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March 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm #194510
I have a son who is 14 years old. I think he is a sociopath. He lies, cheats, steals, manipulates, and feels no remorse and will never accept responsibility for anything he does. Even if I see him do something, he will stand there and lie with a straight face about it. He breaks into my room, steals my belongings, lies, destroys furniture and other things in the house. I’ve tried talking, reasoning, carrot and stick, yelling, and spanking. Nothing gets through to him. I’ve read many articles about sociopathy and he fits the description and symptoms to a tee. Does anyone else here have a child like this and what have you done about it?March 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm #1041844
You may want to bring your son to therapy. If he really is a sociopath, you probably aren’t gonna be able to “fix” him without professional help.March 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm #1041856
I am already looking into getting him to therapy, as soon as next week. I am just wondering how others might have handled the situation at home and how it turned out for them. Thanks.December 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm #1044849
Is this new behavior? Has something happened in his life (maybe that you don’t know about) that has triggered this? Talk to him respectfully about what is going on with him and maintain clear rules and consequences. Be strong, never let him forget that you care about him and that this behavior is not ok and that it is your responsibility to raise him right! Good luckMay 12, 2011 at 1:01 am #1046353
There’s more to the story. There’s something he’s acting in response to. Find out what it is.July 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm #1047619
[QUOTE=veryfrustrated]Does anyone else here have a child like this and what have you done about it?[/QUOTE]
I was a little like that – though not as bad. I may have been a sociopath but it was all about very bad and inadequate parental training! Yep, my parents, not me, were the source of all my bad behavior because they just didn’t know how or cared to learn how to be better parents. They lost my trust and respect many years before I became so bad with their stupidity, meanness, indifference, humiliation, punishments, etc., etc. They, not I, set up the whole messy pattern of my bad behavior and then blamed it all on me!
At 14, it’s probably too late for your to undo the damage you have done but you could at least try by going here:
good luck helping your child love and trust you again. :bouncing:July 21, 2011 at 7:31 am #1047661
Sociopaths experience when growing up. I believe these developmental experiences are much more consistent across young sociopaths than the trinity of animal torture, fire play, and bed wetting, albeit less observable by a third party.
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As I was in high school there were such children. They were dirty, they were laughing like crazy all the time in class, offending and insulting classmates… I dont know what happened but some of them seem normal today- without any therapies or smthing. However, I do not thing they were sociopaths they were just trying to get attentionAugust 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm #1048001
Wow, that’s a serious problem. I hope that the therapy will help…November 8, 2011 at 8:25 am #1050183
I’ve read many articles about sociopathy and he fits the description and symptoms to a tee. Does anyone else here have a child like this and what have you done about it?
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I have a daughter that is scoiopathic. To start, in my state they will not call a child a scoiopath, instead they use “exhibits boarder line personality disorder”.
For those who are skeptical: You more than likely have a good heart, and have not meet a child/teen as such or if you have, you were unable to recognize the behavior. Not your fault, they are good at how they have “learned” to deal with people. (excuse my writing, using cell phone to write this).
I’ll make this short.
My daughter had every opportunity available to her. I hate it when miss-informed people assume the behavior is of poor parenting. Frankly, that’s crap. Sociopaths are not a product of environment, it’s almost like a switch in their brain has been shut off. Parents, do not blame yourselves. The fact you are reading this, should tell you, that you are a concerned loving parent.
My daughter has accused 12 different family members of abuse, including grandparents. She has claimed that I am dead, do she may have extended stays at friends houses. She made up a fake family members whom she claimed died, as to receive sympathy from friends and their parents. She has written several times over and over again in a journal, on how she would burn me alive. Etc etc.
Ultimately, despite councilers, psychologists and psychiatrists she is now being held at a “facility”. Because of her own actions, she is now deemed unfit, to reside in a regular home. This is not the ideal outcome, but our family feels we are safer and hopefully she can get 24hr help.
My advice to parents dealing with a child whom you might think is like this? Record everything! Get the teen/child to a Psycologist ASAP. Recorded in a journal your worrisome interactions with your child. Be loud. Do not hide your issues with your child because you are embarrassed. Abuse from a child like this, is only effective if you stay quite and try to hide from it. And especially! Seek a counciler for yourself or at least a very good understanding friend.February 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm #1052386
When I say “because of her own actions”, this is what I mean. While visiting her Grandparents, she ran away. Claiming that they had “kicked her out”, so she could secure a long stay with friends. After a week of police and family members searching, she was found. She told the officers the same story, but added that I died. Because of her own lies and behavior, the police took her to a facility. Now a judge has ordered her “unfit”.
To give you perspective on how scarey this can be, my daughter is only 13 years old.
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