Question

How can I tell if I'm psychotic(sociopath or psychopath)?

List major and minor(if there is) sympthoms.

Answers

'Psychotic' does not necessarily mean 'sociopath' or 'psychopath'.

You need to see a specialist if you genuinely believe you are either sociopathic or psychopathic, but I'll summarise them anyway.

Both sociopathy and psychopathy and antisocial behavioural disorders which impair one's ability to get along in society. Most notably, neither is considered capable of empathy. There is no feeling of guilt or responsibility, and so violent acts or those which may otherwise be considered inappropriate or morally wrong by the rest of society cause them not shame or emotional discomfort. They will behave in the way which brings them happiness, which is probably more of a sense of 'winning' the game they see their life as.

While definitions vary, some believe that the defining characteristic is whether one can easily blend into society, as some people with such disorders.

Essentially, if you do not care about other people's emotions, and by this I mean you might walk past a child crying in the street with total apathy, or hit a stranger and not feel bad for any reason. These may seem extreme, but the named conditions are genuinely this volatile.

Other signs include an inability to maintain a steady job (this is not true of all psychopaths) and significant difficulty in maintaining relationships due not to a lack of charm but to a lack of caring about it. Personal gratification is at the forefront of your mind, and you genuinely will not care nor think it wrong to hurt others in order to get it.

As I said, though, if you're in doubt, consult an expert - some illnesses such as depression induce a sense of apathy without any link to sociopathy or psychopathy.

#1

I have to say that B is very wrong. You don't have to be sane to question if you're crazy. I do suffer from OCD and paranoia. It can lead to very strange behaviors. I can touch a thing, then feel that it's not "right" and touch it again and again til' it feels okay. A table for example. And people would think "Why are you putting your hand over that table so many times?" and I would just not answer. But I'm very aware of the situation. Anyway, a sociopath lacks guilt, and empathy. Which means, even if they have been through the same, they don't feel the need to support that person. And they have shallow emotions. They have a very strong need for excitement. And they often lie to cover up certain behaviors. So don't trust a sociopath, ever.

Best wishes/Miranda

#2

Pshchotic:

Confused thoughts

Speech that is hard to understand

Delusions (firmly held false beliefs)

Hallucinations (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling something that is not there)

Altered emotions (overly emotional, not showing any emotion at all, depression, mania)

Unusual behavior (laughing at inappropriate times, becoming angry for no reason)

Neglect of personal hygiene

Inability to function

Loss of interest in daily activities

Sociopath:

* Glibness and Superficial Charm

* Manipulative and Conning

They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

* Grandiose Sense of Self

Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."

* Pathological Lying

Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

* Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt

A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

* Shallow Emotions

When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

* Incapacity for Love

* Need for Stimulation

Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

* Callousness/Lack of Empathy

Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

* Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature

Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

* Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency

Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

* Irresponsibility/Unreliability

Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

* Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity

Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

* Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle

Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

* Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility

Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

Other Related Qualities:

1. Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them

2. Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them

3. Authoritarian

4. Secretive

5. Paranoid

6. Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired

7. Conventional appearance

8. Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)

9. Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life

10. Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)

11. Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim

12. Incapable of real human attachment to another

13. Unable to feel remorse or guilt

14. Extreme narcissism and grandiose

15. May state readily that their goal is to rule the world

#3

If your crazy, you don't know it. Years ago when I was homeless (Now I'm an electrician because I went back to school and got a license.) When I use to be out sitting in the streets freezing, I use to think about stealing, killing etc. Then I thought, ' Am i crazy or what?!' but a crazy person doesn't know he's crazy so that's what kept my going.

If you are questioning if your crazy, your not crazy. If you just do crazy things and don't seem to question it, your crazy.

#4

The sociopath is often referred to as the beginning stage of being a psychopath, but they are actually the same thing.

A good book to read is "The Sociopath Next Door". It's an easy read and clear.

To be psychotic is a dire state, as well described above. No one individual will have all of those symptoms. You couldn't do well asking this question, as you have done, if you were in a psychotic stage. You could be a sociopath, but most sociopaths wouldn't care enough to ask questions about themselves that might reveal something negative about themselves. I would say you probably are not a sociopath, but you have to be diagnosed by a licensed professional to know for sure.

#5