Both Bipolar and Sociopathy are mental illnesses, but both are very different for many reasons. Let me first say that there is one big link between the two. A Sociopath will seek out a victim, for no other reason, than to play with the them. The difference being, we are dealing with lives and emotions. A Sociopath, understands nothing about the human nature of emotions, just what they observe in others, mimic to offer the pretense of empathy and use, as a smoke screen, pretending they are the victim and their victim the bully. A Sociopath picks their victims for various different reasons. One of their main targets, interestingly are people with Bipolar. Even though Sociopathy is a mental illness, due to its nature, they refuse to admit it to themselves and others. This explains why their victims are those with a diagnosed mental illness and those classed as more vulnerable!
Sociopaths, seek out those with Bipolar!
Power, status and threat are the reasons why a Sociopath will justify and pick their next victim. These are the most important factors, though there are many more. It is hard to understand just why this illness is the way it is or indeed why it manifests in the first place, but it is important that if you are either involved with, married too or work with a Sociopath, life for you, will be very different to the norm. The illness is genetic, though other factors, such as environment and early childhood experiences are also factors.
Signs of a Sociopath!
Generally speaking, you probably can’t. “Psychopath” (or sociopath) typically describes a person who has been diagnosed with one or more personality disorders, such as Antisocial Personality Disorder (AsPD), Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), and others.
Since they are defined illnesses, most courts will only permit an expert in the field to testify, and since it is considered someone’s private medical information, it may not be allowed at all. The most common test is the PCL-R assessment, in which a clinician must have special training just to administer the test. The test is used primarily on incarcerated individuals, as they are a captive audience.
A suspected sociopath in the general population would have no reason to submit to such a test, as it would only expose their true self. And if you suggested it to them, you would be unwittingly setting yourself up as a threat, and ultimately heading down the path of becoming a targeted victim.
What options are left? Stick with the facts in court, and support your facts with solid evidence. Such evidence would include audio and video from hidden cameras and audio recording devices (an iPod Touch can record hours-upon-hours). Don’t attempt to quote them; allow them to be their own worst witness by playing their own words in court.
If you even mention “sociopath” or “psychopath” in court, the opposing attorney will likely rip you apart under cross-examination, and chip away at your credibility to the point of destroying it. Maintain your cool.
Gather a mountain of evidence, as carefully as you can, and present it in such a way that the court will come to the same conclusion you suspected.
Peace and Love, always!