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Can a victim of a sociopath become a sociopath?

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Answered 2011-01-06 16:14:35

No. Sociopaths have no conscience. The victim of a sociopath has a conscience and emotions and will not become a sociopath. If the victim of a sociopath is acting different it is probably because of the abuse the victim is enduring from the sociopath.

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Based on personal experience, I believe this is accurate.

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To a sociopath, everyone is fair game, if she is being singled out then she should be keeping her eyes open.

Yes, if he's gonna gain something from them/it.

No, love does not conquer all. I know because I'vew been a victim of a sociopath, whom I tried to change with my love.

There is some controversy. My stance is that you are biologically born a sociopath, however some believe you become a sociopath by how you were raised.

i don't think so, unless you did something against the law.

You have to be born a sociopath. People think it's from a rough childhood but it's got nothing to do with it. I had a good and am a sociopath

Anyone could be suicidal, so it fully depends on the trouble the sociopath has gotten themselves into. But in general, a sociopath ... being unable to feel guilt, shame or remorse ... has many more options to resolve their particular issues before resorting to suicide.A sociopath could become aware that they are on the verge of being completely exposed, and if that exposure includes criminal activities, then suicide may be considered the only way out for some.THE BIGGER RISK IS TO THE VICTIMA sociopath will do anything it takes to achieve their objectives ... objectives which are usually narcissistic in nature. They manipulate, control and use others to help them reach their goals.If a sociopath determines that an individual knows enough truth to expose the sociopath (whether that individual does or not), the sociopath begins to target that person, and that's a very dangerous place to be.Though likely unaware of being attacked, that individual begins being maliciously victimized.Therefore, I believe it's the sociopath's victim who would be much more likely to resort to suicide.

get the child away from the sociopath immediately! the child may become severely emotionally scarred if you don't

sociopathy is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Not all of them, but being a sociopath is partly genetic and the likelihood of sociopathic parents having sociopathic children is higher. It is even higher if both parents are sociopaths, which happens a lot as a sociopath will tend to marry another sociopath as that is the only kind of person they can relate to in anyway.

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 sociopath - you'll be able to spot one a mile off.Study them. You'll learn to spot the traits, but bear in mind sociopaths are sometimes hard to pick out as they may literally become whatever you want them to be.Become a psychiatrist and find one to study by using case notes.The first two are open only to the vulnerable and the sociopathic.Disclaimer: see the first response above.

Sometimes the likelihood of being unmasked for what they are makes them nervous and panicky.

A sociopath is someone who doesn't care about other people's feelings. A deviant sociopath isn't in any psychology text that I can find. But here are some things that you might be referring to: A sociopath who is abnormal in some way. This would be any sociopath who doesn't fit the exact definition of a sociopath. If a deviant sociopath is just your name for a sociopath. See top. An unpredictable sociopath. A sociopath who is unpredictable in some way, beyond a sociopath's normal unpredictability.

No, that's the definition of a sociopath.

ANSWER:Yes a woman can become a Sociopath, even a man. This will depends on what kind of background a person have. People that become this sick has pattern and sometimes it does start when they are young. They probably got hurt, or worst so when someone become this way the only thing we all can do is medication , understanding, support, and love..

Run like hell, get away and stay away. That is the only answer. There is no help for a sociopath. They will destroy every one in their path, and come out smelling like a rose. This is because they believe them selves and their destructive ways. They are always going to play the victim forever. A sociopath has no feeling for anyone they can not feel Love. The only answer is to get and stay far from them, and pray for their children.

My mother is a sociopath and the only way to stay on top of her game is keep her off balance. Make sure the sociopath KNOWS that they need you more than you need them. This depletes them of the power they are desperately and maliciously seeking. This will also make you an undesirable target because they prey on the weak. The only way they can function is with a victim, so they need you more.(DF 04/09)You're confusing sociopath with a narcissist. Sociopaths need nobody, and will settle for amusement anywhere. Their lives are meaningless and they have no values. They understand interaction with their victim is just a game.Narcissists however *need* their victim - without a supply of feedback to identify with, the narcissist is nothing. The sociopath on the other hand accepts they are nothing, and revels in this as it means they can become anything they choose to to get what they want.How to outsmart a sociopath:Know they're a sociopath. Tell them that you know, and that its game-over.Stop being a victim. Don't be manipulatable.Don't give them an emotional response. This works for both narcissists and sociopaths. - Narcissists need feedback from others to build a self-image with, and sociopaths will know its game-over if they fail to get a response.Figure out their lies and confront them - they will probably feign guilt to save their own skin - either that or walk away if there is nothing at stake. The narcissist will frantically overexplain and try to play for sympathy regardless if its clearly game-over.Expose them. Again, game over.Most sociopaths are pretty rational. If you're too much hassle they'll move on. Narcissists on the other hand are clingy.

