20 Characteristics of a Con Man Sociopath

Sociopaths are identical and predictable.
Understanding the characteristics of a sociopath changes everything.

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Characteristics of a sociopath are distinct. There’s a good reason for this: a sociopath has a brain significantly different from yours or mine. There’s hard science to demonstrate the difference in their brains.

Brain scans by neuroscientists reveal the portions of the brain attributed to feeling love, like and so care or concern or compassion doesn’t function in sociopaths.

That is to say: sociopaths have no genuine feelings of love. 

Or feelings of “like.” – Or concern, or care – for anyone. This also means they have no conscience. – Our feelings of guilt, remorse, or regret at hurting others spring from caring for other living beings. Other people have no meaning to sociopaths for any purpose aside from the sociopath’s personal gain.

This is really hard for us to believe.
That’s one reason sociopaths get away with scamming.


99.99% of what a sociopath says is a lie.
Deliberate lies, upon layers of lies, upon lies. They have no conscience.

How Do Sociopaths Do What They Do?

Jemandem einen Bären aufbinden.
They’re taking us all for a ride.

“When individuals operate without a conscience
they are able to do horrible things we would never dream of doing –
and there is no moral compass or guilt feelings to stop them.”

Dr. Deborah Ettel, PhD. Psychology

In order to take from victims, every sociopath follows the exact-same pattern. They always follow  5 stages of true love scam. There’s no deviation from this pattern – it might be carried out over five days or 50 years with any particular morsel of prey – but there’s no variation in the way a sociopath functions.

Even if we can’t see it — know it. Sociopaths have very limited thinking. They’re all alike. Predictable. They feel:  want, and then glee when they get what they want, anger when it’s threatened or taken away, and fear – great fear of being caught or exposed. Everything is about their own survival. We are their livelihood. We may not get it yet. It takes time to recognize something we never imagined existed.

There is no relationship.
The whole mess is a faux-lationship.

What is a Sociopath?

As a confused and hurt person coming out of the scam, understanding the characteristics of a sociopath saves our mental and emotional – as well as physical – health and allows for healing. It’s not easy to fully comprehend but the fact is: we’re no more than a piece of equipment to the sociopath – beyond that we’re despised and held in contempt. This is really hard to grasp since we’re fully human: we love and support those we love; we don’t view them as expendable resources.

Sociopaths are the antithesis of loving and giving – they only take and destroy.

More To Know: Once we grasp the limited thinking of a sociopath we then: Reframe the Nightmare with a Sociopath. Replaying the memories and moments, as they come to us, from their point of view helps us see it isn’t personal: we could be anyone to the sociopath as long as they gain from playing us. Their targets are completely interchangeable and replaceable. It isn’t personal. It isn’t a relationship. It’s a crime. We could have done nothing differently. And now – we’re in control. The game is up. Time to thrive!

Sociopaths exist in every social, regional, and economic realm. Most crave riches with insatiable desire, and are reaaaaallly mad someone won’t give them to them, but can paradoxically handle living in a box on the side of the road until the next target with a nice warm home comes along. They dwell in trailer parks in Wyoming, on ski slopes in the Alps, in board rooms across the world, within the profiles of online dating sites, at church, in support groups, in bars and clubs, at the dog park.

Sociopaths hunt prey in the work place, on Facebook, in chat forums, at a party. We can meet them at the grocery store, in line at the post office, getting gas or through friends. It’s said by experts, one in 25 people are sociopaths. They are male or female. They morph their true persona and gender preference to draw in and grab hold of a target. – They usually use alcohol or some substance habitually along with other unsavory habits – but hide all this form most of their prey.

It’s incredible to think that all sociopaths are alike.
There is one difference between male and female sociopaths.

