The Sociopaths among Us
There are countless different peopleliving together on this planet. We are all different in our way, yethaving things which bind us, like similar personalities, physicaltraits etc. There are many who live among us while suffering fromsome personality disorders. Basically, they have personalities whichare considered deviated and unhealthy by the standards we ourselveshave established. One of these people is a sociopath. Many times havewe encountered them as villains in movies, books and other sources offiction. However, not often do we think of sociopaths as regularmembers of our society. Yet, we should, since they live and takeaction in this world, having their ways of conduct completelydifferent than most of us. The easiest way to recognize a sociopathis to live near or with him/her. Those who have experienced thishelped us describe these people and become more capable ofrecognizing them from the crowd.
Sociopaths, being people who aresuffering from a specific type of antisocial disorder, areindividuals who have a distorted vision of reality, are extremelyself-centered and do not regard other people's feelings, desires andexistences at all. All sociopaths are interested in is their owngoals, and they might use lies, manipulation and many other methodswe consider evil, in order to achieve his/her things. All in all, thesepeople lack what we consider humane characteristics. Positivefeelings and emotions, compassion, empathy, love, caring; all arefeelings absent in a sociopath.
Sociopaths are always hidden behindtheir “masks”. They usually pretend to be perfectly sane, evenlovely and caring individuals. However, these people use lies everyminute, only to achieve their goals, and others may hardly realizethat until too late. Due to the fact that they are deprived offeelings, sociopaths cannot have stable relationships and the onlyindulgence in human contact is physical, through promiscuity ordeceits. They often change their locations and jobs, seeking betteropportunities and more victims. Nevertheless, these people are often“read” while they are younger; through juvenile delinquency acts,cruelty towards other people and animals, lack of friend and ageneral social life and similar facts. While older, they still havedifficulties understanding emotions and tend to burst in anger andexpel their negativity from time to time, presenting their true selfto others.
Can One Be Cured?
The older a sociopath is, the harder itis to change them. Thus, the best method of treatment is psychotherapy at a young age, when the first symptoms startappearing.