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The Bachelorette and The Sociopath

I wish I would have taken notes, and would have tracked all the sociopathic behavior of contestant Luke P. on this season of the Bachlorette that occurred throughout the entire season.  I remember when it first crossed my mind that he might be a sociopath when one of the other contestants made a comment about his eyes. He said his stare was sociopathic, which I always pay attention to when trying to identify a sociopath.

As the season went on, people started to joke about his behavior and called it the “Luke P Show,” and every episode seemed to be all about him, and he overshadowed all the other contestants while being a bully, a liar, and a manipulator. He displayed multiple traits of a sociopath, and the icing on the cake was that, despite all the contentious and toxic behavior he imposed on all the guys in the house, week after week the Bachlorette Hannah B. kept giving him a rose. The guys were baffled by her decision but, all the elements of a sociopath were really adding up cause he was successfully deceiving her and she admitted to having a special connection with him which she couldn’t fully place.

It wasn’t until he slut shamed her for sleeping with one of the other contestants that she finally saw the real Luke P. and sent him home. At least that’s what she thought she did until he had the audacity to come back and try and insert himself into another rose ceremony. Again, classic sociopathic behavior where it’s all about him, and he thinks he is above any rules of going home, and manifests his entitlement in his desperate plea to try and explain himself. Cause once again, it was all about him. However, she wasn’t having it, and thankfully he finally left the scene.

Last week when, “the men tell all” the entire episode more or less, again, was all about him. He was center stage with an interview with the host, and all the guys sat in the audience just baffled by his behavior. When Hannah came out she tried to check him but, he was still denying and deflecting and doing all the tactics of a sociopath. Then when he was back in his seat in the audience, when he realized he wasn’t getting the outcome or response he believed he deserved, out of nowhere he got up and left the studio.

I say all this cause Bachelorette Nation, as they call it, has a widespread audience that reaches people from all backgrounds, and it’s important to point out such personality disorders in popular culture. It can be a teaching tool for those that are not well versed in sociopaths, and they might just be sitting at home on the couch watching the show next to their loved one, and turn to them and think, is my partner like Luke P.?


The Bachelorette and The Sociopath

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough , Undressed, and I'm Not Playing.

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Loberg, E. (2019). The Bachelorette and The Sociopath. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 29, 2020, from


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