Going through my files I discovered the following.
Here is The Sociopath Test that I took to determine that I am a functional member of society.
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It’s easy to make light of a test like the funny one mentioned above, but answering the questions gave me insight into what behaviors to look for when I think that I dealing with a sociopath. They are those tedious people who only care about themselves and disregard anything you have to say. Antisocial behavior? Yes. No guilt about manipulating others? Yes. Rude, except when they want something? You betcha.
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According to the Mayo Clinic where sociopathy is a type of antisocial personality disorder:
“Antisocial personality disorder is a type of chronic mental condition in which a person’s ways of thinking, perceiving situations and relating to others are dysfunctional — and destructive. People with antisocial personality disorder typically have no regard for right and wrong and often disregard the rights, wishes and feelings of others.” [More here.]
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To my knowledge I don’t have any sociopaths running around in my life now. Not to say that there haven’t been a few of them along the way– just that I gave them the boot and they are no longer invited into my happy world.
In my experience, once someone with a tendency toward this sort of anti-social, user personality knows that I will call them out on their crap, they disappear forever because the last thing they want is for someone to shine light on them. Of course, I may have only dealt with slightly anti-social sociopaths, so my approach might not work with the really whacked, threatening ones. Don’t know what I’d do then.
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So, my gentle readers, what do you know about sociopaths? Are there any in your lives? Are you, heaven forbid, one of them?
And most importantly, what do you do when you find yourself sitting across the table from one? Avoid interaction OR destroy on the spot?