How Does Someone Become A Sociopath?
There are two very distinct theories on how someone ends up a
sociopath or diagnosed as one. Many experts in psychology and
mental health believe that there is a genetic component that decides
whether you are sociopathic, (which means you have no choice) or it
is a learned behaviour by what you have experienced as a child.
Sociopaths can often be from abusive or neglectful parents or carers.
So it’s either environmental or it’s genetic.
Sociopaths Are Usually Made Not Born
For many people suffering this personality disorder which is what this is, usually the parents or parent are or were sociopaths too and created a very antisocial home life for child. Children like this usually are subjected to aggression, insecurity and from their mother or father they adopt the same behaviour patterns and personality traits. A sociopathic diagnosis can also come from children of alcoholics or drug users who were not secure in family life and never got to live as a child should.
Children with sociopathic tendencies or antisocial behaviour will quite often be aggressive at an early age, perhaps ten years old, perhaps younger. The abandonment issues that these kids harbour from an early age also fuels this aggression. Their anti-social behaviour is normal to them. Children with this problem will often bully younger or smaller kids or be cruel to animals. They may even be prone to setting fires. They are insecure and scared inside, and the acts of violence and aggressive behaviour makes them feel as though they are in control.
When children develop personalities such as this, they have essentially become their parents; which is normal; we all do this. Our personalities are shaped and formed by how we are treated as children. Usually the parents of a sociopath are sociopaths too. These kids suffer from an underdeveloped ego which is often the result of an difficult relationship with a parent or parents. If children do not have comfort, security and safety with their parents they often turn to violence and try to find a way to protect themselves. When a child grows up and becomes an adult, he or she will hurt or control others to have a sense of control in their lives.
Do you have a partner who fits this criteria? Some sociopaths seem like normal people, however they will have one thing in common, an inability to feel empathy for others. Many sociopaths can be abusive and nasty to their spouses and will often not recognise when they have hurt your feelings.
Copyright © 2013 Janelle Coulton