Characteristics of Sociopathy
Sociopathy is one of many personality disorders. It mainly expresses one's inability to be kind to others and respect their existence. Rather, a sociopath is likely to disregard emotions and rights of others, developing this character trait all the way from his or her childhood. This disorder, even though born quite early, is officially diagnosed only after the person in question is 18 years old, and has a history of sociopathic behavior since the childhood. This behavior, as well as other character traits of a sociopath, may be expressed in numerous different ways, some more extraordinary than the others.
What Triggers Sociopathy?
As with many personality disorders, personal history and childhood both play a very important role. That being said, many believe that children who were neglected or maltreated by their parents, all have a high possibility of becoming sociopaths themselves. In fact, sociopaths often use their childhood problems as an excuse for their abusive behavior towards others. Alternatively, there are some claims that sociopathy is able to be inherited, genetically transferred, that is. Therefore, if you have a history of this disorder in your family, you are likely to get affected by it yourself, and develop sociopathy as soon as you are achild.
What Is a Sociopath Like?
First and foremost, you need to bear in mind that these people lack a sense of moral and conscience completely. Thus, they are prone to lying and manipulating others in order to achieve their own, selfish goals.
They are often hiding behind a mask of a pleasant, communicative person who is interesting and stands out in a crowd due to his or her charm and an apparently interesting personality. However, sociopath is likely to lie constantly, about all aspects of his or her personality. Moreover, most of them are perfect liars, unable to be seen through by others. This is probably due to their absence of emotions like guilt, shame and regret. Namely, upon lying and living this corrupted way of life, a sociopath feels nothing towards others and is capable of doing the worst possible things to the people around, only for his or her own benefit and pleasure. All these people care about is themselves, completely disregarding anyone else. This is why they are often considered narcissists as well, since they often show this self-centered behavior too.
As for a sociopath's past they are likely to have been involved in some cases of juvenile delinquency like robberies, violent behavior etc. Moreover, due to their aggressive and self-centered nature, they are often unable to function correctly in a society. They have troubles finding jobs, maintaining healthy relationships with other people and living under a certain, widely accepted, way of conduct.
Even though some positive results may be achieved through psychotherapy, this is very hard since sociopaths are likely to try and manipulate their therapist, lying and ignoring all their efforts.