It is my personal belief that a sociopath starts out pretty early in life. From my experience, I have noted that they start dishing out trouble and misery to others while they are relatively young and this continues throughout their lives.
Young sociopath's will often pick on and mistreat their younger siblings. This characteristic bullying only gets worse as the years fly by. Take extreme care and be sure to never leave any child or teen alone with one of these people. Many sociopath's will sexually abuse young children and teenagers. Many, but not all pedophiles are sociopath's.
Many sociopath's will harm and kill animals and insects.
The reason why they do this is because it gives them pleasure! They will derive relief from boredom as well as pleasure from tormenting and killing god's creatures. We as sane individuals WITH a conscience, have to struggle to understand how anyone could not only do these things, but gain pleasure from doing them. Here is a few scriptures that you need not neglect, they go right to the heart of the sociopath and his actions:
The Reprobate Mind:
Romans 1: 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Titus 1: 15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
How well the above scriptures describe in very clear terms the personality and characteristics of the sociopath.
A Seared Conscience
The seared (burned) conscience means that they do not let things get to them. They do not feel shame, guilt and a myriad of other emotions as those of us who do have a healthy conscience. How could this be?
I believe through years of systematic selfishness and cold-heartedness they have been building what in the end turns out to be a frozen heart, lacking empathy and compassion for others.
They are altogether a whole other creature.
The sociopath seems to fly by the seat of his or her pants through life. They are good-time Charlie's, relying on the good will and natural kindness of others - that which they do not possess themselves, they rely on and look for in others. They have a very keen eye toward picking out people who can be used or conned by them. The gullible, and especially the elderly are quickly taken advantage of and when the sociopath's victims finally are clued in to the fact they've been taken for a ride, it is often too late to recover from agreements broken, savings lost, property taken, etc.
Hustlers, Gamblers and Risk Takers
Sociopath's are hustlers and can con you out of the shirt off your back as well as the cash in your pocket! Sociopath's love to have fun! Gambling is only one pastime they are fond of. They do well at adapting to new surroundings. To the sociopath, nobody is a stranger, but rather a potential supplier to fill their needs. They go through dry spells and suffer lack pretty well if forced into the situation. While experiencing lean times they truly believe that they will be back on top of the mountain tomorrow. They always believe that good times are waiting to be had by them and are right around the corner calling their name! In all their pursuits and schemes, if one falls through, the sociopath seldom if ever sulks or worries about it. In my experience they NEVER worry. They are much too busy in planning their next conquest, whether it be sexual, financial or otherwise. The sociopath's motto is "survival at all cost" and "I'm looking out for #1" and "what have you done for me lately". These people are easy to spot because when they recognize you looking at them, they will put on the smile, charm and more charisma than 30 Hollywood actors possess!
Spending Time with a Sociopath
The sociopath's I have known were very bright and somehow could recognize what you wanted to hear. They will spend time with you at first, getting to know your likes and dislikes. Keep in mind this is IF you have something they need. Getting to know you by spending time with you helps them know how to work and maneuver you in the future. Over time they become aware of what your sensitive issues are and will not press these issues or push your buttons unless you have nothing to offer them or you become their enemy. If that day ever comes, they seem to take an evil pleasure in creating pain in your life by saying hurtful things to you and cutting you down to the quick.