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“I Think My Parent Is A Sociopath:” Cluster Traits & Behaviors

Mother photoWould you say that you had a fairly “normal” childhood?

Would you say that you understood the behaviors and actions of your parents?

Sadly, some people would say that they grew up under “horrible” conditions and “horrible parents.”

These individuals would most likely consider their parents a sociopath. Maybe even a psychopath.

In this brief article (video), I discuss the sociopathic traits of unhealthy and unstable parents.

Research suggests that cluster B personality traits can be among the most comple and difficult to treat. This cluster includes intense emotional reactions, impulsivity, glibness and charm, manipulation, shallow engagement in relationships, vanity, stormy relationships, self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideation, difficult and complex relational characteristics, among many other things.

Can you imagine a parent trying to navigate the life of a child with the above characteristics when untreated? To make matters worse, if we include substance abuse and a refusal to seek out psychotherapy or medication management things get much worse.

  1. Cluster A Personality Disorders include: Paranoid, Schizoid, and Schizotypal personality disorder.
  2. Cluster B Personality Disorders include: Narcissistic, Antisocial, Borderline, and Histrionic Personality Disorder
  3. Cluster C Personality Disorders include: Obsessive-Compulsive Personality, Dependent, and Avoidant Personality Disorder

To learn more about parents with these cluster traits, click here:

References and resources: In the description box of the video.

“I Think My Parent Is A Sociopath:” Cluster Traits & Behaviors

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC, is a licensed therapist and internationally certified trauma professional, in private practice, who specializes in working with children and adolescents who suffer from mood disorders, trauma, and disruptive behavioral disorders. She also provides international consultations and works with some young and older adults struggling with grief & loss or life transitions. Hill strives to help clients to realize and actualize their strengths in their home environments and in their relationships within the community. She credits her career passion to a “divine calling” and is internationally recognized for corresponding literary works as well as appearances on radio and other media platforms. She is an author, family consultant, Keynote speaker, and founder of Anchored Child & Family Counseling. Visit her at Anchored-In-Knowledge or Twitter and Youtube Youtube If you are interested in scheduling a telehealth family consultation, feel free to let me know. *Ms. Hill has moved all content to her other social media platforms. Take care!

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Hill, T. (2020). “I Think My Parent Is A Sociopath:” Cluster Traits & Behaviors. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2020, from


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