High Functioning Sociopath: A sociopath refers to a person with an anti-social personality disorder. When one hears the term sociopath, visions of serial killers, assassins, and criminals immediately come to mind. This frame of reference can be linked to media portrayal and pop culture, as movies and televisions have long portrayed sociopaths as killers, thugs, and criminals. Although some sociopaths do have the potential to be lethal, most are not destined to become convicted felons. In fact, a high-functioning sociopath may initially present like an average person and can be relatively successful in life.
They tend to have a strong family background, careers, relationships, and children. They will appear to have average personality traits and ordinary appearance. It is only during stress, transitions, or pressure-filled situations that a sociopath’s true colors become visible.