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Can I be a Sociopath?

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Ever since I was a child, I remember lying. It became almost natural to me to lie all the time. It soon became clear to me that I enjoyed lying, and better yet, I enjoyed seeing people believe my lies and act on what I would say. I never really cared on whether or not it mattered that I lied to people all that mattered was what I was trying to accomplish. I’ve never felt guilt for my lies to anyone, not even my own mother. I often seem to believe I am different than everyone else and more smarter and better. I recently started to question my whether or not I should be worried about my lies. I also never seem to feel guilty on anything that I do wrong to people. I often imagine killing several people I care about dearly, and I don’t feel guilty about it. I usually plot out a murder in my head and think of how i could evade being caught by police. Should I be worried about my behavior?

Can I be a Sociopath?

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Thank you for sending your concerns to us. Yes, the pattern of lying, the lack of remorse, and the fantasies are something you want to learn more about. You wrote your email to us because something doesn’t feel quite right. I would honor this sensitivity by making an appointment with the therapist to begin talking about these patterns. The fact that you felt uncomfortable enough to ask the question here is important to capitalize on. The find help tab at the top of the page can help you find someone in your area.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Can I be a Sociopath?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Can I be a Sociopath?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2014/03/07/can-i-be-a-sociopath/
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