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I am a diagnosed sociopath so I speak from my own experiences. We... we being sociopaths simply use people for our own gain and progression in life. Think of a predator hunting it's prey. If a sociopath is romantically involved with a sociopath it is likely to be shortlived since they will not have anything to offer.

So really.... no. It's hard to describe and frankly if I were to meet another sociopath I would stay far away. Competition in my game... I don't need that.

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What kind of handwriting does a sociopath have?

Their handwriting is no better or no worse than anybody elses. Sociopaths are not different outwardly in any way, it is their behaviour that shows the signs of the condition.

Are sociopaths intelligent?

The answer to this question depends on what we mean by ''intelligent.'' In terms of academic intelligence, sociopaths can perform just as well as anyone else. There are doctors and lawyers who are sociopaths. Sociopaths often believe themselves to be of superior intelligence because they can so easily fool, manipulate and cheat non-sociopaths. The reality is that this cheating inevitably ends up costing the sociopath dearly, and many sociopaths end up in jail. At the very least they end up alienating everyone who ever might have cared for them, which is really not very smart is it? All this stems from the fact there are different types of intelligence. Sociopaths lack social intelligence and emotional intelligence, although they may be very skilled at feigning or simulating emotions to better manipulate the rest of us.

Why does a sociopath soon remarry after a divorce?

The sociopath remarries because he/she don't know any better and are sometimes lonely

Do sociopaths make better soldiers?

If they see it to be in their best interest.

Definition and characterstics of a sociopath?

A sociopath is someone who cannot empathise with others and who feels no remorse for their actions. The symptoms of it here may explain it better:How_do_you_know_if_someone_is_a_sociopath

Is there any help for a sociopath esp if they want to do better?

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 getting over, not being discovered. There is no medication for sociopaths. They are self-centered, take no responsibility for their actions and blame others for their problems. They lack impulse control, can be and often are violent, are expert at targeting victims and their criminal activities can range from small-time cons like pick-pocketing, b&e, and petty theft to spousal abuse and serial killing. The think they are smarter than everyone else, especially law enforcement. If you have the least little inkling someone in your life may be a sociopath, listen to your gut and run.

How does a 10-year-old child deal with a sociopath mother?

No child can simply "deal" with something like this. Even adults have a hard time dealing with a sociopath. Remember they are very deceptive and subtle. Jerks are jerks. But sociopaths are nearly impossible to detect. I had a horrible childhood and I'm pretty sure my mother was/is either borderline or a sociopath. I love my mother like you would not believe and our relationship has gotten much better as I've gotten older. She also has mellowed a LOT and we are close. Back to the 10-year-old, I would've done much better as a child had I known it wasn't me causing her to act the way that she did. I couldn't understand how my mother was so friendly and wonderful to the outside world but such a nightmare to me and my father and my siblings behind closed doors. As a ten year old I thought it HAD to be me or us. WE were at fault. The best support you can give to a victim of a sociopath -- child OR adult is to constantly build their self esteem.

Can sociopaths change for the better?

No research has shown significant success in their treatment. As they age the impact they have on others is often less than when they are younger.

How do you protect the innocent spouse and the innocent child from a sociopath mother?

Is the sociopath mother on medicine to control her behavior? If not and the sociopath is a danger, then the innocent spouse needs to take legal action to protect himself and the child immediately (contact a lawyer, the county should have some programs to help those who cannot afford one). If the sociopath mother is on medicine, going to counseling and is compliant with her doctor there is not a whole lot you can do. The father will have a better chance in court to get full physical and legal custody.

What should society do to help sociopaths?

