Someone You Know Is A Sociopath

Mental health professionals estimate that sociopaths (or psychopaths, if you prefer) make up about 4% of the U.S. population; these are full-blown sociopaths, I take it. I have a hypothesis that sociopathy is a sliding scale and there are many screw-ups “walkin’ the streets” as conservatives like to say, that exhibit many of the characteristics of a sociopath. A “true” sociopath has absolutely no conscience whatsoever and cannot feel remorse – not even a little bit. They have no qualms about hurting or manipulating people to get what they want; selfish is not a strong enough word to describe their self-seeking, parasitic behavior.

Below are a couple of checklists for recognizing sociopaths, but when in doubt, just assume that anyone from the upper-middle and upper classes are sociopaths. In fact, studies have shown that the CEO of a company, for instance, is at least four times as likely to be a sociopath as the “guy sweeping the floor.” The bourgeoisie and the capitalist system are sociopathic and since they are the ruling class, they define the prevailing values (anti-values, I call them) of societies they own and control; therefore, while less prevalent, there will of course appear sociopaths among the working class as well. Be on your guard. In my experience, it seems that North American Proles, at least, tend to wear their heart on their sleeve. As an East German comrade once said: “Americans have a ‘confessional’ culture.” That’s a nice way of saying that Americans like to spill their fuckin’ guts and tell everyone their business (Facebook comes to mind). You have to be smarter than that. I’m also reminded of the popular film of yesteryear, “The Godfather,” where Marlon Brando chastises his eldest son for speaking his mind too freely during a meeting with a potentially rival hood. He says, “Never tell anyone outside the family what you’re thinking again.” Exercise a little discretion.  Don’t let these psychos get an edge on you.

Psychopathy Checklist-Revised: Factors, Facets, and Items[5]
Factor 1 Factor 2 Other items
Facet 1: Interpersonal

  • Glibness/superficial charm
  • Grandiose sense of self-worth
  • Pathological lying
  • Cunning/manipulative

Facet 2: Affective

  • Lack of remorse or guilt
  • Emotionally shallow
  • Callous/lack of empathy
  • Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
Facet 3: Lifestyle

  • Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
  • Parasitic lifestyle
  • Lack of realistic, long-term goals
  • Impulsiveness
  • Irresponsibility

Facet 4: Antisocial

  • Poor behavioral controls
  • Early behavioral problems
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Revocation of conditional release
  • Criminal versatility
Psychopathic Personality Inventory: Factors and Subscales[5]
PP1–1: Fearless dominance PP1–2: Impulsive Antisociality Coldheartedness
  • Social influence
  • Fearlessness
  • Stress immunity
  • Machiavellian egocentricity
  • Rebellious nonconformity
  • Blame externalization
  • Carefree nonplanfulness
  • Coldheartedness

Sources: SociopathWorld, Wikipedia

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