Many people use the word 'sociopath' flippantly to describe people they dislike, but few understand what the term really means. In actual fact, most 'sociopaths' have a form of antisocial personality disorder APD and as a result have zero disregard for what is right and wrong and rarely care about the feelings of others. Research has found that one in every 25 people has the traits of a sociopath so it's entirely possible that you could be dating one and have no idea - especially as they are often charming and highly charismatic. According Harvard psychologist Martha Stout sociopaths aren't all that uncommon with one in every 25 having this type of personality disorder stock image. Psychology Today via Mayo Clinic. Charm and gregariousness are their top traits.
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But sociopaths can be charismatic and some symptoms of their condition, like being impulsive and persuasive and shunning social norms, can be attractive in some situations. A quick primer: A sociopath is someone who has antisocial personality disorder—a condition that causes them to lack empathy, be exploitative in close relationships, indifferent to the needs of others , entitled, and lack remorse for the bad things they do and say—according to clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula , PhD, author of Should I Stay or Should I Go? For the record, being a sociopath isn't something you can fix on your own. Antisocial personality disorder is often hard to treat, and sociopaths usually don't think they need help.
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But after a few months things might feel off. Has your love interest changed? To learn more about this personality disorder, we spoke with mental health experts.
My ex-Sociopath not only continued to talk to his ex-girlfriend, who was brought into his marriage by his ex-wife a convenient story from a Sociopath, right? He seemingly exclusively bought and sold pills to women, which then turned into flirting, confessions of love, sexual advances… You get the picture. That is just one frame from his life; a life that I will never fully know.