The sense of entitlement that comes with sociopathy is astonishing to those who abide by the social laws and conventions of our culture. Everything is up for grabs with sociopaths and nothing is off limits.
In relationships, sociopaths are the epitome of Machiavellian creatures.
It is often the kindest and most trusting individuals who suffer the most at the hands of sociopaths, and the healing process for these individuals continues long after the relationship has ended. (Notably, a history of childhood abuse among sociopaths is not always present.) Similarly, Ferguson (2010) conducted a meta-analysis and found that 56% of the variance in Antisocial Personality Disorder, the formal disorder of sociopathy, can be explained through genetic influences.
Those in the wake of the sociopath are often left wondering, In the media, I'm often asked what causes sociopathy. I'm hard-pressed to say that I have vast reservoirs of empathy for the sociopath.
At the same time, to see the life trajectory of a sociopath, it's hard to not feel sad that the sociopath has an existence that separates him from the vast majorty of 'normal' people.
I've been reflecting a lot lately on sociopathy as a function of commenting on television about Jodi Arias, the woman tried for the 2008 murder of her boyfriend.
I've come to ask myself some very basic questions about those who are sociopaths, as I very much expect that Ms. Further, recently reading former Harvard professor Martha Stout's book, I've been reminded how mysterious sociopathy remains.
Part of what makes sociopathy so fascinating is that we understand very little about what causes it.
The sociopath overall is little understood, manifested primarily in the conventional belief that the sociopath has the malicious intent to harm others. " for so many reasons, but the reality is that sociopaths don't necessarily have malicious feelings toward others.
The truth, however, is more complex than a single answer allows. The problem is that they have very little true feeling at all for others, which allows them to treat others as objects.
The effect of their behavior is undoubtedly malicious, though the intention is not necessarily the same thing.
Ultimately, the sociopath typically emotionally destroys those who are close to him or her, but the sociopath destroys them in a way consistent with their unique approach to others: They take them out like your average person kills off characters in a video game.
Those in the wake of the sociopath suffer because they have the liability sociopaths don't: actual human feelings that stem from a deep sense of social obligations to others, a moral anchor that is supposed to be part and parcel of having relationships. Sociopaths feel deeply angry and resentful underneath their often-charming exterior, and this rage fuels their sense that they have the right to act out in whichever way they happen to choose at the time.