The Sociopathic (Psychopathic) Personality
At the most disturbed end of the continuum is the sociopathic personality. Unlike the popular belief about them, they are not all serial killers. In fact, one could almost put the criminal sociopath in another category. However, they can be quite dangerous. They are devoid of feeling and can perform the most inhumane acts without an ounce of guilt or remorse. They also have the capacity to put on an act of remorse, which can throw one off and into believing they really do feel. It is always an act. They consider themselves superior to all others and hold themselves above humanity. They are exceedingly arrogant and always right. If crossed, they can move from an appearance of compassion and caring to a cold-blooded killer in an instant.
Because they are without feeling, they can often fool a lie detector test, as they have no physiological responses to lying. Arguing with them is a lost cause. They will always out-maneuver someone and prove them wrong.
They can be very successful corporate leaders and play that role very well. Life is a game and people are pieces on their game board to be moved at their will. If one doesn't play their game, they will have no use for them. If one begins to play their game and gets in their way, they will eliminate that person by either destroying or by discarding them.
Because they live larger than life and are highly seductive, many
people find them attractive,
particularly individuals who are a bit timid and believe they can succeed by “going along for the ride”. Sociopaths prey on the innocent. They are the true predators of humanity. The cost to the individuals in their web and to society is immeasurable.
He will choose you, disarm you with
his words, and control you with his presence. He will delight you
with his wit and his plans. He will show you a good time, but you
will always get the bill. He will smile and deceive you, and he will
scare you with his eyes. And when he is through with you, and he will
be through with you, he will desert you and take with him your innocence
and your pride. You will be left much sadder but not a lot wiser,
and for a long time you will wonder what happened and what you did
wrong. And if another of his kind comes knocking at your door, will
you open it?
From an essay signed, "A psychopath in prison." Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us. -Dr. Hare