Do you know someone who is over age 50 and is still making your life miserable? Someone who never grows up and never calms down? Maybe you’re involved with a senior sociopath.

The myth that sociopaths burn out as they age has been busted. According to Donna Andersen, author and expert in the field of senior sociopathy,  and someone with her own personal story of surviving marriage to a senior sociopath, these abusers remain as bad or worse after age 50. Andersen surveyed 2,377 readers of her website and 91% reported that this conventional wisdom of “aging out” shared by many psychologists is just not true.

Andersen’s new book, Senior Sociopaths: How to Recognize and Escape Lifelong Abusers, echoes and expounds on what she addresses on, teaching people to recognize and recover from senior sociopaths who Andersen reports comprise 14 million people living in America

Senior sociopaths blend right into our society.

This book teaches you how to spot sociopathic romantic partners, parents, family members, friends and work colleagues over the age of 50. More importantly, it shows you how to deal with them and recover from their abuse.

Senior Sociopaths includes hundreds of stories from people who have survived their manipulation and deceit. The book helps you recognize whether the individual who is making your life miserable is, in fact, disordered, so that you can decide what course of action to take.

Who should read Senior Sociopaths?

  • If you are uneasy about your over-50 romantic partner, but you’re not sure why 
  • If your spouse was always difficult, but now, after 50, seems to be getting worse 
  • If you’re struggling to determine your obligation to your demanding, critical, parent 
  • If a family member, after age 50, is still causing havoc and division among your relatives 
  • If an over-50 friend, neighbor or acquaintance is turning everyone against you 
  • If your senior boss or co-worker is threatening your employment or career 

The information in this book will help you realize that sociopaths continue their manipulative, deceptive, and abusive behavior forever, so you can determine your own path forward. 



Donna Andersen is creator of, a website that teaches people to recognize and recover from sociopaths. She is the author of eight books, including Senior Sociopaths — How to recognize and escape lifelong abusers (May 2022), Red Flags of Love Fraud—10 signs you’re dating a sociopath, the Red Flags of Love Fraud Workbook and the four-part Best of the Lovefraud Blog series. She learned about sociopaths the hard way, by marrying one, and tells the whole outrageous story in her first book, Love Fraud.

Donna founded Lovefraud Education and Recovery, a nonprofit that offers webinars to help survivors and professionals identify, escape and recover from sociopaths, including narcissists, psychopaths and other manipulators. She is co-author of two scientific papers and has presented research to the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy.

Donna has appeared on Investigation Discovery TV shows including Love, Honor, Betray; Deadly Women and Who the Bleep Did I Marry? She also appeared on Insight in Australia, ABC News 20/20, My Life is a Lifetime Movie, Handsome Devils and The Ricki Lake Show. She has been interviewed for multiple radio shows, print articles and online articles. She graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in psychology and journalism. Donna is happily remarried, proving that recovery from betrayal is possible. 



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“This is a great book on senior sociopathy (or psychopathy). Donna Andersen has done an outstanding job of providing a coherent narrative through case studies that is captivating to read, but also relies on scientific data collected from thousands of informants on individuals with sociopathic personality traits to back up her major points. Anyone interested in the victims of sociopathic individuals should read this book!” —Martin Sellbom, PhD, Editor, Journal of Personality Assessment

“Donna Andersen is setting the record straight through important research that defies widely accepted, false information about sociopaths and their targets. My own experience working with survivors of sociopaths aligns with the data presented in this book. I highly recommend this for targets and survivors of sociopaths as well as professionals who work in the fields of mental health or criminal justice.” Mandy Friedman, LPCC-S

“Donna Andersen has been a pioneer, passionately and tirelessly advocating for victims of sociopathy for decades. This book continues her incredible body of work to help those wrangling with sociopathy through accessible real life stories combined with research to help victims of sociopaths to know that they aren’t alone, to understand their own experiences, to protect themselves, and heal. While the purpose is to debunk the myth that sociopaths ‘burn out’ in their senior years, this book is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about sociopathy at any age.” Tiffany Kettermann, LPC, LMHC, MPA, MA, Director, Health Allies Counselling