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# '''[[{{Pride}} Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth]]''': If there's a skill that exists, you can bet they believe they can master it in no time at all. From their perspective, they are the most handsome, intelligent and powerful individual that is and ever will be. Unlike the {{Narcissist}} whose [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond ego is extremely sensitive to others' feelings towards them]], the sociopath's feeling of superiority remains constant regardless of how people view him/her. Even when their actions result in crushing failure, he/she feels no obligation to conform with others' views or standards [[PragmaticVillainy except when it will advance their selfish interests]]. Likewise, sociopaths are [[NeverMyFault incapable of acknowledging personal responsibility for]] ''[[NeverMyFault any]]'' [[NeverMyFault of the failures or disappointments they encounter]] (i.e: events which they automatically attribute to [[TheManIsKeepingUsDown those out to "keep them down"]] or [[YouCantFightFate unfortunate twists of fate entirely beyond their control]]). When combined with their obsession to satisfy their insatiable appetite for stimulation ''however'' they want ''whenever'' they want , the sociopath's grandiosity leads them to be inherently hostile and contemptuous towards anyone or anything that tries to control or set limits on their behavior.

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# '''[[{{Pride}} Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth]]''': If there's a skill that exists, you can bet they believe they can master it in no time at all. From their perspective, they are the most handsome, intelligent and powerful individual that is and ever will be. Unlike the {{Narcissist}} whose [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond ego is extremely sensitive to others' feelings towards them]], the sociopath's feeling of superiority remains constant regardless of how people view him/her. Even when their actions result in crushing failure, he/she feels no obligation to conform with others' views or standards [[PragmaticVillainy except when it will advance their selfish interests]]. Likewise, sociopaths are [[NeverMyFault incapable of acknowledging personal responsibility for]] ''[[NeverMyFault any]]'' [[NeverMyFault of the failures or disappointments they encounter]] (i.e: events which they automatically attribute to [[TheManIsKeepingUsDown those out to "keep them down"]] or [[YouCantFightFate unfortunate twists of fate entirely beyond their control]]). When combined with their obsession to satisfy their insatiable appetite for stimulation ''however'' they want ''whenever'' they want , the sociopath's grandiosity leads them to be inherently hostile and contemptuous towards anyone or anything that tries to control or set limits on their behavior.
20th Jul '17 6:08:26 PM Doldrum27831
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#''' [[TheHedonist Pathological Need for Stimulation]]''': The Sociopath's ''raison d'etre'' (i.e.: [[MotivationIndex an overriding goal which serves as one's "reason for existence"]]). Due to their [[LackOfEmpathy inability to empathize]] or even care for those around them, sociopaths largely view their existence as [[StrawNihilist boring or meaningless]] and therefore feel compelled to [[ItAmusedMe engage in "thrill-seeking" activities to alleviate their restlessness]]. How this manifests depends largely on the sociopath's personality. It can be as ''relatively'' benign as binging on video games, compulsively gambling, or leading [[TheCasanova highly promiscuous lifestyles]]. Far more dangerous examples are prone to satiate their lust for thrills by partaking in criminal enterprises, becoming {{serial rapist}}s and [[SerialKiller killers]], or (if they are [[BunnyEarsLawyer unusually high-functioning]]) accumulating vast wealth and/or influence for the sole purpose of [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans dominating as many people as they can for their own amusement]]. Due to their obsession with indulging themselves in all possible forms of pleasure at all costs, sociopaths have a '''very''' low tolerance for inconvenience or irritation which they manifest through a pronounced lack of impulse control. Because of that, many of them are AxCrazy, have a HairTriggerTemper, and/or are {{Mood Swinger}}s.
