Sociopaths and Psychopaths! Do You Know One?

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Sociopaths and Psychopaths! Do You Know One?

Sociopaths and psychopaths can destroy your life. Find out why, how and what to do about sociopaths and psychopaths you know. Read this.Sociopath. Psychopath. These terms often evoke chills, shudders, and goosebumps. A great many people equate these individuals with psychopathic serial killers. While it's true that the majority of serial killers are psychopaths and sociopaths, not all psychopaths and sociopaths are serial killers. In fact, most aren't. Perhaps a better way to conceptualize them is soul killers. They control. They manipulate. They consume their victims' resources, be those resources financial, emotional, relational, or all of these and more. When a sociopath or a psychopath has taken everything he or she can from someone, this power-hungry, self-centered person moves on to the next victim.

Sociopaths and Psychopaths Can Destroy Your Life

Sociopaths and psychopaths are indeed frightening. They're made even more so by the fact that they're difficult to spot (Signs of a Sociopath and Signs of a Psychopath). These men and women function very well in society—some sociopaths are extremely high functioning—and they know what they need to do to fit any situation. Like talented actors and actresses, they can disguise the fact that they're playing a role in order to manipulate. Psychopaths and sociopaths are contributing members of society. They're spouses and parents, boyfriends or girlfriends, employees or bosses. And they're power-hungry takers. Sociopaths and psychopaths are complex. HealthyPlace has two new sections about them, each containing a wealth of information. Follow the below links to learn more.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2015, August 31). Sociopaths and Psychopaths! Do You Know One?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: September 1, 2015

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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