In this sociopath test, the individual will be screened for the diagnosis of a sociopath and understood as an antisocial personality disorder in the terminology of DSM 5. This test can be used for screening purpose only and is not diagnostic.
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Characteristics of a Sociopath
Researchers generally believe that sociopathy is the consequence of environmental factors such as the upbringing of a child or teen in a very negative household resulting in emotional abuse, physical abuse, or any trauma in childhood.
● Sociopaths tend to be more impulsive and erratic in their behaviour in general than their counterparts in the psychopath
● While some sociopaths may also have trouble forming attachments to others, they may be capable of forming an attachment to a specific group or person having the same interests and mind-set as them
● In contrast to psychopaths, most sociopaths are not holding down long-term jobs or presenting the outside world with much of a normal family life
● When a sociopath engages in criminal behaviour, unlike psychopaths they do so in a reckless and compulsive and often unplanned manner, with little regard for the threats or consequences of their actions
● They may get frustrated and furious easily and quickly, leading to violent outbursts at times
These kinds of rash behaviours and activities increase the chances of being apprehended for a sociopath.
Pop Culture Examples of Sociopaths, following are the characters from different movies and TV shows that are either sociopath or have traits of sociopaths:
● JD in Heathers
● Alex Delarge in A Clockwork Orange
● The Joker in The Dark Knight
Signs and Symptoms in Childhood
Psychopathy and sociopathy signs are generally visible in childhood and adolescence. Many individuals who can be identified with sociopathy or psychopathy have behaviour patterns in which they violate other people's fundamental rights or security. As a child, they often break the rules or even laws and societal norms.
DSM-5 has a diagnosis for people with such traits in childhood known as Conduct Disorder. Conduct disorder involves four problem behaviour categories:
● Aggression against humans and animals
● Property destruction
● Deception or theft
● Serious violations of rules or laws
If you recognize these symptoms in a child or young adolescent, they are at greater risk of developing Antisocial Personality Disorder.
Differences between Psychopaths and Sociopaths
1. Imitating Human Emotions
A significant difference between a psychopath and a sociopath is imitating human emotions, psychopaths are exceptionally good at them. A psychopath tries to mimic the actions of others in order to avoid being detected, appearing to be upset or angry when something goes wrong because they know that is the' socially' appropriate reaction. Alternatively, when something occurs that would cause a normal person happy, a psychopath may behave euphorically or positively, yet in fact, the psychopath experiences nothing at all and has only managed to imitate certain reactions through watching others ' responses.
On the other hand, for example, the sociopath can realize that the robbery of a bank is incorrect. He or she may feel remorse or guilt, but it won't be enough to prevent him or her from doing it anyway. While both the psychopath and the sociopath lack empathy, the psychopath cares less for others than the sociopath does and views people as objects to be used to his or her gain, rather than emotional human beings.
Perhaps the most important difference between these types of personalities, Sociopath vs Psychopath, is whether the individual has a conscience. In fact, our conscience is the only thing that stands on our side and warns us when we are about to do something wrong or harm others. Although it may be low, a sociopath still has some sense of conscience and understanding of wrong; a psychopath does not have a conscience at all.
Overview of Antisocial Personality Disorder
Antisocial personality disorder is one type of personality disorders. The person experiencing antisocial personality disorder is also referred to as sociopath. Society has conspired with Hollywood to bring into our collective consciousness, Sociopath and Psychopath two apparently attractive words in psychology. For what science calls antisocial personality disorder, psychopaths and sociopaths are words from pop psychology. In the literature on psychology research, these two concepts are not well defined, hence the ambiguity about them.
Nonetheless, there are some common similarities and differences between these two forms of personality. Both sociopaths and psychopaths have a common history of disrespect for other people's safety and rights.
Description About the Sociopath Test
This test is based on the DSM 5 criteria, as well as the clinical interview with the mental health professional. The purpose of this test is educational/ self-assessment and can never be used as a diagnostic tool.
This test will give the results which will be helpful in understanding the severity of symptoms and will suggest if mental health support is required.