# '''[[{{Pride}} Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth]]''': If there's a skill that exists, you can bet they believe they can master it in no time at all. From their perspective, they are the most handsome, intelligent and powerful individual that is and ever will be. Unlike the {{Narcissist}} whose [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond ego is extremely sensitive to others' feelings towards them]], a sociopath's grandiosity remains constant regardless of how people view him/her. Even when their actions result in crushing failure, a sociopath feels no need to conform their conduct with others' views or standards. Conversely, in pursuit of their insatiable desire for stimulation, they will continue to push the envelope as much as they can do so without suffering the consequences. Likewise, sociopaths are [[NeverMyFault incapable of acknowledging personal responsibility for]] ''[[NeverMyFault any]]'' [[NeverMyFault of the failures or disappointments they encounter]] (i.e: events which they automatically attribute to [[TheManIsKeepingUsDown those out to "keep them down"]] or [[YouCantFightFate unfortunate twists of fate entirely beyond their control]]).
# '''[[ItsAllAboutMe Shallow Affect]] and [[AllTakeAndNoGive Complete Lack of Emotional Reciprocity]]''': A Sociopath is physiologically incapable of experiencing a deep emotional attachment towards others but - being a ConsummateLiar - learns early in life how to fake them. This shallow emotional life means that the Sociopath is unable to form sincere long-term relationships with anything or anyone, but will feign feelings of love and affection if they feel it serves their purposes. Most of the true feelings a sociopath harbors towards others, positive or negative, are rooted in an insatiable desire [[ControlFreak to dominate or control them]]. While [[{{Narcissist}} narcissists]] would prefer to be [[GlorySeeker loved or at least respected]] by those around them, sociopaths don't care whether others view them positively as long as they don't stand in the way of their own [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered gratification]]. In the rare event that a Sociopath actually ''does'' form an "attachment" to another person, it [[AllTakeAndNoGive rises no further than that between an owner and a possession and/or a valuable resource for advancing their goals]]. Thus, once such "friends" cease to be useful or amusing, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they abandon or kill them without]] ''[[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness any]]'' [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness hesitation or regret]] unless (in the case of more high-functioning examples) [[PragmaticVillainy they feel doing so would potentially jeopardize their own self-interest]].

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#''' [[TheHedonist Pathological Need for Stimulation]]''': The Sociopath's ''raison d'etre'' (i.e.: [[MotivationIndex an overriding goal which serves as one's "reason for existence"]]). Due to their [[LackOfEmpathy inability to empathize]] or even care for those around them, sociopaths largely view their existence as [[StrawNihilist boring or meaningless]] and therefore feel compelled to [[ItAmusedMe engage in "thrill-seeking" activities to alleviate their restlessness]]. How this manifests depends largely on the sociopath's personality. It can be as ''relatively'' benign as binging on video games, compulsively gambling, or leading [[TheCasanova highly promiscuous lifestyles]]. Far more dangerous examples are prone to satiate their lust for thrills by partaking in criminal enterprises, becoming {{serial rapist}}s and [[SerialKiller killers]], or (if they are [[BunnyEarsLawyer unusually high-functioning]]) accumulating vast wealth and/or influence for the sole purpose of [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans dominating as many people as they can for their own amusement]]. Due to their obsession with indulging themselves in all possible forms of pleasure at all costs, sociopaths have a '''very''' low tolerance for inconvenience or irritation which they manifest through a pronounced lack of impulse control. Because of that, many of them are AxCrazy, have a HairTriggerTemper, and/or are {{Mood Swinger}}s.
# '''[[{{Pride}} Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth]]''': If there's a skill that exists, you can bet they believe they can master it in no time at all. From their perspective, they are the most handsome, intelligent and powerful individual that is and ever will be. Unlike the {{Narcissist}} whose [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond ego is extremely sensitive to others' feelings towards them]], a the sociopath's grandiosity feeling of superiority remains constant regardless of how people view him/her. Even when their actions result in crushing failure, a sociopath he/she feels no need obligation to conform their conduct with others' views or standards. Conversely, in pursuit of standards [[PragmaticVillainy except when it will advance their insatiable desire for stimulation, they will continue to push the envelope as much as they can do so without suffering the consequences.selfish interests]]. Likewise, sociopaths are [[NeverMyFault incapable of acknowledging personal responsibility for]] ''[[NeverMyFault any]]'' [[NeverMyFault of the failures or disappointments they encounter]] (i.e: events which they automatically attribute to [[TheManIsKeepingUsDown those out to "keep them down"]] or [[YouCantFightFate unfortunate twists of fate entirely beyond their control]]).
