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Donna Andersen

Senior Sociopath survey closing soon

There’s a rumor floating around in mental health circles that sociopaths “burn out” with age, that they engage in less antisocial behavior as they get older.

Is this true?

Lovefraud wants to find out. So we’ve developed a survey to gather data from you.

Were you involved with a sociopath while he or she was over age 50? The individual could have been any of the following:

  • Your spouse or ex-spouse
  • Your romantic partner
  • Your parent
  • Angry Frowning Man with Arms FoldedYour stepparent
  • Your child
  • Your stepchild
  • Your sibling
  • Another family member
  • A work colleague
  • A business associate

Life is rough for ‘Long Island Lolita,’ who shot Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the face

Amy Fisher

Amy Fisher

In 1992, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, of Long Island, New York, opened her front door — and life as she knew it changed forever.

Amy Fisher, then 16 years old and having an affair with Joey Buttafuoco, Mary Jo’s husband, shot her in the face.

Mary Jo survived and identified her assailant. Amy Fisher, dubbed the “Long Island Lolita,” served seven years in prison. She showed no remorse. Now, she can’t get a date and her kids have no friends.

‘Long Island Lolita’ Amy Fisher, who shot the wife of her 35-year-old lover when she was 16, returns to New York after her kids were ruthlessly tormented in Florida, on DailyMail.co.uk.

Can therapy help a psychopath? 3 key factors

Socipathic eyesThe behavior of some people in your life leaves you shocked and mystified. They tell stories that don’t add up, in fact, they flat out lie. They are charming one minute and hateful the next. They hurt you, seemingly on purpose, and then act like nothing happened.

You come to the conclusion that something is wrong with them. They need help. They should go to therapy.

The behavior I described above is typical of psychopathy and other personality disorders. So can therapy help a psychopath?

The Atlantic publishes: ‘When Your Child Is a Psychopath’

When Samantha was six years old, she tried to choke her two-year-old sister as they sat in the back seat of their mother’s car. After mom separated them, Samantha said she wanted to kill everyone in the family.

The anecdote starts an article in the June issue of The Atlantic, When Your Child Is a Psychopath. The author, Barbara Bradley Hagerty, writes that Samantha was diagnosed with conduct disorder with callous and unemotional traits. She has the traits of a budding psychopath.

Hagerty spoke to many of the leading experts on psychopathy and how it develops for this article. It’s a good explanation of the state of the science.

Therapists: How to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship

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Lovefraud Continuing Education webinar

Presented by Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHt

Love and Exploitation
Part 1 – June 5 • 12-2 PM ET
Part 2 – June 12 • 12-2 PM ET
4 credits available for psychologists and social workers

Therapists – When you were in training, did you learn about how people with personality disorders affect their partners? Probably not.

That’s why this Lovefraud CE course is so important. Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHt, will fill in a big gap in your professional training. In this webinar, she’ll teach you how to recognize when a client’s distress is not his or her own anxiety or depression, but a normal reaction to a manipulative relationship.

Australians lose $300 million to scams

con manAustralians lost $300 million to scams in 2016, up 47% from the previous year, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network.

More than 200,000 complaints were filed. The greatest losses, $59 million, came from investment scams, followed by $42 million in losses from romance scams.

One third of romance scams victims met the con artist through a social media platform.

Australians report losses of $300 million to scams in 2016, on SMH.com.au.

$300 million lost in online scams as they reach record levels in Australia, on AdelaideNow.com.au.

 

How disordered parents set children up to be exploited by psychopaths

Book Review: A History of a Pedophile’s Wife — Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer, by Eleanor Cowan

Review by Donna Andersen

People born to disordered parents are likely to be vulnerable to psychopaths later in life. I’ve explained this to many, many people that I’ve spoken to in my personal consultations.

Eleanor Cowan’s book, A History of a Pedophile’s Wife, explains exactly how it happens.

Childhood without love

Eleanor was born in 1948 outside of Montreal, Canada, the second child in what would become a large Catholic family. Her childhood was molded by the dictates of the Catholic Church, wholeheartedly accepted by her father, and the disinterest of a personality disordered mother.

A death in the Lovefraud family

Donna Andersen and Tracy Andersen — one of my favorite photos.

Tragedy is part of life. Tragedy recently struck my family and me. My sister, Tracy Andersen, passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly.

Tracy frequently helped me with Lovefraud, and if you’re a long-time reader, you may have seen her name. She posted many stories for me. She was a talented graphic designer, and she created many pieces of art for Lovefraud, such as the “Spath Tales” logo and “Senior Sociopath Survey” ads.

Tracy was 55 years old. For the past 14 years, she was living with Parkinson’s Disease.

How to implement No Contact

When people realize that that they are involved with a sociopath, the standard advice from Lovefraud is that they should, as quickly as possible, cut the predator out of their lives. That means no phone calls, no e-mails, no texts, and certainly no in-person meetings. It means No Contact.

Of course, there are times when this is difficult, as when our reader works with the sociopath, or they have children together. In these cases, they need to implement No Contact as best they can. But let’s now talk about situations where it is possible to get rid of the person, such as in a dating relationship.

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Announcing the new Lovefraud website, including online courses

Now, it’s easier than ever to find what Lovefraud has to offer you! Check out our new home pages:

With our new home page and architectural structure, our features are readily available.

  • 121 pages of information about sociopaths and other exploiters,
  • Key symptoms of a sociopath
  • Lovefraud Risk Calculator — how many sociopaths are in your community
  • Quiz — Are you a target?
  • True Lovefraud Stories
  • 3,444 blog posts on all facets of understanding sociopaths
  • 218,722 blog comments contributed by readers
  • Forum where you can start your own conversation

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