Characteristics Of A Sociopath

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The main question of this book is “why I have a conscience?” This book talks about how 1 and 25 people are considered a sociopath. A sociopath is defined as a person without a conscience someone. So that one out of 25 people is roughly 4% of Americans that can be or have been diagnosed as sociopath. sociopath have at least one of 3 of different characteristics failure to conform to social norms deceitfulness manipulativeness, sociopaths are have at least three of the following characteristics: failure to conform to social norms, deceitfulness, manipulativeness, impulsivity, failure to plan ahead, irritability, aggressiveness, reckless disregard for safety of self and others, consistent irresponsibility, and lack of remorse after having hurt or mistreated another person. Stout argues that the fundamental character traits of the sociopath are the inability to feel love, lack of conscience, boredom, manipulation of sympathy for personal gain ("the pity play"), and treating others like objects rather than human beings. They are excellent at playing victims when needed, crying big crocodile tears and eliciting compassion from others. But make no …show more content…
The answer is not foolproof and it 's kind of tricky to spot a sociopath by just looking at them. The reason for that is the most sociopath appear to be charming because in all actuality they really aren 't. Although at times they do not feel pity for anyone they tend to rely on pity from others. They use the pity that they received from others as a means of controlling them. By manipulating and controlling others it could give the sociopath a high or and adrenaline rush. Dr. Stout gives examples and ways in which those with a conscious can recognize the sociopaths they come into contact with and protect themselves against them. Sociopaths know that others do have consciences, and feel guilt. That 's precisely how they get away with outrageous

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