I think the fact that you're even asking this question shows that you do care, but have probably been very hurt by people in your life or have become disillusioned. Maybe you should examine the reasons why you want to shut everyone out and isolate yourself. Do you feel no one cares about you and that the only way to survive in this world is to care about yourself, all others be damned? Something or someone or some life experience has caused you to feel this way, and it is a natural reaction to hurt, fear, and distrust is to shelter yourself and isolate yourself so that you cannot get hurt more. Examining the causes, and maybe getting some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, might help a lot. And yes, you should also find out if you are depressed.<br />
As for being a sociopath, highly doubtful. Most sociopaths show tendencies beginning from early childhood. Sociopaths care only for themselves, cannot feel empathy for others, lie with impunity and ease and are not embarrassed when caught in their lies, and often have a grandiose vision of themselves. They believe the world revolves around them, that their needs deserve instant gratification, and that everyone else's purpose is to fulfill their needs. Sociopaths are often unable to experience certain emotions at all, like fear, and are therefore unable to have any empathy towards it in their victims.<br />
A few examples: a sociopathic woman had two children. She had a casual boyfriend who wasn't interested in committing to the relationship long term, because he did not want kids. The woman shot both her children, since they were in the way of her getting her wants met, in this circumstance her desire to have a particular man. THAT is sociopathy.<br />
The most famous sociopaths are murderers and serial killers, but many sociopaths exist on a more normal plain in everyday life, using their lying, disregard for people's lives or emotions, and self-centeredness to obtain wealth, prestige, sex, or whatever else gratifies them.<br />
It's important to note that most sociopaths do not believe in the law. They believe rules are just a social construct and should not have to apply to them personally. They feel no ethical quandary nor guilt when breaking laws, because law has no moral meaning for them. Sometimes they do not feel fear about being caught, only the thrill of a little extra excitement in their life.<br />
While there's controversy over whether a sociopath is born or made, a lot of the scientific evidence points to the fact that sociopaths often are already so in childhood, and already have an inability to feel fear, remorse, or compassion, and have an inability to understand others emotion or pain, and to process the differences between right and wrong in the way that normal humans do.<br />
I highly doubt that you fit any of the criteria for sociopathy. Like I said before, the very fact that you are concerned enough about it to ask the question, means that you are not coldhearted or sick in the head, and you do care about how you act towards others. If you were a sociopath, you wouldn't care if you were one, and your lack of care towards other people wouldn't bother you in the least, especially not enough to make you post here on Experience Project.<br />
So rest assured, you're okay and you just need to find out whether depression or some other hurt, fear, or experience in your life is underlying this change in yourself, and then you need to take steps to work on it, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Best of luck.
It may depend upon whether or not you are callous, or growing callous, or whether you are not callous and remain that way as your disaffectedness increases.
it might be time to starts drinking at bars, smoke some weed with sl*ts, party til you hate yourself.<br />
dress like a clown, visit sick kids at the hospital, go to a nursing home and pretend to be somebody's relative...<br />
find some meaning to your existence foo!