Dating a narcissistic man
Donna Andersn is a journalist who founded the website Love after she came out of an abusive marriage with a sociopath.The website is now a popular go-to place for people who have been through abuse, to help teach them to recognise and avoid sociopaths.They may have stalked you on social media or seen you around before they asked you out, because they were sussing out whether you'd be a good target.In her book "The Sociopath Next Door," Dr Martha Stout says the most reliable sign of a sociopath when you first meet them is nothing to do with fear. If "you find yourself often pitying someone who consistently hurts you or other people, and who actively campaigns for your sympathy, the chances are close to 100% that you are dealing with a sociopath," she writes in the book.This isn't to say what they're saying isn't true, but it's wise to be wary.The narcissist knows you are empathetic, and they know revealing personal information to you will probably make you feel like you're bonding with them.
However, the mark is also usually a very caring person who is willing to do things for other people, says Horvath, and often they also show passion for their family, friends and career.Andersen wrote a blog post last month about some of the phrases and words you should know if you think you're going through an abusive relationship with a narcissist or sociopath, and this is a few of the ones you should be aware of.Sociopath and narcissist are used interchangeably in this article.They probably told you how different you were to anyone else they've dated, how you were "the one," and you two were "meant to be." They might have complimented you all the time, given you expensive gifts, even taken you on holiday.In reality, they probably weren't Prince/Princess Charming at all, they were just reeling you in, psychologists say.