Glib and charming, sociopaths often seem like the most fun people you could ever be around. When you are around them a little longer, though, you find that they are totally self-involved. Everything they do is centered on what the gain for themselves will be. Far from lacking in self-esteem, they think very highly of themselves indeed.
These folks are full of a grossly inflated view of their own abilities and importance, truly believing that all eyes should be focused on them all the time. They are opinionated, cocky braggarts. Psychopaths are arrogant people who believe they are superior human beings.
They are often easily bored, and seek constant stimulation, something new, something just a little riskier than what they’ve already done. They are risk-takers, and may seem very exciting to be with. However, once the excitement goes away they’re often restless, angry, and sarcastic. Easily bored, they look elsewhere for stimulation. They’re not much good at relationship once the shiny new has worn off. They are experts at finding ways to not do tasks they find boring.
They lie. As Dr. Phil would say, if their lips are moving, they’re lying. The lying can be shrewd, crafty, cunning, sly, and clever; they’re expert at concocting stories that have no shred of truth, but are completely believable. At their worst, they are deliberately deceptive, deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous, manipulative.They do and say what they have to in order to gain the result they want—and are entitled to. If you are hurt by their lies, then you shouldn’t have gotten in the way.
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Thanks for this, LInda. It’s fascinating.
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