Patric Gagne is a sociopath. This is her story.

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Gagne is a writer, therapist, and advocate for people suffering from sociopathic, psychopathic, and anti-social personality disorders. She is also a diagnosed sociopath.

Speaking on Mamamia’s No Filter this week, Gagne acknowledges that she’s not what most people picture when they hear the word ‘sociopath’. For example, she’s married and has two children. She’s a functioning member of society. She has friends.

Sociopaths tend to lie, break laws, act impulsively and they have little regard for their own safety because they simply don’t have fear or guilt. All these things are true for Gagne.

“There are eight fundamental inherent emotions that everyone is born with. It’s anger, anticipation, joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness and disgust. I have access to those, everyone does, including psychopaths. It’s the learned emotions that people who are psychopathic and sociopathic struggle with,” notes Gagne.

These include empathy, love, shame, guilt and remorse — the emotions taught through socialisation.