A sociopath might see themselves as a fitting ruler of a country or even the world, but might also have delusional beliefs such as seeing themselves as a God or having super powers Charming While the sociopath is unable to fully understand the emotions of others, they are capable but rather highly adept at mimicking them and might appear to be charming and normal at first High IQ Often sociopaths will exhibit a high IQ which they can use to manipulate and plan Manipulative Sociopaths use their superficial charm and high IQ to manipulate others to get their ends, and their lack of empathy allows them to do this with no sense of guilt or remorse Secretive Has little need for others and is highly secretive in their actions meaning Sexually deviant The lack of remorse, guilt or emotional attachments means that the sociopath is happy to have affairs and to engage in questionable sexual activity without questioning their desires Sensitive to criticism That said, like all narcissists, the sociopath will desire the approval of others and will be highly sensitive to criticisms.
Here we will look at what the term sociopath entails, whether it is indeed distinct from psychopathy, and whether Holmes was right to diagnose himself as one.
Qualities of a Sociopath Someone who is described as a sociopath will have several traits that set them apart from those with no personality disorders. Lack of empathy Inability to feel sympathy for others or to understand the emotional consequences of their actions Cold, calculating nature The ability and willingness to use others around them to personal gain Shallow emotions Lack of real emotion in response to events, limited capacity to feel love Narcissism A personality disorder in itself in which the individual feels strong love and admiration toward themselves (often a defense mechanism against deep seated low esteem) Grandiose self image They might see themselves as someone who is superior to others and sometimes even experiences delusions.
Sociopaths are not born with these tendencies though, they develop these tendencies as a result of several environmental factors that they face in their childhood or early adolescence.
Though sociopath characteristics begin at an early age, they go unnoticed for a long time, under the assumption that the child will grow up and learn on his own.
According to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, a sociopath is defined as a person with "a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood".