Understanding the Difference Between a Sociopath and a Psychopath?
As I work with Survivors, a key component of their healing comes with being able to see the truth about their abusers. Given the extent to which most abusers are masters of manipulation, that can be extremely difficult for Survivors to ferret out by themselves. And, all the more difficult if their abuser was a sophisticated Predator, as that is the kind of perpetrator who is a master at manipulation.
Since people in general, and virtually all Survivors in particular, have come to believe that psychopaths are like Hollywood likes to portray them...
the creepy kind, who is impulsive and fairly erratic (instead of the controlled and contained white collar psychopath), it is far too easy for such manipulators to play people for fools, unless you know the primary characteristics.
That is essential for Survivors, as they are already prone to assuming responsibility for the abuse perpetrated upon them. Thus, to be able to move through the stages of healing, a Survivor must come to understand the nature of the kind of person who abused them, so they can finally place responsibility back where it belongs.