Understanding The Sociopath Test And What It Means For You

By: Nicola Kirkpatrick

Updated February 11, 2021

Medically Reviewed By: Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC

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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 and whether or not you show symptoms of antisocial personality disorder 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—or if it means anything at all—or even what it might mean for someone in your life who you think might be a sociopath, themselves, or have some other mental health issue.

The Sociopath Test

This test gives you a total of 16 different questions and asks you to rate whether they are true or false. The questions are 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, having delusions, experiencing nervousness, and exhibiting 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—including the likelihood of having a mental health concern or antisocial personality disorder.

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, which is often officially diagnosed as antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). These individuals will do or say anything that they need to in order to get what they want, and have no compunction about who they may have to step on to get there. They will sell out anyone in their lives and tend to have absolutely no empathy or remorse for what they may need to 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 on the way to getting what they want. This means that they do know right from 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 may feel that others are indebted to them and should treat them properly, but feel no desire or requirement to do the same in return.

Sociopaths are generally insincere or irrational in different ways. Because they want to achieve what they want by any means necessary, they may lie, cheat, steal, and in other ways sabotage others to achieve their own ends. 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 maintaining casual relationships. Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) can mimic borderline personality disorder in this respect: relationships are difficult to develop and maintain.

Sociopaths are usually impulsive and experience great difficulty when it comes time to make concrete, long-term decisions. 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. This, too, mimics some of the behaviors associated with borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder; many personality disorders include impulsivity as part of their set of symptoms

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These individuals are not only manipulators for their gain, however; instead, they will do so for their pleasure, 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 an official set of symptoms or a clinical diagnosis. 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 the best idea to keep yourself and others safe.

Are You A Sociopath?

The truth is that a single test is not enough to 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, and could more effectively identify the differences between antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder—three personality disorders that share some symptoms, and which are often confused for one another by laymen.

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 life and behavior after this diagnosis. Unfortunately, there are some negatives to life as a sociopath, the biggest one being the seeming inability to experience intimacy, closeness, empathy, care, and compassion for others—all of which are vital to creating deep, healthy relationships, and forging long-term connections to others.

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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 go so far in building a life, 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 exhibit symptoms of sociopathy, or even bipolar disorder, 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, healthy, 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. This is an important part of the diagnosing process, because mental disorders often have comorbidities, even if the comorbidity seems unrelated, such as internet addiction and binge eating disorder. Mental health—and, correspondingly, mental illness—often has a snowball effect, and improving or worsening one aspect can create a ripple effect.

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Exploring Your Psyche With BetterHelp

Research shows that online therapy platforms can provide valuable tools to people seeking to better understand their thoughts and behaviors. In a study published in World Psychiatry, researchers examined the benefits of online counseling when addressing an array of mental health issues. They found that online therapy, and in particular online cognitive-behavioral therapy, can be a helpful form of psychological treatment, mentioning specifically its cost-effectiveness and ability to help innovate. Cognitive-behavioral therapy works by helping individuals understand and replace negative thoughts that can lead to unwanted actions and feelings, such as antisocial behavior.  

With BetterHelp, you're connected with an entire network of mental health professionals from around the country, which allows you to find a therapist who fits your needs, your personality, and your personal preferences. After you’ve set up your online sessions, 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. While people with antisocial personality disorder may not be willing to seek therapy themselves, if you recognize these symptoms in someone else in your life, you can still benefit from speaking with a therapist. The mental health professionals at BetterHelp know how to help you understand what sociopathy means for you. Read below for counselor reviews, from those who have sought help in the past.

Counselor Reviews

“I have been dealing with quite a slew of issues, but after working with Mackenzie, I feel significantly more able to go forward in my life with effective strategies that match my abilities and goals. Mackenzie guided me toward establishing healthier boundaries, being more self-reflective, relying on both emotions and logic when confronting issues, and finding concrete ways to alleviate stress and anger at issues outside of my control. She is an incredibly skilled and valuable resource.”

“I worked with another counselor for over 6 months before working with Arielle Ballard. In one 30 minute session, I got more accomplished in terms of structuring goals, building coping mechanisms, and recognizing thought patterns, than I had in the 6 months working with the other counselor. I'm pleased with my progress and am very greatful to Arielle.”

Conclusion

If you've taken the sociopath test and you came up with a 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 many different avenues. 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. Doing so will allow you to achieve greater mental health, and may be able to offer you a reprieve from some of your symptoms.


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