That is an interesting topic though. Can people be taught to have a conscience?I would be interested to know if that is actually true, that they are a lost cause. I tend to have hope that all human beings can get help and evolve. Granted, it may take A LOT of work, a lot of conditioning, but aren't people essentially malleable and able to be affected, thus changed? We still don't know what creates a sociopath. There are theories. But I've heard people say sociopaths or ASD is caused by abuse in childhood and I tend to doubt that. Is there any research to back it up? It could just as easily be neurological disorders. Who knows. Perhaps there will be viable treatments in the future once they understand the cause of their condition. The more important question may be what can You do to help yourself if you are living with a sociopath. My father is one, so I speak from first hand experience when I say it's true they will Never feel remorse for the abuse they dish out. 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Another viewpoint:Sociopaths, along with other "hopeless cases" like people with Alzheimer's disease, Down Syndrome, Asperger's, ADD, ADHD, autism, and the schizophrenias, along with more common disorders such as depression and addiction, and so on, are a mystery, but scientists have a way of hammering away at mysteries until they unravel them, and they are well on their way to the core of this one.If one says that sociopaths aren't worth helping, one rather misses the point, after all. The price the world pays for not being able to help these unhappy people is incalculable.But it also shows the hopelessness that sociopaths/psychopaths and their behavior make many people feel, itself a mirror-image of the emptiness and meaninglessness that hide always within the psychopath.To counter that hopelessness, please know these two incontrovertible points: (1)no, the sociopath who hurt you isn't genuinely happy; (2) yes, the massive population of sociopaths the world over will be able to be treated before long, and possibly the first threads of that are already starting now.If one says that sociopaths aren't worth helping, one rather misses the point, after all. The price the world pays for not being able to help these people is incalculable. Euthanasia isn't the answer. There are people (whose consciences I really must wonder about) who suggest that all the sociopaths that can be located and diagnosed by the authorities should be gathered up whether or not they've done anything wrong yet, and killed en masse (shades of World War Two, but with a different group of people). This is appalling, for reasons I hope I don't really need to explain!But it also shows the hopelessness that sociopaths and their behavior make many people feel.To counter that hopelessness, please know these two incontrovertible points: (1) no, the sociopath who hurt you isn't happy; (2) yes, the massive population of sociopaths the world over will be able to be treated before long, and possibly the first threads of that are already starting now.True that most if not all sociopaths are firmly within the definition most everyone else has of "evil" -- but also true that it is a neurological problem to start with; over the years from infancy to adulthood, a person born this way learns nothing about connecting with people and everything about manipulating them. Empty and unable to change that circumstance, sociopaths drift aimlessly around, occasionally colliding with other people and causing damage. They return again and again to new people, but cannot get anything satisfying from their parasitic contact (they'd make lousy vampires if such things existed!), and so, drift on...But "society" -- specifically, some neuroscientists -- may soon be capable of changing that, of freeing sociopaths from that trap and sparing the people who would otherwise get hurt by them. First of all, the parts of the brain that are silent in sociopaths and not in normal people can be awakened, although the resulting maelstrom of response would have to be carefully managed in a controlled setting. Secondly, it's been proven now beyond the hint of a remaining doubt that the patterns learned in early life are not as "fixed" in the adult brain as was once thought: even people in their sixties and seventies can change the courses taken by information in the brain, as work with stroke survivors has proven.What no sociopath can do on his or her own, not too far in the future, neuroscientists can do.But this would entail a lengthy in-patient stay.With no knowledge of how to cope with the emotions the rest of the world has been dealing with all their lives, the recovering sociopath would be rendered as vulnerable as a baby. Which makes sense, because some of the most basic aspects of the human mind would be developing from the primordial stasis in which they had remained since birth!A person thus treated would never be fully normal, but the human brain is amazing in the way it adapts and continues to develop all through life.And given the utterly joyless and meaningless existence a sociopath leads, any genuine improvement is better than none.But until neuroscientists can alter the thinking of a sociopath remember this: "No life is ever a total waste; it can always serve as a bad example." Anna Valerious.

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he was involved in his career by helping farm workers get better treatment and better pay.

Can a sociopath be a loving parent?

