The term psychopath or sociopath is not an official diagnosis instead, a doctor may diagnose someone with specific traits that are associated with antisocial personality disorder. Dealing with a psychopath is stressful.To the public and some researchers could still use the term psychopath to describe individuals who display some personality traits. Examples of such traits include lack of no remorse; rationalises wrongdoings, says people deserve and persistent antisocial behaviour.
The following summarises most of the traits exhibited by persons suffering from antisocial personality disorder,
- Superficially charming or in other words silver tongued. This is perhaps one of the most irresistible aspects of interacting with psychopaths. They are prone to concealing their identity to appear as charming as possible. He or she could easily pick out topics that are crucial to us and reflects sympathetic points of view.
- Self-absorbed and egocentric because they consider themselves better than the people around them, therefore masters in deflecting negative attention caused by their actions. For instance, at the workplace, this can be manifested in someone who is not concerned about the team and is reluctant to take advice from others until it is beneficial to his agenda.
- Easily bored not just because he is having a bad day or something like a weekend night stuck alone at home, but because they face chronic boredom across all facets of their lives. One constant hypothesis is that psychopaths are hardwired to be more under-aroused than other people. It is that their nervous system is wired to an extent they need to keep doing exciting things to feel normal and reach normal levels of arousal.
- Habitual liar and in need of constant stimulation in that the lies are more goal-directed. They are typically used to conning and manipulating other for their own gain. It is always more about getting something from somebody else.
- Manipulative, a psychopath is not concerned with his or her impact on others, may it be financial, social, or personal. Primarily a psychopath is incapable of feeling emotion either for themselves or others. This is because they have difficult to process the most basic understanding of human feelings.
- Sexually promiscuous with their ability to charm unsuspecting victims, they will lure unsuspecting people into bed, but will not be interested in commitment, or anything beyond the immediate thrill. Sex to the psychopath is not about the other person, but more about their power play or stroking his or her own ego.
- Impulsive, this impulsive habit or irresponsibility is associated with not taking a step back to assess the risk involved in cheating, recklessness with their finances, or even breaking the law.
- Don’t have long term goals in that they believe they need to live in the moment instead of planning for the future, although whatever goals they may have been often disconnected from any probably future. They have difficult to tune their understanding of their lives.
- No respect for authority, including the law, in some cases they partake in white-collar crime as opposed to more violent acts. This mean you are more likely to be swindled by Psychopath than getting physically hurt. For Many criminals the motivation to commit crime is because of a drug addiction or because of a violent childhood, but for psychopaths, the impulse largely stems from a disconnection from society.
- at some point in our lives, everyone has been swept up in a moment of road rage or fantasizing about becoming a famous scientist or inventor. What set us apart most of the time from being psychopaths is that these occurrences only occur occasionally. With a psychopath, these are things happening repeatedly. It is a personality disorder.
The term psychopath has been delegated in public arena to antisocial or criminal behaviours yet people with ASPD can benefit from treatment with psychotherapy or medications and get better. However, most people with the condition tend to be resistant to treatment and some cases do not seek it out, until other issues are presented in their lives.