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Doctor insights on: What Causes A Person To Be A Sociopath

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Docs can you explain, is sociopathy genetic and hereditary or caused by something else?

Docs can you explain, is sociopathy genetic and hereditary or caused by something else?

Sociopathy: Sociopathy is is traditionally defined as a personality disorder characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, diminished empathy and remorse, and disinhibited or bold behavior. The research is not absolute on this, although some traits might be genetically based. More important is why this question is being asked--curiosity or understanding of someone else or yourself (or both)? ...Read more

Sociopath (Definition)

A sociopath is someone who exemplifies antisocial personality disorder. Sociopaths are glib and superficially charming; they are masters of influence and deception. They have no guilt or remorse about exploiting or manipulating other people; winning is the most important thing. They can use words poetically and almost hypnotically. When veracity is challenged, ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of a sociopath person?

What are the symptoms of a sociopath person?

Antisocial: A sociopath is mainly characterized by a lack of remorse for causing harm to other people, animals or property. The person lacks empathy and experiences urges to cause harm. ...Read more

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How should a person know if they're a sociopath or not?

How should a person know if they're a sociopath or not?

Sociopath: Pattern of disregard for, & violation of the rights of others. They cannot conform to social norms. They can be impulsive, deceitful, aggressive, irresponsible & lack remorse. ...Read more

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Can a truly normal person turn into a psychopath or sociopath, or are they born that way?

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Can a truly normal person turn into a psychopath or sociopath, or are they born that way?

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. ...Read more

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How do you become a sociopath? Is there anyway to become one with out family connection? If so, what does a person do to reach the state of mind of a sociopath?

How do you become a sociopath? Is there anyway to become one with out family connection? If so, what does a person do to reach the state of mind of a sociopath?

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. Causes can be both environmental and genetic. ...Read more

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Which person would be more volatile: one with a sadistic personality disorder or a sociopath (antisocial personality disorder)?

Which person would be more volatile: one with a sadistic personality disorder or a sociopath (antisocial personality disorder)?

Sociopath: Either of these can be emotionally volatile, or hardly at all. There is no one-size-fits-all distinction. To illustrate antisocial personality disorder, white collar criminals like Bernie Madoff are typically not violent at all, whereas serial killers like Ted Bundy are incredibly violent and volatile. ...Read more

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I think I might be a sociopath. How can I tell, if I'm unwilling to meet a therapist/doctor in person and speak to them about it?

I think I might be a sociopath. How can I tell, if I'm unwilling to meet a therapist/doctor in person and speak to them about it?

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. ...Read more

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What makes a sociopath?

What makes a sociopath?

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. ...Read more

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What are signs of sociopath?

Lacks empathy: Sociopaths lack genuine empathy towards others, use and manipulate others for the gain of the sociopath ...Read more

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How is a sociopath diagnosed?

How is a sociopath diagnosed?

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. It's easy to call others names like this. A mental health professional can provide education and possible support for loved ones also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How can I know im a sociopath?

How can I know im a sociopath?

Others would notice: Others would probably notice before you do. Sociopaths exploit others for their own ends, and have no remorse for the pain they cause. They break laws; they lie; they steal, etc -- without any concern for the rights of others. They are often impulsive, and frequently involved with drug ; alcohol abuse. This article expresses some interesting ideas: http://tinyurl. Com/nc68upo. ...Read more

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What makes someone a sociopath?

What makes someone a sociopath?

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. ...Read more

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Can sociopaths feel shame, at all?

Can sociopaths feel shame, at all?

No: Sociopaths by definition have underdeveloped superegos or more simply, no conscience. They do not know the difference between right & wrong, have no moral code of ethics and therefore do not feel shameful when they have done something wrong. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a sociopath?

Disregard: Sociopaths show a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights and feelings of others. They often lack empathy although they are usually very good at feigning such. They are also very egocentric, thinking only of themselves. ...Read more

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What are some signs of a sociopath?

These people: Generally don't really care about others in a genuine way. They may appear to be in your camp, but it is only to further their own causes, which are usually sinister. Common beliefs are that sociopaths lack conscience and remorse. Read: The Sociopath Next Door for an excellent, well-written explanation of this very complicated and potentially very difficult condition. ...Read more

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How to tell if you are a sociopath?

