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Old 12 June 2011, 15:06   #1
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Mental Health question - need your help please!

I appreciate that this question should be on a mental health forum but I'd be a voice among hundreds there, and anyway, there's plenty loonies on here

My question is this: Have any of you had experience with or dealt with a known (diagnosed) Sociopath/Psychopath? I guess I'm interested to know which traits most often give them away and how your interaction with them went/ended. I think I may have a live one on my hands, and it's not pretty...

On a happier note, my red squirrel was back at my doorstep again today, so there must be a few nuts in the garden too
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I appreciate that this question should be on a mental health forum but I'd be a voice among hundreds there, and anyway, there's plenty loonies on here

My question is this: Have any of you had experience with or dealt with a known (diagnosed) Sociopath/Psychopath? I guess I'm interested to know which traits most often give them away and how your interaction with them went/ended. I think I may have a live one on my hands, and it's not pretty...

On a happier note, my red squirrel was back at my doorstep again today, so there must be a few nuts in the garden too
You would know immediatly if he/she was/is a psychopath mate.. You may dealing with a bipolar or schizophrenic if they are quite normal at times.
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You would know immediatly if he/she was/is a psychopath mate.
But how would I know? Do you mean that because I'm not sure then they're not? I'm not quite sure what the "symptoms" are or how easy they would be to spot. I gather that the "garden variety" don't wear a Hannibal mask, nor or they violent by definition.
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You may dealing with a bipolar or schizophrenic if they are quite normal at times.
No, I've known/know a few people with bipolar (one still in the looney bin) and this is different. I'm not going to elaborate on this individual, but I'm interested to see if my checklist matches someone else's.
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A psychopath wouldnt normally admit to being one as their narcassistic tendencies wouldnt allow that . Psychopathy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Its also know as ASPD
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A psychopath wouldnt normally admit to being one as their narcassistic tendencies wouldnt allow that . Psychopathy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yes, I've read that and I wasn't cheered. As I say, looking for some real world experience now.
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Well there is a theory that a goodly number of the leaders of industry are of this ilk and it is more common that previously thought. I guess it's more of "degree" of leaning towards the traits of a 'path ie having little or no real empathy for your fellow man but being able to emulate it rather than delight in causing pain in others.

If you find he has a graveyard full of dead animals just worry about when he is going to advance to the next level of his "hobby"
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Worst case scenario mate is if they have got N.P.D. narcissistic personality disorder. (no cure) about 1 percent of the population suffer from it in the uk,,not sure about Ireland.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nar...sorder/DS00652
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Yes, I've read that and I wasn't cheered. As I say, looking for some real world experience now.
I cant help on that mate as everyone i know are relatively bonkers . did you read this bit ???

  1. Superficial charm and good "intelligence"
  2. Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
  3. Absence of nervousness or psychoneurotic manifestations
  4. Unreliability
  5. Untruthfulness and insincerity
  6. Lack of remorse and shame
  7. Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
  8. Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
  9. Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
  10. General poverty in major affective reactions
  11. Specific loss of insight
  12. Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations
  13. Fantastic and uninviting behavior with drink and sometimes without
  14. Suicide threats rarely carried out
  15. Sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated
  16. Failure to follow any life plan.
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I cant help on that mate as everyone i know are relatively bonkers . did you read this bit ???

  1. Superficial charm and good "intelligence"
  2. Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
  3. Absence of nervousness or psychoneurotic manifestations
  4. Unreliability
  5. Untruthfulness and insincerity
  6. Lack of remorse and shame
  7. Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
  8. Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
  9. Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
  10. General poverty in major affective reactions
  11. Specific loss of insight
  12. Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations
  13. Fantastic and uninviting behavior with drink and sometimes without
  14. Suicide threats rarely carried out
  15. Sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated
  16. Failure to follow any life plan.
Sounds like someone's been doing a Census at my Local!
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