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Sociopath - May 27th 2010, 09:01 AM

Hello, and good day. I think I might be a sociopath, I feel no care for the life and happiness of others, I want to make people suffer because I was poor as a child, I think about ways to take over countries, and think of ways to torture people I dislike. Yet everyone loves me and I am extremely charismatic, and calculating, making decisions based in sole logic without emotion.


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Re: Sociopath - May 27th 2010, 08:28 PM

Hi there. If this is something that concerns you, I'd recommend asking your doctor to refer you to a psychiatrist. I am not qualified to diagnose you, nor are you qualified to diagnose yourself, but here are some common characteristics of a sociopath (taken from this site):
  • Glibness and superficial charm
  • Manipulative and conning
  • Grandiose sense of self
  • Pathological lying
  • Lack of remorse, shame, or guilt
  • Shallow emotions (when showing what seems to be warmth, joy, love, and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive)
  • Incapacity for love
  • Need for stimulation (Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.)
  • Lack of empathy
  • Poor behavioral controls/impulsive nature
  • Early behavior problems/juvenile delinquency
  • Irresponsibility/unreliability
  • Promiscuous sexual behavior/infidelity
  • Lack of realistic life plan/parasitic lifestyle (exploiting other people)
  • Criminal or entrepreneurial versatility (changes image as needed to avoid prosecution)
If you find you have a lot of these traits, then again, you should speak to your doctor.
   
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Re: Sociopath - May 27th 2010, 11:58 PM

Sociopathy isn't a legal nor medical diagnosis, in fact listing out symptoms of it is incorrect because sociopathy is a term for anti-social personality disorder, dissocial personality disorder and/or psychopathy. Not all three are the same, so while there are indeed similarities, there are differences so any list of symptoms for sociopathy depends on the definition used.

If you want a good view on psychopathy (legal term not medical as it does not exist in the medical realm), then get the book called Without Conscience by Dr. Robert Hare, who is the leading expert in it as well as the expert in forming the risk assessment tools for it.

As for the symptoms you describe, they can be anything or nothing because it matters on the severity, the contexts, the duration, etc... . The diagnostic tool for psychopathy is the PCL-R or the PCL-SV (version of it). The PCL-YV is a version that would be of no diagnostic value to you. I'm not sure which country you're in and as odd as it sounds, the country you're currently in can affect the diagnosis when using the PCL-R or PCL-SV. Dr. Hare's book explains it in great detail, you can get it from Chapters pretty easily, less than $80 CAD.

The general trend though for development would be conduct disorder and/or oppositional defiant disorder. As much as I am against self-diagnosis, look them up. I cant give any more advice, other than see a doctor if you're concerned about it. Once again though, it's more than merely checking what symptoms you have or don't have that makes the diagnosis.
   
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