Recovery For Abused Women

“Empowering the abused woman to recover with God's truth"

What Is A Sociopath? By Donna Andersen of Lovefraud.com

What is a Sociopath?

Sociopathy, also called psychopathy, is a personality disorder characterized by deceit on a scale most of us cannot imagine. These people are not crazy; they know exactly what they are doing. Here is how Robert D. Hare, Ph.D., begins his book about psychopaths, Without Conscience:

"Psychopaths are social predators who charm, manipulate and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving a broad trail of broken hearts, shattered expectations and empty wallets. Completely lacking in conscience and feelings for others, they selfishly take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without the slightest sense of guilt or regret."

Donna Andersen says is it so critical for you to know about sociopaths because there are millions of them living among us.  They can appear to be normal, but they pose a tremendous threat to us all.

Sociopathy is a complex personality disorder. Sociopaths exhibit a wide variety of maladaptive behavior which makes the condition difficult to diagnose. Sociopathy is not one trait; it is a syndrome—a cluster of related symptoms.

Dr. Robert Hare’s Symptoms of Psychopaths are:

       Interpersonal traits

  • Glid & superficial – witty and articulate. They can be very effective in presenting themselves well and are often very likeable and charming.

     

  • Egocentric and grandiose – have a narcissistic and grossly inflated view of their self-worth and importance, a truly astounding egocentricity and sense of entitlement.

     

  • Lack of remorse or guilt – show a stunning lack of concern, for the devasting effects their actions have on others. Usually they have handy excuses for their behavior, and in some cases they deny that it happened at all.

     

  • Lack of empathy - The feelings of other people are of no concern to psychopaths. Psychopaths view people as little more than objects to be used for their own gratification. The weak and the vulnerable—whom they mock, rather than pity—are favorite targets. Psychopaths display a general lack of empathy. They are indifferent to the rights and suffering of family members and strangers alike. If they do maintain ties with their spouses or children it is only because they see their family members as possessions, much like their stereos or automobiles.

 

  • Deceitful and manipulative - Lying, deceiving and manipulation are natural talents for psychopaths. Given their glibness and the facility with which they lie, it is not surprising that psychopaths successfully cheat, bilk, defraud, con and manipulate people and have not the slightest compunction about doing so. They are often forthright in describing themselves as con men, hustlers or fraud artists. Their statements often reveal their belief that the world is made up of "givers and takers," predators and prey, and that it would be very foolish not to exploit the weaknesses of others. Some of their operations are elaborate and well thought out, whereas others are quite simple: stringing along several women at the same time, or convincing family members and friends that money is needed "to bail me out of a jam." Whatever the scheme, it is carried off in a cool, self-assured, brazen manner.

 

  • Shallow emotions - Psychopaths seem to suffer a kind of emotional poverty that limits the range and depth of their feelings. While at times they appear cold and unemotional, they are prone to dramatic, shallow and short-lived displays of feeling. Careful observers are left with the impression that they are play-acting and that little is going on below the surface. Laboratory experiments using biomedical recorders have shown that psychopaths lack the physiological responses normally associated with fear. The significance of this finding is that, for most people, the fear produced by threats of pain or punishment is an unpleasant emotion and a powerful motivator of behavior. Not so with psychopaths; they merrily plunge on, perhaps knowing what might happen but not really caring.

Click here for PDF version of Complete Teaching

God bless,

Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks

Views: 67

Comment

You need to be a member of Recovery For Abused Women to add comments!

Join Recovery For Abused Women

© 2019   Created by Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks, PsyD.   Powered by

Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service


By: Twitter Buttons