Sociopaths make up about 3-5% of the population, and due to that, you are likely to encounter a few of them in your lifetime. However, the sociopath can be quite good at camouflaging themselves to others, making it difficult to spot one.
Thankfully, there are a number of sure-fire signs that will let you know if you are dealing with a sociopath. Once you have determined whether or not someone is a sociopath, you must decide what to do with that information. But, that’s jumping ahead of the curve, so first, let’s get to better understand how to decipher: is this person a sociopath, or not?
1. They Are Constantly Playing the Victim
Anyone that is constantly portraying themselves as the victim, no matter what the situation is making a pity play to manipulate you. This is quite typical of sociopaths, as they need to make people feel sorry for them so that when they abuse them, they can get away with it.
Gaslighting is when a person makes you believe that you have a distorted view of reality in order to make you feel crazy. In turn, they can do whatever they want, and rewrite history. If you don’t believe them, then you are crazy.
3. They Provoke and Accuse
The sociopath will purposefully provoke someone into immense anger and then turn the situation around on them to prove how “hysterical” they are.
4. They Create Jealousy
If you find that someone is constantly attempting to make you jealous or start a rivalry between you and someone else, they are a sociopath.
5. They Are Superficially Charming
Sociopaths are like chameleons who change who they are to manipulate other people into liking them. And it actually works, in many cases, at least until they are figured out.
6. They Lack Empathy
7. They Turn Arguments Around Constantly
There is no way to argue with a sociopath because they will always win. Even when they are wrong, they will try to turn the argument around, or bring up an old argument to divert your attention back to how wrong YOU are.
8. They Have a Grandiose Sense of Themselves
Sociopaths envision themselves as much more than they truly are, and because of that, they will lie to others about their accomplishments and delude themselves into believing that they are much grander they are in reality.
To learn more about Sociopaths, I suggest picking up the book ‘Psychopath Free (Expanded Edition): Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People’ by Jackson MacKenzie.