SITUATION: A buddy owes you $500, is several days overdue, and cannot pay in the next five days. What does he tell you?
Nice guy (feeling horrible): “I’m really sorry, but I don’t have the money, and can’t pay you until next week. I'll pay you interest. I understand if you don’t trust me, so here, take my new laptop as collateral. I'll use my old one.”
Average guy (feeling badly): “I’m sorry, something’s come up, I’ll get the money back to you as soon as I can.”
Sociopath: (feeling nothing, and with no intention of ever paying you back): “I’ll have the money by tomorrow. I swear -- you have my word on it. And you know I never go back on my word.”
SITUATION: A lawyer walks by a Mercedes dealership on his way home from work and sees an SL500 convertible in the showroom window. What does he think?
Nice guy: What a flashy car. I wonder if the people who drive it are ever embarrassed by it. It'd sure be nice to be able to afford one though.
Average guy: Let’s see. If I saved a thousand bucks a month for the next year and a half, I could put down a deposit…..nah, that’s silly.
Sociopath: Hmm, that thing’d look damn good on me, I’m a Mercedes sport coupe kind of guy. I wonder if my credit card would be good enough for a down payment? By the time the next payment comes due, I’ll have figured out some way to get the money.
SITUATION: A man has a strong opinion about an upcoming football game. What does he do?
Nice guy: Bets his best friend ten dollars on the outcome and watches the game if his wife hasn’t made other plans.
Average guy: Makes a $20 with each of three buddies, and watches the game, telling his wife he'll rake the lawn the next day.
Sociopath: Phones his bookie, and bets $1000 on the game even though he doesn’t have the money. Figures he can always get it from his father-in-law, that tight-fisted old bastard has so much money he doesn’t know what to do with it anyway. But why even worry about it? This game is a lock.
SITUATION: The host of a large party has left ten $20 bills on his bedroom dresser upstairs. On his way to the bathroom, a guest sees it. What does he do?
Nice guy: Puts the money in a dresser drawer, and tells his host where he put it.
Average guy: It occurs to him how easy it would be to steal, but he quickly banishes the thought and walks on by.
Sociopath: Quickly calculates how many other people have been up here during the course of the party, then pockets the money, knowing they will never be able to pin it on him. Thinks, that guy ought to pay me for coming to his lousy party anyway. I’m easily the most charming guy here.