Tell-Tale Signs Someone Is a Sociopath (And Famous Examples From Pop Culture)

A compulsive liar or toxic coworker can make life hell. But is something more going on? Without an official diagnosis, it’s hard to tell. The following signs indicate that someone may be a sociopath — plus we included extreme, real-life examples from popular culture. One common red flag is visible in nearly all sociopaths (page 10).

1. Explodes with anger

The Ice Man, Richard Kuklinski
Hitman Richard Kuklinski was known for his extreme rage. | Bettmann/Getty Images
  • Extreme example: Richard Kuklinski, aka the “Ice Man”

When things don’t go how the sociopath planned, it results in sudden anger. Ever see someone fly off the handle over a minor slight? This anger stems from the fact that the inner narcissist can’t control their surroundings. was New York hitman Richard Kuklinski was known for his quick temper and rage-induced murders. The mafia loved his ability to kill with no remorse.

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