He was an asshole, no doubt, but "sociopath" may not be the right word choice. But as it turns out, sociopaths are quite different from plain old jerks — and more dangerous. This piece uses the terms interchangeably.) According to psychologists, there are some telltale signs to help you differentiate between your average, garden-variety D-bag and someone who might be a lot more dangerous.While your standard D-bag is typically not well-liked, sociopaths actually exhibit fantastic interpersonal skills that win people over.
"So, they might not tell you exactly who their friends are, or they might say they have an important job, but they won't tell you the details." Since sociopaths are trying to figure out how they can use people, she said, "they're getting more information than they're giving.They like to talk, but they can't necessarily talk about themselves all that well."Even if you'd let a sociopath borrow five dollars from you, they'd rather steal it, said Nance.While a regular asshole may manipulate others to get something they want, sociopaths do it for its own sake.It's not that most sales representatives are sociopaths, said Nance, but you will see a disproportionate amount of them in professions that involve verbal persuasion, such as sales, law, the media and politics."They'll say whatever they need to say to get the job done," she explained.