What is a Sociopath
Sociopathy is a condition of a person having a missing conscience. Those who have sociopathy are diagnosed as sociopaths.
Sociopathic behavior includes a high level of charisma and smoothness in the public eye and can even fool trained professionals let alone an unsuspecting acquaintance. Often diagnosis can only be made after hurt has been administered at their hand. Hurt is most often carried out towards those who they have fooled into being an admirer.
Some of the traits unfolded in the article by Cangemi and Pfohol include: A facade of a perfect life; active ambition for leadership roles; disregard for woman; hidden cruelty; need to be right; passion for killing; a drive to WIN; a instinct to destroy opposition and competitors; an outward appearance of expertise and knowledge especially in word; cheating; fraud; aggressive attacks based on internal conflict; etc.
Mike Adams at NaturalNews.com published a well put together article that lists ten signs. These include: high level of charm, spontaneity, passion, and intensity; a void in feelings of shame, guilt or remorse; outrageous lies and exaggerations about their abilities or past; a crazy drive to WIN; a high level of intelligence; a distorted experience with love; an ability to use speech in a highly skilled manner; an inability to apologize; a belief in their own delusion.
Basic Scenario’s of a Sociopath
Article Reviewed: Cangemi, Joseph P., Pfohol, William. (2009) Sociopaths in High Places. Organization Development Journal 27(2): 85-96 (Case Studies based on real individuals)
Case One- The Business Leader
A sociopath in a business setting appeared with the perfect resume from a top university with an attractive spouse and literally everything about them seeming ideal for the part.
Yet quickly, as the sociopath settled into the leadership position, rumors began around the company about this perfect leader saying horrible things to inferiors, using profane language towards woman, and that their marriage really is not as good as it is made out to be initially. In a candid moment at dinner, when discussing assassinations the sociopath lit up and strongly asserted a position of killing. In the course of the dinner, he had a disagreement with a competitor, and he set out to destroy the one who dared to challenge him, not just respectfully let him disagree.
Case Two – Coveting
Another place a sociopath will emerge is in academia especially since professors often receive a cult following. They present as super smooth and expert along with charm and over-inflated intellect. In this case, a colleague was selected by a large company to be a consultant and he felt it should have been him instead. He set out on a attacking campaign against the colleague with words accused publicly of well placed insults to really hurt the individuals reputation, simply out of jealousy for their great moment. The irony of the attacks is they were against a super accomplished, brilliant, loved and prestigious colleague who the sociopath could not intellectually compete with so his entire goal became to destroy the colleague. After this proved unsuccessful, he switched to the President of the University eventually succeeding in driving the president out of the school. In this story, the wrath was directed towards those they were insulted by, did not like, coveted or viewed as competition.
Case Three – Immunity
This refers to sociopaths developing a following whether it be colleagues, religious followers, students, friends in which they are defended passionately no matter the trespass or behavior from sexual to dishonest to incomprehensible. Once they have a following, they will lie, manipulate and passionately convince others and elevate themselves above the rules. They love to play others against each other causing a sort of social chaos. In a leadership role, they will often defraud outsiders like investors by schmoozing them. In an inside role, they will often make uneducated dictates and if those dictates do not work out or incur a cost, they find scapegoats and they love to fire their workers.
Professional Advice for Discovering a Sociopath
Look for instances where they do something shocking and then show no shame, no remorse, no concern and especially no guilt.
Look for them to strive to WIN no matter the cost; to actively be obsessed with winning
Look for emotional manipulation to control situations in real time.
Look for a history of adultery or pernicious cheating and promiscuity outside of marriage as they will always seek outside sexual liaisons from marriage.
Look for them to be highly socially smooth and convincing with chameleon like abilities.
Look for their ambition to be tied to some sort of personal gain including economic, prestige, status, advancement.
Look for them to fake religion when they obviously do not have any.
Look for them to push the idea of a moral compass and make out like something unethical was ethical.
Be very careful for someone who constantly cites their credentials and claims to be an expert especially those with degrees or some other form of validation like a high end university.
If you find yourself giving that individual too much or unearned respect or being mesmerized by their high level of charisma, there is a lot of red flags.
Look for the sociopath to seek absolute destruction of competition by any means available especially when the envied individual is a “candidate for a position, promotion or award – the sociopath will focus on destroying the individual’s chances by any means possible.
Look for them to be in leadership roles or roles at the top of organizations never taking credit for failures and firing constantly.
Look for a sociopath to be passionate about killing on a large scale or directed towards innocents.
Look for them to be hypocritical, often doing the same things they condemn others for doing.
Look for them to take advantage of the support of descent individuals as those who are descent are the least likely to catch them as they cannot fathom doing what the sociopath is actually doing!
This is by no means conclusive, and by nature, most all politicians are going to be narcissistic on some level and the only way to find out if Trump is a sociopath, is to elect him to be POTUS.