I understand that there is some discussion on those terms, specifically between diagnosis criteria and common use. But whatever you call it, I believe I have one in my family, as the people in my thread on my brother’s kids can attest. I’ve read The Sociopath Next Door, which was written for a very general audience, and some fit and some didn’t.
The thing is, this is a person I have got to deal with and I don’t have a choice about it. I’ve been pacing the floor tonight because I’m terrified that since he’s convinced my dad he needs to stay over at his house after his wife’s death that he’s going to murder our father, okay? (I’ve taken what steps I thought were reasonable, the point is that I have a certain need and please don’t tell me I shouldn’t be diagnosing people via the Internet and such.) I am an educated person but do not have a medical or psychology degree. I do have access to interlibrary loan (I’m a public librarian.)
What titles could I read to feel more in control of the situation and give me more tools to predict future behavior?