This is what you get when you type ‘sociopath’ and ‘entitlement’ into Google.
The sense of entitlement that comes with sociopathy is astonishing to those who abide by the social laws and conventions of our culture. Where does the entitlement come from? It stems from an underlying sense of rage. Sociopaths feel deeply angry and resentful underneath their often-charming exterior, and this rage fuels their sense that they have the right to act out in whichever way they happen to choose at the time. Everything is up for grabs with sociopaths and nothing is off limits.
In relationships, sociopaths are the epitome of Machiavellian creatures. If they were astrological signs, they would be Geminis, with two distinct ‘selfs’ at work. They are duplicity incarnate, with a polished self shown to the world and a covert, hidden self that has a rigid and calculating agenda: assume the highest level of the social hierarchy and win, win, win. It is often the kindest and most trusting individuals who suffer the most at the hands of sociopaths, and the healing process for these individuals continues long after the relationship has ended.
I’m actually a little worried about the “hidden self” – how much worse can the hidden self be when we’ve read so much about this person, who has no conception of personal boundaries and what’s not appropriate to share with the masses?
This particular “polished self” is a mite dirty, if you ask me.
Once you become zombie-like and convinced of the sociopath’s delusions, the sociopath becomes that by which you measure all others. And once you start measuring all others against the sociopath’s delusions, a funny and ironic thing happens to your brain:
You become rewired to think that non-delusional people, people you once admired and respected, are the delusional ones and that the sociopath is completely sane and reasonable. You become convinced that the sociopath’s entitlement is justified and all others are simply too jealous or too stupid to understand.
“No wonder those people don’t like the sociopath! They’re just super jealous of the sociopath! Makes total sense now!”
Kathleen Hale’s staunch and ardent supporters, the supporters of most badly behaving authors and these authors themselves, seem to share some of these traits.
Charm seems to bypass the logic filters of many brains. Or should that be ‘hypnotic’ charm?
I’m filing this information away for future reference.