October 18, 2011

10 On Tues: Top 10 Sites about Sociopaths on the WWW

1. Profile of the Sociopath: 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 promises.

2. Antisocial Personality Disorder: Many people with this disorder are not violent unless significantly and specifically provoked.

3. Sociopath: a person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

4. Protect Yourself from Sociopaths: If you're dealing with a person who exhibits some of these traits, put your guard up. If that person shows many or all of these traits, get him or her out of your life.

5. Sociopath World: A sociopath is not a sensitive woman with deep poetic complexities, but an animal seeking amusement. You are expendable, as you have the specialness of an ant. Unless you can see her for what she is, or get her to show you what he is.

6. How do you know if someone is a Sociopath? The key characteristics of a sociopath include: having no conscience, inability to treat others as human beings, with feelings and rights and inability to learn from experience, from life. One result of this last is gross immaturity, though it may be hidden unless one knows the person well. A sociopath behaves as if he/she were the only person in the whole world and as if everyone else just existed for their benefit and had no existence in their own right. Sociopaths treat other people as toys and hanker after the power to control and hurt their "nearest and dearest." Many are monumentally self-important: They may pretend to be millionaires, when in reality they are sliding towards financial disaster. Habitual dishonesty.

7. What is a Sociopath? They are quick to become angry at the most tiny sign of disrespect whether real or not. They do not give without reason. They have an agenda.

8. Common Everyday Sociopaths: Chances are you know a sociopath. I say "ordinary lives," but what they do is far from ordinary. Sociopaths are people without a conscience. They don't have the normal empathy the rest of us take for granted. They don't feel affection. They don't care about others. But most of them are good observers, and they have learned how to mimic feelings of affection and empathy remarkably well.

9. The Sociopathic Style: Dr. Hare's Checklist (Sociopathic Traits): FAILURE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OWN ACTIONS -- a failure to accept responsibility for one's actions reflected in low conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation, denial of responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through this denial.

10. An Interview with Martha Stout: When considering a new relationship of any kind, practice the Rule of Threes regarding the claims and promises a person makes, and the responsibilities he or she has. Make the Rule of Threes your personal policy. One lie, one broken promise, or a single neglected responsibility may be a misunderstanding instead. Two may involve a serious mistake. But three lies says you're dealing with a liar, and deceit is the linchpin of conscienceless behavior. Cut your losses and get out as soon as you can. Leaving, though it may be hard, will be easier now than later, and less costly. Do not give your money, your work, your secrets, or your affection to a three-timer. Your valuable gifts will be wasted.

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