A sociopath can be defined as a person who is at least 18 years old who has Antisocial Personality Disorder. This disorder is characterized by a disregard for the feelings of others, a lack of remorse or shame, manipulative behavior, unchecked egocentricity, and the ability to lie in order to achieve one's goals.
Sociopaths can be dangerous at worst or simply very difficult to deal with, and it's important to know if you've found yourself with a sociopath, whether it's someone you're dating or an impossible coworker. If you want to know how to spot a sociopath, then you have to pay careful attention to what the person says or does. See Step 1 to get started.
Part 1 of 2: Reading the Signs
- Look for a lack of shame.
- See if the person is constantly lying.
- See if they are able to stay eerily calm in spite of circumstances.
- See if they are extremely charming -- at first.
- See if the person is exceptionally intelligent.
- See if the person is manipulative.
- Look for signs of violent behavior.
- See if the person has a huge ego.
- See if the person makes uninterrupted eye contact.
- Face reading.
- See if the person has few real friends.
- See if the person likes to isolate you.
- See if the person is immature.
Part 2 of 2: Getting Away
- Stay away if you can.
- Be immune to the sociopath's charms.
- If you're dating the person, then get out as quickly as possible.
- Warn others.
- Think for yourself.