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Hello I believe I can help you with your concerns for your daughter
I am sorry that you daughter is going through this and I understand your concern for her safety and the safety of your grand daughter
Just because someone has "sociopathic tendencies" does not necessarily mean he is a sociopath at all. Sociopathy is very similar to psychopathy, and the difference between them is that a psychopath is born the way they are and a sociopath learns the behavior over time.
Most likely though when your daughter said that he had "sociopathic tendencies," he most likely has a diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder, which I will send a link describing more in full detail
Now for psychopathy (or sociopathy) the only way to make a diagnosis of that is to be given a test by a specialized psychologist called the Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R). Here is a link describing the scales and behaviors being measures on that test
The biggest concern I have for you daughter is that after an abusive relationship that she experienced, why is she going right into another relationship (that could be potentially abusive for her and her daughter)?
I think your daughter may have Dependent Personality Disorder, which is why she is going to another possibly abusive relationship. It happens with some individuals when they have experienced abuse in the past, which is what leads them to repeat the behavior, which is what you are worried about.
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Found what exactly?
My best diagnosis would be that she has something called Dependent Personality Disorder, which is causing this type of behavior. And for someone who was abused in high school at a young age like you said, then this may cause her to gravitate more to men that will cause further abuse. I will give you a link about Dependent Personality Disorder for you too. Honestly something called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will help her a lot to make better decisions.
Well I think you are doing a really good job of supporting her and having productive talks with her. Just tell that you will always be there for her when she needs it, you dont have to push the issue that she is making bad decisions (she may have to figure that on her own in therapy), but voice your opinion, just so she knows how you feel and leave it at that.
Really, do the links work now?
Anytime, is there anything else I can help you with tonight?
I understand and you are good parent to be caring for your daughter so much. It will take time, but I am positive that with therapy she can put a stop to making these unhealthy decisions and take a more positive direction for her life. These past traumas do not have to define her
Of course you can, you are more than welcome to use anything I say here to help your daughter
Good night and good luck with everything
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