control]]). When combined with their obsession to satisfy their insatiable appetite for stimulation ''however'' they want ''whenever'' they want , the sociopath's grandiosity leads them to be inherently hostile and contemptuous towards anyone or anything that tries to control or set limits on their behavior.
# '''[[ItsAllAboutMe Shallow Affect]] and [[AllTakeAndNoGive Complete Lack of Emotional Reciprocity]]''': A Sociopath is physiologically incapable of experiencing a deep emotional attachment towards others but - being a ConsummateLiar - learns early in life how to fake them. This shallow emotional life means that the Sociopath is unable to form sincere long-term relationships with anything or anyone, but will feign feelings of love and affection if they feel it serves their purposes. Most of the true feelings a sociopath harbors towards others, positive or negative, are rooted in an insatiable desire [[ControlFreak to dominate or control them]]. While [[{{Narcissist}} narcissists]] would prefer to be [[GlorySeeker loved or at least respected]] by those around them, sociopaths don't care whether others view them positively as long as they don't stand in the way of their own [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered gratification]]. In the rare event that a Sociopath actually ''does'' form an "attachment" to another person, it [[AllTakeAndNoGive rises no further than that between an owner and a possession and/or a valuable resource for advancing their goals]]. Thus, once such "friends" cease to be useful or amusing, entertaining, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they will abandon or kill them without]] ''[[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness any]]'' [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness without the slightest hesitation or regret]] unless (in the case of more high-functioning examples) [[PragmaticVillainy they feel doing so would potentially jeopardize their own self-interest]].
regret]].
20th Jul '17 5:22:50 PM Doldrum27831
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#''' [[TheHedonist Pathological Need for Stimulation]]''': The Sociopath's ''raison d'etre'' (i.e.: [[MotivationIndex an overriding goal which serves as one's "reason for existence"]]). Due to their [[LackOfEmpathy inability to empathize]] or even care for those around them, sociopaths largely view their existence as [[StrawNihilist boring or meaningless]] and therefore feel compelled to [[ItAmusedMe engage in "thrill-seeking" activities to alleviate their restlessness]]. How this manifests depends largely on the sociopath's personality. It can be as ''relatively'' benign as binging on video games, compulsively gambling, or leading [[TheCasanova highly promiscuous lifestyles]]. Far more dangerous examples are prone to satiate their lust for thrills by partaking in criminal enterprises, becoming {{serial rapist}}s and [[SerialKiller killers]], or (if they are [[BunnyEarsLawyer unusually high-functioning]]) accumulating vast wealth and/or influence for the sole purpose of [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans dominating as many people as they can for their own amusement]]. By the same token, sociopaths have a '''very''' low tolerance for inconvenience or irritation, which they often display through a pronounced lack of impulse control. Because of that, many of them are AxCrazy, have a HairTriggerTemper, and/or are {{Mood Swinger}}s.
# '''[[{{Pride}} Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth]]''': If there's a skill that exists, you can bet they believe they can master it in no time at all. From their perspective, they are the most handsome, intelligent and powerful individual that is and ever will be. Unlike the {{Narcissist}} whose [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond ego is extremely sensitive to others' perceptions]], a sociopath's grandiosity about their self-worth remains constant regardless of how people view him/her. Even when their actions result in crushing failure, a sociopath feels no need to conform their conduct with others' views or standards. Conversely, in pursuit of their insatiable desire for stimulation, they will continue to push the envelope as much as they can do so without suffering the consequences (a self-destructive lifestyle which endangers not only themselves but everyone around them). Likewise, sociopaths are [[NeverMyFault incapable of acknowledging personal responsibility for]] ''[[NeverMyFault any]]'' [[NeverMyFault of the failures or disappointments they encounter]] (i.e: events which they automatically attribute to [[TheManIsKeepingUsDown those out to "keep them down"]] or [[YouCantFightFate unfortunate twists of fate entirely beyond their control]]).

