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. Source: Psychology Today via Mayo Clinic. Charm and gregariousness are their top traits.
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I looked online some and didn't find this information. I know if you are with a sociopath to get away. My problem is that I've been out of it for a year and a half, but was with the person for 8 years, and still have issues that stem from it. I don't have the means for counseling. Any advice? Or is there any cheap or free counseling that is recommended? If you look around, there might be mental health clinics in your area that will offer free counseling, or you could talk to your doctor.
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I'm wondering if I am dating a sociopath. First for outsiders, he calls himself a chameleon. This is refers to how he can charm anyone into being on his side. Admittedly, he does not have any regard for other peoples emotions, or pain, and when he does say something that may sound hurtful, he blames it on the weakness of the other people for feeling that way.
Anti-social personality disorders can take on many variations. The two main delineations are sociopaths and psychopaths. For better or worse, there are few differences between psychopaths and sociopaths. Some medical dictionaries even consider them to be synonymous.