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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)?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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