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Sociopathy (Psychopathy)

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A mental disorder characterized by Antisocial Personality Disorder, lack of empathy and the concern for self.
Narcissism, in modern psychology refers to an abnormal affection of one's own image or one's own personality. Narcissism is characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance and superiority. A sociopath suffers from an antisocial personality disorder which is defined by the APA (American Psy…
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ANSWER: I lived with my N for 6 months in HIS home. He told me I needed to move because someone else was moving in. I found a place of my own. The morning of my move, he didnt believe me that i was REALLY moving. The next day, he showed up at my new place and hasnt left MY residence in 6 months. I l…
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Pathological liars - or "mythomaniacs" - are people who engage in objectively puposeless story telling behavior. The stories they tell are not the products of delusions and serve no external purpose other than to inflate the value of the teller in the eyes of the listener. The actual existence of my…
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Mother of a Sociopath: SEE AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL! And if you possibly can, find someone trained by Dr. Robert Hare of Canada; he has developed a specialized type of therapy that will help child psychopaths (sociopaths) veer off the destructive path and have the best life the illn…
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The parent must recognize and seek help for the child, usually on recommendation of teachers and other professionals in the school system. This cannot be diagnosed by an untrained person. One specialist is Dr. Robert Hare of Canada; he has developed a specialized type of therapy that will help chi…
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Self-Diagnosing as a Sociopath Here is input an advice: You should stop diagnosing yourself and get someone who is qualified to do it. It is very difficult to judge yourself on characteristics you've read. Let someone else who is qualified do that.The other poster is absolutely correct. Don't diagno…
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Antisocial Personality Disorder is also known as psychopathy or sociopathy. Individuals with this disorder have little regard for the feeling and welfare of others. As a clinical diagnosis it is usually limited to those over age 18. It can be diagnosed in younger people if the they commit isolated a…
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Sociopathy/Psychopathy would be defined as a syndrome with strong behavioral features of impulsivity and fearlessness and a strong interpersonal domain comprised of aggressive social relations, manipulation, rebelliousness, self-centeredness, and a tendency to externalize blame. One twin study sugge…
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To use the medical phrase...........They have POOR outcomes, due to their lack of motivation to change their behaviors.Sociopaths have NO FEELINGS , and no sense of "being sorry for what they do". The only time that they are "sorry" is when they are caught, and have to face being locked up, or being…
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One in the same? According to the Princeton dictionary, they are synonyms of each other.  Debate on the issue:There is some debate about whether there is a meaningful difference between sociopaths and psychopaths. The DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by psychologists) lists bot…
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Anything is possible and I've seen stranger things occur. If the person is dedicated in other areas in their life, more than likely they can be helped. If they are fighters and think THEY are always right, won't listen to reason then don't expect any changes anytime soon. Look at this person and try…
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Answer If the victim has not seen this by now (and I sure they have) they either are too frightened or are in denial. It's best to keep out of it because it's a no win situation. Sometimes as much as it hurts us when we see a good friend or family member in a bad situation a few words of wi…
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If you mean help the victim of a sociopath - one way might be to have them read some books on the subject. One that is very effective: Snakes in Suits about Sociopaths in the workplace by Paul Babiak and Robert Hare. If however you are asking how to help a sociopath- that is a much harder question -…
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SEE AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL!YES -- it is now solidly known that a three-year-old child CAN be a sociopath, BECAUSE THE CONDITION IS CONGENITAL. Get help, the faster the better. And if you possibly can, find someone trained by Dr. Robert Hare of Canada; he has developed a specialized type of the…
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Sociopaths have a number of traits that include: 1. Glib, Charm, Charisma and smoothness. They will never be tongue-tied, they will be funny, engaging, attractive, etc. 2. Outspoken, unafraid to speak their minds and the truth regardless of whoever feelings get hurt. 3. A lack of empathy, remorse…
