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How can you tell if someone is a sociopath?

My quasi-best friend of several years has always been cheerful and outgoing when talking to others, yet I know that most of that is a facade; he's pessimistic at the best, malicious at the worst. Is there any way to tell without a formal diagnosis?

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If that's the definition of sociopath then i am a huge sociopath. lol. But Im pretty sure that only the doctor or a psychologist can tell. And dont go and ask him if he is. That will most likely hurt his feelings.

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There really isn't a way to tell other than a gut feeling that the person in question acts as if you are a piece of property instead of a person. It is really hard to tell because they are usually great actors cunning enough to make you feel comfortable around them.

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A sociopath is rare. To have absolutely no compassion for any living thing is so foreign to "normal" people that we can't comprehend what goes on in their minds. Can you imagine killing your wife/ husband & children and not shedding a tear. Killing because it's fun. I had a guy in my unit that lived to kill, it didn't matter who it was he just enjoyed killing. If we didn't have a mission or weren't expecting a threat, he'd go out and find it. Being mean & nasty is 1 thing, but enjoying torturing small animals, children & dwelling about death is quite another

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He may be bi -polar. I'm certainly not qualified to diagnose anyone. However I probably have the highest IQ here on Ask. Jk This is meant for a certain person on here.

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Sociopaths---appear charming to other people-they are more spontaneous and intense than other people- they are incapable of feeling shame, guilt, or remorse- they wildly exaggerate things- they seek to dominate others and win at all costs- they tend to be highly intelligent- they speak poetically- they never apologize (they never feel guilt or think they are wrong)- And they are delusional and literally believe that what they say becomes truth

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Wow, very insightful. This is the kind of answer I was looking for. Sounds like you've known one or two.
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Happy to help :D there are also online tests and quizzes to take to determine whether you or someone you know is a sociopath. They claim they are accurate but answers aren't meant to be taken seriously and you should seek a doctor for diagnoses.
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Anti social, lack of empathy, talking about death and murder. Those are the main red flags

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