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Culture of Empathy Builder:   Tim McGregor

 

Tim McGregor and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Sociopaths, Psychopaths, Narcissists

Tim McGregor has worked as a practitioner in the UK addiction treatment sector for over 20 years. Tim founded Substance Misuse Solutions Ltd, that involves consultancy work and commissioning advice on drug and alcohol treatment. He is coauthor with Jane McGregor of The Empathy Trap: Understanding Antisocial Personalities. Jane is a lecturer at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK.

"Sociopathy affects an estimated 1-4% of the population, but not all sociopaths are cold-blooded murderers. They're best described as people without a conscience, who prey on those with high levels of empathy, but themselves lack any concern for others' feelings and show no remorse for their actions. Drawing on real life cases, The Empathy Trap explores this taboo subject and looks at how people can protect themselves against these arch-manipulators."
Sub Conference: Pathologies: Sociopathy
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Empathy Trap: Understanding Antisocial Personalities

 

Sociopathy affects an estimated 1-4% of the population, but not all sociopaths are cold-blooded murderers. They're best described as people without a conscience, who prey on those with high levels of empathy, but themselves lack any concern for others' feelings and show no remorse for their actions. Drawing on real life cases, The Empathy Trap explores this taboo subject and looks at how people can protect themselves against these arch-manipulators.

Topics include:

  • Defining sociopathy, and related conditions such as psychopathy, narcissism, and personality disorder; how sociopaths operate and why they're often difficult to spot;

  • identifying sociopathic behaviour;

  • the sociopath's relations with other people and why they often go unpunished;

  • coping with the aftermath of a destructive relationship;

  • re-establishing boundaries and control of your life;

  • practical advice for keeping sociopaths at bay;

  • resources and further help.

 

 

Empathic people are natural targets for sociopaths - protect yourself
Dr Jane and Tim McGregor
Addiction Today

"The empathy trap: therapists and counselors almost by definition are empathic, to facilitate clients' recovery - but this quality can mean those carers are targets for sociopaths, aided by what Dr Jane & Tim McGregor call "apaths". The first UK article on this cruel sport shows how to identify and thus avoid it.

People targeted by a sociopath often respond with self-deprecating comments like "I was stupid", "what was I thinking" of "I should've listened to my gut instinct". But being involved with a sociopath is like being brainwashed. The sociopath's superficial charm is usually the means by which s/he conditions people.
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Empathy Trap: Breaking Free From Psychopaths and Sociopaths
This week, we're going to be talking with Tim McGregor, co-author with Dr Jane McGregor of The Empathy Trap: Understanding Antisocial Personalities. Tim is a health practitioner with more than 20 years' experience in addiction and sociopathy and Jane is an author and lecturer at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK.

The McGregors prefer the term 'sociopath' over 'psychopath', although their recently published book discusses essentially the same condition, explaining how predators operate, why they're often difficult to spot, and the importance of recognising pathological behaviour for what it is. The Empathy Trap also challenges antisocial behaviour in everyday life and calls for more empathy among normal people, something that can help victims cope with the aftermath of destructive relationships by re-establishing healthy boundaries.