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Victim of a Sociopath

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I have broken up with my ex girlfriend who I consider to be a sociopath through research I’ve done on the subject after she left. I found she has a criminal record and I’m talking to police about her illegal activity while we were together, both against me and others. The problem I’m having is I don’t feel the authorities are taking the matters seriously and I think it’s because I’m a male and claiming to be a victim of her mental and verbal abuse. Is this common? Am I looking at an uphill battle and should I approach the police a certain way (other than being totally honest) to get my story heard?

Victim of a Sociopath

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Law and psychology overlap, but there is a world of difference in how behavior is looked at, understood, and managed. The question you are asking is a legal one rather than psychological. My best advice is to talk to a criminal attorney about the best way to proceed. This way you can find out what your rights are and what needs to be done.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Victim of a Sociopath

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Victim of a Sociopath. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from
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