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Sociopaths: 6 Potentially Dangerous Behaviors

Anger photoDo you know someone who fits the description of a sociopath?

Do you know someone who fits the description of a “sociopathic narcissist?”

If so, you certainly aren’t alone. There is a plethora of articles, videos, and blog posts on this topic. So you may be asking “why are we talking about this again?”

It is important to perceive a sociopath as potentially dangerous once you recognize steady traits and behaviors. In this article, I will discuss potentially dangerous sociopathic behaviors you should be aware of. I include a video on explosive anger as well. 

Sociopaths are difficult to find in our daily society. We tend to like people who like us and are open to us. We tend to like people who are physically attractive and smart. We tend to like people who seem to be kind and caring. Sociopaths know this and manipulate this reality. Once they feel they have gotten your trust, they may begin to show you their true colors. You may see backstabbing behaviors, gossiping and triangulation, envy and jealousy, sneaky relational behaviors behind the scenes, and dishonesty and deception which are all dangerous to the lives of others.

some common dangerous behaviors of the socipath includes but is not limited to:

  1. Hiding behind a “less severe” diagnostic category: Sociopaths control by getting other people to care for them or build some level of trust or dedication to them. A sociopath may hind behind a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety. The “less severe diagnosis” causes other people to “care” for/about them and not worry that they have a disorder that isn’t easy to treat. Antisocial personality disorder or narcissistic personality disorder cannot be “treated” as easily as depression or anxiety. Sociopaths know this so they may avoid being honest about their diagnosis.
  2. Destructive envy and impulsivity: Envy that results in direct action against the envied is serious and dangerous. If you envy another person but can control your reactivity, great. If not, that’s terrible. A sociopath (and narcissist) may become so envious that you become “prey.”
  3. Engaging in playing ALL sides: I once provided counseling to an adult male with sociopathic traits who seemed really intelligent, kind, and open during the first few months of counseling. As I began to unpack the details of his situation, I realized that he had been telling me one thing, telling his ex another, and then telling his psychiatrist another. All three of us were under different impressions until I terminated the therapeutic relationship and informed the psychiatrist.
  4. Playing the “needy victim:” It is important for me to highlight that not everyone who needs help or support (or may be a victim) is trying to get attention. Sociopaths often manipulate by playing the victim card. It’s easier, it’s convenient, and it’s lucrative for them in the long-term.
  5. Using intelligence and charm to deceive: We all know that sociopaths use their knowledge and charm to get what they want. Most sociopaths are good at yelling, fighting, arguing, and making a lot of noise to get what they want. Sociopaths who do this (or have in the past) are often dangerous as they will most likely use these same tactics on you.
  6. Using socially appropriate terms or ideas to gain acceptance: Have you ever met a person who says all the right things and uses news, terminology, or ideas that are socially acceptable and stimulating to engage you? Sociopaths are skilled at conversation because their ultimate goal is “control” and manipulation. Using socially acceptable and stimulating conversations, recent events, or terms to gain social acceptance is a tool they always use.

 

What has been your experience with this topic? Do you know someone who fits this description?

As always, feel free to post your comments be.

All the best

Sociopaths: 6 Potentially Dangerous Behaviors

Támara Hill, MS, LPC

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC, is a licensed therapist and certified trauma professional, in private practice, who specializes in working with children and adolescents who suffer from mood disorders, trauma, and disruptive behavioral disorders. She also provides international consultations and works with some young and older adults struggling with grief & loss or life transitions. Hill strives to help clients to realize and actualize their strengths in their home environments and in their relationships within the community. She credits her career passion to a “divine calling” and is internationally recognized for corresponding literary works as well as appearances on radio and other media platforms. She is an author, family consultant, and founder of AnchoredinKnowledge.com and Anchored Child & Family Counseling. Visit her at Anchored-In-Knowledge or Twitter and Youtube Youtube


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APA Reference
Hill, T. (2018). Sociopaths: 6 Potentially Dangerous Behaviors. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 22, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/caregivers/2018/09/sociopaths-6-potentially-dangerous-behaviors/

 

Last updated: 18 Sep 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 18 Sep 2018
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