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5 Eerie Signs You May Be Dating a Psychopath


“Psychopath and sociopath are pop psychology terms for what psychiatry calls an antisocial personality disorder.” – Dr. John M. Grohol, Differences Between a Psychopath and a Sociopath

On the higher end of the narcissistic spectrum lies Antisocial Personality Disorder; a disorder that carries with it the symptoms of narcissism along with law-breaking behavior and a long-standing pattern of disregarding the rights of others. Psychopaths have also been shown by studies to have structural abnormalities in parts of the brain that deal with empathy, remorse and moral reasoning (Oliveira-Souza et. al, 2008; Gregory, 2012).

5 thoughts on “5 Eerie Signs You May Be Dating a Psychopath

  • September 16, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Thank you for your articles. They have helped me dissect the person I was dating and his disjointed personality helped me stay ahead of his game. I am alive because i knew the order of his calculated behavior and knew how to turn the tables or disarm him before it causing me anymore undue harm. He’s in jail now and a record is finally being established concerning his pathological and abusive/exploitive behaviors.

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    • September 18, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Your post reminds me of some of my experiences. I didn’t get away in time, and I am now looking at the possibility that one of my sons’ may have this mental/personality problem. The oddest thing is that he has had little exposure to his father until the teen years. He was very sweet and empathetic through age 7/8. Then changed at puberty. He says things no well-adjusted kid would say. It’s been hard to distinguish if these traits were there already or if this is mimicry. I never imagined a future of having to escape from both my ex as well as my son. They definitely shouldn’t reproduce. You cannot cure or fix them with surgeries or medication. They can’t be helped with therapy because of the ego distortion, they see nothing wrong. They perceive or project themselves as superior, though deep down they feel like nothing. I can only hope that my son is just trying to find himself (because he expresses that he doesn’t know who he is and feels he has to make it up) and tried on his father’s personality out of the desire to have a normal dad. It’s been such a long nightmare….

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  • September 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Awesome article – thank you for this. I have experienced all of these traits, but the highlighting & pointing them out is so helpful! This could truly help to discern between healthy and unhealthy partners. I love this author.

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  • September 18, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I don’t CARE if people see my name. This is another SLAM DUNK WINNER!!!! You have given me freedom to live my life in a way I never knew before. I lived with a shadow of fear all the time that no matter who I became involved with, I was going to end up supporting financially, emotionally and all the rest. It was my pattern – I was attracted to it. Now I don’t know what I am attracted to, but it is no longer predators – I tend to recognise the behaviour and strangely – because they know that I know – THEY pull back before it becomes anything physical or emotional. I seem to not have up a shield against feeling in general – but I sure as hell do against feeling BAD. And I think it shows. On my face, how I carry myself – how I talk to people. I don’t feel aggressive whatsoever, but I do not tolerate the bullshit that got me into too many dangerous places all my life. I learned my lessons from my parents, but I don’t have to be that person for the rest of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Shahida because you have saved my life and given me what I hope will be the best 33% of it. Blessings and continued success to you. Love and peace, Kate

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  • September 20, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Bosses….they seem to get where they are (financially well compensated) for having these traits. And if you dare report their mis-behaviour at work, you will soon receive a performance review that’s totally fake, and soon thereafter let go. Over and over and over….they are miniature Hitlers.

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