to get what they want. They often use charm and wit to manipulate people, who could become a victim or enabler.
- Aggression or Violent Behavior
Sociopaths tend to be aggressive and violent in their day to day behavior. They may commit senseless crimes, abuse a loved one or neglect a child in an effort to release anger or show dominance.
Sociopaths are easily agitated by the smallest things and have no patience for boredom. Whether it’s being on time to work, following the law or not violating the rights of others, sociopaths have a difficult time doing as they are told.