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Answer My dad is a Sociopath. I will continue to believe that until his dying breath he can be helped. Perhaps I'm delusional, but I have to believe that he can be helped. I'm not afraid of him. Even when he gets violent and abusive. I rather get angry because he thinks he has the right to h…
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When exposing a narcissist you have to have concrete proof. otherwise it's his/her word against yours. True narcissists HATE the truth about themselves and will deny it no matter what. You can have video of them with their hand in the cookie jar and they will claim it's not them or you made them do …
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In most cases, a sociopath is NOT treatable. They think they are just fine, it is the REST of the world that is out of step with THEM. The best that can be dome with them is to warehouse them, in locked wards to protect society from their violence. Drugs will help to control their acts but only…
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I also had a relationship with a Sociopath who I still have to work with and even though he told me he has antisocial disorder, it wasn't until it was ending & I was trying to figure out what just happened to me that I began studying this disorder to make sense of things. Now, he has convinced s…
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Has someone accused you of ruining their life and you do not understand why? Answer The only things sociopaths try to do is whatever benefits THEM. Other people's lives, concerns and troubles are secondary or don't bother them (the sociopath) at all. They see what they want far ahead and if the…
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Here is a list of ways to identify a sociopath. This list is from "Profile of a Sociopath." Is is a pretty good list of sociopathic indicators. Glibness/superficial charmManipulative and cunningGrandiose sense of selfPathological lyingLack of remorse, shame or guiltShallow emotionsIncapacity for lov…
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Trick them, maybe, but you can definitely "catch" them in lies. If you pay careful attention you'll notice events and stories and so called "facts" not making sense. Regarding "tricking" them, since sociopaths are notorious for their promiscuity, you could have another member of the opposite sex co…
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Tell him safely over the phone that you want nothing to do with him. Dont offer anything else, dont explain why, just end the call. Then completely ignore him. Dont go anywhere he does. Dont give him one inch. You owe him nothing. First of all it would be useful to know exactly what a Sciopath is.…
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Answer Run, don't look back. Consider changing your name, address, phone # and ss card #. Are you involved with a psychopath (extreme sociopath)? You may not know because they can be very charming and friendly and can appear to be altruistic, until you get close and inevitably they do something …
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If they apologize, then they don't really mean it. A sociopath does not feel remorse so you can't get them to be sorry. One has to have a conscience to "own up to" one's actions and theirdestructiveness, or else the confrontation will be perceived as anattack. This doesn't mean that sociopaths shou…
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Antisocial personality disorder, also known as sociopathic personality is defined as a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others and inability or unwillingness to conform to what are considered to be the norms of society.The disorder involves a history of chronic antis…
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Numerous websites on the Internet will tell you that research using brain scanning technology has recently revealed that the brain of a psychopath functions and processes information differently. Are you involved with a psychopath (extreme sociopath)? You may not know because they can be very charm…
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You have to learn to be responsible for what is best for YOU. Sometimes you just have to say "no" when someone is trying to manipulate the situation.  I am also struggling with this situation. We feel for other people, narcissists do not. I know in my heart it is best for me to stay away but i…
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Answer You can't know and only a trained professional could put a label on someone like this man. Some people can be just immature and if it bothers you that much then realize you can't change that person so you either put up with it until they grow up (hopefully) or you move on. Sociopaths/psyc…
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Evil and immature isn't part of the diagnosis for a sociopath. A true sociopath -- and it's a rare condition -- is marked by the inability to grasp or follow social mores and limits. He has little or no compassion or empathy toward others and doesn't deal with right and wrong the way a normal perso…
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Answers: People say NOTHING CAN BE DONE. Except for one thing: that's fast becoming untrue! The mere fact that some scientists know as much as they do about what's wrong with the brain functioning of a sociopath means that solving the problem is no longer an impossible and obscure wish -- it's…
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whats the difference.? once they give you two lies. dump him .don't let him get to 3. I was with a pathological liar and a scum bag. they never stop lying . I wasted my life for 6 years.
