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Thinking that one might be a sociopath

by Antiphon
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Sep23-12, 01:01 PM
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This is a topic of great personal importance to some but is something of a taboo today. People are afraid to discuss it.

There are clinical tests for sociopathy. And there are many different kinds of this disorder. By no means does it mean that someone is violent or poses imminent physical harm to those around them. What it really means is that a person has no functioning conscience. They know right from wrong but it means as little to them as the Bud-Miller controversy.

Having a lack of inner empathy for others is a necessary but not sufficient indication that one might be a sociopath. A greater danger signal is whether you actively manipulate those around you for amusement and gain without any concern whatever for their well-being.

Here are some more specific questions to ask yourself if you suspect you might have this personality disorder.
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Sep23-12, 07:47 PM
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Sociopaths have no problem with being sociopaths. They would never seek treatment or therapy for it.

Sociopaths are a problem for other people, not for themselves. There is no known cure or treatment anyway.

If the thought you might be a sociopath bothers you, then it's very unlikely you are one.

Sociopaths generally don't understand the concept. They assume everyone else is just like them and is faking remorse or guilt when they hurt someone else. One of the original terms for the condition was "Moral Imbecility". They don't have a conscience so they can't get any traction on the concept at all. It's meaningless to them.
Sep24-12, 03:12 PM
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I think that when you see a person posting something like "am I a sociopath" or "I am a sociopath" then you kind of know that they are definitely not a sociopath

that's why those kinds of threads are tossed out in most forums I know, because it's just a person seeking attention by making himself/herself "dark and edgy"

of course, this is all just based on personal experiences with people claiming to be sociopaths on the internet.

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