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Sociopathy | Antisocial Personality Disorder | Traits

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Sociopathy refers to a pattern of antisocial behaviors and attitudes. These include manipulation, deceit, aggression and a lack of empathy for others. Sociopathy is a non-diagnostic term, and it is not synonymous with “psychopathy,” though the overlap quite often leads to confusion. Sociopaths may or may not break the law, but use tactics of exploiting and manipulating others to gain for themselves what they desire.

Sociopathy: A personality disorder that is characterized by a lack of empathy and remorse, manipulative and impulsive behavior, and a tendency to engage in criminal activity.


Sociopath : A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.

A sociopath is a term used to describe someone who has antisocial personality disorder. Those with ASPD can not understand the feelings of others. They will often break rules or make impulsive decisions without feeling guilt or remorse for the harm they may cause.

A Sociopath is a person with a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior

People with antisocial personality disorder may use “mind games” to control and manipulate friends, family, co-workers and even strangers. They may, and often are, perceived as charismatic or charming.

Think Ted Bundy – Brains, Beauty and a Sweet Talker


Antisocial Personality Disorder, sometimes called Sociopathy, is a mental disorder in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior.

Individuals with antisocial personality disorder often violate the law, becoming criminals. They lie, behave violently or impulsively, and may have problems with drug and alcohol use. Because of these characteristics, people with this disorder typically can’t fulfill responsibilities related to family, work or school.

Common Trait of the Sociopath

  • Disregard for right and wrong
  • Persistent lying or deceit to exploit others
  • Being callous, cynical and disrespectful of others
  • Using charm or wit to manipulate others for personal gain or pleasure
  • Arrogance, a sense of superiority and being extremely opinionated
  • Recurring problems with the law, including criminal behavior
  • Repeatedly violating the rights of others through intimidation and dishonesty
  • Impulsiveness
  • Hostility, significant irritability, agitation, aggression or violence
  • Lack of empathy for others and lack of remorse about harming others
  • Unnecessary risk-taking or dangerous behavior with no regard for the safety of self or others
  • Poor or abusive relationships
  • Failure to consider the negative consequences of behavior or to learn from them
  • Being consistently irresponsible and repeatedly failing to fulfill work or financial obligations.
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