THE SOCIOPATH- A DANGER ALL AROUND US. PT 9.
So, the most important question of all must be asked; How do you know if you are dealing with a Sociopath?
To answer this, we must understand that Sociopaths occupy many different levels of achievement; be it Financial, Educational or Social.
It has been speculated that most of those imprisoned are probably Sociopaths. However, that doesn't mean most Sociopaths are in prison.
This, of course, leads to the following; Why are some Sociopaths easy to spot and recognize, while others can remain unidentified for years?
It is because not all Sociopaths are on the same level. You see, the Sociopath considers their established way of life to be a career choice. Just as someone else chooses Medicine, Law, Teaching etc, the Sociopath looks for a Job or Occupation that will allow them to best exploit others. In other words, it doesn't matter what function they play in society, for it is irrelevant. All they care about is achieving personal desires.
This leads us to the following; How do we classify Sociopaths, in terms of how successful they are in realizing specific goals? That can be best be explained by creating the following categories:
- The Accomplished Sociopath.
- The Functional Sociopath.
- The Failed Sociopath.
These will be discussed and defined in a future post.
THE SOCIOPATH- A DANGER ALL AROUND US. PT 10.
The first of the three categories of Sociopaths, in terms of how successful they are in achieving individual goals, and avoiding punishment for their actions.
ACCOMPLISHED SOCIOPATH- Is by far the most dangerous to a civilized society. Throughout their lives, they have learned to direct and use others to act on their behalf. This is done in such a way that no one realizes they are being manipulated, and few negative consequences fall upon this type of Sociopath.
However, what really sets the Accomplished Sociopath apart is their ability to direct blame and responsibility for actions they commit, onto others who are completely innocent. This is often done by duping others to aid them in the persecution of the individual being targeted by the Accomplished Sociopath. Families, Friendships and Business relationships are destroyed by this insidious fiend.
Unfortunately, the Accomplished Sociopath may go through life unidentified, free to unleash havoc on humanity. The real sad part of the story is that many people think they are to smart to be conned by such a person, and refuse to admit it when evidence is presented that they are being used for nefarious reasons. The Accomplished Sociopath realizes this, and finds ways to appeal to the vanity of the unwitting pawn.
Are there clues, that may indicate you are dealing with an Accomplished Sociopath? Yes, but be sure before confronting one. They have spent years creating a facade of humanity that has hidden their true nature from Family, Friends and Acquaintances. If possible, accumulate allies who are willing to stand with you.
For confronting the Accomplished Sociopath, means attacking their support structure of individuals who are either Unable or Unwilling to face reality.
See part 11 for clues on identifying an ACCOMPLISHED SOCIOPATH.
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THE SOCIOPATH- A DANGER ALL AROUND US. PT 11.
The Accomplished Sociopath has achieved high status in the Professional and/or Social World by learning to identify the strengths and weaknesses in others. They use this ability to advance a personal agenda, that usually disregards whatever consequences occur in the lives of those who come in contact with them.
However, the one exception that sets the Accomplished Sociopath apart, is learning how to mimic the behavior of those who are expressing Worry, Concern, Empathy, Sorrow etc. They see the powerful affect it has on Family, Friends, Co-Workers and members of their immediate social circle, and how pretending to have these same feelings can work to their advantage. Since they care about no one else, manipulating the emotions and lives of others does not bother or hinder them in the least.
Fortunately, if we are perceptive enough, this behavior can lead to the unmasking of the Accomplished Sociopath. While, in the short term, they are able to create a facade of caring, it usually doesn't last long. Since their behavior is just an act, where the only purpose is achieving self- serving goals, once these are met there is no reason for them to maintain an artificial projection of feelings they do not have.
This may be the most important Red Flag we have in identifying an Accomplished Sociopath. Most people cannot turn off Feelings of Concern, Empathy or Sorrow on a moments notice. It is usually a process of going through successive stages, that may take some time to complete. However, since these emotions were never genuine, the Accomplished Sociopath has trouble pretending to go through phases that are part of resolving and accepting the reality of the given situation. Like turning a light switch on or off, the Accomplished Sociopath drops all pretense, once the deception has served its' purpose.
See part 12.
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