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The Sociopath Test: Find Out if You're a Sociopath

Updated on December 16, 2011

Has anyone ever called you a sociopath? Or do you sometimes wonder if you might be one? Perhaps you would like to investiate further by taking the convenient sociopath test I have put together to see if you likely are.

Before we proceed, let's take a moment to work out a small matter of nomenclature. Though the word "sociopath" is deliciously sexy, it's actually a touch outdated. Someone who was once called a sociopath is now said to be suffering form "antisocial personality disorder."  Other personality types that have also been tossed into the antisocial personality disorder bucket include psychopaths and those with amoral, asocial, and antisocial personalities.

If, therefore, you want to see if you exhibit 'clinical' symptoms of a sociopath, you'll have to be checking yourself against common characteristics of those with antisocial personality disorder. Just wanted to let you know about that minor detail - though please feel free to refer to yourself as a sociopath - if you pass the test, that is.

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What is a Sociopath?

Generally, a sociopath is someone who is unable to adhere to widely accepted social norms due to a disregard for others combined with a lack of remorse after having wronged them, willingness to lie, anxiety, aggressiveness, recklessness, and/or regular run-ins with the law (For a more detailed explanation, see Symptoms of a Sociopath).

Sociopaths are different from psychopaths in that psychopaths are born with these characteristics, whereas sociopaths develop them over time.

So, I'm a sociopath... now what?

Did my little sociopath test reveal your true identity as a sociopath? Well, well, well! Isn't life interesting.

There are some things you can do with this knowledge - continue living your life as always, seek help, and/or leverage your sociopathic personality to your advantage.

If you continue to live as you've always lived, you don't need my help.

If you want to try to deal with this personality disorder, have a look at local, professional therapists (though keep in mind that therapists can only help you develop contingency management programs to help modify your behavior - according to what I've read there is, surprisingly, no actual "cure" for antisocial personality disorders).

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If you want to leverage your sociopathic personality, consider utilizing your unique perspective and worldview to develop solutions, services, and even businesses that can change thousands of lives for the better.

Consider this famous quote by George Bernard Shaw: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."

You, as a sociopath, are unreasonable. Use that for good. Or at least for personal betterment and amusement. You, could, of course use your disposition for evil... but I am of the opinion that the best way to serve one's own selfish needs is to do that which is good for others as well.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays one of my favorite sociopath characters in the 2010 BBC miniseries Sherlock.  Watch it if you know what's good for you.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays one of my favorite sociopath characters in the 2010 BBC miniseries Sherlock. Watch it if you know what's good for you. | Source

Am I alone?

You are absolutely not alone! No, my friend, there are plenty deranged cohorts for you to associate with, both real and fictional.

First, you must know that sociopaths are different from psychopaths in that they were not born with the traits that make it so difficult for them to assimilate with societal norms. Sociopaths become what they are as a result of their upbringing, outside influences, environmental conditions (e.g. poverty, negligence), or exceptionally high or low levels of intelligence. So while you may have other purely chemical or genetic disorders, your sociopathy, at least, does not make you inherently defective (and even if you are, who cares?).

One of my favorite fictional sociopath characters is Sherlock in the 2010 BBC miniseries. He's smart, sharp, driven, and... well, damn good looking (irrelevant, but worth mentioning). Sherlock is definitely the sociopath type that has emerged due to exceptionally high levels of intelligence - and boy, does he ever do fun things with it!

Plenty of sociopaths exist in the nonfictional world as well - consider all of the driven, selfish, highly unconventional business executives, politicians, athletes, and celebrities out there.

I imagine that a rather large proportion of them have antisocial personality disorders - their very failure to conform with societal norms has helped them stand out and do amazing things.

So do not worry - you are in perfectly good company. You could certainly let your sociopathic nature drive you to ruin, but you could just as easily leverage it in highly amusing, world-changing ways.

For Real Diagnosis, Stick to the Pros

i would like to make it clear that I am by no means a professional and that the test I have created should not be interpreted as a tool used for official diagnosis.

I created that quiz by compiling the common symptoms sociopaths are known to exhibit. These symptoms were found on various health and psychology sites around the web, but even they are not all to be trusted. So take this fun little exercise with a big, fat grain of salt.

If you are truly concerned that you might be a sociopath, I encourage you to consult an expert. Online quizzes are fun, but... they're online quizzes. The only way to really find out if you have antisocial personality disorder is to sit down, in person, with someone properly equipped to evaluate such things. But you already knew that, you sharp character, you!


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      D Alighieri 2 months ago

      Bonnie Parker

      "Then we all know what will happen right? lol I'd tear you apart."

      Silly sociopath, you mean like with words? I think your missing a very key point here. The main theme of this page is we're sociopaths, right? So shouldn't it be pretty obvious to you that we don't care what you think or say?

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      Bonnie Parker 2 months ago from Canada

      High functioning sociopath. That's my second article that just entered edit mode today. You seem to think you're light-hearted and funny while talking about sociopathy.

      "You, as a sociopath, are unreasonable. Use that for good. Or at least for personal betterment and amusement. You, could, of course use your disposition for evil... but I am of the opinion that the best way to serve one's own selfish needs is to do that which is good for others as well."

