You think that your child is displaying extremely unusual behavior and that it can be a sign of him or her being a sociopath. Don’t worry much about it. Mental health disorders are a serious matter, but there are now research studies by mental health specialists and therapists. These studies can help you understand how this unusual behavior can affect your child’s life.
Sociopathic disorders in children is a very controversial topic. These symptoms can also be because of a conduct disorder. There is a lot to know about the illness, but don’t jump into any conclusions about the behavior. Anyway, here are early warning signs your child might have been displaying that could tell that he/she has a sociopathic disorder.
They Do Not Care About Consequences.
Kids might disregard the consequences of their actions at one point. Sociopaths are different. They do not have a care in the world whether their actions are affecting themselves and those who surround them. This is very reckless behavior that can turn into dangerous as well. “Stealing from family members, compulsive lying, bouts of violence, self-centeredness, and a seeming indifference to looming consequences are just a few of the heartbreaking behaviors parents have to witness firsthand.” says Joseph Lee M.D.
Consequences to them are just threats that their parents are saying and they are not scared of these threats. They do not care if they offend a person, hurt someone, or disregard their parent’s wishes. To them, they are only doing what they want to do, even if it is a negative thing.
They Constantly Lie Without Feeling Guilty.
A child may lie once in a while to get away with trouble, but early signs of being a sociopath are when a child frequently lies without any reason. They only do it because they like to and see no reason to be guilty about it. According to psychologist Paul Frick “Kids with sociopathic tendencies, though, are unrepentant. On a larger scale, this sort of lying without any emotional attachment can be dangerous.”
They might think that hurting someone is healthy or not following their parents is okay. Always lying is nothing because they do not care if their parents get mad.
They Lack Empathy.
One can be numb over time due to traumatic experiences that led them to that mental state. Again, a sociopath does not have a care in the world, even if something bad could happen to another person. They could do something terrible, like push a playmate or hurt another child. A sociopath would watch the other person suffer without any reaction whatsoever and will not offer any help.
A situation happened when a kid pushed another kid in a hotel pool, sat down on a chair and watch the kid sink to the bottom of the pool without him feeling guilty, scared, or worried. He did not offer any help or called for help.
They Can Be Very Manipulative.
A lot of children can be a bit manipulative in an adorable way. As parents, we often see this as a form of sweetness so they can get what they want but a sociopath being manipulative is different. They can be manipulative without you realizing it because they have thought it through and have calculated each action that you will not even notice. They can be outright authoritative without showing any emotion.
They Display Violence And Rage.
It is usual for a child to display anger, especially when provoked. These sociopath children are showing an alarming rate of violence and rage daily without any reason. In addition to that “The four areas of behavior include aggression to people and animals (e.g. often bullies, threatens, or intimidates others; has been physically cruel to people; has been physically cruel to animals); destruction of property (e.g. fire-setting or destroying property); deceitfulness or theft (e.g. has broken into someone else’s house, building, or car; has stolen items of nontrivial value)“ says Seth Meyers Psy.D. This could be dangerous, especially if your child has other siblings around. They could get hurt and could hurt other children because of this.
It can be hard to grasp for no matter what, you will always love your children and think of the best for them. But you cannot deny these actions if they are still on display and other people are noticing them.
These are the signs in which your child could be a sociopath. It will be hard to admit to yourself, but it all starts with you. If your child is displaying these symptoms, it is time you get the help you and your child needs. Do not think about the embarrassment or humiliation that you and your child could experience but think about getting your child to be better. This is not just for you and your family, but for the people around you as well.
Luckily, new medical research is looking for ways on how to treat a child that is a sociopath and can even prevent these early warning signs from becoming a sociopathic disorder. You will get the right help you need so that your child could normally live, just like any loving and caring child. You might think this is irreversible, but that is not true. Today, a lot has been developed, including how to treat mental disorder. With the right treatment and comprehensive therapy, your child could lead a healthy life and grow up to be the right person.