Sociopaths: how they act and why they behave like this

Sociopaths try to know the weaknesses of an organization, social class or person to take advantage and strain their misdeeds, feel smarter and winners in front of those who consider their opponents.

Hackers of the financial system, scammers, members of groups from marginal neighborhoods who act outside the law . Sociopaths are people who feel excluded from a certain social conglomerate and deliberately generate negative behaviors towards other people or communities.

They always justify their actions, sometimes for economic, academic or family reasons, and others for not feeling included in a certain form of normality.

They are and feel very different and there is their duality. They would like to be recognized and considered like everyone else, but for the most part, they do not want to follow the necessary steps and they feel proud of being different, which they continually mark.


Sociopaths are different from psychopaths, who as a form of enjoyment, need to harm others, be they animals and / or people. Sociopaths are linked to a criminal picaresque, of greater or lesser importance, depending on the resources they have.

We can find diverse examples of sociopaths in the system: groups from marginal neighborhoods, where precariousness reigns, great hackers of the financial system in whose hands the wealth of nations may be, even a couple who feel they have the total right to everything, without no obligation of anything.

The central idea would be to know the weaknesses of an organization, social class or person and take advantage of it to strain their misdeeds and, on the rebound, feel smarter and victorious in front of those who consider their opponents.


To detect them, we can verify certain forms of functioning that are repeated in different fields of their life: at work (if they have it), in their family life and also in friendships.

  • They look for the defects of what surrounds them to feel that they are superior by manipulating, ridiculing and attacking.
  • They are hypersusceptible: their degree of tolerance to frustration is minimal and their demands are highest.
  • They do not believe in the law of effort to achieve something, and they believe in being smarter than the opponent.
  • They do not feel any kind of empathy with those who may be their victims and they brag about it.


The pattern of one of the two extremes of sociopathy, the group, is found in the dramas and conflicts that American and not so American films reflect.

It is the attitude of some of the inhabitants of the peripheral neighborhoods who distance themselves both physically, economically, and perceptually from a central nucleus where “the others” would live, to whom two things are assumed: that they are privileged because they have more opportunities that they, but also that they are suckers because they follow all the obligations imposed by the institutions.

In the background we find, in the place of feelings and affections, a misunderstood loyalty. The marginal groups become clans that, in the face of their experiences of unstructured families and with few means, feel that the guilty are the system that condemns them to that situation. That injustice unites them and gives them the right to break any rule of coexistence. Still, they will play and bet on having a stroke of luck that pulls them out of that hole.


At the other extreme, that of the wealthy classes, we find sociopaths among those executives who define themselves as not knowing what affectivity is and that, then, their coldness in executing unethical businesses is due to this singular lack, for which they maintain that they could do nothing to remedy it.

In the origin of executive sociopaths, what is found is a type of highly technical family environment, in which material effectiveness and social success have been excessively promoted, and everything that has to do with feelings has been left out, from caresses and attachment, to empathy for others.


At the level of the couple, they are usually characters who are looking for a scapegoat in which they can find, in her or in the family, greater resources, although these may simply be the one with a more affectionate environment.

Poorly pointing out the possible errors or contradictions of the victim, his relatives and friends, he will not only ask for continuous compensation, but he will pretend that the couple thinks from that sociopathic logic and becomes his ally against those who do not give him what he wants and how wants it.

At the individual level, they are usually profiles of subjects who in childhood have lost a mother or father figure, or who have felt mistreated, reaching the conclusion that life has stolen something from them, and that society has an unpayable debt and permanent with them.


Finally, we can speak of “circumstantial sociopaths” to refer to adolescence. It is that moment of change in which, for young people, parents and teachers cease to be a role model and become representatives of a reality full of contradictions.

Highlighting the flaws and taking advantage of them to isolate themselves and attack or assault themselves may be the only way out they find. You have to be very attentive so that this stage is only temporary.

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