Over at AngieMedia, Rob has authored an insightful piece titled Sociopaths In Our Midst Hate the Truth and Its Advocates on the inner-workings of a sociopath. Here are some important points from his posting: Continue reading Sociopaths Hate the Truth, Hate to Lose, and Hate to be Outted
Men are often overlooked as victims of abuse, but the numbers are indeed alarming. It is estimated that as many as 48% of the victims of emotional abuse are male. Continue reading For Men: Signals You May Be a Victim of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship
The men’s self-help and advice site, Geeks and Jocks has an excellent video to help men realize that they are in a relationship with a Sociopath. Despite a few typos or grammar items, it is a good encapsulation of the information provided by a vast number of resources. The presentation also includes information from their online post Living with a Sociopath is Not Easy.
Sadly, getting through to someone that they are in a dangerous and, in the long term, a hopeless relationship is extremely difficult. Many men are too stubborn and/or victimized to see it until it is too late and their life is in tatters. As we have seen repeated throughout mental health journals, post by medical professionals, and a multitude of other sources, there is currently no treatment or cure for sociopathy.
Donna Anderson, author of the book “Love Fraud: How marriage to a sociopath fulfilled my spiritual plan“, appeared on the Doctor Paul show in March of 2011 to discuss her book and 10 traits that could signal that your partner is a sociopathic predator.
Donna is also the host of the excellent Web site, LoveFraud.com where she has collected and published a wealth of good information concerning Sociopath’s, how they victimize, and how to break away and recover from the abuse they put their partners through.
Here is the interview:
What do you do when a parent has no moral compass, is deceitful, lacks remorse for wrongdoing, and lies constantly? What happens to the children? This is the challenge when a parent is also a Sociopath.
As a general rule, Sociopaths are sneaky, dishonest, and manipulative. Their lives and motives center around themselves. The do not have spouses and children, they have victims and objects they use to forward their own goals and desires. Despite the popularization of Sociopaths in entertainment media as criminals, it is important to realize that not all Sociopaths necessarily break the law. Although, they may be guilty of charges of neglect, fraud, and perjury. Continue reading Mothers as Sociopaths
“You’ll believe it’s the best thing that ever happened to you, so you won’t even suspect you’re being played.” If you know someone that is in a bad relationship yet says this anyway, that is a HUGE warning sign that they are already in the clutches of a Sociopath/Psychopath. [Note: Sociopaths and Psychopaths are mostly an artificial distinction, they are essentially the same in many ways, though science continues to identify traits that may eventually lead to them being separate diagnoses.]
I have heard privately from so many people in the last week about these posts. People have said that the articles read like the biography of someone they know, fitting them perfectly. Most of the people don’t know each other, yet still point at the same person. It is sad that their victim(s) still cannot see it. It is sadder yet that young children are involved.
This is FACT, not fiction. Continue reading The Red Flags of a Psychopath
According to the 5th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, also known as DSM-5, released by the American Psychiatric Association, both sociopathy and psychopathy are Antisocial Personality Disorders, or an AsPD. They have a lot in common and are frequently used interchangeably, but there is some argument that they are clearly separate and disctinct.
Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. has an article over at Psychology Today that breaks down some of the differences between the two diagnoses. The most interesting point I found in his piece is the assertion that psychopathy is largely the result of genetics while sociopathy is more likely the result of the person’s childhood environment and experiences. In essence, it is “nature” versus “nurture”. This is not consistent with other professionals and is most definitely not yet a formal position of the mental health profession.
Regardless of how the disorder came about in patients, he puts forth that both sociopaths and psychopaths have these traits in common:
- A disregard for laws and social mores
- A disregard for the rights of others
- A failure to feel remorse or guilt
- A tendency to display violent behavior