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Sociopaths aren't exactly known for being the best type of partners. They tend to focus more on themselves than anyone else. Many are impulsive, lack empathy, and have no issues manipulating those closest to them. Sociopaths are also good at hiding who they truly are. When it comes to commitment, experts say sociopaths in relationships have some pretty unexpected habits to be aware of. When dealing with people, Parisi says sociopaths tend to use others for their own personal gain. They don't feel like rules or even laws apply to them, and they often put themselves first and may not feel genuine empathy.
Once they've received whatever it is they need or want from a person, they move on. Gaslighting is also another tactic sociopaths know how to do very well in relationships. As Parisi says, spotting them can be challenging. So here are some unexpected habits sociopaths may have in relationships, according to experts.
Sociopaths may lack empathy, but they're excellent observers. This can be seen at any stage of a relationship. But you'll see it happen a lot in the earlier stages of your relationship when they're still trying to win you over. They want their partner to feel like they're excited about getting to know them and will try to stay in constant communication by texting or calling them first. Whereas this can be the marker of a good relationship in some cases, in a relationship with a sociopath this type of attention can quickly fade. It's common for a sociopath to badmouth their ex or people who they were once close with.
As Tiffany Toombs, relationship coach and founder of Blue Lotus Mindtells Bustle, "This type of behavior goes beyond not liking the other person anymore. They may attempt to destroy the person and their reputation at every turn. However, they will keep an ex around if it's beneficial to them.
A study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that people who have "dark" personality traits such as narcissism, duality, and psychopathy try to keep their exes around. As you would guess, these people tend to stay friends with exes for self-serving reasons including a desire for love, status, information, money, or sex.
For a sociopath, it's fairly easy to get back in their ex's good graces. Neuharth says. They don't see long-term connections, intimacy or growth in any of their relationships. Usually, they'll stay as long as they're getting what they want. Nothing is off limits and they nearly always have a justification, excuse, or reason for doing what they do. Because of that, sociopaths usually look to form relationships with people who are well-liked and have good character.
In doing so, Grace W. Wroldson, author of So You Love an While it is one thing for someone to have popular friends, a sociopath will use these friends for personal gain. Sociopaths are known for being impulsive. As Dr. Neuharth says, "They want what they want when they want it. They also get bored very easily.
So an excessive need for thrill and stimulation could be s of a sociopath. This need for excess stimulation could be a result from trauma in the past. As studies have found, some sociopaths do have a reduced response to fear especially if they experienced major stress and trauma in their life. Although it's good to be around people who can stay calm during challenges or stressful situations, it's a little different with sociopaths.
Empathy is having the ability to feel what another person is feeling. They're "emotionally walled off" from this kind of connection, so it's hard for them to show compassion or relate to others when they're going through a hard time. Unlike narcissists, Backe says a sociopath will rarely turn the attention to themselves.
Unfortunately the same couldn't be said for the someone getting to know them. A sociopath will give someone just enough information to feel like they're in the know, but in reality, it's rarely anything deep or personal. According to Dr. Neuharth, sociopaths tend to be vague about their childhood, or paint a false but rosy picture of their family. Some do this because they come from extremely dysfunctional and abusive childhoods. Talking about it would only bring up pain that would make them feel small or weak, like they felt as.
Some sociopaths may even talk about a fantasy version of their childhood in order to disarm others or make them seem more trustworthy. In relationships, sociopaths may be overly nice in order to keep their partner off balance.
As d psychotherapist Karen R. Koenig, MEd, LCSWtells Bustle, they're likely to love bomb a partnermeaning they'll shower them with attention and then take it away out of nowhere. They like to keep their partners hooked. Love bombing is a way to keep someone under their control, and it is often another tactic used to manipulate a person.
While some of these things may not seem insidious at first, any levels of security or love sociopaths have established with their partner will eventually fade, and be used as a means to manipulate their partners. These are the characteristics of sociopaths in relationships most often observed by experts.
This post was originally published on September 14, It was updated on June 5, By Kristine Fellizar. Updated: June 5, Originally Published: Sep. See All Health Relationships Self.Can a sociopath dating another sociopath
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