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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.
  * Antisocial personality disorder - Psychopaths/sociopaths  * Narcissistic personality disorder  * Histrionic personality disorder  * Schizoid personality disorder  * Borderline personality disorder   These all have some of the symptoms of sociopaths, there may be more but these are...
! I'm not an expert (so ask an expert, a psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, we can't make a diagnosis), but I know what you're talking about because of my experience and interest. A narcissist is someone with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. At the beginning, he'll make you feel like you're the...
You might be letting him or her manipulate you (i.e. believing everything he or she says or letting him or her "mooch" off of you).
No. Sociopaths have no conscience and no remorse; they are also unable to learn emotionally. Instead of seeing punishment as in some sense fair, they generally treat it as 'evidence' that the world is against them and victimizing them ...The only effective help targets the actual personality...
Yes. I do believe others can see the sociopath realistically. However, it takes some time and you should really analyze the person carefully. A sociopath victimized a good friend of mine. The sociopath was a man we both knew.This man caused pain for her in such a short span of time. However, when we...
In a word, YES.Unfortunately, financial, emotional and physical damage are an inevitable part of life with a sociopath.This destruction is the result of the long term erosion of your sense of self - something that the sociopath manipulates in order to gain "control" over you.The action is predatory...
Well, to put it bluntly, spotting a sociopath is fairly difficult, because they tend to have the charm to "dazzle" people It could be the popular guy at school whom everyone loves and is never wrong about anything. Sociopaths tend to take control of any situation they come across. They have an...
I hope you aren't looking for a sociopath. A relationship with a sociopath is generally very damaging, as they use and abuse and manipulate to their hearts' delight. They actively seek victims.Edit: (DF-04/09)This doesn't answer the question. Different possibilities are:Exude "victim"Be another...
sociopaths know what people want to see and show it to them. that is the short answer.
Sociopaths often have aggression (anger) disorders, other mood disorders like depression or Bipolar disorder, alcohol and drug problems, and other personality disorders like paranoid personality disorder.
If possible it is best to just avoid sociopaths. If you cannot avoid them, be on guard, and if necessary call the police.
I'll start with physically because it's the easiest one. To sum it up, there is originally no physical difference between a sociopath and a "normal" person. However, sociopaths may be less careful with themselves than others. They may have drug/alcohol disorders. They might drive more quickly than...
We can't diagnose everyone who is in politics, or even a few, so we can't really make a good estimate. However, the percent of people in politics who are sociopaths is likely to be higher than in the general population because of some of the traits needed to be a good politician: being able to...
We can't diagnose everyone who is a billionaire, or even a few, so we can't really make a good estimate. However, the percent of billionaires who are sociopaths is likely to be higher than in the general population because of some of the traits needed to be a billionaire: being able to manipulate...
    No, sociopaths do not respond to traditional therapies, i.e., talk therapy--they only use it to hone their skills at reading people, saying what the other wants to hear. Sociopaths are very convincing at being who and what others suppose or expect them to be and they enjoy the "game" of...
Both male and females carry the same symptoms. Some are very intelligent while others not so much. The more intelligent ones are exceptionally good at feigning a different persona. Both are 'sometimes' very good looking and will use it to their greatest advantage. Usually these are people not easily...
No. If the the anti-social activity did not begin in childhood and continue uninterrupted into adulthood, whatever symptoms you believe you are witnessing are not sociopathy. To be clear, and neither callous or flip to your legitimate question, the prevalence and perceived seriousness of sociopathy ...
Everyone will probably have already noticed odd personality traits, and yes, it will eventually happen. When someone is weird for too long, questions are asked.
Speaking from my experience I think that there probably are different levels. However they are so clever at disguising their behaviour and have you have been so sucked into believing in them that you will think that they are over it. I thought so as I believe there were times when it wasnt in full...
Research believes yes and they are still looking for it.
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To make them connect with other human beings.
  If you are a sociopath then you don't love.
The most famous early sign is torturing small animals or peers. Physical torture. Big red flag. Additionally, lack of regret for bad actions (which most children display very clearly); but this is not a sure sign, don't automatically diagnose the child. Really, it takes a professional to make a...
No, that's the definition of a sociopath.
Yes I truly believe this is what happens. But they do not see their actions as wrong as I don't think they have any thought at the time for the other person so do not think about anyone but themselves and their needs at that time. If they do realise it later it doesnt matter to them as the moment...
It can be. For example; if a child is raised by a sociopath, the sociopath raising them might be cold and distant(because they could have trouble making an attachment with the child.) The sociopath raising them can also be highly abusive. As a result, the child could grow up to have a sociopathic...
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If you're asking how to become a sociopath, its too late, you can't. Not unless you're still about five.If you want a layman's answer to that question... have no fear, take no s***, look after your own, and "look after" those who cross you. Become a moral nihilist. Don't give a f***. About anything....
Not learning from experience.No sense of responsibility.Inability to form meaningful relationships, yet quite charming at first. Inability to control impulses.Lack of moral sense.Chronically antisocial behavior.No change in behavior after punishment.Emotional immaturity.Lack of guilt.Self...
