Body Language and the Antisocial Personality

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Sadly, in our lives we come across those who enjoy hurting others.  Many times these people are charming, highly manipulative, and they exact relentless pain through emotional or financial means.  Their happiness is our unhappiness.  An inner dance of joy happens when they know how they are hurting us.  Power over others is their mantra and dishonesty their method.  Driven by scheming aggression, the antisocial personality believes the world is a crooked place where the strong and the meanest thrive.

It's wise to be on the lookout for antisocial personalities as they will hurt and connive anyone.  Clues to detecting these persons, sometimes called sociopaths, can be found in their body and verbal language patterns.  Since it is nearly impossible to fully hide personality and true motive, the sociopath eventually provides traces of their malice.   Hidden or unconscious wishes and drives express themselves subtly but unremittingly through their behavior patterns.

Sociopaths use language as a primary method of manipulation.  They are skilled and convincing talkers, "silver tongues" as the saying goes.  Using slippery speech to gain your confidence, they gain control.  Once in control they can lighten your wallet or hurt you in countless ways.  Unburdened by a lack of conscience, they view others only as marks.  Uncaring and unsympathetic, smooth and persuasive language lulls their target into a sense of false conviction.

Their manifest aggression conveys itself in expansive body language.  Usually acting with an air of supreme confidence, moving with swagger, they disrespect personal space and invade the private circles around us.  If their goal is intimidation, then the invasiveness has a menacing nature.  If their goal is confidence manipulation, then the personal border violations are marked by slaps on the back or insincere hugs.

The body language giveaways of these manipulative schemers are the chuckle and sadistic smile.  When they get you where they want, a crafty smile or a self-satisfied chuckle ensues.  They feel you're entrapped, caught in their snare, ready for the harvest.  If caught, move out and on as fast as you can. 

These people cannot control their malice and feel no sense of regret.  The best defense is avoidance, but if caught in their antisocial ways, remember these are dangerous people.  If you confront them in any manner, you are engaging them on their terms.  Most likely it will be a long and unforgiving process.

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