At some point or another, many people, or at least many women, have taken some sort of self-defense classes; but physical self defense is such a small part of the
protective skills that most of us need to learn. Arguably of more
importance is to learn how to recognize and protect ourselves against
people who might not necessarily cause us physical harm, but can devastate
us mentally and emotionally.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, about one in every 25
Americans has 'antisocial personality disorder', which in layman's terms
means that they simply don't have a conscience - they're sociopaths. Sociopaths tend to
be superficially charming, often larger than life and usually clever - but
they live only to dominate and win, and feel no guilt...
Beyond the Book
How do you spot a sociopath?
(from The Sociopath Next Door)
A sociopath has no conscience, no ability to feel shame, guilt
or remorse. Since 1 in 25 ordinary Americans is a sociopath, you
almost certainly know one or more than one already. How can you
recognize him or her?
- Sociopaths learn early on to show sham emotion, but
underneath they live only to dominate others and win.
- They have a kind of glow or charisma that makes them more
charming or interesting than the other...