Do you know what a sociopath is? Most of us think we know what one is. We believe it's the serial killer who is psychologically torturing and murdering people. If so, 1 in 25 people would be doing such things. That is not the case because sociopaths don't always do this. The majority of them don't kill people. At least not physically. They emotionally kill relationship after relationship.....and continue to draw more people in with their charm in order to do it all over again.
In "The Sociopath Next Door", psychologist Martha Stout helps people understand what a sociopath is as well as how to deal with them. Most people run around in circles trying to figure them out. Those who love them try to help them see how they lie and manipulate to no avail. A sociopath has a distorted sense of what is right and wrong, so they actually believe the lies they tell and can justify their actions. These things don't bother them because of their lack of empathy. It leaves the people they are in relationships with frustrated, angry, and wanting to get as far away from them as possible. But their charm and pity usually pull people back into the web and the cycle that is their life.
Does this sound like you? Caught up in someone's constant lies and manipulations? You may want to read this book. Typically I recommend feel good books. Or very insightful and helpful books. This book is not a feel good book but it is insightful and helpful! I find myself recommending it to clients so often that I felt it appropriate to pass it along to our readers. I hope you will find it helpful as well.
Thank you for reading. I hope you'll join us again tomorrow to hear what Joleen recommends.
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC, LCAC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.