      --- Ummm, ok. I'm actually one of the most reasonable people you could ever meet. You people need to stop lumping us all together already for .. sake. I could go on, but I'll just leave it. UNLESS of course you come back at me. Then we all know what will happen right? lol I'd tear you apart. Like I always say, with me I'm provoked first.

      Go read my first article if you want to hear from someone like me.

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      Tom 4 months ago

      I hold a majority of the qualities which make up a Sociopath. Although, I have never been arrested or have committed any petty or violent crimes. The most i've done was pull a annoying kid to the ground by his bag, but that's it. I think I might be a 'high functioning' Sociopath, but i'm not 100%.

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      Alx 6 months ago

      "it means you are NOT LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD" no, it means you are better, if you are smart enough it wont make your life harder, most likely interesting, it is quite amusing to make other people think or feel whatever you need them to, doesn't matter what other people say, you are here in this world for you, not anybody else, sentimental people will always get stuck in their lives because they let their emotions affect their judgement

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      Darin 6 months ago

      I am a high functioning sociopath. I can ruin people but I'm a good girl. I personally do not think Sherlock is a sociopath and some professionals even confirmed that he is not a sociopath.

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      Cam 8 months ago

      I am a high functioning sociopath. People make fun chew toys. Sentiment defines them. Idiots.

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      fortythieves 8 months ago

      Being a high-functioning sociopath is extraordinary.

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      Forty 8 months ago

      I always feel lioe I'm never doing enough when im practicing my skateboarding or making ny body incredibly fit. I feel as though i cannot stop and the words j type are impulsive and confirming & understandable, (to the nuerotypical human beign) I enjoy taunting others while understanding then but i remain unphased when i think im being too narcissistic. Oh well

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      SPRING 2 years ago

      Well geez I couldn't take the quiz because the plug necessary to do it isn't compatible with my device. But I know already that I'm not . But someone I thought I knew is one for sure.

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      vash15 2 years ago

      This article is very misleading and paints being a sociopath in a positive light. I have read numbers books, articles and personal experience that this personality disorder causes havoc on people around them. I met a sociopath online dated him for over a year and a half to find out he was married, impregnated multiple women that had his children never paid child support till the court confiscated his passport and forced him to pay child support his wife found out but still put up with him. He dumped me over the phone callously telling me about many affairs he had while we were together but they "didn't worked out" the way he wanted it and his new girlfriend is great and "they have a lot in common" telling me all this while discarding me like a yesterdays newspaper like I have to congratulate him on his new find while I was with him I was on an emotional roller coaster him going hot and cold when asked if he is seeing somebody told me I have a" vivid imagination" always told me he was broke and made me feel sorry for him so I ended up paying for most all our dates being in the medical field I performed free of charge medical procedures on him I was giving and giving.He was a watercolor artist, I purchased many of his paintings in order to help him financially. I had the worst year and a half of my life even worse than when I came to this country with very little money in my pocket and had to work hard to pay for my education and living expenses. Being a sociopath is not a gift these people have no souls are not capable of loving they just want to manipulate, cheat, lie and take advantage of other kind,compassionate people I rather experience all painful emotions than having no conscious and not capable of loving just being a empty shell of a human being.

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      vash15 2 years ago

      This article is very misleading and paints being a sociopath in a positive light. I have read numbers books, articles and personal experience that this personality disorder causes havoc on people around them. I met a sociopath online dated him for over a year and a half to find out he was married, impregnated multiple women that had his children never paid child support till the court confiscated his passport and forced him to pay child support his wife found out but still put up with him. He dumped me over the phone callously telling me about many affairs he had while we were together but they "didn't worked out" the way he wanted it and his new girlfriend is great and "they have a lot in common" telling me all this while discarding me like a yesterdays newspaper like I have to congratulate him on his new find while I was with him I was on an emotional roalercoaster

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      Debbie 3 years ago

      Absolute nonsense, people like you should not be allowed to post such incorrect shizzle out there for vulnerable members of our society to believe.

      There is a big difference between a sociopath and someone who may have an anti social personality disorder, you did not even mention about high functioning sociopaths!

      Me thinks this was deffo written by a sociopath as its tailored obviously to make themselves look good!

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      Cyndi Schmidt 3 years ago

      I'm a Highly Functioning Sociopath... though I already knew that... I've been told so many times that I am... so I figured I'd see... Interestingly enough... I have a group of "friends" that are Sociopaths...

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      Goringe Accountants 3 years ago from London, UK

      Awesome hub! Very interesting

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      Carroll Lester 3 years ago

      I saw the thread title right here and considered why not say to every person that's a member in this article.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It annoys me when people who are obviously empaths post things along the lines of "wOOt im a sociopath yay!!!" What is wrong with you?!! That's not a word to toss around lightly. Being a sociopath isn't like being gay - it means you are NOT LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD. It benefits you if you can use it correctly, but it will also make your life hard.

      -A real, live high-functioning sociopath

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      Nick 4 years ago

      Sherlock Holmes isn't a sociopath you idiots.

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      ~E~ 4 years ago

      Apparently I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Odd, since I answered that I absolutely care about people and wouldn't endanger others. I have emotions and feel for others, how is this to say I'm a sociopath then?

      I realize this test is most likely not accurate, but still... odd.

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      Lyn.Stewart 4 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      My son at aged 2 would have tested as a yes to being a sociopath and now would test as being a highly functioning sociopath - I wonder due to him being unable to understand others emotions etc all his life - Does that mean he is a psychopath or a sociopath?

