Sociopathy is a “personality disorder” and is characterized by a conspicuous disregard for the rights and needs of others. In the context of a familial environment this could very well begin with a perpetrator parent, who enjoys alienating a child from the victimized parent and is therefore engaging in the psychopathic style, or they could very well be a full-blown psychopath.
In broad strokes, let’s assume a child is being alienated from the other parent and the child is required to be loyal to only one parent. The child will create false memories to secure the love of the perpetrator, since the other parent is “bad”.
The child being stripped of their moral right to show love and compassion toward the alienated parent, will undoubtedly eventually create the sociopathic style in their own relationships and may even become a full-blown sociopath. Many psychological problems will follow the child through adolescence and beyond. And many times, the perpetrator parent could care less about their child’s psychological development. It could very well be that the perpetrator is mimicking the relationship style they witnessed growing up, and might not be a true Either way, whether or not the perpetrator parent is a true sociopath or is operating in the Sociopathic Style is irrelevant, because in the long run, it is just as damaging for the child. The child is forced to hate the other parent, when the child should be taught to love both parents equally.