On this page you will find two lists of traits. The top list is written in simple terminology. The list below it is the official, Hare Psychopathy Checklist, developed by Robert Hare, PhD.

Below are the traits most commonly attributed to a sociopath. Every person is inherently different, and that includes each sociopath. This is not an attempt to diagnose anyone.

An individual could stand out as having just 2-3 traits and be a sociopath, because more traits could be well-hidden.

Sources:,, & personal observations (50+ years)

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Hare Psychopathy Checklist
Robert Hare, PhD

Psychopathy is most commonly assessed with the PCL-R, which is a clinical rating scale with 20 items. Each of the items in the PCL-R is scored on a three-point (0, 1, 2) scale according to two factors. PCL-R Factor 2 is associated with reactive anger, anxiety, increased risk of suicide, criminality, and impulsive violence.

PCL-R Factor 1, in contrast, is associated with extraversion and positive affect. Factor 1, the so-called core personality traits of psychopathy, may even be beneficial for the psychopath (in terms of non‑deviant social functioning). A psychopath will score high on both factors, whereas someone with ASPD will score high only on Factor 2. Both case history and a semi-structured interview are used in the analysis.

Because an individual’s scores may have important consequences for his or her future, the potential for harm if the test is used or administered incorrectly is considerable. The test can only be considered valid if administered by a suitably qualified and experienced clinician under controlled conditions.

PCL-R items

The following findings are for research purposes only, and are not used in clinical diagnosis. These items cover the affective, interpersonal, and behavioral features. Each item is rated on a score from zero to two. The sum total determines the extent of a person’s psychopathy.

Factor 1 — Aggressive Narcissism
  1. Glibness/superficial charm
  2. Grandiose sense of self-worth
  3. Pathological lying
  4. Cunning/manipulative
  5. Lack of remorse or guilt
  6. Emotionally shallow
  7. Callous/lack of empathy
  8. Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
Factor 2 — Socially Deviant Lifestyle
  1. Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
  2. Parasitic lifestyle
  3. Poor behavioral control
  4. Promiscuous sexual behavior
  5. Lack of realistic, long-term goals
  6. Impulsiveness
  7. Irresponsibility
  8. Juvenile delinquency
  9. Early behavioral problems
  10. Revocation of conditional release
Traits not correlated with either factor
  1. Many short-term marital relationships
  2. Criminal versatility

More information: Hare Psychopathy Checklist
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How to identify a sociopath
How to spot a sociopath

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  1. I think all these
    All have low self esteem or at least start out with it, so they lie about the strong Truthful person to diminish him or her, and thereby make themselves feel powerful. But they don’t realize that every lie is two things to remember: the lie and the Truth that the lie is about. The human brain can only remember 5+ or -2 things at one time, so even three lies is getting to be a brain overload for them because that’s six things to remember at one time by the time they tell four lies, now they have exceeded the normal human capacity of remembering more than 5+ or -2 things at one time because they have to remember eight things.
    So some lash out some throw a fit some panic some throw a tantrum some faint… Basically because they have given themselves a brain overload by lying. In my opinion this excessive lying causes these people to lose their consciences because they have to dump out part of their own memory of themselves in order to remember all their lies. Now we have people that have obliterated their own memories of themselves, their consciences and so can harm others in any way they please, without a whim.
    Just my observation.

  2. Hi Infected Psy
    I was simplifying again and came up with another type of predator.
    This is a true predator i am speaking of in the broadest terms. The daily behavior of this predator is not done to preserve lives because of oppression of some sort, or in order to remain alive in an oppresive situation. This predator is all pervasive, destructive, cunning, mercenary, has forgotten who they are and replaced themselves with what they do. They do it as if they were a magician.
    This “New” Predator has a name. This Predator has had the same name since human life began most likely.
    This Predator is Human.
    This Predator plays
    a very dangerous game and
    goes by the name of
    Just my Observation and Experience.
    Just my opinion.
    (And they all know the Truth, or it would be impossible to lie. What a lot of work. Having to remember two things for every lie, the Truth that the lie is about, and the lie itself which requires constant maintenance.)

  3. Was wondering if this blog was still running. I see activity from last April 2014. I have a totally different and very sad tale and want to make sure we have privacy from the world.

  4. Privacy from the world? The world can see anything on this site. If you are concerned about leaks of info, your email address getting shared, etc. … don’t.

    Everything here is safe, and I do not store any personal information.

    Feel free to speak your mind. :)