good night sleep increases your mood by about the same
as winning the lottery of $150,000.
Source: University of Warwick
People use the term loosely,
but it's no laughing matter.
Some mental health experts
have estimated that as many as 1 out of every 25 Americans is a
sociopath. That’s 4% of the U.S. population, which means there’s
about a 100% chance you know one.
You could even marry
and raise a family with one without ever realizing what’s been
going on for all those years, even though it’s right in front of
Because they're so good at deception, they can spend
their entire lives flying under the radar and fool everyone.
Contrary to common belief, most are not serial killers or
social misfits that can't keep a job. Many are quite successful.
They surround themselves with minions who get fooled by
their charm and wouldn't suspect them of anything – and wouldn’t
question them even if they did suspect something “wasn’t right”.
Here are 10 tell-tale signs that you might be sleeping with
1. Lying and cheating are acceptable
means to an end for them, and they feel no guilt for either – or
for anything else.
2 They’re incapable of feeling remorse
or shame; or empathy or sympathy for others.
incapable of love. They may act loving to get what they want,
but they can't actually feel love for someone else because their
only concern is for themselves.
4. They tend to be highly
intelligent and are good liars.
5. They exploit others
for their own personal gain (i.e. theft). They'll also exploit
others just for their own personal gratification, even when
there is no material gain to them (i.e. intentionally being late
just to keep you waiting).
6. Despite their insensitivity
to others, they're highly sensitive to criticism and prone to
7. They always have to win, from
simple arguments to competing in business.
8. No matter
how hurtful or damaging their actions may be to you, they don't
apologize UNLESS they see some benefit to themselves for doing
9. Because they feel unbound by social norms, they'll
do things that seem bizarre to you – but are GREAT at
rationalizing whatever they do.
10. They’re charismatic.
This is key because this charisma is how they get people to let
their guard down. Because they're “Charming and Disarming”, most
people are completely oblivious to their secret double life.
If you're like most people, you probably have a name
and face in mind right about now.
Do NOT, however,
confront someone you suspect of being a sociopath about your
suspicions. Because they’re so manipulative, they'll make it
look like you're the one who's mentally ill. And even worse,
they'll also turn others who are gullible enough to fall for
their Svengali-like charm against you. Sociopaths are
severely damaged and dangerous people. Because there is no known
cure, the best course of action is avoidance.
If you work
for a sociopath, you'll be well served to find another job. If
you supervise a sociopath, watch them like a hawk until the day
they decide to leave you, or you decide to “free them up for
And if you're married to one, seek
counseling with a licensed therapist immediately. Go alone and
find out if your suspicions are correct, and then decide where
to go from there.
To Your Success,
While there is no known cure for
sociopathy, knowing you're not crazy when you see the behavior
no one else sees will at least help you rest a little easier.
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