Is A Sociopath Capable Of Love

by: Bestie     Published on: 15 May 2019

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How a sociopath really thinks and feels. “Sociopath” is a term that gets thrown around a lot, in a variety of contexts, and often with a good amount of assumptions and hyperbole thrown in for good measure. As a result, the actual definition of sociopathy can get a little bit muddy in the process. So what exactly defines a sociopath? What identifiable traits and qualities do sociopaths typically have? And can a person with sociopathy experience things such as love and affection the same way that people unaffected by sociopathy can? Today, Bestie aims to take a closer look at what psychology and mental experts have to say about the sociopath, in order to answer some of these commonly misunderstood questions. #Sociopath #Psychology #MentalHealthTimestamps:Fact 01 – 6:48Fact 02 – 7:31Fact 03 – 7:58Music:'s start with the basics: how can we objectively define and identify a sociopath? According to Psychology Today, sociopathy is described as "an informal term that refers to a pattern of antisocial behaviors and attitudes." Typically, a person who is affected by sociopathy can usually be described thusly: while a sociopath may appear outwardly friendly, sincere, warm, and trustworthy, they also possess a weak moral compass and lack of empathy for others that can often result in dishonest, manipulative and reckless or aggressive behaviour. Sociopaths differ from people who are described as psychopaths because unlike psychopaths, sociopaths usually can still mentally differentiate between right and wrong, even if they continue to act in ways that are opposed to these understandings. Despite this, many people use the terms “sociopath” and “psychopath” interchangeably, leading to much of the confusion over just what exactly a sociopath really is. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders also describes sociopathy as being closely associated with another condition known as Antisocial Personality Disorder. People affected by antisocial personality disorder are characterized by engaging in behaviour that constantly serves to disregard and violate the rights of other people around them. Like other personality disorders, this condition usually takes hold around adolescence, though a diagnosis for this disorder usually isn’t given to anyone under the age of 18. People with antisocial personality disorder typically exhibit manipulative, aggressive and irresponsible behaviour, as well as frequent lying, impulsiveness and an overall lack of remorse for their more unsavoury actions. Clinical psychologist Carla Marie Manly describes antisocial personality disorder like so:“Those who suffer from this disorder often engage in self-­serving behaviors that are harmful to others. These behaviors can include lying, manipulation, verbal and physical assaults, impulsivity, and deception. And these individuals often engage in actions that are illegal or bordering on illegality.”So far we’ve established that people described as sociopaths lack empathy, which can lead them to manipulate and disregard the emotions of others in pursuit of personal gain. Despite this, sociopaths and by extension, people with antisocial personality disorder often seem to have no trouble drawing romantic interest from others. And many of them seem to form close bonds with friends, family and loved ones the same as anyone else. So that begs the question: is this all part of an act, or are people who suffer from sociopathic tendencies still capable of genuine love and affection for others in spite of their lack of empathy and compassion?According to professionals in the fields of psychology and mental health, signs would appear to point towards the answer being “no”. According to psychologist Susan Masterson:“Sociopaths value themselves above others [...] They don't bother to think outside the scope of what they want or need, and others' feelings are either secondary or a non-issue for them.”To put it more simply, sociopaths are always looking out for number one, by which we mean themselves. A sociopath’s personal needs and desires hold sway over the majority of decisions they make, and the way in which their decisions and actions may happen to affect others is considered inconsequential at best. A truly loving relationship is usually understood as being based on trust, collaboration, communication and compromise; all of which typically goes against the usual motivations of a sociopath. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Subscribe to Bestie : Social Media:Facebook: