Sociopaths! You know ’em, you hate ’em -- they’re the monstrous underbelly of society. All those bad things people like to believe about Republicans or child predators or lobbyists, it’s all true about sociopaths -- depraved monsters dedicated to the suffering of others, mindless, abhorrent, awful. The type of creature that we can all rally against. No sympathy. No love. Hollow eyes. Oblivious to the suffering of others. A beast of emotionless destruction. (Gaston voice rises.)

But a lot of that's kinda bullshit? Humans have a lot of different stuff going on for them, but generally there's not a specific This version of human is just straight up evil. Everyone is multi-faceted, even the darkest people -- and sociopaths aren't even that. Sociopathy is typically a term referring to people who have Anti Social or Narcissistic Personality Disorder -- they're driven to find stimulus because their emotions are turned to the low setting, they have no shame or normal amounts of fear, no ability to feel guilty, an inability to connect with others in a meaningful way, a void blank of existence according to general media, but in reality they're not much different from someone who needs Zoloft for anxiety or therapy to keep from spiraling. Here are some facts about media's favorite scare-actors.

Ultra Evil

SOCIOPATHS IN FICTION Myth SOCIOPATHS ARE THE ULTIMATE EVIL. Truth In reality, a lot of sociopaths just want to make some eggs in the morning, read a newspaper, walk their dog, and watch Judge Judy. Because they're, like, you know, people. CRACKED.COM

Source: NPR


SOCIOPATHS IN FICTION Myth SOCIOPATHS ARE SADISTS. Truth While sociopaths do get pleasure out of manipulating others, it isn't always to hurt or victimize them-they might actually be trying to help (in their own way). CRACKED.COM

Source: Time


SOCIOPATHS IN FICTION Myth SOCIOPATHS ARE ALL LONERS. Truth Most sociopaths have families and live typical lives. Turns out life still sucks alone, even if you have a mental illness or personality disorder. CRACKED.COM

Source: Insider

The Triad

SOCIOPATHS IN FICTION Myth A TEST CAN DETERMINE WHO IS A SOCIOPATH. Truth There is a thing called the Dark Triad (a grouping of three traits from early childhood), but that is only a statistical predictor, not a real test. CRACKED.COM

Source: Empire KVCR


SOCIOPATHS IN FICTION Myth SOCIOPATHY IS A MONSTROUS DISGUISE, A DEMON PRETENDING TO BE HUMAN. Truth It has more in common with the autistic idea of masking than anything else - covering up your abnormalities, like a modern-day version of hiding your left-handedness so a nun doesn't slap you. CRACKED.COM

Source: Healthline

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