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East Of Eden: An Analysis Of Sociopaths

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"I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents. Some you can see, misshapen and horrible, with huge heads or tiny bodies; some are born with no arms, no legs, some with three arms, some with tails or mouths in odd places. They are accidents and no one’s fault, as used to be thought. Once they were considered the visible punishment for concealed sins. And just as there are physical monsters, can there not be mental or psychic monsters born? The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or a malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?" This is an introduction to the aberrant occurrences that are sociopaths. What are sociopaths, why do they do what they do, and why do people write about them?
So what exactly is a sociopath and how can you identify one? Sociopathy is a psychological abnormality where a person exhibits a complete lack of empathy, guilt, and impulsive behavior. They can be very anti-social, or social, depending on the person. Sociopaths have a number of
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actions that they do that set them apart from normal people. They feel no shame in their actions, no matter who horrible they may be, and tend to blame other people around them when things go sour. Sociopaths use other people as stepping stones to further help achieve their goals. For example, a sociopath could run over a family's pet, and then blame them for the incident because their pet was foolish for running out in the street or the family was daft for not training the pet to stay away from cars. The idea of being “sorry” is an entirely foreign concept to them.
One of the biggest traits of sociopaths are they are born liars, literally. They enjoy lying about their pasts, sometimes to make themselves seem more grandiose. Sociopaths aren't comfortable about telling the truth, and will tell lies to cover up more lies. Some sociopaths are so good at lying, and the act of lying is such a simple and second nature concept to them, that the can even fool polygraph tests. Sociopaths tend to be calm and calculating no matter the circumstances. Some people are fairly anchored and steady when it comes to dealing stress and anxiety but sociopaths exhibit no reactions at all.

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Many sociopaths are very attractive and charming people, at first. Sociopaths may seem be very fun, spontaneous and likable, but that tends to drop off once they really get to know a person have to get to know people in order to achieve their goals, which leads to another important trait, sociopaths always have an ulterior motive, and a goal that they are working towards. Almost all people have goals, but sociopaths base their goals on the use and abuse of other people, whether financially, physically, or psychologically. Because the quality of the lives of others isn't figured into their plans, a lot of sociopaths end up being successful in their goals. Part of what helps them achieve the goals they set are that many of them...

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