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what makes someone a sociopath?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Antisocial: Sociopathy can result in young adults with history of conduct disorder who have early history of oppositional defiant disorder who at earlier age had attention deficit disorder that was not treated. No studies confirm inheritance as a cause. Is more common in males.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Andrew Berry
14 years experience Clinical Psychology
Antisocial: The modern clinical term for sociopathy is antisocial personality disorder. The hallmark of this disorder is the person seems to have no conscience, or sense of morality, or right or wrong. This person cannot empathize with others, is opportunistic, predatory, and often thrill seeking. An example of this would be Charles Manson.
Answered on Mar 21, 2017

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Sociopathy: There is no simple answer. Most likely a combination of genetic, environmental and psychosocial factors contribute to this disorder.
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Antisocial: Sociopathy can result in young adults with history of conduct disorder who have early history of oppositional defiant disorder who at earlier age had ... Read More
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Lacks empathy: Sociopaths lack genuine empathy towards others, use and manipulate others for the gain of the sociopath
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A sociopath, simply: put, lacks empathy for others and what we often call a "conscience." This is a serious diagnosis and needs to be done by a mental health professional ... Read More

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