The wife would then start to feel safe to share things and open up significantly. I would be pleased and declare the relationship improving. Then the man would start criticizing me in subtle and then more blatant ways. Then the man would adopt an attitude of being the victim. Then this is the part where I think the sociopathic behavior appeared because they would introduce to counseling the idea that their wife was abusive and that they could tolerate it no longer. The scary thing is that they would use wording to describe the abuse almost word for word as the wife or I had used to describe his behavior in previous sessions.
As a therapist this is scary because it suggests my useful perspectives could be twisted for ill purposes. I remember being counseled once while at LDSFS that if we identified sociopathy that we should stop counseling because it was contraindicated and could make things worse if counseling continued.