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I'm stating the obvious, but you have to provide evidence to support specific allegations. If you try to prove that someone is a "sociopath," you're on a path to nothing. However, if you can prove specific deeds, you may achieve what you want. I'd suggest letting others apply whatever label they thi…
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SEE AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL! And if you possibly can, find someone trained by Dr. Robert Hare of Canada; he has developed a specialized type of therapy that will help child psychopaths (sociopaths) veer off the destructive path and have the best life the illness allows! See his BOOK, "Wi…
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Not a choice By definition, a sociopath lacks the ability to empathize with the pain of others. Since there is no ability, there is no choice. For example, if I were blind, I could in no sense choose whether or not to see. Although certain genetic markers make an individual more susceptible, sociopa…
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Answer You need to bring in professional psychological help. Don't try to go this alone. You can't. You need to involve an experienced therapist. There are stories of people diagnosed as sociopaths who did improve to some degree, with the most ceaseless and diligent help. But since the vast…
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Narcissists are so blindly in love with themselves they don't see their faults and are easily manipulated by flattery and the humoring of the vices they don't think they have. They also avoid any kind of distress, have a low tolerance for pain and generally fear punishment and consequences. Sociopa…
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Answer Narcissists lack empathy just as sociopaths do, but narcissists have strong emotions (including love) where sociopaths don't. Sociopaths believe they're free from the rules of society, and as such, they should be able to have what they want, when they want it, and you'd best not get i…
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It's Plausible. It's entirely possible, because personality traits and coping mechanisms are at least dramatically influenced by, if not established by, the developmental environment. While many parents prefer to think that their children's issues were something that they were born with, of whole c…
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Physical Symptoms of a Sociopath As for PHYSICAL manifestations, they may include any of the following, according to the newest research and the information available on the incredibly numerous websites out there on the subject: Bizarre brain waves from some parts of the brain and none from some ot…
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Yes, I would say yes. I would say that the N would devalue his victim more severely if he has more of an attachment to her. I broke up with my N in the first place and he devalued me hardcore. I think it made him feel better for the "reject" in his eyes. Answer Depends on the narcissist and the…
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Sociopaths and feelings Sociopaths have NO conscience, though they know the difference between right and wrong. So they don't experience remorse or a sense of guilt. Usually they even have great difficulty owning their actions. In other words, they often can't even bring themselves to say, "Yes, I …
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A person (usually male) who suffers from "Antisocial personality disorder" other words, "anti society syndrome" but it's no syndrome, it is a brain disorder, can be the hereditary type, enviormental type, narcissistic type, violent type, gang type, innocent type - there's a who spectrum now a days I…
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You can't. Sociopathy is a permanate mental disorder. Many people find that the symptoms decrease around the age of 40-50 but that is not always the case, and they never completely leave.
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Antisocial personality disorder (APD or sometimes ASPD) is a personality disorder which is often characterised by antisocial and impulsive behaviour. APD is generally (if controversially) considered to be the same as, or similar to, the disorder that was previously known as psychopathic or sociopath…
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Well, if they have been a danger to themselves or the ones around them. Yes, that would be a good idea. If they can be managed with medication and monitored daily then that would be o.k. but that's a lot to ask. Maybe they have an institution that they can get monitored by. Good luck. Due to extreme…
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Answer A relationship with a sociopath will GUARANTEE serious problems in you life. I'm not talking about minor stuff, I'm talking about life altering, negative stuff that can possibly end your life. Sociopaths are unpredictable and generally dangerous. RUN! Move away and change your name if nece…
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I would suggest counseling. It will help to be able to talk with someone who isn't intimately involved. Learning some better life skills, and learning how to focus on healthier things. Another thing is for you to realize that you are SOOOO much luckier than is he: psychopaths, sociopaths, live in a…
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No, he cannot be in love or feel love. Sociopaths are totally lacking in that emotion. Yes, he may become distant and silent, for that very reason. Or he may become controlling and abusive. Sociopaths are incapable of love. They can't even love themselves. They are powered by rage and resentment. …
