What is a Sociopath?

A Sociopath is someone who does not have a conscience, or at least an extremely undeveloped one. – “from source Sociopath definition” (1)

Our conscience is our “moral compass.” It is the inbuilt feeling of right and wrong. We don’t have any choice over it. It makes us feel guilty when we harm other people, and makes us feel good when we help them. It bonds us together. It means that people cannot recklessly pursue their own interests, regardless of the long term interests of the group they belong to.

But for a small part of the population – as much as 4 in every 100 people – this never develops. The result is someone free from conscience – free from this natural behavioural breaking system that protects the interests of the wider group in which they belong.

The lack of this relatively fundamental aspect of being human has some remarkable consequences, many of which may seem counter-intuitive.

In virtually all other cases, the lack of something that everyone else has would be classed as a disability – and cause the person to perform poorer than most other people in society. However, the lack of a conscience seems to have the opposite effect – Sociopaths are able to succeed in many aspects of business, politics and society beyond what most people could expect.

But they do so at a tremendous cost to the rest of society. They ruthlessly pursue their own aims, and causing untold damage to those that get in their way. Those unlucky to cross their path can be left with psychological and financial issues that will never be repaired. Countless individuals commit suicide every year, after their run-in left them literally losing the will to live.

You may think that such an individual would be easy to spot. But the greatest threat they pose to the rest of society is that they are incredibly difficult to identify. Even to those that are harmed the most, there is a great unwillingness to accept the truth. They insist that the person is misunderstood, or “under a lot of stress”

It’s often not until the person has moved on that the true extent of their actions becomes apparent. And in nearly all cases, there is a genuine sense of disbelief that the person they all trusted could do such things. “He was the nicest guy I ever knew.”

We naturally want to give people the benefit of the doubt – this is something that almost all people with a conscience do. This is a key point to understand – Sociopaths use our own conscience against us. They tug on our heartstrings, using pity and guilt to lead others anywhere they want.

Even when the evidence is right in front of our faces, we can’t accept that they really don’t care about us or the group they claim to be so loyal to.

Given the above, the question that almost everyone has (“How do you spot a Sociopath”) has no easy answer. But there are some clues.

Almost everyone makes one of two basic mistakes – either overestimating or underestimating the number of sociopaths around them.

People that have never learned what a Sociopath is think that they are the 1-in-a-million serial killer they see on the news. They make the arrogant assumption that they’d never be stupid to fall victim to such a person, and would be able to spot them a mile off.

However, once people begin to learn about Sociopathy, they then do the opposite – by labelling everyone they don’t get on with a sociopath.


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Winter Skin Saviors

As soon as the weather changes a bit colder, my skin longs for the extra hydration.  For this reason, and the fact that I love to try new lotions, potions and the like; I am always on the hunt for a winter skin savior to soothe my super dry skin.

So far this year, I am loving the new Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter that I told you about last week.  In addition to that, I have been smoothing this new dream body oil from Clarins over my body after taking a bath, a few times a week.

Clarins Huile “Tonic” Oil is composed of 100% natural plant extracts and aromatic essential oils. I like to rub it over my skin while I am still wet and then pat dry off. It locks in moisture and leaves my skin silky soft, never greasy, with the wonderful light scent.

I asked my Twitter friends what they use in the winter for their dry skin. Here is what a few of them told me.

@15minbeauty, who is Christine from 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic said: “Cetaphil cream, hands down. It’s so thick and moisturizing. I’ve looked for an alternative, but nothing works as well.”

@1andonlyMelissa said: “Body butter/ hands down is insane. Im a product junkie n its best. Hand cream? I found BoEssentials store aftr a fam reunion n VA. Stumbld on Mistral handcream in boutique/FrenchQtr. Best accdntl finds!”

@karlaneese said: “I love Curel Intense Healing.”

@oldergirlbeauty, who is Paula from Older Girl Beauty said: “I slather on @MarioBadescu Super Rich Olive Body Lotion. Soaks right in & takes away my itchy’s!”

@LondonMUgirl from London Makeup Girl said: “Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter.”

@BeautyAlchemist, who is Diane from The Beauty Alchemist said: “Mine= Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm. Major moisture, smoothing and smells amazing.”

I plan to explore these new suggestions, plus many more. I will continue to bring you my thoughts on the better ones that keep my dry winter skin hydrated.

Now it’s your turn. What is your go-to body cream for the winter?

Urinary Tract Infection Treatment

The common urinary tract infection treatment depends upon various factors. The factors include the infected site, the cause, the severity of the disease and the age of the affected person. A person may choose home remedies for urinary tract infection, if the severity is mild. However, children and aged people require special care and treatment with antibiotics to rule out the disease without affecting their kidneys.  However, even if you are choosing a home remedy for a urinary tract infection, you need to discuss such remedy first with your doctor.  If you are looking for more information regarding UTI treatments, I highly recommend reading UTI Be Gone.

A person has to visit a medical practitioner, as soon as the urinary tract infection symptoms occur. The first stage of urinary tract infection treatment is to identify the severity of the disease. An uncomplicated UTI resolves easily and requires less than three days time to cure, but the complicated case requires more time.

The symptoms vary with the lower and upper abdomen and it will be cloudy urine or become strong smelling. Therefore, the drug used to treat the infection also varies. The medications used for the treatment of lower urinary tract infections are:

• Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

• Cipro, Levaquin and Tequin (Quinolones)

• Amoxil and Augmentin (Penicillin)

• Nitrofurantoin

• Trimethoprim

• Fosfomycin

The medications used for the treatments are:

• Quinolones

• Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole

• Penicillin

All these medications help to rule out UTI that is caused due to bacterial attack. The treatment plans for fungal UTI infections include medication such as amphotericin, flucytosine and fluconazole. However, home treatment for urinary tract infection can also be very good to resolve UTI.

As soon as the urinary tract infection symptoms emerge, the disease needs to be treated immediately with proper antibiotics, as the probability for a kidney infection is very high. To cure disease completely, the patient has to follow the medication regimen as prescribed by the Doctor.