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      Edita 4 years ago

      I did watch Sherlock on BBC and that made me get interested at highly functioned sociopaths, our diduction, and logic. I Googled some things about this and that is how i found this site. Now, I have a question for you, when I took the test it gave me a YES on being a highly functioned sociopath. I was shocked because I didn't exspect that to happen, so I took it one more time and it gave me a YES again, on the third time i putted the answers that i would never pick, and guess what it said NO. Now my question is WHAT SHOULD I DO? and HOW SHOULD I REACT ON THIS? This is a big surprise for me because I'm only 14 years old!!!!!!!!!! Please answer.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 4 years ago from Florida

      I wonder if I could get my ex to take this test. I'm pretty sure he is a sociopath. Thankfully, according to this, I am not. This was great!!!

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      Kelsey 4 years ago

      I can't take the test as I'm on my phone but I know that I'm not a sociopath. I grew up terrified that I was one because I always felt different somehow and it was hard for me to really care about other peoples lives. I mean, I do care, but I always feel like I don't care enough. I'm unable to properly convey my emotions and I live in my own world and most people just don't "fit".

      And then as an adult, a psychologist suggested that maybe I'm on the spectrum. THAT fit. A lot more than anti-social personality disorder. I have Aspergers.

      And, the main point of my post, so does Sherlock. He is very clearly NOT a sociopath and he really doesn't display any of the symptoms of ASPD and quite frankly, it's incredibly offensive that you would insist he is a sociopath, especially after you make it seem like you're knowledgable about ASPD. Calling him a sociopath perpetuates the stereotype that those on the spectrum can be heartless and lack empathy. You're just wrong, and it really doesn't take an expert to see that. Just because a character in the show calls him a sociopath, doesn't mean he is. Especially when it's incredibly obvious he's not.

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      erorantes@yahoo 4 years ago

      I like your article Simone. Thank you for the information. It is good to know .

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      Grant 4 years ago

      This whole article is complete horseshit. None of you know the true horrors of sociopathy, and I can guarantee that many people now believe themselves to be sociopaths because of this article. In reality, they are few and far between. A sociopath is currently ruining my family through forced control and destruction of our family's lifelong bond. Truly a horrible thing to be a part of. Sociopathy is not to be romanticized as it is here. Please stop.

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      Melontrolley 4 years ago

      I'm not trying to be a troll or anything but I think that your little test is a little too easy to manipulate, and I got the impression that you and countless others appear to glorify the sociopath as well. Well, they are an interesting bunch, but please let's not forget that it's called an illness for a reason; it causes suffering to the sufferer, though they may not notice it at times since they're so adept at rationalizing.

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      Lauren 4 years ago

      I'm in the 16% of people who've taken this quiz - the sociopaths. Yay me. *cough*

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      C. Kobes 4 years ago

      Hi! Really cool threat... I have been thinking for some time that I am a little different to others. For example my friends always say that I think of things in a different way. Along the way of researching into what it means to be a sociopath, I can say that luckily I am not really a bad case, but I found some nice clips on youtube that can give you an idea and they are funny too! Check this one and others for example:

      By the way, "thinking differently" does not necessarily mean you are a sociopath... it could also mean that you are just very creative, to the extent that you might even be a genius!

      All the best! C.

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      Hendrika 4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Of course sometimes the lines blur with a person not exhibiting all the symptoms, that sometimes results in only the closest family and friends actually know about it. According to a psychologist I spoke to once research has that psychopaths can not be rehabilitated.

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      The pebble 4 years ago

      as obvious as this sounds i believe the answer to not being a "sociopath" is emotional attachment. You've got to stop living "ideas" and become really emotionally attached to people. For someone like a therapist or myself to tell you a formula would be fine, if you were emotionally attached to people. A lot of "conscious" less decisions would not happen if there is emotional attachment to others. Again, i'm just stating the obvious nothing new, i know this just hear me out.

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      Sharil Williams 4 years ago from Wyoming

      I enjoyed your hub, good videos, quizzes etc. And found out I'm NOT a sociopath to boot.

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      LeAnne 4 years ago

      Congratulations to me. I'm a sociopath.

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      Stan Murphy 4 years ago from Kansas

      Very fun hub! I liked the quiz and your Sherlock reference. I did not meet the standard to be a sociopath, but I am having a pretty good day! Who knows what tomorrow holds. Thanks for the post!

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      Peter 5 years ago

      I know that I am not a sociopath but your quiz says that I am. The essence of sociopathy and psychopathy is a lack of a sense of shame, guilt, and remorse, and I feel those plenty.

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      NeighborsWhoKnit 5 years ago

      I would like to point out that it has been discussed and confirmed that Sherlock Holmes in the BBC Modern interpretation is /not/ a sociopath. He is, likely, autistic. This is referenced in Season 2 Episode The Hound of Baskerville by medical doctor and close confidante John Watson.

      While many of the characteristics of sociopathy/psychopathy are there:

      Glibness/superficial charm

      Manipulative and cunning

      Grandiose sense of self

      Need for stimulation

      Poor behavioral controls/impulsive nature

      Early behavior problems/juvenile delinquency


      Lack of realistic life plan/parasitic lifestyle



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

      Conventional appearance

      Many of the key characteristics are not:

      Pathological lying: Sherlock is brutally honest. All the time. I can come up with countless examples of this throughout the show. He is so honest that it does come to affect other people.