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#''' [[TheHedonist Pathological Need for Stimulation]]''': The Sociopath's ''raison d'etre'' (i.e.: [[MotivationIndex an overriding goal which serves as one's "reason for existence"]]). Due to their [[LackOfEmpathy inability to empathize]] or even care for those around them, sociopaths largely view their existence as [[StrawNihilist boring or meaningless]] and therefore feel compelled to [[ItAmusedMe engage in "thrill-seeking" activities to alleviate their restlessness]]. How this manifests depends largely on the sociopath's personality. It can be as ''relatively'' benign as binging on video games, compulsively gambling, or leading [[TheCasanova highly promiscuous lifestyles]]. Far more dangerous examples are prone to satiate their lust for thrills by partaking in criminal enterprises, becoming {{serial rapist}}s and [[SerialKiller killers]], or (if they are [[BunnyEarsLawyer unusually high-functioning]]) accumulating vast wealth and/or influence for the sole purpose of [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans dominating as many people as they can for their own amusement]]. By the same token, Due to their obsession with indulging themselves in all possible forms of pleasure at all costs, sociopaths have a '''very''' low tolerance for inconvenience or irritation, irritation which they often display manifest through a pronounced lack of impulse control. Because of that, many of them are AxCrazy, have a HairTriggerTemper, and/or are {{Mood Swinger}}s.
# '''[[{{Pride}} Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth]]''': If there's a skill that exists, you can bet they believe they can master it in no time at all. From their perspective, they are the most handsome, intelligent and powerful individual that is and ever will be. Unlike the {{Narcissist}} whose [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond ego is extremely sensitive to others' perceptions]], feelings towards them]], a sociopath's grandiosity about their self-worth remains constant regardless of how people view him/her. Even when their actions result in crushing failure, a sociopath feels no need to conform their conduct with others' views or standards. Conversely, in pursuit of their insatiable desire for stimulation, they will continue to push the envelope as much as they can do so without suffering the consequences (a self-destructive lifestyle which endangers not only themselves but everyone around them).consequences. Likewise, sociopaths are [[NeverMyFault incapable of acknowledging personal responsibility for]] ''[[NeverMyFault any]]'' [[NeverMyFault of the failures or disappointments they encounter]] (i.e: events which they automatically attribute to [[TheManIsKeepingUsDown those out to "keep them down"]] or [[YouCantFightFate unfortunate twists of fate entirely beyond their control]]).
20th Jul '17 5:03:30 PM Doldrum27831
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# '''[[{{Pride}} Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth]]''': If there's a skill that exists, you can bet they believe they can master it in no time at all. From their perspective, they are the most handsome, intelligent and powerful individual that is and ever will be. Unlike the {{Narcissist}} whose self-esteem is [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond vulnerable to others' perceptions]], a sociopath's grandiosity about their self-worth remains constant regardless of how people view him/her. Even when their actions result in crushing failure, a sociopath feels no need to conform their conduct with others' views or standards. Conversely, in pursuit of their insatiable desire for stimulation, they will continue to push the envelope as much as they can do so without suffering the consequences (a self-destructive lifestyle which endangers not only themselves but everyone around them). Likewise, sociopaths are [[NeverMyFault incapable of acknowledging personal responsibility for]] ''[[NeverMyFault any]]'' [[NeverMyFault of the failures or disappointments they encounter]] (i.e: events which they automatically attribute to [[TheManIsKeepingUsDown those out to "keep them down"]] or [[YouCantFightFate unfortunate twists of fate entirely beyond their control]]).