Yes, it could be mild to severe, it depends on their symptoms.
There is some truth to this statement. For reasons that are not clearly understood, some sociopaths, or what it is now called, anti-social personality disorder, do not blink like a normal person. They do blink but not nearly as much as someone without APD. A good example of this, and one that most...
Status frustration and the related theory of reaction formation (Albert Cohen).
Unless your daughter has been clinically and officially diagnosed as a sociopath by a trained and qualified professional, then you have no standing to do anything. "Ticking the boxes" means nothing; many people exhibit signs of being delusionists, psychopaths and mentally disturbed, yet all are free...
yes, by all means. If they feel that the prior relationship is one where they can continue to gain the persons trust, and that the person is easily manipulated by them, then yes. I witnessed my ex-husband maintain contact with many of his ex's, simply because the other women LET him. If he had...
It all honestly depends on what the sociopath did or said. If you want quick advise: You need to teach the child emotion and the right way of living. I honestly can't say what to do until I know the scenario, so if you would like, email me at havahstar@gmail.com and I'll help the situation get...
Are people suicidal?
Sociopaths have no emotional regard for others. The main symptom is an inability to form real emotional connections with others. They can pretend (which makes it hard to see through) but in reality this pretending is self-motivated, a means to an end, and is never for the sole benefit of another....
Sure. But so can people with leukemia, arthritis, and HIV. Having Bipolar Disorder doesn't automatically mean you'll turn out to be a sociopath.
John was murdered by (the psychotically delusional) Mark David Chapman because "he was easier to find than his other intended targets".
Maybe. However, if he or she cares about other people with the exception of his or her line of work, then the diagnosis would not be sociopath.
  You can always file a police report against them.
There have not been any recorded reports of the successful treatment of a psychopath. Psychopaths are believed to have sections of their brain wired differently than normal humans, and there is no treatment that can fix that. Also, psychopaths generally do not want treatment so therapy is rarely an...
Sociopaths (like myself) can go back to old relationships, but more than likely not for the reason you are thinking. A sociopath may have a genuine liking for other people, but they cannot necessarily feel the connection between themselves and another person, so if you have a sociopathic boyfriend...
Yes. It is very much a genetic condition that is also influenced by family history of abuses. Sometimes most all of the family members will be sociopaths, often with one member in each generation being 'normal'.
Because they don't care. One of the classic hallmarks of sociopaths is their inability to feel remorse or guilt, so that makes it much easier to move on to the next victim when they're unburdened by any feelings over what they did to the last one.
Answer: "then do not be swayed by guilt as they manipulate you to get their own way and control you. think of a 2 year old screaming for their own way .........would you give in?" Answer: I would think that a psychopath is more persuasive than a "2 year old screaming for their own way". Although...
Possibly. Bipolar disorder involves mood swings, and sociopaths can also have rapid mood swings. However, depression- which is a prerequisite for Bipolar I and Bipolar II- is rarely seen in sociopathy.
I am a diagnosed sociopath. I answer from my own experiences. I feel no pity for you because chances are there were tons of signs for you to get out of the relationship and you didn't. You were taken advantage of because you were so blind to something that is so obvious to other sociopaths like me....
Express your concerns to your father or another adult family member. Let them deal with the issue if there is one.
Of course. Especially if they're desperately trying to hide their true colors, then life itself is one big game. They're faking it the whole time. They just don't want to be figured out. And just when you think you've figured them out, you realize you haven't.
Get him into counseling NOW.
Sociopaths are likely to respond to exposure with rage, threats,  and hurtful communication.
They must be an immediate danger to themselves or others. There must be a pretty obvious danger. There's a fine line between immediate danger and not. Those that can admit a patient to a hospital must be certain that the person is a serious danger; if not, that physician/licensed clinical social...
No, as it does not affect the ability to work effectively to a degree that is significantly more than natural variation among healthy individuals.
Not give a fack about you is what I should do.
not exactly. it is possible, but it is also possible that the person didn't care about the relative or it was impossible to get there.
Challenge their lies that you know are wrong. Don't enable them to lie. If they tell a lie that affects you or those around them, don't help them control the effects. Tell them how they hurt you. They need to understand what can happen when they lie. People who lie either do it because they are...
They can be... when they want to be. But they can also be very quiet too.
Martha Stout PhD. states in her book "The Sociopath Next Door" that "if someone makes you feel sorry for them while continuing to hurt you on a regular basis, chances are close to 100% you are dealing with a sociopath". I would imagine this would especially apply to boyfriends.
It depends on the stage in the relationship. If it's the first couple dates and their tactics fail, they generally will not make the effort to "waste their time" and just move on to the next willing victim. I guess an only exception would be if they really wanted something out of this person (power...
Short answer: Sure. Long answer: I can only speak from personal experience, being a diagnosed sociopath, because, like those whom are neurologically normal, we are also individuals. I'm happy to shrug and let go, usually it occurs when *I'm* bored and thus happy to cut ties (once I'm through, I'll...
