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Hastening the demise of sociopaths

Millions of sociopaths roam the planet. They inhabit all segments of the population. They are male, female, rich, poor, old, young, all races, all religions, all education levels, all demographic groups. Most of them are not in prison, so they move freely among us, living their lives by exploiting others.

Many take pride in their ability to manipulate others. Some who are criminals view crime as fun. They see nothing wrong with their behavior. As long as they keep succeeding, sociopaths will continue to behave the way they do.

So how do we make them fail?

Sociopaths only want to win, so failure is losing. Failure is not being able to exploit others, or at least not being able to get away with exploiting others.

I see four steps to shutting them down, and they all revolve around education.

1. Educating the public about sociopaths. This is the first step. So many Lovefraud readers who have tangled with sociopaths have told me, “I didn’t know these people existed!” Yes, they exist. Sociopaths live among us. And they are dangerous to our mental, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual and physical health.

This is why I launched Lovefraud. This is why I’m embarking on the Lovefraud  Education Program to teach high school and college students about sociopaths. (If you’re in a position to bring the program to your school, please contact terry@anderlypublishing.com.) And there are so many more people who need to be educated, including therapists, lawyers and judges. We all need to know the warning signs of sociopathic behavior, so that if we see them, we can respond appropriately—especially by running away.

2. Exposing known sociopaths. This, I believe, is the only strategy that really works against sociopaths. We can’t count on winning judgments against them and actually collecting our money. We can’t count on them being prosecuted or locked up. Sometimes the only way to keep them from harming others is to blow their cover.

We do need to be cautious about this, as I explained in a previous article, Exposing the sociopath. Many of you may not be able to skewer your exes publicly, as I did with James Montgomery. But you may be able to quietly speak your truth in your community, profession, church or wherever you know the predator is trolling for new victims. In the future, a few words of warning, coupled with growing public awareness of the disorder, may be enough.

3. Stop breeding sociopaths. Sociopaths are hard-wired for sex. They have a lot of sexual magnetism, and many Lovefraud readers have said that sex with the sociopath was the best they’ve ever had. But a consequence of sex, of course, is children. And because sociopathy is a highly genetic disorder, children born of sociopaths are at risk of inheriting a predisposition for the disorder.

One of the big things I hope will be accomplished through the Lovefraud High School Education program is to help young people understand that romantic relationships with sociopaths lead to nothing but trouble. If more people refuse to get involved with sociopaths, that will mean fewer at-risk children.

4. Appropriate parenting for at-risk children. Although sociopathy is highly genetic, inheriting the genes doesn’t necessarily mean that every at-risk child will grow up to be a sociopath. It is the interaction of genetics and the environment, including parenting, which actually creates the disordered individuals.

Many people realize, after a child is conceived or born, that their partner is a sociopath. If this is you, you need to take steps to raise the child so that he or she does not develop this disorder. I realize that this is immensely difficult and complicated, especially when the sociopathic parent will not let go of the child, which is often the case. But the healthy parents should try, as best they can, to teach the child how to love and feel empathy. (For information on how to do this, read Just Like His Father? by Dr. Liane Leedom.)

Perhaps with education, perseverance and time, our descendants will see the end of sociopathy. And they’ll thank us for taking the first steps to hasten the demise.



250 Comments on "Hastening the demise of sociopaths"

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  1. ErinBrock says:

    Neked buns….running Amuck! :)

    Hens…..I think silver fox’s are SEXY!!! BTW…..

    One…..You let it all hang out girl…..my Jr has gone to “Burning Man”……ya know what that is? I’m pretty sure he won’t be riding his bike around on the playa neked though……just a hunch! Aside from the alkali dust on the playa….it sounds as if it might be a trip to go….at least once! I can’t wait to hear the stories he comes home with.
    Tonight…..you can pretend your at Burning Man!!!

  2. ErinBrock says:

    OXY MOXY……Damn girl….YOU THE BOMB!!!! You go girl……Sounds like a dateline sting to me…..don’t forget the news media!!! :)
    Plant those seeds and do that gardening…..folks need to know what kind of garden they are looking at.
    SCUM!
    Kudo’s to you darlen!!

  3. Ox Drover says:

    One and Hens, NAH, KEEP THE BUN…think of it this way. HAve you ever been to a nursing home and seen some poor little old lady with a fright wig hair do, sticking out in all directions like she had her finger in a light socket? Well, they wash their hair in the shower with bar soap and it looks like that, well if the little old lady has long hair, they can put it in a bun and it looks nice and neat. So I used to wear my hair short when I got to be about 30 as it was so easy to wash, blow dry and go. I have VERY thick hair, even for an old lady, and lots of it, so I decided I would let it grow out and wear it long and that way if I have to go into my harmless “little old lady” routine, I can put it up in a bun and assume the disguise easily enough. Plus if I go to a nursing home, I won’t look like I stuck my finger in a light socket when they wash my hair. LOL

  4. Hens says:

    ox – are you talkin about that ‘used Q-tip hair do?’

  5. ErinBrock says:

    HOY VAY…..one of my worst hospital memories was having the nurse do a dry wash…NASTIEST SMELLING THING IN THE WORLD!!!

    Love the little old lady routine…..I can see it now! Calling on our inner spath are we?????

  6. one/joy_step_at_a_time says:

    well, the hanging around neked was fun. going to bed soon – way late, but wanted to pop in for a moment, and i see merriment is afoot.

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