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# '''[[{{Pride}} Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth]]''': If there's a skill that exists, you can bet they believe they can master it in no time at all. From their perspective, they are the most handsome, intelligent and powerful individual that is and ever will be. Unlike the {{Narcissist}} whose self-esteem is [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond vulnerable ego is extremely sensitive to others' perceptions]], a sociopath's grandiosity about their self-worth remains constant regardless of how people view him/her. Even when their actions result in crushing failure, a sociopath feels no need to conform their conduct with others' views or standards. Conversely, in pursuit of their insatiable desire for stimulation, they will continue to push the envelope as much as they can do so without suffering the consequences (a self-destructive lifestyle which endangers not only themselves but everyone around them). Likewise, sociopaths are [[NeverMyFault incapable of acknowledging personal responsibility for]] ''[[NeverMyFault any]]'' [[NeverMyFault of the failures or disappointments they encounter]] (i.e: events which they automatically attribute to [[TheManIsKeepingUsDown those out to "keep them down"]] or [[YouCantFightFate unfortunate twists of fate entirely beyond their control]]).
26th Jun '17 12:39:50 PM MagBas
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[[caption-width-right:350:The difference between Psychopathy and Sociophathy]]
26th Jun '17 12:16:18 PM JamesTheSociopathic
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[[caption-width-right:350:The difference between Psychopathy and Sociophathy]]



Alternatively, they may simply possess goals that do not require murder or other criminal activities to achieve; this does not mean they won't strive to achieve those goals at the expense of the happiness of other people. And even if their goals would be more easily achieved with murder, they might still refrain - but that's because they fear getting caught, not the feelings of others. They might go their whole lives appearing almost normal... [[UncannyValley but there will always be something a little "off" about them]]; something cold and distant and fake. And they won't even care. This type can make a terrifying KnightTemplar, liable to believe that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans -- some sociopathic serial killers claim they are simply a NecessaryEvil removing undesirable elements from society or making a political statement. They may understand intellectually that their actions are undesirable in society at large, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality but feel that they should be rewarded, not punished, for acting to solve a perceived problem]].

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Alternatively, they may simply possess goals that do not require murder or other criminal activities to achieve; this does not mean they won't strive to achieve those goals at the expense of the happiness of other people. And even if their goals would be more easily achieved with murder, they might still refrain - but that's because they fear getting caught, not the feelings of others. They might go their whole lives appearing almost normal... [[UncannyValley but there will always be something a little "off" about them]]; something cold and distant and fake. And they won't just even care. This type can make a terrifying KnightTemplar, liable to believe that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans -- some sociopathic serial killers claim they are simply a NecessaryEvil removing undesirable elements from society or making a political statement. They may understand intellectually that their actions are undesirable in society at large, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality but feel that they should be rewarded, not punished, for acting to solve a perceived problem]].
24th Jun '17 6:57:25 AM JamesTheSociopathic
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21st Jun '17 7:10:25 PM Tehrannotaur
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# '''LackOfEmpathy and [[WhatIsEvil Devoid of Conscience]]''': Utterly ruthless doesn't begin to describe them: except for when trying to appear normal, they [[TheUnfettered will disregard any social norms and semblance of morality in pursuit of their own selfish desires]]. The Sociopath will do whatever it takes: lie, cheat, steal, extort, manipulate, or use [[BloodKnight outright violence]] without the slightest hesitation, disgust or remorse, and for as little as [[EvilFeelsGood Pleasure]] or [[ForTheEvulz The Evulz]]. Murder and violence have no more emotional weight than eating Chinese takeout or some other mundane activity, and they have no concern for the direct or collateral damage they do to other people, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood being unable to understand why anyone should]]. Likewise, they never truly [[EvilCannotComprehendGood understand the feelings of others on anything more than an intellectual level]], and may even believe that [[NotSoDifferent everybody else is faking it too]]. As many RealLife criminal psychologists put it: "They know the words but not the music." Techniques for learning moral behaviour, such as reason, therapy, rehabilitation and behavioral reward/punishment, will not work on them or tend to only make their behavior even worse by making it easier for them to fake it.