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Answer Are you involved with a psychopath (extreme sociopath)? You may not know because they can be very charming and friendly and can appear to be altruistic, until you get close and inevitably they do something threatening or immoral and then you must set limits that disappoint them. The near-…
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Warning: only do this if someonme isnt truly dangerous and also not to anatagonize a "normal" personal you just dont like.How to outwit a sociopath: get nasty. We want to refrain from it because normal people dont act out this way, or our sense of decency or compassion holds us back. Its that sense …
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Answer No, but most do. Now, scientists know that the seemingly meaningless and frequent lies that the sociopath tells may not all be actual lies. Some are lies, particularly in sociopaths who have broken the law and are trying to charm or bully their way out of trouble. But some -- espec…
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I know your pain. My mother's husband during my childhood and teen years was sociopathic. My best advice is to hide as often and possible and look for a good boarding school. Many states have publicly-funded boarding schools for students who are gifted in certain areas. That's what I did. Other than…
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MY FIRST HAND EXPERENCE WITH A SOCIOPATHI'm going to go back into a dark and disturbing piece of my past in order to share some insight with you. It is an area of my past that I would whether forget forever because the very memory still brings swirls to my stomach and causes a dreadful insecurity to…
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Sociopaths live based on a reputation they create. It's a false reputation, but it's one of the only ways that they can continue their controlling lifestyle. Confrontation, especially public confrontation can damage or shatter that reputation, causing damage to the sociopaths lifestyle as a whole
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Well, honestly there are very many different traitsMost common ones would be. Doesn't get along well with people, and can most often not maintain a serious relationship with anyone. No moral rights. ( Doesn't realize or care when he/she does something right or wrong, nor feels guilty about it.. Most…
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Answer The newest breakthroughs yield enormous insight into this perplexing and devastating condition that plagues four percent of the population and causes those persons to plague everyone else! Almost everyone in the world -- except psychopaths (sociopaths) and a few others, such…
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Dealing with a SociopathWikiAnswers contributors give their opinions:Stay away from them. This is not a joke. You do not "deal" with sociopaths. Get a copy of "The Sociopath Next Door" and read it for some perspective. If possible, it is best to just avoid sociopaths. If you cannot avoid them, be on…
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Is he scatterbrained and flighty? Does he have trouble in concentrating on more than one thing at a time, to the point that he can endanger his safety or that of others? Does he fly into a rage at the slightest thing? Is he controlling and manipulative? Does he "have to" get rough to have sex? Does …
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The word "psychopath" is often applied (correctly or incorrectly) to people who act in ways contrary to rational or moral guidelines in society. This includes anti-social, criminal, or violent behavior. The term "psychopath" is used by medical professionals who believe the mental illness these peop…
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The fact that some scientists know as muchas they now do about the brain of a sociopath means that solving the problem is nolonger an impossible and obscure wish -- it's moving within the realmof concrete possibility. As soon as large numbers of sociopaths begin to be treated in a waythat actually…
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Answer No, sociopaths by definition are incapable of loving... Sociopaths usually neglect or even abuse their children, because they are not able to form attachments to any other human beings if not treated. Crippled as they are neurologically, sociopaths are yet shrewd, and they're al…
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"Crazy and unpredictable," most people say. But there's more to it. Psychopaths are people who suffer from a brain abnormality that causes them to grow up without developing a conscience or any capacity to connect with their fellow human beings. Most of the time, a psychopath feels bored and restle…
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You can't. Sociopathy is a permanate mental disorder. Many people find that the symptoms decrease around the age of 40-50 but that is not always the case, and they never completely leave.
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Someone said, "When you don't say nothing and they tell you to shut up." So, ask yourself. Is he/she scatterbrained and flighty? Does he have trouble in concentratingon more than one thing at a time, to the point that he can endanger hissafety or that of others? Does he fly into a rage at the sligh…
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No. There is neither a cure nor an effective treatment for psychopathy.
