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Just Wondering

hello i was just wondering if it is possible to be a “reformed” psychopath, alot of my life i have felt psychopath or sociopathic, but i do comprehend empathy which tells me im not psychopath ( although it is noted i do care alot of the time when i do understande their view point) and also i haven’t had the kind of childhood that would lead to sociopathicy… so any ideas, im sick of feeling different and want at least a name for what i am.

Just Wondering

A.

This is a difficult question to answer because I know virtually nothing about you. You wrote that you felt like a psychopath but offered very little else. There are many misconceptions about psychopathy. People incorrectly label all sorts of behavior psychopathic.

In general, psychopaths are thought to be non-reformable. Perhaps, over time, they may be less destructive and more law-abiding, but most researchers who study psychopathy don’t think they can change. In fact, as a group, they are often considered untreatable. Whether they can change or be treated remains an open debate among experts.

If you would like to write back and provide more information, I might be able to give you a more tailored answer. Thanks for your question. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle

Just Wondering

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

APA Reference
Randle, K. (2018). Just Wondering. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 15, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2018/02/26/just-wondering/

 

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