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# '''LackOfEmpathy and [[WhatIsEvil Devoid of Conscience]]''': Their defining feature. Utterly ruthless doesn't begin to describe them: except for when trying to appear normal, they [[TheUnfettered will disregard any social norms and semblance of morality in pursuit of their own selfish desires]]. The Sociopath will do whatever it takes: lie, cheat, steal, extort, manipulate, or use [[BloodKnight outright violence]] without the slightest hesitation, disgust or remorse, and for as little as [[EvilFeelsGood Pleasure]] or [[ForTheEvulz The Evulz]]. Murder and violence have no more emotional weight than eating Chinese takeout or some other mundane activity, and they have no concern for the direct or collateral damage they do to other people, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood being unable to understand why anyone should]]. Likewise, they never truly [[EvilCannotComprehendGood understand the feelings of others on anything more than an intellectual level]], and may even believe that [[NotSoDifferent everybody else is faking it too]]. As many RealLife criminal psychologists put it: "They know the words but not the music." Techniques for learning moral behaviour, such as reason, therapy, rehabilitation and behavioral reward/punishment, will not work on them or tend to only make their behavior even worse by making it easier for them to fake it.
15th May '17 5:59:25 PM NightShade96
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# '''LackOfEmpathy and [[WhatIsEvil Devoid of Conscience]]''': Utterly ruthless doesn't begin to describe them: except for when trying to appear normal, they [[TheUnfettered will disregard any social norms and semblance of morality in pursuit of their own selfish desires]]. The Sociopath will do whatever it takes: lie, cheat, steal, extort, manipulate, or use [[BloodKnight outright violence]] without the slightest hesitation, disgust or remorse, and for as little as [[EvilFeelsGood Pleasure]] or [[ForTheEvulz The Evulz]]. Murder and violence have no more emotional weight than eating Chinese takeout or some other mundane activity, and they have no concern for the direct or collateral damage they do to other people, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood being unable to understand why anyone should]]. Likewise, they never truly [[EvilCannotComprehendGood understand the feelings of others on anything more than an intellectual level]], and may even believe that [[NotSoDifferent everybody else is faking it too]]. As many RealLife criminal psychologists put it: "They know the words but not the music. "Techniques for learning moral behaviour, such as reason, therapy, rehabilitation and behavioral reward/punishment, will not work on them or tend to only make their behavior even worse by making it easier for them to fake it.

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# '''LackOfEmpathy and [[WhatIsEvil Devoid of Conscience]]''': Utterly ruthless doesn't begin to describe them: except for when trying to appear normal, they [[TheUnfettered will disregard any social norms and semblance of morality in pursuit of their own selfish desires]]. The Sociopath will do whatever it takes: lie, cheat, steal, extort, manipulate, or use [[BloodKnight outright violence]] without the slightest hesitation, disgust or remorse, and for as little as [[EvilFeelsGood Pleasure]] or [[ForTheEvulz The Evulz]]. Murder and violence have no more emotional weight than eating Chinese takeout or some other mundane activity, and they have no concern for the direct or collateral damage they do to other people, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood being unable to understand why anyone should]]. Likewise, they never truly [[EvilCannotComprehendGood understand the feelings of others on anything more than an intellectual level]], and may even believe that [[NotSoDifferent everybody else is faking it too]]. As many RealLife criminal psychologists put it: "They know the words but not the music. "Techniques " Techniques for learning moral behaviour, such as reason, therapy, rehabilitation and behavioral reward/punishment, will not work on them or tend to only make their behavior even worse by making it easier for them to fake it.