      Lack of remorse, shame or guilt: False. In The Great Game, when Molly runs off upset after a bout of Sherlock's brutal honesty, John comments "No, that, Sherlock, was not kind." Sherlock then, in turn, present a stricken and confused expression. The fact that he was trying to be kind demonstrates an emotional awareness not prominent in high-functioning sociopaths. However, it is evident of Asperger's syndrome, in which a subject may be aware of emotions but unable to emulate them properly.

      Shallow emotions: False. Sherlock feels quite profoundly in relation to John Watson. You can see examples of this in 'The Riechenbach Fall," during which time Sherlock sheds genuine tears upon the knowledge of the potential effect of his suicide. In addition, he is stricken by Sebastian Wilkes' words in The Blind Baker. "Everyone hated him," Wilkes comments to John. In turn, another broken expression. People with Asperger's syndrome and autism have an understanding that they are not socially apt and it effects them negatively every day. Reminders of this lack of social ability leads to pain and frustration at themselves and those around them. Cumberbatch's facial emotion says everything that his character's verbal mask of sociopathy doesn't.

      Incapacity for love: False. Sherlock's concern for Mummy Holmes is evidenced in his tight irritation with Mycroft in his assertion that Sherlock "upset Mummy." Sherlock's response, "/I/ upset her?" demonstrates a rage at the mere suggestion that he might hurt his mother. Sociopaths are not affected by the effects their behaviours have on other people. In 'A Scandal in Belgravia,' Sherlock again exhibits a deep emotional attachment to Mrs Hudson when she is attacked by American mercenaries. Not only does he exact revenge for the mercenary's action, but he proceeds to be tender and loving towards Mrs. Hudson that does not seem superficial at all. While you could argue that he is only doing so because he has something to gain--housing--I am inclined to disagree. Mycroft, who cares for Sherlock and watches him throughout the show, could easily place Sherlock in any location he desires. Also in ASIB, Sherlock refuses to abide rudeness to the landlady in the form of a combined shout of irritation when Mycroft tells her to shut up. If Sherlock were a sociopath, truly, he would be unfazed by anyone else's actions which did not relate directly to him. Finally, we come to John Watson. Whether or not you believe in the homosexual undertones of the show, it is evidenced in nearly everything that Sherlock does that he is aware of his profound bond with Doctor Watson. He 'commits suicide' to save his friend's life in The Reichenbach Fall--an action which is almost entirely selfless. In doing this, Sherlock loses everything that would hone in on his narcisstic need to maintain what /he/ likes. In The Hound of Baskerville, Sherlock offends John deeply in a fit of frustration and is immediately seeking to reconcile. Constantly, Sherlock is effected by John. Is emotionally swayed by John. And if one believes every single instance of this to be a sociopath's fabrication, I don't believe we're watching the same show.

      Promiscuous sexual behavior/infidelity: This one goes really without explanation. Sherlock is given the opportunity for sex with Jim, with Irene, with Molly, even potentially with John in the famous 'not my area' scene. Each time he argues that his body is transport and that he doesn't need sex to fulfill him.

      Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them: I think of Sherlock's key attractions to John is that John wants to understand. While Sherlock is constantly lashing out for fear of being hurt by John, the traces of his need for understanding are prevalent throughout the show. "I don't have friends, I've just got one." Sherlock is so stricken by the idea of John leaving him and the basis for support and understanding going away that he is very nearly reduced to begging for forgiveness.


      Goal of enslavement of their victim(s): Never once does Sherlock seek to 'enslave' anybody. He is desperate to keep John with him, but he does nothing to stop him from storming out in The Great Game after a fight. He is more seeking to be enslaved rather than to enslave. His need for Lestrade to give him cases, his need for John to remain his friend and flatmate, etc.

      Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life: Admittedly, Sherlock does do this to John. However, I am of the belief that his need for John's friendship leads him to it. There is no malice behind constantly interrupting John's dates or calling him away from work. Sherlock latches on to the first person with whom he has a profound connection and stifles him with that need. However, there are many things that John does that Sherlock makes no comment on. He does not control the clothes John wears, the books he reads, the job he has, the women he dates. While these may seem superficial, these are all things that are controlled in an abusive relationship.

      Incapable of real human attachment to another: I have been through this with John. But I can also bring up Irene Adler. While there was no real established friendship with her, Sherlock recognises and equal and proceeds to view her as such to the point where he goes out of his way to save her life, endangering his own and counteracting the narcisscism

      Unable to feel remorse or guilt: In ASIB Sherlock tears apart Molly Hooper's appearance and the way she's wrapped a gift. However, when he realises that the gift is for him, he immediately softens and kisses her on the cheek. Similarly with Molly, who claims that she 'doesn't count', Sherlock looks at her as if seeing her for the first time and tells her she's 'always counted,' in The Reichenbach Fall. Why would he do that if he didn't feel remorse for leading her for feel this way?

