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6 Things You Need To Know About Dating A Sociopath
Gonzalo Arnaiz. When you think of a "sociopath," chances are you think of a serial killer or a con man in a movie. But chances are you've met a sociopath — after all, according to Harvard psychologist Martha Stout , author of "The Sociopath Next Door," one in every 25 people is a sociopath. With so many alleged sociopaths around, and with their charming nature, it can be hard to know one when you see them. A standard trait of a sociopath is that they are charming and gregarious people. They know exactly what to say to everyone to get them to like them. That's probably why you were drawn to them in the first place. Be careful: Because a charming people-person isn't necessarily indicative of a sociopath, you should look out for other signs, too. Sociopaths lack empathy so if you get upset with them, they have a hard time understanding why. They won't act sorry or even see a reason for you to be upset.
In the mental health field, sociopathy is also known as antisocial personality disorder, a condition that prevents people from adapting to the ethical and behavioral standards of his or her community. There are several signs that someone may be a sociopath, including showing a lack of remorse, having a disregard for the law, and frequently telling lies. Sociopaths tend to be charming and charismatic, so consider their past behavior, such as criminal history, bizarre or risky actions, and a pattern of lying. If you know them well, pay attention to their relationships with other people, like their family, friends, and coworkers. To learn more from our Counselor co-author about how to communicate or confront the person, continue reading below. He graduated from the American School of Professional Psychology in There are 20 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
They can appear to be the guy next door. So what is a sociopath exactly?
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The Shining. I really do mean everything, their stories are grandiose fabrications, their lives are a huge production and they are the center of it all. Everything about them, their stories, their ego, are big and intense. They believe that their sense of self is entitled to this, and will not be convinced of anything else.