From The Empathy Trap: Understanding Antisocial Personalities
by Dr Jane McGregor and Tim McGregor
One out of about every 25 individuals has an antisocial personality disorder.
The authors describe an incident or exchange involving a sociopath as a “sociopathic transaction.” Here’s what they say about it:
For a sociopathic transaction to be effective it requires the following threesome: a sociopath, an empath and an apath. … The usual setup goes something like this: On seeing the sociopath say or do something underhanded, the empath is forced to make a stand. The empath challenges the sociopath, who throws others off the scent by shifting the blame to the empath. The empath becomes an object of abuse when the apath corroborates the sociopath’s perspective. Ultimately the situation usually ends badly for the empath, and sometimes also for the apath (if his conscience comes back to haunt him or subsequently he becomes an object of abuse himself). Frustratingly, however, the sociopath often gets off scot-free.
I believe my experience with artEAST parallels the “transaction” described in this article, except with more apaths involved. Read more…