7 Signs You Have Sociopathic Traits


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Page last updated: 15/11/2022

7 Signs You Have Sociopathic Traits

Hey Optimist Minds!

If anyone’s ever called you a sociopath, you probably thought at least once if they were right to call you that. 

Sociopath is a term used to describe someone who has antisocial personality disorder. It’s also considered a type of psychopathy that results from a person’s environment and upbringing. 

Someone who is a sociopath will lie, break laws, act impulsively and lack regard for their own safety or the safety of others. Generally, sociopathy comes in a spectrum so it’s possible to have some sociopathic traits and not have others.

In this video, we will describe seven signs you have sociopathic traits. This information is only meant to be used for educational purposes. Do not use this video to diagnose or shame anyone. For an official diagnosis, consult a licenced therapist.

Now, let’s begin.


You’re very impulsive.

Impulsivity and risk-taking behaviour are quite common in sociopaths. Do you think that you tend to give in to your impulses without caring much about the consequences? 

Does this nature often make you act in ways that can hurt others or get you in trouble? It’s sociopathic to carelessly indulge in reckless behaviour that puts yourself and others in danger.


Your relationships are difficult.

Most relationships in a sociopath’s life come filled with drama and conflict. It’s hard for people to trust you when you don’t seem to respect them or care about their safety. 

Without trust and honest communication, no relationship can thrive. If you have sociopathic traits, it will reflect in the quality of your relationships with others.


You can’t tell right from wrong.

Do you disagree with the conventional beliefs of what is considered morally correct? Is there anything that others see as immoral behaviour but you don’t hesitate to do?

Part of being a sociopath involves not knowing what is acceptable behaviour. Even if you’re told that something is wrong, you may not understand why it is so. In fact, that might make it more fun for you to keep doing it.


You lack empathy.

If you do everything else mentioned on our list but you realise what other people are feeling, then you’re not a sociopath, you’re just a douchebag. Sociopathy cannot exist without a general lack of empathy.

It’s not just that you don’t care about other people, you also can’t recognise their emotions and make sense of them. As a result, you’re ignorant of how your actions impact others and the intensity of their negative feelings.


You have no trouble being deceitful.

Lying, cheating, breaking the law, or misleading people doesn’t make you sweat at all. You can do any of these without batting an eyelid. 

Typically, you use deception as a means to an end that gives you pleasure. It could be sex, money, or anything desirable. But at the same time, you might deceive others even when there’s no need to do it. 


You tend to manipulate others.

Sociopaths are known to have superficial charm, which they use to trick people into doing things they normally wouldn’t do. Manipulation can also include blackmail, extortion, and gaslighting others to give in to your demands. 

You can tell that you’re manipulative if you have trouble taking no for an answer. Do you find creative ways to always get what you want? Do these methods help you control other people’s behaviour? If so, then you’re probably manipulating them into doing it.

7 Signs You Have Sociopathic Traits


You’re hostile when you’re upset.

When you’re mad at someone, do you become aggressive, resentful, and vindictive? Do you go out of your way to get payback? 

Hostility comes very naturally to a sociopath. They don’t think twice before using threats and violence to scare other people. If you’re a sociopath, people might say that you’re being petty when you’re treating someone the way you think they deserve to be treated.

Did any of the behaviours listed here seem familiar to you? Do you think you might be a sociopath? We recommend getting professional help before you get into serious trouble for such traits. 

Let us know in the comments if you found this video helpful. A link for further reading and the studies & references used in the making of this video are mentioned in the description below.

Thanks for visiting optimist minds, take care. Until next time.