According to Martha Stout, PhD and author of “The Sociopath Next Door,” the hallmark of a sociopath (outside all of the obvious traits and characteristics used to identify one) is his/her desperate need to be pitied. Being pitied validates the sociopath. Once validated, the sociopath is free to behave just as he/she has always behaved with zero remorse or need for accountability. Pitying the sociopath keeps the sociopath in a perpetual state of delusion.
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