They will tend to be cold and manipulative in relationships and potentially emotionally abusive though this might not necessarily be purposefully vindictive.In all cases though the psychopath will appear highly intelligent, charming and charismatic to talk to and it is only careful guardedness that can uncover their true motivations.Harding holds a Master of Science in psychology from Capella University and is completing several certificates through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association.
actual, human lives — ju-just so I know, do you care about that at all? Common rationalizations either by the hero himself or on the hero's behalf include Asshole Victim, Utopia Justifies the Means, It's All About Me, or It's What I Do.
Sherlock: Then I'll continue not to make that mistake. And God help you if they decide to turn against you...
However his camaraderie with Watson and his love affairs suggest he is capable of emotion, while he shows no despotism – suggesting he might be more akin to someone with Asperger’s syndrome.
Sarah Harding has written stacks of research articles dating back to 2000.
In the BBC series Sherlock Holmes, Holmes pronounces to Watson that he is a ‘I’m not a psychopath, I’m a high functioning sociopath, do your research’, and this fascinating self assessment is one that gets many viewers questioning what precisely a sociopath is.
Sherlock’s proclaiming himself a sociopath makes the term seem almost romantic and interesting rather than immediately disturbing when usually we would think of the traits of a sociopath as belonging to a villain, not a protagonist.
Alternatively a sociopath might be likely to live on the fringes of society having little interest in people.
They could be seen as eccentric and will most likely be independently wealthy.
Compare Heroic Comedic Sociopath, for when this kind of behavior is Played for Laughs, and Token Evil Teammate, which he will be if they're a team player.
He also tends to stay in Nominal Hero or Villain Protagonist territory.
These include animal cruelty (pulling the wings off of flies etc, bed wetting, and pyromania (an obsession with fire setting)).