So, what are some other Clues that Could INDICATE you are dealing with a SOCIOPATH.
To Manipulate Others, and create Situations That can be Exploited for Their Own Benefit, Sociopaths are Natural Liars and Gossips who will Direct Their Venom at just about Anyone, be it Family, Friend, Co-Worker or Acquaintance. You may Notice a Complete Lack of Loyalty to Any Person or Institution.
The Sociopath, by Their Nature, Cares About Nothing but Fulfilling the Personal Needs and Desires that are Found in Their own Mind. Sometimes it might mean helping others, sometimes not. The Difference is how the Outcome will Benefit Them. Together, with the Lack Empathy for how people may be affected by Their Decisions, the Sociopath may seem to Love and Understand Another Individual One Minute, then Hate and Ignore Them the Next. This Type of Behavior Often Confuses those around Them, who do not Understand the Sociopaths True Motivations.
Along with this Lack of Loyalty to Anyone else, the Sociopath is Always seeking Allies to Support Their Own Agenda. To this End, The Sociopath is Quite Able to Switch Opinions about What They Think of Others at a Moments Notice. In Other Words, they may Praise the Qualities and Virtues of an Individual One Day, THEN TEAR THEM APART THE NEXT. What has changed? It is Whichever Set of Opinions Suits Their Purposes Best.
This Leads us to a Common Misunderstanding about the Behavior of the Sociopath. Many People Expect to Find an AMORAL BULLY when a Sociopath is Finally Exposed, who ran Roughshod over anyone in Their Way. While that COULD BE TRUE TO SOME EXTENT, IT IS NOT NECESSARILY TRUE IN SOME OR ALL SITUATIONS. The BULLY OFTEN LACKS THE DISCIPLINE TO PROPERLY DEAL WITH OTHERS IN ACHIEVING PERSONAL GOALS. INTIMIDATION IS THEIR TOOL TO CONTROL OTHERS, BUT IT IS SELDOM HARD TO SPOT, AND OFTEN LEADS TO THE BULLIES DOWNFALL.
THIS IS NOT TRUE WHEN WE EXAMINE THE MINDSET OF THE SOCIOPATH. See the next post on this subject.