      The main theory is that Asperger's, which is the illness that John Watson cites in The Hound of the Baskerville, is perceived as a weak illness or a retardation. For Sherlock Holmes, who, one might say, would realise this, it is natural that he picks a more offensive illness as opposed to a defensive one. Many of the characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome can be manipulated into a facade of Sociopathy by someone intelligent enough. Naturally, Sherlock would not want to be viewed with pity or as a person with retardation or 'special needs.' A sociopath implies an abrasive, intelligent, and strong person, despite their faults. Asperger's implies the opposite. For a man whose key asset is his intelligence, Asperger's or any form of autism would be unacceptable to Sherlock. Though we known nothing of Sherlock's home life, one can assume that his parents, at the very least his father, would have precedented the behaviour adopted by Mycroft. A cool distance. It is already evident also that Sherlock received this treatment from his peers, based on Sebastian's assertion that 'everybody hated him'. Likely, what this alienation led to was an adoption of 'sociopathic tendencies' . to avoid being hurt by those who misunderstood his intelligence.

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      dman 5 years ago

      i am a high functioning sociopath. i don't really like it that much but its better than the alternative of being boring

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      Megan 5 years ago

      High functioning. Hmm. I don't know how true that is. You could say I fit a lot of the descriptions out there but honestly... I don't even think the very best in the business know their shit that well. I wouldn't label myself. I like seeing my traits put into words, though.

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      Sandra Davis 5 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Great hub! Very thorough. Love your Sherlock

      example. He's a lovable sociopath.

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      Wishes to be normal. 5 years ago

      It is not a badge of honor nor does it make you superior to others.

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      traveller 5 years ago

      The test says im a high functioning sociopath! Well i was dignosed with ASPD at age 18 by a forensic psychiatrist. But i managed to get my dignosis revoked as it did not look good on my medical record. The most important thing for me to be able to do in life, is what ever i want. It just happens that im not into breaking the law, i stopped this as an adult because everyone gets caught. If your a criminal there are still rules to play by, there just made by a different set of tossers. Anyway when you have a mental health problem you get payed for doing nothing, you can also take advantage of loop holes in the law and get through university without having to pay (while you get payed). If you want extra time in your exams due to the fact you could not be bothered to learn to spell, then it is quite easy to get dignosed with dyslexia. You dont feel bad about it, infact it appears like your doing the world a favour as money you take away from the government serves world peace. Thats because they then have less money to spend on weapons. Also by not conforming to social norms you set your self free and get to watch all the conformists get sucked in by the biggest lier of all, the system. It is also ethical on a very high level (higher then em-pathetic ethics) as how can people justify comforming to a system that does not serve the masses.

      Im not the angry young antisocial i was, no am i the one who does not care. I know that i dont care the way others do, for example when the big quake hit japan i felt no sadness even though i tried. Infact i was amazed at the detail of the ariel images on my nannas HD tv. Dont get me wrong i was in no way glad it had happened, it would have been better if it had not. But when something big happens i watch the news all day long and appear to get an adreneline burst, i know my wiring is different but im not sad about it as i have been saved a lot of the pain others feel. Ive always hid it, as other people judge based on it and i end up feeling angry with them for judging me.

      There are some good points about me. I could never be made to do evil out of pressure to "fit in with the norm" unless i want to of course. Also getting it back is a pain in the rear.

      The world does owe you something because your here, and so do you parents as in a way the child is a product of the parents entertainment (impulsive?). I have no plans to reproduce, as why should i, i want my life to myself to do as i wish. But to the people i talk to i translate this to, the planet is overpopulated so i am doing the world a favour by not spreading my DNA all over it. Also reproduction is not nice and giving, its really a selfish desire to spread ones genes.

      Ive been so many different people throughout my life, ive even thought (hoped) some of my personas were the real me. In my personas i inject values to keep myself on track. Sometimes i get my personas from pieces of other peoples personality, or even out of fiction, and in a sense by doing so become a better person.

      Over the years i know im moving closer to the light, i shall never move over to the dark side of life. Not even if everyone else did!

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      Mary Kelly Godley 5 years ago from Ireland

      Whew, I am not a sociopath, thank god I have enough problems already. I wonder are Sociopaths often people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder too because there are a lot of similar traits? I enjoyed this.

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      WhoCares 5 years ago

      There are no such things as Sociopaths or all humans are sociopaths. Nobody has a real conscience. Humans just have a spectrum of those that are chicken shits and those that have balls. Everyone is self serving and we all want the same things. Just those few have the balls to not care what others think and take the bull by the horn. The rest and just sniveling little rodents. And it's these chicken shit masses that like to label their that do what they only dream of as Sociopaths and deem them as "Evil". It's just a way for them to make themselves feel better about their cowardness.

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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      well damn it seems i am indeed a sociopath. guess i should have known when just last week i looked my aunt in the eye and said if my friends graduation and my cousins overlapped i would not be at my cousins, i didn't even care at all that my aunt got really mad at me.

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      8-) 5 years ago

      You are a sociopath!

      Welcome to the fold, brother! You are one of the few, the proud, the deranged! Sure, we don't get on all that well with society, but damn, we're cool.

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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      hmm, well this was intresting, but I have a feeling as to why there are SO many "high fuctioning" sociopaths on your pole. Either it is that , truly, people ARE sociopaths and are trying to find out, or that the picture of Benedict is leading "wanna bee's" here. but something tells me that this should be taken with a grain of salt.

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      Rice Girl 2011 5 years ago from Southeastern United States

      Great quiz! I found that I was NOT a sociopath, in fact I am a functioning member of society - should I be scared? I enjoyed this hub tremendously. Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting.

