Types of Sociopaths

Common Sociopaths

These individuals are created by poor parenting and develop a lack of remorse, shame and consistently break the rules of society.

Alienated Sociopaths

These individuals, again created through poor socialization, do not develop the capacity to love or form attachments with others.  This creates a person that lacks empathy and can be quite callous with victims.  Within the Alienated Type are four further subtypes.

 Disaffiliated Type

Individuals of this subtype develop antisocial traits and an inability to relate emotionally to others, which affects relationships on a global level.

  Disempathetic Type

Although these individuals are capable of demonstrating affection and attachments to relatives, friends, or spouses, they are prone to relate to others as objects.  This serves a protective function due to childhood experiences of trauma, which can be viewed as being dissociative in nature and a form of desensitization.

   Hostile Type

A hostile sociopath is an angry, resentful, and aggressive person that purposefully rejects the social norms and mores of society and displays antisocial and traditional psychopathic traits as a result of their hostile beliefs.

    Cheated Type

Much like the hostile type, these individuals are hostile, antisocial and reject the norms and mores of society, but for different reasons.  These individuals feel rejected by society due to real or perceived inadequacies, most likely learned through experiences with an abusive parent, which in later life create specific beliefs that rules do not apply to them because they have been wronged by others.

Aggressive Sociopaths

These are dangerous individuals that enjoy hurting others and can often be described as sadistic.  Dominance and control are at the heart of their psychological needs, which are fulfilled by developing and maintaining traditional psychopathic traits as a means to obtain, degrade, hurt and sometimes kill victims.

Dyssocial Sociopaths

This type was probably created by Lykken as an afterthought to explain all other individuals that did not fit within the previously described types.  According to Lykken, these individuals would not normally be a sociopath or psychopath, but found themselves involved with, relating to, and loyal to other sociopathic or psychopathic individuals.  This loyalty influenced their own development or belief systems and they became sociopathic due to assimilation of beliefs. 

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