On Wednesday, January 5, Dr. Liane Leedom and I took the first steps in Lovefraud’s efforts to teach high school students about sociopaths. We made presentations to the guidance counselors and child study teams at two high schools in Southern New Jersey.
Our plan, and I’ve explained before, is to present the program in two parts. One, of course, is to the students. But before that, we want to talk about sociopathy to the guidance staff. Our reasoning is, if students hear our information and realize they may be involved with sociopaths, and turn to the faculty for advice, the faculty needs to know what they are talking about.
I presented a description of the sociopathic personality disorder, outlined the size of the problem, and offered warning signs of sociopathic behavior. Then Dr. Leedom explained her Inner Triangle construct, how sociopaths are deficient in the ability to love, and how this can lead to the disorder. She also addressed issues the counselors may see regarding sociopathic behavior in students and parents.
We spoke to about a dozen people at each school. Watching their faces, I could see the information registering with them. Many were taking notes. The feedback we received from the guidance supervisors was that the information was valuable.
And, two teachers approached us afterwards—they both realized that they had been involved with sociopaths, and were looking for advice on how to cope.