But sociopaths can be charismatic and some symptoms of their condition, like being impulsive and persuasive and shunning social norms, can be attractive in some situations. A quick primer: A sociopath is someone who has antisocial personality disorder—a condition that causes them to lack empathy, be exploitative in close relationships, indifferent to the needs of others , entitled, and lack remorse for the bad things they do and say—according to clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula , PhD, author of Should I Stay or Should I Go? For the record, being a sociopath isn't something you can fix on your own. Antisocial personality disorder is often hard to treat, and sociopaths usually don't think they need help. While that can be attractive at first, it can cause some serious issues down the road, especially if it involves criminal behavior.
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Now, imagine dating someone whose brain is wired to see people as chess pieces and life as a game. After all, sociopaths can seem exciting, come off as deliciously deviant, and make great co-conspirators example: that girl with the dragon tattoo. Plus, master manipulators are good at hiding their tracks. A female sociopath is more likely to keep directing the conversation back to a new acquaintance as much as possible. Consequently, your sociopathic date would rather data mine you than discuss her day. Old habits die-hard.
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A few months ago, I ended a relationship with a sociopath. Superficial charm: check. Exaggerated sense of self-esteem: check.
Subscriber Account active since. With so many alleged sociopaths around, and with their charming nature, it can be hard to know one when you see them. A standard trait of a sociopath is that they are charming and gregarious people. They know exactly what to say to everyone to get them to like them. That's probably why you were drawn to them in the first place.