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      nah 5 years ago

      Mr Paranoid, ure fine, who cares bout em anywayz?

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      MrParanoiid 5 years ago

      to be honest, while reading this whole thing, you made it definitly something cool...

      but in fact, because of who i am, and how i react to situations i really hurt some people.. ofcourse emotionally, i'm not the physical type. the things i look back at are very disturbing, and while i look more into the matter, i start to feel like a complete idiot. any one who's trying to be, or is a sociapath. Get help... i'm talking about a time span of 3 years, of which i definitly know i did / said / tought / done bad things, but what is bad? I'd say, Define bad. "bad" because it;s not socially accepted, or bad because you Hurt someone? or multiple people?

      people tend to call me not normal, because I don't care about some stuff. but who are they? I'm trying my best? yet I get screwed over, or my family does. So why shouldn't I be who I am, and just go on with life?

      I love to be a lieing manipulative idiot. everything you say, can and will be used against you.... "not"... I don't like who I am... But i can't change, It's been 8 years now.... still the same... it's not good... not good. messed up school, my relation, my friends, family... and lots more...

      i don't even know what this whole story is about anymore XD...

      if you guys read this, i know you'll say, "hes crazy alright"

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      Mee 5 years ago

      whoa, 3725 people votted here and 63% turned out to be high functioning sociopaths? Am I the only one, who thinks that this is stupid?

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      Alexander 6 years ago

      It said I'm a sociopath. Which is true. But it's hard to tell if I'm a sociopath or a psychopath. But I feel remorse, guilt and empathy a tiny bit more than the average sociopath. But I still don't really feel it at all.

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      JKI 6 years ago

      I am an actual High Functioning Sociopath and I think this test is ridiculous and pointless. This test proves nothing, anyone who argues otherwise is an idiot. Some of you are also trying to be Sociopaths because you think it is cool or fun. Stop now because you sound very stupid. It isn't a choice, it is just who we are. On many degrees this is offensive and discriminating. If you really think you are a Sociopath consult a therapist, not an online quiz.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Whew! I´m not a sociopath. This is a great read and I learn something about me. Thanks for sharing this Simone. Have a great weekend!

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      MobyWho 6 years ago from Burlington VT

      Sociopath or not, (and the test made it kind of neat to be a 'high functioning' one), GP's comment was a wake-up call to me. Finding myself becoming increasingly irritable at everything (computers, interruptions, bureaucracy, stupidity, rudeness) I realized it was Me, not the external factor that was responsible for any anti-social thoughts. Shying away from being my past normally social being is all a result of being frustrated and stressed - and it's all because of time pressures. I better return to reading my Al-Anon blue book (if I can find it - more pressure). I forgot about smelling the roses. Off to smell them now! Great hub, Simone

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      GP 6 years ago

      Simone, as the victim of multiple sociapaths through relationships, I find your encouragement of sociopathy a little disturbing. These are people who feel absolutely no empathy for other people, and don't register natural emotion other than anger. They tend to be highly manipulative, emotionally and mentally abusive, and cannot be held accountable or even necessarily taught to understand or care about what they are doing to others. Often, in fact, they blame their victims for 'overreacting' or try to actively deny or control their victims' reactions or emotions. These are people who will sincerely attempt to buy your affections, they will seduce you, tell you they love you, and then toss you out without any real consideration. They will stop at nothing, absolutely nothing, to get ahead at life.

      It is not a good thing to be a sociopath. It is not an honor, or cool to be sociopath. Without trying, without any awareness, without even caring; sociopaths destroy people, cultures, households, lives, and entire economies.

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      cookies 6 years ago

      high functioning sociopath ...not that didn't suspect that already having the emotional capacity and empathy of a kitchen appliance and all...

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      Sara 6 years ago

      You Are a High Functioning Sociopath: Though exhibiting many symptoms of antisocial personality disorder, you manage to still thrive in general society by effectively gaming the system (and being a damn good actor). Well done!

      …oh God, hahaha.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Well, so it goes :D

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      Nick. 6 years ago

      I got called a sociopath today. Decided to give it a look. Apparently I'm a sociopath. And to be honest, this wasn't worth looking up.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Very good point about utilizing truth instead of lies, Jason! Well said.

      And while the test is a joke, Inkkwell, answering the same answers in the same way will lead to the same results.

      And I agree, Abby, that it would be far more fun to BE a sociopath than to be WITH one. I really hope that story is not based on something that really happened.

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      Abby 6 years ago

      This may be fun to find out if you are a sociopath, but to live with one and have their child, then physically abuse you, you finally get away, they stalk you, harass you, then convince psychologist and courts you are alienating your child against you when your child is scared to be with them. Their final win Is to kill your child or cut off all comunication to your child. Now that is what really happens when you allow a sociopath in York life.

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      Inkkwell` 6 years ago

      This test is a joke. You can take it various times and sometimes you're a sociopath, and sometimes you're not.