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 always looking out for themselves in a way similar to that of a loner predator. Seeing others like them actually benefiting from treatment will have to start persuading them that there's something to gain in going for help after all. Not being rejected or met with "We can't help you; you're evil incarnate," or the equivalent thinly disguised in euphemistic psychology jargon; NOT being met with a situation where they'd have to substitute symptoms of an "acceptable" illness in place of those they bear in secret -- that would almost certainly, if gradually, have an effect: if a sociopath can clearly see a benefit coming from admitting his or her real situation, there's nothing to stop him or her from doing just that.It's already started to happen, if in a tiny, barely perceptible trickle.Right now, all science has at the ready for them is to use various types of preexisting medication given in attempts to counteract the chaotic way the brain of a sociopath functions. That and types of talk therapy carefully altered to avoid the pitfalls that have in the past caused regular therapies to make sociopaths worse instead of better. But the more that scientists such as Robert Hare and his colleagues delve into and experiment with the new types of brain scans and learning what makes sociopaths tick like human bombs, the more likely that it becomes with each passing year that a means will soon be isolated to defuse those bombs.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 seriously, that frustration, and the wild rage it provokes, will lessen, and since it is a primary source of the constant distrust that makes regular therapy fail sociopaths, the defusing of that rage and its maddening causes will be a huge step in the right direction.And that will benefit everyone involved.That's basically the whole world!Some newer studies indicate that the real total of psychopaths (for both genders) is FOUR percent of the population.Two books just out, Martha Stout's "The Sociopath Next Door" and Robert Hare, PhD.'s "Without Conscience," are very informative and readable, if disturbing.A sociopath is a person who, usually due to a congenital brain disorder but sometimes due to trauma to the brain suffered after birth, cannot process emotional information the way other people do. The resulting lack of connection to other people, and the terrible frustration this brings, are the reasons for the behavior of a sociopath.The two books mentioned tell a lot, but they do not tell everything. On the Internet there are actually blogs by diagnosed sociopaths aimed at getting other people to try to grasp what is going on with them.Sociopaths understand intellectually (cognitively) what they cannot understand emotionally. So, depending how you look at it, they do not KNOW the harm they do, but they are aware of it in the most detached and unemotional sense.

Does only psychopaths and sociopaths have no conscience or can just a narcissist have no conscience too?

A narcissist can also be a sociopath or psychopath. But "just" suffering from narcissism does not inherently come with the same personality defects of a sociopath. A narcissist can cause others pain by putting someone down; it is done with the intent of making himself appear to be better, smarter, faster... For all their bravado most narcissists claim, they actually suffer from a very poor self esteem and much of their behavior is an attempt to show off to others and to make themselves look good. A sociopath hurts others because they have no moral compass. They enjoy watching others suffer and this behavior can almost always be traced back to a very young age. They generally start small, torturing bugs, hurting small animals and they move on to hurting people - generally starting with children younger than themselves. What narcissists and sociopaths/psychopaths have in common is the ability to make a great first impression. The narcissist in an attempt to gain a new fan - a sociopath in an attempt to gain a new victim. Oddly even the worst of the worst can behave when they want to, Ted Bundy had a girlfriend who had a small daughter. She had no clue to the real personality of the beast within.

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Are sociopaths capable of feeling sadness guilt or regret and do they ever feel bad even if it is only for themselves?

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What is the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath?

