1. Who is a Sociopath/Psychopath?
At a glance, a characteristic every sociopath exhibits is lack of empathy. This is further accompanied by a disregard for others’ feelings, emotional problems, inability to sustain relationships and behaving in ways that are not culturally ‘normal’ or accepted. Everyone has been unkind, non-conforming and indifferent at some point of their life for various reasons. This does not make you a sociopath.
If these patterns become recurrent to the extent of causing pain and hurt to those around you, as well as an inability to maintain relationships, that’s when it’s a concern.
Sociopathy is primarily a personality disorder and there are no definite, conclusive tests for it. It can be deducted by a health professional by using behavioural patterns as an index.
At the same time, it should be remembered that it’s unfair to simply write off someone showing these traits as “evil” or bad. It’s not the presence of ill feelings, but just the absence of any - kindness, empathy, ability to connect.
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