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      Jason 6 years ago

      Hmmm...High Functioning Sociopath. It DOES fit and this isn't the first time it's been suggested...even by a couple professionals. I find the lying question interesting, though. Truth be told, I find it a WHOLE lot easier to manipulate situations when I'm known for being truthful. Furthermore, truth itself is a powerful tool that when used properly, can be used to ruin somebody or build them up, depending on how it's phrased, which ever suits my needs at the time. Of course, I have also found that if I accept blame for things that happen around me, especially those that I obviously NOT responsible for, when I DO do (heh heh, doo doo) something, I can tell people EXACTLY what I did and they don't believe me. In fact, after I say I did it, they are even less likely to think I did it than before, even if I give details. It seems even, that the more detail I give, the more people tend to think I'm making it up or just had prior knowledge (like I heard about it or saw the aftermath).

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I couldn't tell you! But who cares? You're unstoppable!

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      Roberto 6 years ago

      I'm unstoppable but wanna know if I was born this way or not!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Such a good explanation, Kessa. I'm going to say that totally counts! Because I'd like it to count.

      And Mr Awesome, props on the awesome commenting handle.

      Well spotted, Sarah! That's where I stole it from.

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      When I got Highly functioning Sociopath, I immediately though of Sherlock's line.

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      Mr Awesome 6 years ago

      Well i am a full sociolpath :) my psyciotrist also told me, if anybody else likes serial killers who do you prefare

      jeffery dahmer

      ted bundy

      charles manson

      clyde borrow

      bonnie parker

      albert fish

      ed gein

      gary heidnick


      the green lake killer

      the zodiac killer

      jack the ripper

      Andrei Chikatilo

      richard remerez

      john gacy


      or the fake one dexter morgan :)

      personally my faviorate is dexter morgan but my faviorate real one is ted and jeffery :)

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      Kessa 6 years ago

      As a "high-functioning" sociopath, of course we love.

      It just takes convincing yourself, or someone else that the potential or actual feeling exists. It starts through some poor sap taking interest in whatever face you've put on for the public at that point. It ends with a fantastic dramatic mess when you admit you have no interest in the person, and walk away.

      There are times when someone impresses me enough to hold my attention extensively. Does that count? Fascination?

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Hahaa, Maddie, if someone called me that, I might get a bunch of business cards printed with that fabulous title.

      Oooh, good one, Universal Remonster! Sociopaths certainly have been getting a moment in the sun on BBC lately.

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      Universal Remonster 6 years ago

      Sociopath Unite! Wait no, get the hell away from me. I'd like to nominate Alice Morgan (BBC Luther) as female sociopath of the year. Splendid!

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Hmm. I'm not a sociopath, according your quiz. But I have been called "a narcissistic menace to society," among other things.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for sharing your perspective, jessabe! Love is such a relative sentiment... I'm sure that with enough thought and consideration, and perhaps a re-arrangement of your goals and values, you could find yourself expressing and feeling lots of it.

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      jessabe 6 years ago

      I've known I am a sociopath. I have been diagnosed. Be warned, having this diagnosis done professionally will hurt you; your records follow you. But any who, what I want to know is, can we be reformed? Meaning, can we love? I love my cat. I've met others much like myself that I respect. I'm not sure if I'll ever give a damn about anyone else, let alone my own mother, but what I'm asking is, could we, as a whole, perhaps fool ourselves into mimicking some sort of affection? Almost like mutualism. A living arrangement, not a marriage, but a partnership. A...friendship? I've taught myself how to feel a crude form of guilt (sorrow, self inflicted and directed, so it's not true remorse, just a conditioned habit), so could I do the same with love? I'd desperately like to know how this feels. I love myself, sure, and I love sex, but I must know what is supposedly the ultimate human experience. I must. Not to fit in, but to better myself, if at all possible.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Well, at least you're being honest with yourself!

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      sociopath101 6 years ago

      I've taken all sorts of tests to see if I am a sociopath and every single one of them says I am but then again I've never denied myself at least.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      That's awful, PurrfctAngel! I'm so sorry! Well... at least you're rid of BOTH of them now...

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      PurrfctAngel 6 years ago

      I just lost a fortune to a true sociopath, the best con man I ever met. Thousands in cash that I knew about, then he stole every piece of good jewelry I owned, about 20K worth. That was my rebound after a cheating husband. Boy, do I need an intervention.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Glad you enjoyed it, agitoz!

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      agitoz 6 years ago

      Though exhibiting many symptoms of antisocial personality disorder, you manage to still thrive in general society by effectively gaming the system (and being a damn good actor). Well done!

      haha... interesting conclusion for me

      Interesting quiz :D

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I know how you feel, Irene Holmea! Sometimes, being empathic can be a real drag. And shucks... Sherlock is SO FRICKIN' AWESOME!!

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      Irene Holmea 6 years ago

      Being a sociopath is sort of my fantasy, partially because of Sherlock, but also because I am an incredibly empath person, so much so that it becomes as unhealthy as being a sociopath.

      I think I'd give anything to NOT be able to feel, or feel for other people, I really and truly do.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Interesting, Tosh! And you're right- Sherlock does seem to demonstrate something closer to Asperger syndrome.

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      Tosh 6 years ago

      I took the test and got high functioning sociopath. I have a signigicant lack of empathy for humans, however I have lots of empathy for animals. Not in the broad term of "Oh save the polerbears! I cry for them every night!" but like "No, don't use that kind of chain on your dog because it hurts them. Don't poke that bunny with sticks." I could care less for human life.

