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  •  i can't remember the guy's name- (5+ / 0-)

    he was on an episode of dr drew. he studies sociopaths, and did a scan of his own brain and found he was wired to be a sociopath, too. I want to find the guy now- it's going to take me a while, probably. I googled dr drew and sociopathy and am getting a whole bunch of other stuff.

    anyway, I have the same understanding of sociopaths as you do- we're not even people to them. at best, we're means to an end. if they think we're of use, then they will use us.

    "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

    by thankgodforairamerica on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:13:40 AM PDT

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    •  ...there's a famous psychiatrist... (4+ / 0-)

      ...considered to be one of the world's authorities on narcisso-sociopathy. Narcissism and Sociopathy not long ago were seen as two distinct they are not...they are seen as a continuum...just degrees of the same thing. This is due to fMRI studies of brains.

      True Narcissist do have the capacity to occasionally have in can understand how another feels. BUT they don't have empathy for long and their own belief that they are superior to others (always superior to others) trumps any short-term empathetic feelings they have.

      True Sociopaths simply never have feelings of empathy.

      Anyway (I wish I could come up with his name). This psychiatrist is a narcissist. He knows he is a narcissist...he fully admits it. He is also honest about how he sees others. He knows he rarely has any empathy for others...and that its very short lived when he does. BUT that self-awareness is what keeps him in check AND allows him to really understand Sociopaths...

      Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

      by paradise50 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 11:52:09 AM PDT

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      •  i didn't know it's a spectrum (3+ / 0-)
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        that's interesting to me. a therapist told me there's some overlap, but my husband (we're separated) has narcissitic personality disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

        I've been curious about the differences between sociopathy and narcissism, but now it makes sense to me that it's a spectrum.

        I think I get what you're saying about brief bouts of empathy- I think that's what kept giving me hope. sometimes my husband would feel genuinely grief stricken about things that happened to other people- like a few years back there was a toddler in England who was brutally beaten by his mother's roommates. my husband was in agony over it.

        I tried for many years longer than I should have to stay married. I should have gotten out many years ago, but I really thought he wasn't all bad. that's the thing- he's really not all bad. he's just a violent narcissist.

        "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

        by thankgodforairamerica on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 02:23:24 PM PDT

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