Understanding The Sociopath Test And What It Means For You

By Nicola Kirkpatrick

Updated February 24, 2020

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Did you know there's a test out there that will help you figure out if you're a sociopath? Well, there's something called the sociopath test that will let you know a whole lot about yourself in just 16 true or false questions. Once you've done it, you'll be able to find out what being a sociopath might mean to you (if you are one anyway). Or what it might mean for someone in your life who you think might be a sociopath themselves.

The Sociopath Test

This test gives you a total of 16 different questions and asks you to rate whether they are true or false about yourself, your way of thinking, your life plan and a whole lot more. You'll be asked questions about partying, insight, faking responses to others, feeling remorse or shame, telling lies, delusions, nervousness, and reliability. By answering each of these questions honestly, it's possible to determine a whole lot about your personality, and that can be instrumental in understanding yourself and your future as well.

What Is A Sociopath?

A sociopath is someone that exhibits antisocial tendencies and has no regard for the welfare or interests of others around them. These individuals will do or say anything that they need to to get what they want in their lives and have no compunction about who they may have to step on to get there. They will sell out anyone in their lives and have absolutely no empathy or remorse for what they may do to succeed. Rather, they consider it their right to achieve the best, and everyone else should want to do whatever they can to help them do it.

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Symptoms Of A Sociopath

In general, a sociopath does have a conscience, but they can ignore that conscience in getting what they want. This means that they do know right and wrong but the difference is unimportant and the fact that they may have to do something wrong to achieve their ends allows them to rationalize their behavior. They feel that others, however, are indebted to them and should treat them properly, but feel no desire or requirement to do the same for those people.

Sociopaths are insincere, untrustworthy and irrational in some different ways. Because they want to achieve what they want by any means necessary, they will lie, cheat, steal and in other ways sabotage others to achieve their own needs. They can be entirely irrational in thinking that others are out to get them or that someone else is trying to overtake whatever it is that they want. They may even feel paranoid or suspicious of their family members or others who are close to them and have a great deal of difficulty making friends or even casual relationships.

Someone who is a sociopath will be impulsive and have difficulty making plans for their future. They'll be irresponsible and likely have difficulty maintaining a job or meeting any of their obligations, whether financial or otherwise. They may also have difficulty and trouble with the law and may have sometimes been incarcerated throughout their adolescence and their adulthood. If they haven't been incarcerated, they have likely engaged in some activities that could have gotten them in trouble with the law if they had been caught at the time.

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These individuals are not only manipulators for their gain, however, but will do so for their pleasure as well, delighting in anything that will get a rise out of someone or will cause trouble for others. They are not necessarily violent, but they most definitely can be if they don't get their way, which is why many times you'll hear criminals referred to as psychopaths and sociopaths, even if they don't have the symptoms or diagnosis at all. It's important to note that not all sociopaths are criminals, just as not all criminals are sociopaths, though underestimating a sociopath is not a good move to make and being watchful is your best option.

Are You A Sociopath?

So, are you a sociopath? After you take this test what does it say about you? Does it say that you seem to be teetering on edge? Or that you're a sociopath? The truth is that no one little test can tell you one way or another, definitively, if you are a sociopath. It takes a whole lot more time and effort to understand your thought processes, the things going on in your mind, your behaviors and everything else that makes you who you are, but a therapist would be able to help you with the process.

If you take this test or other similar tests and find a result that says you do have sociopathic tendencies, it's important to talk to a professional and find out more about what it can mean for you and what you should be doing to improve your overall life after this diagnosis. Unfortunately, there are some negatives to life as a sociopath, and one of the biggest is that it's impossible to make real friends because there's no feeling of caring, compassion, empathy or other emotions and feelings for that other person.

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By seeking out help and treatment, it's possible to eventually build friendships and start to build a more meaningful life. While someone who is a sociopath can achieve success financially and professionally, achieving a successful relationship or personal life is much more difficult. Someone who is a sociopath can appear charming and is often very smart, but those characteristics only extend so deep, and when someone gets in a little closer it becomes much easier to tell that something else is going on and that the individual doesn't have the capability of establishing a relationship.

Getting Help For Yourself

If you are a sociopath, it's important to seek out help right away because the sooner you seek out help, the sooner you can get started on living a more productive and fulfilling life. A therapist or psychiatrist can help you understand more about your life, how you're living it and how you could be living it. By doing this, you'll be able to start changing things about yourself and your personal life in ways that will make a huge difference as you go forward, allowing you to compound your professional and financial success with success in other areas of your life.

The first step is making sure that there are no other conditions that are causing the symptoms of sociopathy, as some of the symptoms can be found in multiple different disorders. It's also important to consider medications that could cause some symptoms. A doctor or your family physician will be able to help you with this process and can help you find out if seeing a mental health professional may be the best option for you. They may even know some that you can contact or talk to find out more and achieve a diagnosis.

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If you're looking for the best, however, you may want to take a look at BetterHelp, which connects you with a much larger network of professionals that are just as qualified (if not more so) than the ones available in your area. What sets them apart, however, is that you'll be able to communicate with them without ever having to visit a psychiatrist's office. You'll never have to sit in that waiting room with the nosy receptionist or see the patient that's coming out of the session or sit on one of those uncomfortable couches. Instead, you can sit right on your couch and feel comfortable.

BetterHelp is different because everything is done online. You're connected with an entire network of mental health professionals from around the country, and you'll be able to find someone that you feel comfortable within no time. Then you'll be able to set up your sessions for whenever it's convenient for you. Once you've done that you'll be able to make the sessions no matter where you happen to be, as long as you have an internet connection, that is. You just log on, and you're going to be all ready to go.

If you've taken the sociopath test and you came up with the result that says to seek professional help it's a good idea to follow through. You'll be able to talk with someone who can help you and can improve your quality of life in some different ways. Why would you want to go on living an unfulfilling life when you could be doing so much more? It's all about finding someone that you feel comfortable with and then making sure that you implement the processes and the homework that you'll get from each of your sessions.

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