I would think the most noticeable characteristic to expose a sociopath would be lying combined with a lack of remorse regarding their lies. Understand the difference between various types of deception used by normal people every day and pathological liars. Over a period of time the sociopath is bound to get caught up in his/her lies. The willing victim may choose to downplay the significance of honesty at first but the focus here should be on how the nature of pathological lying impact true intimacy and eliminate the existence of a genuine relationship. The victim should ask themselves if he/she would be able to lie about "X", "Y" and "Z" without feeling remorse or guilt? What would it take for someone to be able to lie about "X", "Y" and "Z"? Does this person really have a conscience? Once the victim begins to evaluate the actions of a sociopath through a truthful perspective they will then see the sociopath for what they really are. In the absence of genuine truth, love and respect the relationship is reduced to a cruel one sided game - a power struggle where position is falsely gained by the sociopath through the use of deception combined by the normal person's ability to genuinely love and desire to be loved. The key is getting the victim to realize this and then more importantly how to safely remove themselves from the relationship once they do.

My older sister is a sociopath.

**This question is incomplete**A sociopath can be many things.

You don't. Get as far away from a sociopath as you possibly can.

They learn to prey on the weaknesses of their targets. They are psychological kidnappers. How do they do this? They work at fitting into your world, so that you believe them. They notice what you love and enjoy and find ways to degrade whatever you love or enjoy. They create unnecessary situations, and demand that you fix the problems they cause and name you responsible. They notice your reactions, and then prey on your life. It's not possible to enjoy something around them, or they will seek to ruin it. It's not possible to not enjoy terrible situations they bring into your life. Either way, bad or good around a sociopath enables them to control the victim. I tried not responding at all, and got this, "Your mother is insane, she doesn't respond to anything." When the victim figures out what's going on, the sociopath knows this and plays on the people in her life....her children, her family to bring them in, and have them work with him to control and own her life. This does feel like kidnapping, and escaping the sociopath is a horrid experience. By the time a victim chooses to escape, they know too much about the sociopath, and he/she is insistent they must ruin you. This is psychological kidnapping. The hardest part for the victim is that they did a lot of work in a lifetime with a sociopath. To escape, they leave everything behind....both the good and the bad is left, so grief will be there. The victim lives in a state of confusion over the dreams they had to make the relationship work, and the abuse.

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 - primarily becasue tohelp anyone with any sort of mental disorder they have to accept that somethingis amiss. Sociopaths don't as a rule but if they will see a psychiatrist it might help.Answerim told you cant its a case of having no concience about what you do read a book called i think it called living with a lia let me get back on that AnswerI'm assuming you mean how you can help someone who was victimized by a sociopath. First of all you have to be SUPER supportive. A person who was (or is) involved with a sociopath is basically brainwashed. The victim will have no self esteem and just like a brainwashed person, will believe everything the socipath has told them. You have to counteract this brainwashing. For example, did the sociopath husband constantly tell his wife that she is stupid or useless? As her friend, you'd have to constantly remind the wife that she is an intelligent, valuable person who has a lot of potential and a great future. Or, did the sociopath tell constantly point out nothing but bad traits about his daughter? You have to constantly tell the daughter great things about herself -- to counteract what the sociopath has done. You have to lay this praise on thick. More than you would for an average person.What has helped me a lot (in my healing from a relationship with a sociopath) is talking to friends and reading, reading, reading about others who have been in my situation and survived and how they healed and got on with their lives. If you know the victim of a sociopath, get him or her books on the subject of moving on from a controlling person or a sociopath, and surviving verbal (and/or physical) abuse.Don't rush the healing. But don't allow wallowing either. Don't say things like, "get over it" or "you should be happy that he's gone" or "get on with your life." These things will come by themselves. With time. Be sympathetic. And patient.All of what said above is very true and by being "Super Supportive", let me clarify. You will truly have to be as self sacrificing of your time and patience with the victim as possible. The best possible thing for the victim is your knowledge of the subject, "what is a sociopath". Unless you understand what your victim is dealing with, you are no help whatsoever. (WARNING: This knowledge will test your faith and will cause you to have to deal with new and surprising negative feelings about humanity). Next, keep reminding the victim that they are an actual victim, because they are such a good person, because they are trustworthy, because they openly trust others, because they have no experience with a person with no conscience, because they have a conscience and real feelings and the capacity to love that this predator has not and NEVER WILL.Whatever, you do- DO NOT LET THIS PERSON RECONCILE with the predator, unless it is advised for strategic legal reasons. DO NOT LET THIS PERSON ARGUE OR TRY TO COMMUNICATE their feelings with the predator. The same results can be achieved by talking to a house plant.Finally convince them to seek out further therapy for confirmation from an expert and help them build strong boundaries within their relationships. Last but not least PRAY, for everyone, even the predator.

There is no known cure or effective treatment for a true sociopath.