A sociopath can be generous

How do sociopaths act in a crisis situation?

"In difficult times, people often show the best or the worst."
This sentence has not only been justified since suspense authors have designed their plots with sociopathic characters.

Sociopaths are masters of pretense, and the source of this noticeable behavior lies in their poor self-esteem.

But how should a person love other people, show them affection, show emotional empathy and act socially intelligently, if he does not even trust himself?

In a crisis situation, sociopaths often feel overwhelmed, then drop their mask and ultimately act obviously fearful and paranoid. Because if someone has no self-confidence - so basically is already afraid of himself - how can he trust other people?

And for the sociopath, a crisis begins the moment he feels he is losing control. The trigger for this can basically be banal, even weather-dependent.

In late autumn and winter, especially at the turn of the year in November or February - when the weather is mostly dreary - the sociopath is often particularly moody. The dark autumn and winter months are the months when the sociopath is often particularly difficult. If he has the feeling that he cannot control his surroundings - and that includes the weather - then the resulting insecurity often manifests itself in particularly aggressive behavior. When the sun is shining, however, he often tends to be hubris and cocky. He then has the feeling that the world is with him. Then he can also indulge, be generous or playfully cultivate his sociopathic behavior.

But especially in connection with the uncertainty caused by the global SARS-CoV-2 epidemic, the corona virus and the fear of the lung disease Covid-19, this can unfortunately be observed again.

The sociopath - often hypochondriac by his basic inclination anyway - now believes he is defenselessly exposed to a hostile environment. In such crisis situations he often shows undisguised paranoid hostile behavior. The corona virus is only an example of external factors that make him so insecure that he can no longer maintain his supposedly serious mask. Granted, a situation like this worries everyone. We are constantly confronted with the pandemic and see what impact it is having on our lives. Much of what we have taken for granted, the whole of so-called normalcy, suddenly becomes questionable. Hardly anyone in our society has ever experienced something similar to the current situation. Everyone - even if they don't show it openly - is worried and afraid of contracting corona and possibly developing the lung disease COVID-19.

But the behavior of a sociopath can quickly drift into the irrational, even paranoid, in a phase like the current corona crisis. For him in particular, control, consistency and normalcy are particularly important. He has learned all his life to deal with her and to make use of her. It is the resistance on which he uses his manipulative lever. Since the control of his environment is vital for him, he is particularly afraid of becoming infected with Corona and developing COVID-19. And this fear expresses itself so extreme in him that he almost sees himself surrounded by viruses and bacteria.

It is not surprising that precisely because of this, the sociopath often develops compulsive behaviors, finds it difficult to maintain self-control and instead tends to panic and violence. Because things that he cannot control frighten him and fear is generally the main cause of violence and antisocial behavior. The additional stress he is under now makes him visibly out of character. Panic attacks and one-sided accusations are no longer just misrepresented. And then he also tends to consciously provoke in order to trigger the same fears in those around him, so that his own uncontrolled fear no longer stands out so obviously.

In a crisis situation, it is risky to be in close contact with a sociopath. He who cannot trust himself cannot trust anyone and ultimately sees threat and hostility everywhere. He perceives simple criticism as an attack, he perceives well-meaning words as personal degradation.

Those who only see potential competitors and opponents in other people, who always assume the worst, tend to act in difficult situations at least inappropriately, but sometimes also illegally. Fights over a few kilos of flour, attacks on law enforcement officers in accidents, theft of thousands of respirators ... the series could go on and on.

In addition, the sociopath feels safest in the role of the manipulator and enjoys playing with power, provided that there is no doubt that his victim is behaving as he wants, be it through conscious scaremongering or spreading false information or similar.

Because at heart the sociopath is a depressed character. He is best when his environment is bad. Then he can act as a hero and a savior. He often enjoys it when the people around him are in a bad way, so that he can "apparently" take care of them.

One cannot speak directly of sadism, rather of a kind of mirroring, not dissimilar to schizophrenic behavior. The sociopath himself wants to be comforted, cared for, pampered, but at the same time be seen as a hero. Because as I said, inside he is deeply insecure and therefore he cannot cope with it if he is not given any attention or care from his surroundings.

Acting reasonably is difficult for people who have never learned to do so and to whom social intelligence is a foreign word.

In the last few days, Stephen King's “The Stand” has been the subject of reading time and again, a novel that deals with a virus that suddenly spreads across the world. Basically, this novelist virus is a kind of catalyst that King used to show how he believes certain characters behave when situations get out of hand. Because sociopathic behavior often emerges particularly when there is some kind of exceptional situation.

A crisis like the one caused by the coronavirus offers the opportunity to deal with the importance of social intelligence and to reflect again on the essential values ​​of social togetherness. Because only if we do that can we counteract the ever-increasing whirlpool movement of an increasingly sociopathic society.

The last few months in particular have shown us how important it is to behave socially and responsibly. Personal freedom ends where the freedom of others is endangered. Regardless of whether it is distance rules and a face mask or renouncing parties and group meetings - social behavior in public life is the prerequisite for jointly mastering the difficult situation that we have been confronted with day after day for a year now.

Self-centered and sociopathic behaviors endanger health well-being. Freedom means responsibility and it is particularly noticeable these days how those who insist the most loudly on their rights to freedom show the least willingness to respect the freedom of others.