Not saying my difficult child is a sociopath - I wouldn't presume to go running around diagnosing him like that. It will be interested to see what the counsellor says about him after a while - but I do see a lot of sociopathic traits in this kid. He has little affect - he seems flat and often disengaged nothing has ever really made him happy - nothing is ever enough he doesn't care to make others happy he is extremely self indulgent and always has been - he stole pledge money that was supposed to go to feed starving children and thought nothing of it - laughed and joked about it in front of us. has made no effort to get in touch with family members in the last 6 weeks that he's been gone and we are a close family - doesn't seem to miss anyone. he never really seems sorry -he used to say it but it never seemed like he really meant it the only time he really gets upset is when something causes a problem for him or a punishment affects him - not because he feels bad about what he's done he is weird for Christmas and birthdays - he expects a lot but if you remind him that he should get a gift for his sister/father/mother he will not see the need/point in that. Last year I gave him some money to do a little Christmas shopping for his dad and sister - he spent almost all of the money on himself and bought them each something worth about $1.00 I've been reading some information on it and I just wondered if anyone has any experience with sociopaths and what they are like. Apparently it's more common than I thought. 1 in 25 people is a sociopath - that's a lot. Anyone know or have known any sociopaths? What confirmed it for you? What was the give away? How do you deal with people like that?