Thursday, August 8, 2013

Family Court and The Sociopath: A Perfect Pairing

I found another great article that might be helpful to some of you in understanding the sociopath in the context of child custody litigation. We have talked about these concepts before, but sometimes it is good to see other perspectives.

 Family Court is perfectly suited to the fantasies of someone with a personality disorder: There is an all-powerful person (the judge) who will punish or control the other spouse. The focus of the court process is perceived as fixing blame — and many with personality disorders are experts at blame.

There is a professional ally who will champion their cause (their attorney — or if no attorney, the judge). A case is properly prepared by gathering statements from allies — family, friends, and professionals. (Seeking to gain the allegiance of the children is automatic — they too are seen as either allies or enemies. A simple admonition will not stop this.) Generally, those with personality disorders are highly skilled at — and invested in — the adversarial process.

Those with personality disorders often have an intensity that convinces inexperienced professionals — counselors and attorneys — that what they say is true. Their charm, desperation, and drive can reach a high level in this very emotional, bonding process with the professional. Yet this intensity is a characteristic of a personality disorder, and is completely independent from the accuracy of their claims. Read the full article at


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  2. I wish I could find some help. Why don't they have attorneys there to help the very abused and rundown protective parent? They have attorneys for criminals for free