13th May '17 8:53:14 AM NightShade96
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# '''LackOfEmpathy and [[WhatIsEvil Devoid of Conscience]]''': Utterly ruthless doesn't begin to describe them: except for when trying to appear normal, they [[TheUnfettered will disregard any social norms and semblance of morality in pursuit of their own selfish desires]]. The Sociopath will do whatever it takes: lie, cheat, steal, extort, manipulate, or use [[BloodKnight outright violence]] without the slightest hesitation, disgust or remorse, and for as little as [[EvilFeelsGood Pleasure]] or [[ForTheEvulz The Evulz]]. Murder and violence have no more emotional weight than eating Chinese takeout or some other mundane activity, and they have no concern for the direct or collateral damage they do to other people, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood being unable to understand why anyone should]]. Likewise, they never truly [[EvilCannotComprehendGood understand the feelings of others on anything more than an intellectual level]], and may even believe that [[NotSoDifferent everybody else is faking it too]]. As many RealLife criminal psychologists put it: "They know the words but not the music."Techniques for learning moral behaviour, such as reason, therapy, rehabilitation and behavioral reward/punishment, will not work on them or tend to only make their behavior even worse by making it easier for them to fake it.
# '''ConsummateLiar and {{Manipulat|iveBastard}}or''': In the event they are ever targets of suspicion in crime dramas and thrillers, sociopaths are able to fool any [[LivingLieDetector Living Lie Detectors]] in the cast, pass polygraphs effortlessly, and [[BitchInSheepsClothing fool even you, the audience, into believing they are genuinely kind and caring people]] who are victims of a "big misunderstanding" (assuming they are not [[SmugSnake so smugly confident of their own invincibility]] that they feel no need to hide their unsavory personality). Moreover, despite their lack of empathy, sociopaths are capable of using their knowledge of others' desires, emotions and insecurities to manipulate them for their own personal gain. Because of this, many of them are FauxAffablyEvil. This is related to their lack of empathy and shame - they don't feel the slightest discomfort about lying or exploiting others so they do so with the same ease in which normal people perform mundane activities.

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# '''LackOfEmpathy and [[WhatIsEvil Devoid of Conscience]]''': Utterly ruthless doesn't begin to describe them: except for when trying to appear normal, they [[TheUnfettered will disregard any social norms and semblance of morality in pursuit of their own selfish desires]]. The Sociopath will do whatever it takes: lie, cheat, steal, extort, manipulate, or use [[BloodKnight outright violence]] without the slightest hesitation, disgust or remorse, and for as little as [[EvilFeelsGood Pleasure]] or [[ForTheEvulz The Evulz]]. Murder and violence have no more emotional weight than eating Chinese takeout or some other mundane activity, and they have no concern for the direct or collateral damage they do to other people, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood being unable to understand why anyone should]]. Likewise, they never truly [[EvilCannotComprehendGood understand the feelings of others on anything more than an intellectual level]], and may even believe that [[NotSoDifferent everybody else is faking it too]]. As many RealLife criminal psychologists put it: "They know the words but not the music. "Techniques for learning moral behaviour, such as reason, therapy, rehabilitation and behavioral reward/punishment, will not work on them or tend to only make their behavior even worse by making it easier for them to fake it.
# '''ConsummateLiar and {{Manipulat|iveBastard}}or''': In the event they are ever targets of suspicion in crime dramas and thrillers, sociopaths are able to fool any [[LivingLieDetector Living Lie Detectors]] in the cast, pass polygraphs effortlessly, and [[BitchInSheepsClothing fool even you, the audience, into believing they are genuinely kind and caring people]] who are victims of a "big misunderstanding" (assuming they are not [[SmugSnake so smugly confident of their own invincibility]] that they feel no need to hide their unsavory personality). Moreover, despite their lack of empathy, sociopaths are capable of using their knowledge of others' desires, emotions and insecurities to manipulate them for their own personal gain. Because of this, many of them are FauxAffablyEvil. This is related to their lack of empathy and shame - they don't feel the slightest discomfort about lying or exploiting others others, so they do so with the same ease in which normal people perform mundane activities.
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