      I would like to point out that even though in Sherlock, Sherlock calls himself a sociopath, what he has is more like aspergers. Just pointing it out. :D

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      Rosie 6 years ago

      You are a high functioning sociopath: was my results

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      Mary 6 years ago

      I took the test, for both myself and my ex-husband. I'm an empath, but when I imagined asking my ex the questions, half the answers he gave, in my imagination, made him a sociopath and with the other half he out-and-out lied. It seems to me that a strong sociopath would lie (even to himself) about several of the answers. For instance, "Of course I don't lie, and what does it matter anyway if I do?"

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      Arik 6 years ago

      According to this and other tests I am a high functioning sociopath...

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      Morga 6 years ago

      i can say only thank you for the quiz...i found out that i'm a sociopat...well this is good i guess...becouse my life... i knew that somthimg is not "normal" whit me...ty and all the best for more quiz....

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      steph 6 years ago

      ironically enough this test is exactly what my therapist said to me after i got tested by a psychiatrist in his office. i don't care, i'm just amused. what's so amazing about being a sociopath? i find nothing amusing or interesting about it. it's just apart of life.

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      Casey 6 years ago

      im legitimately diagnosed as a sociopath.........

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Probably not the pyromaniacs.

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      Archangel 6 years ago

      Did anyone else have issues not pushing the "let's blow things up!" answer?

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I agree with you, johnnyAndr! And I wouldn't put much faith in me, JonSmith :D

      I am, after all, by no means an expert.

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      JonSmith 6 years ago

      Speaking as a "high functioning sociopath," the question is if that's a fair assestment, or did I simply game the system?

      I don't think I'll put much faith in a "Cool Hunter" (harukosama).

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      johnnyAndr 6 years ago

      Ms. simon I have always been fascinated by sherlock holmes. so I did a little digging on His 'condition', according to many he is might be a very 'high functioning autistic'. The valid point is if someone is a high functioning sociopath a normal person can almost never guess s/he is a sociopath because primary need is to camouflage. where as sherlock has been accused of being a sociopath by almost everyone. He can be charming when he wants to be he can't hold on to the mask forever. any thoughts??

      Where as on the other series called The mentalist main character Mr. patrick jane has been called as 'Clinical psycopah'

      but I think he is the better example of a High functioning sociopath because

      1.He is not only charming & witty but also sharp & handsome.

      2.Even though he is working with cops for almost 4 years only one of them suspected & diagnose him with ASPD. that to because that officer was trained into psychology.

      (in series referred as 'a Clinical psycopath')

      2.He manipulates anyone in to doing anything he wants. (including police chief)

      3. He once donated thousands of dollar anonymously which he won at casino while solving a murder.(Moral code?)

      4.He also kills a serial killer in a crowded mall who killed his family but talks his way out of any prison time.

      What do you think?

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Sounds like a neat test, anon! Looks like one can't even see it before rating comments, though...

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      anon 6 years ago

      I found an unusual test for sociopaths:

      Not sure how it works though, but I like the idea that it does not ask you explicit questions like the test above, but figures it out based on how you rate random stuff.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for the fabulous comment, johnnyAndr! I appreciate your giving an alternate view to 'sociophobes' as you put them (I am SO going to start calling people that), and I think it's important for folks to realize that not all sociopaths are terrible people.

      Great question. My short answer is that when two sociopaths meet each other, they either seek to destroy each other or form an awesome duo. Or maybe both. Probably both, actually. Hah!

      That's a fun thing to think about. Perhaps the subject of a future article! Huzzah!

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      johnnyAndr 6 years ago

      "High Functioning sociopath" very cool. It really does explains a lot.Thank you for complementing my acting skills & intelligence.

      I am very nonviolent person btw & I believe that the strongest part in human body is a Brain.Trust me, once in college I avoided fight by convincing a guy I barely knew that what he heard form his friend about me was a big fat lie when actually it was totally my fault.. haha..

      About love well, My mother really loves me I mean thats what she says & I believe her completely.I think love is caring about someone & I do care about her a lot & take care of her. With me its like 'If u r good with me I am good with you & if u r Bad with me I am worst'. Last time a guy crossed me I had him thrown out of our hostel by our landlord. I was greening ear to ear that day..

      I do have a very strong moral code & I always function by it. amongst many things 'Not to smoke ever' is part of that code & so is to never attack anyone. My friends often ask me "how can u not smoke" & I say "I dont need it", I dont need some rotten leaves to escape from reality I always feel comfortable with reality, plus I dont wanna die anytime soon.

      To all you sociophobes, I do charity, I recycle, I donate blood, btw why some say blood donation is creepy? its just someone taking blood out of your body what's creepy in that? & I am also a vegetarian. I behave like an ideal human being, may be more human than you 'Normal people'... Do u like me bit more well it might be a part of my plan of a world domination.. hohohahaha..

      Ms. simone thank u for this nice article, sherlock is my favorite character, I learned a lot from him about human behavior.

      I have a question if I may ask "What would happen if a sociopath is dating another sociopath ??" any thoughts


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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      The thing to do from here, Jahmar Thompson, is to remember that you'll get farther in life by helping people than by only acting in your own interest. Both acts are equally selfish, but the latter is more short-sighted.

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      Jahmar Thompson 6 years ago

      if this test is for real thank you for helping me find the truth about myself. I am a high functioning sociopath what i do from here i don't know yet but aging thank you

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Of course I don't, Enigilac Sutcelletni! Excellent comments. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! They're quite interesting.


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