You could say he was but really he was just paranoid.
absolutely. my birth mom is one.
I know because I have one. You have two choices find another job or feed their ego forever,
Once I read a book by a Canadian Psychologist who was a leading expert on sociopaths. He called them social predators and warned that once you encounter one or suspect a person of being one, stay away. No matter what you do or say, you lose. I worked with a sociopath once. They are different from...
If you were truly a sociopath, first you would not be aware of it (or at least you would not acknowledge it); second, if you already have kids, it is far too late for an easy fix. If you truly are a sociopath, it is time to give your children up for foster care. Check yourself into a treatment...
I em a true sociopath so believe me when I say we never give up and we always get what we want and u might never know, we say we want something but really ever word we say every conversation is really manipulation to get what we really want. Just trust me never ever not even one word believe us,...
No, you might be an aspie or have some other type of disease, or just a diagnossiss shopping hypochondriac. The later being most likely. Most of the information about socios online is BS, and you need to be diagnossed by a proffessional to be sure. If you are a socio, be glad, it's much better than...
I wouldn't do this at all. You are just setting your self up for a  nasty confrontation. It is a complete waste of time to try to  manipulate this person. You will so much time trying to figure out  what to say and do to manipulate this person. If this person is a  true sociopath stay away from...
    == ==     Update: It is now possible to prove the presence of sociopathy (psychopathy) by using a combination of an EEG (electroencephalogram) and a special type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that shows clear images of the brain at work. Differences in the cerebral cortex -...
if everyone you know were suddenly to disappear would it bother you? not me. it would suck and i would miss them in a way, but i would not feel bad so much as inconvenienced. im not a bad person, i don't enjoy hurting people. i just do what i do and let other people deal with it as they wish. there...
20 percent of male and female prison inmates are psychopaths and that psychopaths are responsible for more than 50 percent of the serious crimes committed. Cloninger's two-threshold model suggests a polygenic and sex-limited contribution to psychopathy according to which more men than women would...
You don't. Get as far away from a sociopath as you possibly can.
narcissistic rage That is one but there are others. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mania, Depression, there are many. I would recommend a professional looking at the pattern in the instances of rage before anyone is hurt.
They are born that way; it's not caused by upbringing. The mistaken idea it's caused by childhood conditioning, called Cycle Of Abuse, was caused by the increased chance that psychopathic parents would produce psychopathic children. It goes up from one percent in normal parents to perhaps five...
You SHOULD be afraid AND aware because Sociopaths can be highly dangerous and have no guilt or shame in harming you or anyone else.
i believe they are more likely to cheat because they don't feel any real connection to the person that they are with.
The short answer is get out, sociopathy cannot be cured. But see answer to the related question.
A psychopath is a person with a mental illness. They are unable to learn from past mistakes, and usually seek pleasure in aggressive illegal acts like murder. Psychopathy is very similar to sociopathy, but not everyone who is a sociopath is also a psychopath. Psychopaths are more violent and...
Unless a sociopath is professionally diagnosed, you cannot tell that person that he/she is a sociopath. And the chances of one going to get a diagnosis are virtually nil. And DO NOT tell others that you think he/she is a sociopath in case it gets back to the person. Since a sociopath has no...
  NO. Sociopathy is permanent and resistant to ALL treatment.
"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...
Move out! Get far, far away from this person. Do not answer your phone when they call. Avoid making excuses for why you are moving to a new location without them, because they will say all kinds of hateful things about your character to make you feel guilty for leaving them. Tell them you need your...
not always but depending on how their emotions go on and so and what their mebtal state is maybe they could
No. An interview with the person is required before making any diagnosis.
Emotional extortion is controlling or manipulating someone else's emotions for your own personal gain or selfish need. One example: As a female, I met a man on a dating site. He pretended to love me and lead me down the path of affection, love, and marriage. He then asked for money to help him after...
I am a diagnosed sociopath so I answer this question from my own experience. This is a yes and no sort of question. With some people I drop them on the dime when they have nothing more to offer to me. That was the entire person of getting ahold of them first. I can look right through people and I...
No, they lack empathy, are callous, contant need for stimulation.
A masochist likes to be dominated. A sociopath likes to dominate. I smell wedding bells. <3
Expose them for who they really are > Take their mask off!they all have secrets and their actions are without any remorse or guilt or feeling for anyone but themselves.Undress them to the world and let everyone see who they really are and what they have done to others. Most of them have taken...
I have always considered myself to be a sociopath due to a blatant lack of understanding or care for what society classifies as "good and evil," about other people, or about life in general.
Yes. Most sociopaths do have at least some emotions. It is rare to see someone who is completely unemotional.
Yes, but both would not like it, and it would probably not last. Living with a sociopath is awful for anybody, and the main reason that people stay is because they don't want to hurt the sociopath. As a sociopath is egocentric, the sociopaths would not care about each other's feelings, and would...
people can't help being a sociopath. they can hide symptoms, but that is about all they can do.