See Sociopath below: sociopath is defined as someone who is suffering from Antisocial Personality Disorder. Sociopaths show a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights and feelings of others.

The spciopath is seen as a criminal, even killers, such behavior isn't essential to the dx. Of Antisocial Personality Disorder. The criteria include that the pt. Must be 18 or older & show a pattern deceit & lack of empathy ...Read more

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How does someone become a sociopath?

How does someone become a sociopath?

Sociopathy: There is no simple answer. Most likely a combination of genetic, environmental and psychosocial factors contribute to this disorder. ...Read more

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What to do if I may be a sociopath.?

What to do if I may be a sociopath.?

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. Any licensed mental health professional can make this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could a kid be a jd instead of a sociopath?

Could a kid be a jd instead of a sociopath?

Not mutually...: ..Exclusive. Juvenile delinquency is a frequent early manifestation of sociopathic personality. ...Read more

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Am I a sociopath if in court system as teen?

Am I a sociopath if in court system as teen?

Sociopath?: The diagnosis of sociopathy refers to the whole way you live, chiefly manifest by complete lack of respect or ability to understand and emphathize with another person. A single incident in court does not imply this diagnosis. Sociopaths, because they don't respect the rights and property of others, do end up in court or juvenile hall a lot, but so do a lot of other teens who just make bad choices. ...Read more

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Hi I'm a sociopath - how did I get that way?

Hi I'm a sociopath - how did I get that way?

Nature vs nurture: I believe the current thinking is that sociopathy is more genetic than psychodynamic. In other words, you're a sociopath for the same reason nonsociopaths are not: you were born that way. Like Donald Trump. Interesting that you're curious; I thought that because sociopaths have no conscience, they don't care how they got that way. Maybe you're less of a sociopath than you think. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with a sociopath?

Stay Away: True sociopaths are not capable of having feelings for others. If you can help it, it's probably best to avoid them. ...Read more

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Self misdiagnosis or a sociopath, how to know?

Self misdiagnosis or a sociopath, how to know?

Seek referral from: Your Primary Care Provider to a psychiatrist & a psychologist for accurate diagnosis & multimodal treatment recommendations as soon as possible. See http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/antisocial-personality-disorder/basics/definition/con-20027920 for information, but don't self-diagnose or self-medicate, as that is more harmful than helpful. ...Read more

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Could I be a sociopath if I don't like anyone?

Could I be a sociopath if I don't like anyone?

Sociopath: A sociopath is a person with antisocial personality disorder. This involves behavior that is usually criminal or against societal norms. It does not mean not liking other people. ...Read more

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Where do I find help for living with a sociopath?

Not much you can do: There isn't much you can do in true cases of sociopathy (AKA antisocial personality disorder). These people have no conscience or sense of right and wrong, cannot empathize with others and use people. True sociopaths do poorly in therapy and should be avoided if at all possible. ...Read more

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What to do if I may be a sociopath, please help!?

What to do if I may be a sociopath, please help!?

If you think: You are a sociopath, reach out to a therapist. Since this is a personality disorder, it is hard to treat, but a therapist will help clarify if the diagnosis is correct. If it is they will start by helping you work on the neurotic parts (those that bother you and helped you realize you need help). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sociopath?

What is the definition or description of: sociopath?

Sociopath: A sociopath is someone who exemplifies antisocial personality disorder. Sociopaths are glib and superficially charming; they are masters of influence and deception. They have no guilt or remorse about exploiting or manipulating other people; winning is the most important thing. They can use words poetically and almost hypnotically. When veracity is challenged, they attack the messenger. ...Read more

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Nothing matters/bothers me. Help is this like a sociopath?

Nothing matters/bothers me. Help is this like a sociopath?

Not really: "nothing matters" sounds more like depression than sociopathy. A sociopath has aims and goals — and doesn't let other people's pain or discomfort get in his way. Sociopaths also rarely seek help, so the fact that you did argues against sociopathy. Actually, it sounds like your symptoms do bother you. A mental health evaluation, or just seeing your primary care doctor, might help. ...Read more