How To Spot A Sociopath

How To Spot A Sociopath


6. See If The Person Is Manipulative.

Sociopaths understand human weakness and exploit it maximally. Once determined, they can manipulate individuals to do just about anything. Sociopaths prey on weak people and often stay away from equally strong people; they look for people who are sad, insecure, or looking for a meaning in life because they know that these people are soft targets. In other words, a person with unmet needs, is a person that can be more easily manipulated through those unmet needs. Check to see if the person is great at getting other people to do what he or she wants.

  • True sociopaths will slowly gain dominance and control over a person without the person realizing it. They like to be in control of every situation and are uncomfortable being around other strong people. They are always worried about being exposed. When strong people are around, they are afraid to get caught. They will keep distance, and from a distance, make small contact with the ‘strong’ person, to see if they are noticed. However, Sociopaths like to prey on the strongest people they can deceive, remain unseen, or exposed from. Once they feel exposed, they will play their trump cards, or get out… always on an excuse that doesn’t make sense. Much of their dominance they gain through psychological warfare, creating dependency of the other person upon themselves. Like a venom, their game plan is to weaken people over time. They figure If they can remain unseen, they can stay out of harms way.
  • See if the person is completely comfortable deceiving people and blatantly telling lies to get what he or she wants. In the same way they have little to no empathy, they have low or deficient integrity.


7. Look For Signs Of Instigating Violent Behavior.

As children some sociopaths torture defenseless animals such as frogs, kittens, or puppies, or even defenseless people. (This behavior can surface in adulthood, but then damage is delivered via mental and emotional abuse.) This violence is always instigating, and not defensive violence. They will create dramas out of thin air, or twist what others say. If they are challenged or confronted about it, they will point the finger the other way, counting on the empathic person’s empathy and consideration of people to protect them, as long as they can remain undetected. Their attempt to point the finger the other way, is both a smokescreen to being detected, and an attempt to confuse the situation.

  • If you have the sense that, while the person is outwardly calm, he or she can snap and get violent at any moment, then he or she may be demonstrating sociopathic behavior.


8. See If The Person Has A Huge Ego.

Sociopaths often have delusions of grandeur and think they are the greatest people in the world. They will be completely unresponsive to criticism and have an extremely inflated sense of self. They will also have a huge sense of entitlement, thinking that they deserve for others to create amazing things for them, without consideration for their well being. They don’t care about others, just wish to use them.[3]

  • They may also have a completely unrealistic view of their own abilities; for example, they may think that they are extremely talented at singing or dancing, when in reality, they possess almost no skills in these fields. They either are delusional, which is often true, or/and they say such things to add to the facade or mask are wearing/creating in their agenda of deception.
  • The person may also think he or she is better than everyone around him or her, without evidence that he or she is superior.
  • The person may also be completely narcissistic. Thus, the person is far more interested in talking about him or herself than hearing what others have to say. Also, the person spends a great deal of time staring in the mirror rather than observing others in the world. The person, in general, doesn’t want to hear what anyone else has to say.


9. See If The Person Cannot Hold Eye Contact.

Sociopaths are known to have a difficulty being with intense experience. The person cannot hold eye contact because he or she is completely uncomfortable gazing into others eyes, which brings up empathy, which they are afraid of. They may look away, and say something to take the interaction another way. However, if they feel like the person they are trying to make victim is weak enough, they may ‘stare’ with a strange energy, because they feel the other cannot ‘see’ them. At this time they will try to impose their will. Such behavior is always codependent, needing others to do things for them, or agree with them.

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