A Foreword Regarding Traits
Throughout our website we may identify individuals as sociopath or psychopaths. This is not intended to be a diagnosis. It is intended to be a shorthand description of the commitment to the behaviors of The Sociopathic Style™. An example of this is the reference to Charles Graner as a Psychopath in the article, “The Victimization of Lynndie English”. By referring to Charles Graner as a Psychopath it is in this context that we do so. We are not equipped to provide a clinical diagnosis for any individuals nor would we want to. To diagnose a Psychopath requires well-developed psychiatric and psychological assessment tools that are used in the interview and assessment process with that individual. In addition, the understanding of the Psychopathic personality as to its psychodynamics, neurology and etiology is in its infancy.
We stress this in all of our seminars and workshops. If you suspect you are in a relationship with a Psychopath or have been the victim of a Psychopath, we are providing information and support. We recommend working with mental health professionals who are well trained and understand the dynamics of narcissism and its affects on relationships and the individuals in relationships with people who are highly narcissistic. We do not believe our information or our educational programs are sufficient for recovery. Personal therapy is essential to maximize the recovery process.