How to recognise a sociopath

A sociopath is a person who does not care for the feelings and rights of others. In other words, this type of social behaviour is often associated with dishonesty, deceit as well as exploitation of others for material gain. He or she may be angry at the world and feels no remorse or guilt for their actions.

The signs

A psychopathic or a sociophatic personality is prevalent amongst males. The characteristics of a sociopath include the following:

  • Impulsive behaviour

They are prone to acting out impulsively and irresponsibly with a callous disregard for the feelings and rights of others.

  • Easily frustrated

Oftentimes, sociopaths have a low tolerance for frustrations. As a consequence of this, they are prone to violent and hostile acts or behaviour.

  • Absence of guilt or remorse

A sociopath will feel no remorse or guilt even though their actions have negative consequences on other people. On the contrary, the blame is transferred to others rather than acceptance or rationalising the consequences before behaving in a certain way.

  • Punishment will only reinforce behaviour

Trying to modify the behaviour of sociopaths through punishment will not motivate them to change but will just confirm their harsh opinion of the world.

  • Tendencies

A sociopath is prone to suffer from drug addiction, sexual deviation, alcoholism and promiscuity. He/she has a high probability of failure in holding jobs and will likely move from one place to another.

  • Possible causes

This type of antisocial behaviour often exists in the family history. In other cases, if the family suffered from substance or physical abuse or divorce, then this will also be likely passed to the next generation. Other causes are neglect, emotional and physical abuse during childhood.


A sociopath who has an antisocial personality has a shorter life expectancy than the rest of the general population. However, as a person grows older, the disorder diminishes or stabilises.

It is difficult to treat people with personality disorders such as sociopaths because they do not trust their doctors often blaming them for their condition. In addition, they are also less likely to follow prescribed treatment and if they do, they are not as responsive as most people to medication.

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