Recently we received this question:
A friend of mine has a 4 year old little boy that I am very worried about. This child shows many signs of anti-social behavior. He is manipulative. He is conniving. He is a liar. He is vindictive. He is sneaky. He will do things, look to see if you are noticing, and have an evil little smile on his face seeming to dare you to do or say anything. Is this the beginning behavior of a sociopath? His mother seems to be oblivious to his behaviors. However she told me that she plans to home-school him…so I have to wonder if perhaps she has “seen” something in him. The idea worries me, because at least if he was going to school…maybe someone else would truly see his behaviors. Any thoughts or suggestions?