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.
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
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: