Hot headed characters in relationships are notoriously problematic. They’re easily irritated and can’t seem to regain control once they lose their temper. They might promise to behave better the next time. But that time never comes. All seems well when they have their way. But when they feel denied or confronted – watch out!
Psychopaths are predatory aggressors who often prey on others merely for the pure pleasure of it.
After years of being manipulated, abused, and controlled, survivors of dysfunctional relationships can experience a variety of emotions that make it difficult to move on, even after mustering the courage to leave. Self-questioning, doubt and blame can pose real obstacles on the road to recovery. Life after a manipulator can be a welcome joy indeed, but it’s not always so easy to get there.
All the studies tell us that the callous abuse of others, rooted in empathy deficits, is the hallmark feature of psychopathy.
Psychopaths possess a uniquely malignant form of narcissism that makes them capable of callous, senseless, remorseless, use and abuse of others.
It’s important not only to see the problems of sociopathy and psychopathy in their proper context, but also to recognize the larger and more worrisome picture.
There are predators among us. There’s something qualitatively different about them. They use powerful tactics to play on your strongest needs and insecurities and to make you abandon your instincts about them, allowing you to eventually become captive. Their true nature often only comes to light when the jig is up.
Most of us can’t simply turn our human sensitivities. While we might utilize certain “defense mechanism” to assuage a certain amount of guilt when we commit a minor transgression, we can’t simply divorce ourselves of all emotion and caring. But psychopaths can.