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Sociopaths are seen as disorganized and rash, making extreme responses to normal situations. They lack impulse control. Psychopaths, by contrast, are highly organized, often secretly planning out and fantasizing about their acts in great detail before actually committing them, and sometimes manipulating people around them.Here are other opinions from the WikiAnswers community:Some claim that the terms are interchangeable, and others claim that Sociopaths can function in society and psychopaths cannot, or the other way around.According to the Princeton dictionary, they are synonyms of each other.Although the Psychological process of denial of Conscience within the MIND of a sociopath and a psychopath is the same dynamic [Esoteric processes], the particular Fate Karma of the individual determines which behavioral expression one engages in, and it is these behavioral expressions that modern mental health focus on and label as either sociopathic or psychopathic.Some argue the sociopath to be less organized in his or her demeanor, nervous and easily agitated - someone likely living on the fringes of society, without solid or consistent economic support. A sociopath is more likely to spontaneously act out in inappropriate ways without thinking through the consequences.Some argue that the psychopath tends to be extremely organized, secretive and manipulative. The outer personality is often charismatic and charming, hiding the real person beneath. Though psychopaths do not feel for others, they can mimic behaviors that make them appear normal. Upon meeting, one would have more of a tendency to trust a psychopath than a sociopath.cause of the organized personality of the psychopath, he or she might have a tendency to be better educated than the average sociopath, who probably lacks the attentive skills to excel in school. While psychopaths can fly under the radar of society, many maintaining families and steady work, a sociopath more often lacks the skills and drive for mimicking normal behavior, making "seemingly healthy" relationships and a stable home less likely. From a criminal standpoint, a sociopath's crimes are typically disorganized and spontaneous, while the psychopath's crimes are well planned out. For this reason, psychopaths are harder to catch than sociopaths, as the sociopath is more apt to leave ample evidence in his or her explosions of violence.A psychopath thinks 2+2=5 rather than 2+2=4. A sociopath knows 2+2=4, but hates to admit it.There is no difference between a psychopath and a sociopath. The original term was psychopath but mental health professions were concerned that the public may confuse psychotic with psychopath. Psychopaths are generally not psychotic but the terms sound similar. Psychopaths are not suffering from psychosis. In order to avoid confusion, the term sociopaths was created to replace psychopath. The is no difference between the characteristics of a psychopath and a sociopath.Psychopaths are born (Disorganized Episodic Aggression) and sociopaths are made (Organized Sociopathic Hatred)Sociopath: Egocentricity; Callousness; Impulsivity; Conscience defect; Exaggerated sexuality; Excessive boasting; Risk taking; Inability to resist temptation; Antagonistic, deprecating attitude toward the opposite sex; Lack of interest in bonding with a matePsychopath: Glib and superficial charm; Grandiose sense of self-worth; Need for stimulation; Pathological lying; Conning and manipulativeness; Lack of remorse or guilt; Shallow affect; Callousness and lack of empathy; Parasitic lifestyle; Poor behavioral controls; Promiscuous sexual behavior; Early behavior problems; Lack of realistic, long-term goals; Impulsivity; Irresponsibility; Failure to accept responsibility for own actions; Many short-term marital relationships; Juvenile delinquency; Revocation of conditional release; Criminal versatilityA psychopath is born that way. Antisocial Personality Disorder and Sociopaths are made through the environment. ALL psychopaths have an antisocial personality and may have traits of the "sociopath" as well BUT not all antisocial personalities are psychopaths!Both sociopaths and psychopaths are the common terms for someone who has Antisocial Personality Disorder, there is no technical distinction between these two terms because neither of them is official. However psychopaths are traditionally thought of as more physically violent, where as sociopaths are manipulative and deceitful.This is a politically charged topic in academic circles, and there has been a lot of debate- but, in general, nothing. Most academics use the terms interchangeably, with sociopath being the preferred term for sociologists/criminologists and psychopath the preferred term for psychologists.Some people use sociopath to mean a mild form of psychopath (i.e. someone who displays the behavioral traits but who lacks the emotional callousness). Some use sociopath to distinguish between those who were born psychopaths and those who were made into psychopaths by life experiences. Others use the term proto-psychopath to describe the latter group.Due to the confusion between psychopathy and psychosis, sociopath became the preferred term for a while, but leading researchers in the field still use psychopath.Psychopaths are loners that kill because their minds tell them to because they're influenced by their thinking and behavioral patterns. Sociopaths kill because they don't see reality in all that's around them; and what they see makes them display the persona, and the personality of a pathological liar, conceal their true identity, or disassociate from people, places and things. A sociopath seems to be more influenced by society, and less influenced, by their thinking patterns, and psychological behavior.The differences between a psychopath and a sociopath are there, many believe the two are synonymous. A sociopath is generally very charming and charismatic, as well as very manipulating. They are devious and underhanded before being violent. A psychopath is unpredictable and generally has no warning signs before becoming violent.

How do you unbrainwash a child whose been brainwashed by a sociopath?

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 better.

When are batteries better than dynamos?

when movement isn't involved

When do people remember things better?

People probably remember things better when they have actually been involved in it.

My husband lies and has mood swings and irrational behavior hurting my feelings constantly and blaming me for everything also abusing animals and has no remorse is he a sociopath?

It certainly sounds like it. We'll go so far as to bet that he was a real charmer until he got into a position of control, which is exactly the way many sociopaths operate.We suggest that you explore ways to get out of the situation. It will not get any better, although he may make all sorts of promises. You have no reason to trust him, and no reason to believe anything he says. However, if he threatens you, take that seriously.

Do I tell my children their father is a sociopath?

It is better that they know so that they know what they're dealing with. They should only be told if a professional diagnosis has been reached. Tell them the truth so that they are protected.

Can incarceration change your relationship for the better?

Not usually but that depends on the individuals involved.

Is it better to French kiss?

For a special someone that you are romantically involved in, yes.

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it is better to smoke out of a pipe. that is 100% bud, no papers, no wraps involved

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