General Question

ducky_dnl's avatar

What are some characteristics of a sociopath?

Asked by ducky_dnl (5371 points ) May 6th, 2010

Do sociopaths have definable qualities?

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

19 Answers

lilakess's avatar

lack of empathy is a big one

PacificToast's avatar

I don’t actually know them, but I’ve heard that Edward Cullen from the “Twilight” series shows six out of nine of them.

faye's avatar

I’ve read no remorse, intelligent, focused, charming to get their way, ruthless if they don’t.

Resonantscythe's avatar

@PacificToast
He matches #‘s 2,4,5,9,10,13,14,15 in Trillian’s link to varying degrees.

Response moderated
Response moderated
zophu's avatar

Specific traits can be used in a diagnosis, but they don’t alone define a sociopath. Even with a diagnosis from a psych doctor, I’m sure there’s huge variations in type and severity. It’s the human brain we’re talking about. Avoid throwing labels on things you don’t have to; especially your own personality.

Now, if you enjoy killing people for the fun of it and feel no remorse or something fucked up like that, then you can probably start being labeled.

Response moderated
Response moderated
Response moderated
Response moderated
Response moderated
YARNLADY's avatar

As far as I can determine, even a trained phychologist would have trouble with a definitive answer to this question. It is very difficult to determine.

Response moderated
XOIIO's avatar

That list describes me a lot. I could easily sneak up behind you and snap your neck and not care at all. I could watch my whole school be shot in the face except me and I wouldn’t care.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

@Trillian link is useful to give the flavour of what sociopaths are like. There are sources that are more technical and better suited for diagnostic purposes when used by a clinician.

One of the reasons why sociopaths are dangerous and difficult to treat is that their behaviour gets worse when they treated with traditional talk therapy that reduces anxiety and makes people feel more comfortable with who they are and what they desire.

bolwerk's avatar

Listening to Glenn Beck.

anartist's avatar

More like missing qualities you’d expect from another person than having qualities you notice. Responses seem off especially as you get to know them better.

Answer this question

Login

or

Join

to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
or
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther