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In Love With A Diagnosed Sociopath

Thu, Apr 1st 2004

I met a guy over the Internet about a year ago, and we grew to be very close friends. We later decided we wanted to be together, and exchanged pictures, personal information, talked on the phone, etc. Late last year, our relationship began being strained, but things were fine when I flew to meet him over Christmas and stayed with him then. Since I've been home, things have been very hot-cold again. We are both very intense people...and we both have some emotional problems and past issues. I am aware that he was diagnosed as a sociopath, and having experienced that in my own family (my father is a sociopath) I know that pursuing the relationship may not have been the wisest choice, in a logical sense. However...I do love him and even though we are not technically together now, I am hoping we will get back together. He is feeling increasingly detached from things in general lately, and that worries me, because I -know- he is capable of emotion, despite his sociopathic tendencies. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for ways I can help him to break through whatever is blocking his emotions?

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