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Answer If you are talking about another female, outside the marriage, he needs to be the one to take the bull by the horns, in this case the cow, and let her know that what she is doing is unwelcomed and unwarranted. You as his spouse need to support him, in every way. If she doesnt get the hint …
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Answer: What Sociopaths Look For In Life Most sociopaths look for things that are physically stimulating, such as thrill-seeking and risk, attempting to use such temporary pleasures to take the place of the constant support of interaction with other people that satisfies much of that need for n…
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The Defining characteristic of the narcissist is grandiosity. The narcissist is more likely to be attention seeking, envious and to desire admiration. The defining characteristic of the sociopath/psychopath is callousness. The sociopath/psychopath is more likely to engage in illegal activity, to be…
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Completely cut all ties. Block the number. Block from facebook. Block the email. If sociopath doesn't get the message and tries to contact you by coming to your house, get a restraining order. Do not EVER talk or communicate with sociopath again. You do not owe sociopath an explanation. Do not look …
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Ask a gp or search mental health on the web x As soon as large numbers of sociopaths begin to be treatedin a way that actually helps them, that corrects as much as possiblethe chaos of misdirected signals in their confused and disorganizedbrains. And then what is needed is a form of therapy that in…
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Signs of Sociopathy in Children Look for a very young child who pulls away consistently, not occasionally, from the kind of hug most little kids like. Look for a child who can concentrate on only one thing at a time, ever, often to the point he or she drives parents 'up a wall'. Look for a chil…
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Answer Marriage gives a sociopath an easy (and usually dependent) victim in the privacy of the home. Sociopaths crave power, and they use it intensely sadistically. ALSO: What's it like from the perspective of the sociopath? You seem to need something from other people, but you don'…
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Answer from a sociopath "It's terrible. You have absolutely no emotions, and you seek to solely destroy everyone and everything just because you can. You can't get an answer from a real sociopath because they don't believe there's anything wrong with them. So technically this questions is invalid.…
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See Related Links See the Related Links for "deviantcrimes.com: sociopathy" to the bottom for the answer. The primary source of a sociopath's infamous rage is frustration, of a sort so alien and so extreme that almost no one else can understand what it means. Once they start getting taken se…
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It depends. Is she abusing you? Or could she possibly have been misdiagnosed? Is she in denial? If she admits to it, is she willing to do whatever needs to be done to mitigate this devastating condition? Do not put yourself in danger. Sociopath or not, you should never let her or anyone else abus…
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sociopaths No its not unusual, it is actually quite common. Sociopath people are like that.
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yes. by all means acts just as crazy and you will get rid of them. they need admiration. do the opposite and belittle them till they can not stand it. just have back up in case they try to physically attack. then your problems are over. they will be gone.
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There is no such thing as a sociopathic child. To be diagnossed with Antisocial Personality Disorder, the official name for a sociopath, you must be 18 year old.
