Sometimes this predisposition can be seen in very young children who exhibit “callous-unemotional” traits. New research shows that toddlers who exhibit callous-unemotional behavior may be helped by warm, loving parenting.
This is the same advice Dr. Liane Leedom gives in her book, Just Like His Father? A guide to overcoming our child’s genetic connection to antisocial behavior, addiction and ADHD.
Here’s the bottom line: If you realize that you’ve had a child with a sociopath, the best thing you can do is be warm and loving to the child, especially during the toddler years. Harsh parenting, with an emphasis on discipline, makes at-risk children worse.