20 Characteristics of a Sociopath

  1. Fun, charming and entertaining. Super polite when meeting people.
  2. Display impressive knowledge or skill at something – it proves to be limited or fake.
  3. Have primal perception; later it’s scary, they seem to know our minds like telepathy.
  4. Are easily offended. They fluster and bluster when offended and lash out.
  5. Lie always. About all things – .01% of what they say might be true – like their shoe size.
  6. Believe they’re better than everyone – and hold others in contempt.
  7. Crave a good reputation. Defend their reputation with outrageous lies – see #5.
  8. Crave status & power via possessions & money – yet exist at any level of society.
  9. Have delusions of fame and importance – though they might live in the Metro station.
  10. Mimic our authentic emotions & sincerity – mimic any & all of our positive emotions.
  11. Have no capacity for care, concern or love. They are faking it. They imitate us.
  12. Think of themselves as victims. They can cry fake tears at the drop of a hat.
  13. Are sexually promiscuous and often simultaneously avoid sex with a primary partner.
  14. Do any horrible, illegal or immoral thing they want to do to absolutely anyone.
  15. Think their prey should be grateful.
  16. Take pride in their scams. Run several scams simultaneously. Many women; many men.
  17. Believe everyone deserves what they do to them.
  18. Smear their victims when things end: loudly, publicly, online and in court.
  19. Have outbursts of rage. Can be violent. Talk about killing themselves or dying.
  20. Know they are monsters – and enjoy it.

Things That Seem to Be a Thing: If you’re ensnared by a joker who hides your things, your journal, a hairbrush – something you need, like medication. Or maybe hides one shoe from a pair. Or they slip something into that “secret-safe” place where you keep your private stuff. – Take note: this seems to be a sign of a mind a bit beyond the run-of-the-mill sociopath. Remember a sociopath and a psychopath are from the same psyche classification: Antisocial Psychopath. They have the same areas of brain abnormality – a psychopath’s has higher percentages of abnormal in regions of the brain and gets pleasure from other’s pain. Please take care.

They think they’re really cool and neat. Better than everyone else. They are not.

Sociopaths Talk a Lot

Sociopaths can’t help themselves from bragging about their faux-complishments in romance or business. These elaborate boasts represent their made-up life. It’s all lies. Traits and tricks of a sociopath never waver. They’re consistent with all their prey whether in pursuit for ten days or we’re captive for ten years or 30 years – it’s the same for each of us from the first hello to the way they break up with us.

In popular culture, movies and books sociopaths
are referred to as con artists or con men.
In real life we kinda wish they would just die

In the world of psychology they’re called antisocial psychopaths, or sociopaths. And lately as “having” antisocial personality disorder. This newer contemporary term diminishes the damage they do and casts them in the light of hapless wrong-doer. They’re not innocents suffering from a “disorder.” They know cause harm. With pleasure and pride, they do terrible things to people.

A sociopath lies all the time. If one lie doesn’t work they whip out another.

Sociopaths all lie pathologically – this means always – as in every time they talk – causing  mind twisting confusion and trauma. They all think identically.  They’re predictable.  Some have more influence or create more damage than others. No matter how charming their human form, sociopaths are not to be dismissed or pitied as having some kind of harmless or treatable disorder. 

Sociopaths cannot and do not get better. At this point in time there is no “cure.” They wouldn’t want to “get better” or “be better” if they could. They’re quite aware that they’re monsters. They enjoy every minute of it. – A lot. – A super-de-duper lot. They adore themselves. 


Sociopaths Know Exactly What They Are

Sociopaths do know they destroy people’s lives and enjoy doing so. They loooove to talk all about it. Sometimes they make fools of themselves doing so. Yes, sociopaths – in addition being thieves and creators of destruction – are ridiculous.

Don’t confuse sociopaths with with less potent narcissists or blood-thirsty psychopaths.

Never tempt a sociopath’s anger however, keep our glimpses of their heinous hearts to ourselves. Use their empty souls, maniacal desire and vanity to leverage our safe exit. Establish no contact and then embark on the 4 stages of true love scam recovery.

“The sociopath’s ruse is deception upon deception… Since people are objects they are disposable to the sociopath. It’s hard to say, but not all allow their prey to live to tell the tale.” – Dr. Deborah Ettel, PhD, Psychology

Ironically con men tell the truth on themselves.

Narcissistic Sociopaths Always Give Themselves Away

The characteristics of a sociopath include: Vanity – with a capital “V”. Because of their pride in scamming and intense vanity sociopath’s display their real character bit-by-bit. They  make off-handed comments that reveal their inner workings. Knowing the characteristics of a sociopath exposes them as boring and even laughable – unless we believe them.

On rare occasions they utter bizarre truths.
Out of the blue statements that make us pause.
– A warning. A threat. A view behind the mask.

In these flashing moments of truth our heads spin. A sociopath makes us doubt the truth and be soothed by their lie. They influence us to prefer and protect their lie. The truth always stands out. But in the confusing, bizarre world of the con, actual truth only cuts a fleeting crack in the lunacy – and looks like lunacy itself. 

We aren’t in a romance, we were targeted and hijacked for the con man sociopath’s own use.

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