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There are stories of people diagnosed as sociopaths who did improveto some degree, with the most ceaseless and diligent help. But sincethe vast majority of this huge body of people (there are more thanthree hundred million sociopaths on Earth) cannot get that kind ofattention, they turn to abusing t…
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According to Dr. Hervey Milton Cleckley, superficial charm and average to above average intelligence are two of the psychopath's main features. Examples of known psychopaths are: Ted Bundy: Bachelors degree in Psychology and attended Law school. John Wayne Gacy: High school drop out. Ferdidnand W…
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Many who have been involved in close relationships with sociopaths would say that the the word 'sociopath' is essentially a medical term for an evil and depraved person. Another viewpoint: If one says that sociopaths aren't worth helping, one rather misses the point, after all. The price the world …
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Answer One of the problems with having anything wrong with one's central nervous system is that if it's severe and pervasive enough, it can interfere with the autonomic and peripheral nervous systems as well. In psychopaths, such maladies as what was once called neurasthenia (a state of unn…
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because since were all influencing each other subconsiously and evolve so interconnectedly and switch places in communicating to experience similar things so interconnedly- the better we influence others evangelize even at best, the better that benefit can come back to later effect us. IT HAS BEEN …
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Answer Should society institutionalize psychopaths, even if they haven't broken the law? The United Kingdom, partly in response to the 1993 abduction and murder of two-year-old James Bulger by two ten-year-olds, and partly in response to PCL-R data, is in the process of creating a new legal c…
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Answer Possibly it's optimism, which is necessary in order to keep plugging away at finding a genuinely transformative solution! However, it has been said: Psychopaths don't sweat. They didn't fear punishment -- which, presumably, also holds true outside the laboratory. In Without Conscie…
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Very rarely, but that may change once more can be done. On some level, they know they are missing a lot in life...and that's part of the reason for all the hostility. ALSO: Sociopaths don't always behave as though they're invulnerable. Somehave said, "You don't know this, but it hurts to be me." P…
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Some say: True sociopaths are a lost cause. All we can do is avoid them.  Some say: Avoid them like the plague! They are emotional parasites trapped in permanent emotional childhood. They cannot learn from experience, they have no conscience, they are immensely destructive; they make life a …
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The Defining characteristic of the narcissist is grandiosity. The narcissist is more likely to be attention seeking, envious and to desire admiration. The defining characteristic of the sociopath/psychopath is callousness. The sociopath/psychopath is more likely to engage in illegal activity, to be…
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Sociopaths don't always behave as though they're invulnerable. Somehave said, "You don't know this, but it hurts to be me." Peoplesneeringly say to this, "Another of your miserable lies!" But it is infact a miserable truth. Being angry at them is understandable, but why do people insist onjustifying…
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Answer Generally, if an autistic child improves, people say he/she must not have been autistic at all. Generally, if a psychopath (person with anti-social personality disorder (ASPD)) improves, people say that this person must have been misdiagnosed in the first place. Do people WANT to believe…
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If you are a sociopath, you probably are resistant to the idea of change. Robert Hare, PhD., says that the personality of a sociopath (psychopath) is essentially set in stone, so to speak, by adulthood, and incredibly hard to change. But some keep trying to help them; giving up is not an option. S…
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The main reason sociopaths don't usually seek help is that they can'ttrust, rather than that they like being as they are. Plus, they canoften sense exactly what sort of a response any call for help on theirpart is most likely to elicit from professionals and lay folk alike. Sociopaths are not breez…
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Sociopaths -- psychopaths; people with ASPD (Antisocial Personality Disorder) -- actually feel very little. The sociopath is essentially a hollow shell. Yet, according to Robert Hare, an expert on psychopathy, they are "not fragile" -- their character is "set in stone" for life. But there are no hu…
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Disorganized Episodic Aggression: (psychopath-born) Organized Sociopathic Hatred: (sociopath-made) Ritualistic behaviorSuperficial charm and "good" intelligenceAttempts to conceal mental instabilityAbsence of delusions and other signs of irrational behaviorCompulsivityAbsence of "nervousness" or psy…
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Only time will tell. And some people have said that the only way to persuade a sociopath or psychopath to seek help is by threatening him/her with DEATH!! One way -- or another... And the main reason sociopaths don't usually seek help from their fellow human beings is that they can'ttrust, rather …
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It is not known how they make themselves cry, but some get so into their character that they virtually believe their tears are authentic. Others realize what they are doing and that their tears are not authentic.
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Thenear-constant state of frustration and dissatisfaction felt by a truepsychopath is the source of not only their rages but those eerie,on-and-off-like-a-faucet tears. (Yes, tears are seen even in some men,though of course still more common in children and women.) Another comment, from the diagnos…
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Answer Are you involved with a psychopath (extreme sociopath)? You may not know because they can be very charming and friendly and can appear to be altruistic, until you get close and inevitably they do something threatening or immoral and then you must set limits that disappoint them. Som…
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