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Am I on My Way of Becoming a Sociopath?

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From the U.S.: For the past week I have been feeling really bad and haven’t been able to do much. it is because back then when I was a kid around 10 or 11 maybe 9 I intentionally hurt an animal and I’m not happy that I did that. Am i on my way of becoming a sociopath. The weird thing is it was only that one time because before I had cats and was just fine with them.

Am I on My Way of Becoming a Sociopath?

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I highly doubt that you are at risk for becoming a sociopath. It’s sad but true that many kids’ curiosity prompts them to hurt or even kill an animal. They are learning about life and death. Almost always, they are shocked by the fact that the animal doesn’t come back to life like they do in cartoons. This is the path to developing a conscience. If harming animals continues, it is something to worry about. But as a one time time event, it doesn’t suggest to me that you have an essential psychological problem.

If you were seeing me, I’d be interested in why you are so bothered now about an event that happened over half your life ago. Why are you questioning yourself? Has something happened recently that has you worried about your moral code or conscience? It would be more helpful to your mental health to be looking at issues in your present than in your past, although they may be in some way connected.

I wish you well.

Dr. Marie

Am I on My Way of Becoming a Sociopath?

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2019). Am I on My Way of Becoming a Sociopath?. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2019, from
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