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Who Is The Sociopath?
Sociopathy and psychopathy are both unofficial terms that describe someone with antisocial personality disorder.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR) describes Antisocial Personality Disorder as “A pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others, occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more) of the following:
1. Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors, as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
2. Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure.
3. Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead.
4. Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults.
5. Reckless disregard for safety of self or others.
6. Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations.
7. Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another.”
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Sociopath vs. Psychopath: What’s The Difference?
Some experts see psychopaths as more “cold-hearted” and calculating than sociopaths.
A psychopath doesn’t have a conscience. A sociopath has a conscience, but it’s weak and both lack empathy.
Recent research even suggests that a psychopath’s brain does work like other people’s.
For example, when most people see blood or violence in a movie, they experience physical changes, such as increased heart rate or shallow breathing or sweaty palms.
A psychopath, however, has the opposite reaction. He gets calmer, which is one of the main reasons they seem fearless and engage in risky behavior. (source)
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Is My Boyfriend A Sociopath Quiz
#1. Do they seem like the “bad boy,” never following the rules?
#2. Do they tend to lie about everything to make sure they get what they want?
#3. Do they seem arrogant and have an inflated sense of self?
#4. Do they seem ultra charming at first but later exploit others?
#5. Do they exhibit impulsive behavior (e.g., indulging in eating or drinking alcohol or shopping, destroying property in a moment of anger, etc.)?
#6. Do they seem like they don’t usually think through the potential consequences of their behaviors?
#7. Did the relationship move quickly, especially at the beginning?
#8. Do they claim that everyone misunderstands them and they have no close friends?
#9. Are they often unreliable (e.g., forgetting about any commitments, not showing up for you, etc.) and yet would always find an excuse or find a way to blame you?
#10. Do they constantly push your boundaries, never taking no for an answer?
#11. Are they easily angered, even in response to minor slights and insults?
#12. Do they seem like they don’t feel emotions much, including sadness and fear, but often claim that they’re “bored” and need something stimulating to do?
This quiz is for informational purposes only. It is not meant as a diagnostic or assessment tool.
The questions above represent common signs of sociopathy. If you answered yes to most of these questions, then your partner might be a sociopath.
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- Portions of this article were adapted from the book Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR), © 2013 by American Psychiatric Association. All rights reserved.
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