What is a Psychopath?
"Psychopaths are social predators who charm, manipulate and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving a broad trail of broken hearts, shattered expectations without the slightest sense of guilt or regret. Their bewildered victims desperately ask, 'Who are these people?'"
We often think of psychopaths as the disturbed criminals who capture headlines and crowd the nation's prisons. But not all psychopaths are killers. They are more likely to be men and women you know who move through life with supreme self-confidence -- but without a conscience.
"What makes them the way they are? How can we protect ourselves?"
-- Dr Robert D Hare, "Without Conscience"
Anyone who on a continuous basis purposely or not, overtly or covertly, is abusive toward you, unstable in behaviour, is nice and charming/friendly one moment and then nasty, destructive, toxic, demeaning, continuously countering your every thoughts and words, continuously making put down remarks, plays mind games, is controlling, manipulative, lies, cheats, is continuously aggressive, low to no empathy, is self absorbed - narcissistic, ‘pretends’ to care when it’s in their self interest, isn’t caring, ignores you for long periods of time whether on purpose or not, continuously intimidating you to control you, yells and orders you, blames you for everything that goes wrong whether you are responsible for what happened or not, bullies you frequently, threatens you whether covertly or overtly, swears at you, labels you as something your are not i.e. stupid, questions everything you say or do with no logical reasoning behind it (this is done to wear you down and keep you confused and doubtful – mind manipulation), hurtful remarks or comments, uses abuse but (says) is masked as a joke, lacks respect for your thoughts, your feelings and your desires in life, physically hits you to control or express anger, which also causes intimidation to control you.
Someone who has NO conscience (no regret) about how their negative behaviour impacts and causes damage and destruction to you, your children and your life. Someone who CANNOT sustain positive change and awareness of their own behaviour and prevent or stop behaving in a negative way.
These are our definitions based on research and experience.
People who are not familiar with these dynamics will excuse and down play (diminish) a psychopath’s capacity to cause enormous destruction and chaos to an individual’s life. We need to educate ourselves to be aware and protect ourselves from such people.
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