Johan and lesser known sociopathic signs
When a lot of people hear “sociopath/psychopath”, they think of murder and violence, but most of them are not that violent, if ever. These are some signs of sociopaths that are not so blatantly obvious, but that Johan exhibits.
The “Sociopathic Stare”:
So, I’ve heard many of you describe Johan’s stare as “creepy”, and I thought I’d just let you know, that’s said to be an actual psycho/sociopath thing. Whether that’s actually a trait of ASPD (antisocial personality disorder) is debatable, but it certainly seems to be true sometimes.
A few accounts of real life psychopathy:
“When I met my sociopath in person I could not believe the intensity of his eyes. I’ve never seen eyes like this before in my life it was like I was pulled to them. People are (women) always commenting on his pics about how intense his eyes, how sexy. It used to drive me nuts. When I found out he was a sociopath I looked at a picture of his eyes and saw something I had never seen before. Pure evil. They say its very common in psychopaths to have that stare.”
“The Psychopaths stare is very effective during the luring and "honeymoon” phases at the beginning of a relationship. Women often mistake it as “being sexy” and for “sexual attraction."
"Robert Hare refers to the Psychopath’s gaze as "Intense eye contact and piercing eyes” and even suggested people avoid consistent eye contact with them.“
"Yes, I have seen them!! Used to think it was the most sensitive, wonderful, and caring eyes I had ever seen. Sometimes very sexy too.”
Johan displays this twice, once when he is talking with Karl and Lotte,
making Karl blush slightly, stunned by the intense, knowing warmth of his gaze,
and once again when he helps the flustered library girl pick up the fallen books and makes her blush, although probably for a different reason than Karl.
There is also the instance when he grabbed Schuwald’s face and stares right into his eyes, but that is meant to be frightening, but in that instance it was obviously meant to be frightening. The “sociopathic stare” is meant to draw someone in, to be enchanted by them. It’s a sociopathic bonding technique.
Lack of Fear/Self endangerment:
Well, obviously Johan is very suicidal…in a “but you kill me” kind of way. He never actually tries to kill himself, but to make others do it. Personally I think that’s because he wants someone to care enough about him to kill him.
But this is also shown when Johan walks along the edge of the roof with Karl, as well as how he has very little concern for himself in the middle of an inferno in the library.
Fake signs of empathy: (Although it is debatable whether it was actually fake or not.)
Johan’s strange little acts of empathy, such as crying for Karl and showing understanding to Schuwald.
Note: A common misunderstanding is that someone with ASPD cannot understand others. Sociopaths understand just fine- they have cognitive empathy, they just lack emotional empathy. They just do not care.