Did you know that psychopaths make about 4 percent of the general population? Contrary to popular belief, most of them aren’t any serial killers. They actually look completely normal! They are the person who serves you coffee in your favorite coffee shop, the perfect ex who found new love, or the nice and hard working co-worker.
So, how to spot one? Here are the 10 warning signs that you are dealing with a psychopath!
1. They show selfishness and a crippling thirst for attention
These people tend to suck up all of your energy! They have an insatiable thirst for attention and adoration, but unfortunately nothing and no one can fill the void of their messed-up soul.
2. They withhold attention and undermine your self-esteem
After giving you nonstop admiration and attention, they start feeling bored by you out of the blue. They treat you disrespectfully and even feel bothered by the fact that you do want to continue your relationship with them.
3. They provoke jealousy and rivalries while maintaining their cover of innocence
Once they are done with showering you with attention, they focus on other person. They indirectly do things that provoke jealousy and rivalries. For instance, they might bait their exes with old photos, inside jokes, or songs on social media.
4. You’ve noticed them pathologically lying and making excuses
They just have to be right all the time! They somehow manage to find an excuse for everything, even for something that doesn’t require one. They make up lies, blame others, make excuses, and never show any remorse when caught in a lie.
5. They accuse you of feeling emotions that they are intentionally provoking
They accuse you of feeling jealous after flirting with their. They call you hysterical after ignoring your for days. They use their manipulative power to gain sympathy from others, trying to prove how hysterical you are.
6. They constantly rewrite reality and exhibit other crazy-making behavior
They deny their manipulative behavior when confronted with it and the evidence. They become critical and use their power to blame you for being “sensitive” and “crazy.” They never admit their mistakes and never address their own behavior.
7. They involve you in their own versions of “love triangles.”
This is something that psychopath do all the time. They start surrounding themselves with people like potential mates, former lovers, and generally people who they have previously declared as inferior to you. This leaves you feel confused, thinking that the psychopath is constantly in high demand.
8. They reel you in with idealization, love-bombing, and flattery
In the very beginning, a psychopath tells you how perfect you are and somehow manages to mirror your insecurities, dreams, and hopes. These people do anything to initiate communication and reel you in with idealization so that you fall in their trap fast.
9. They prey on your emotions with pity plays and sympathy stories.
They seem innocent and nice at first, telling you that their ex was abusive and they were nothing but a victim. However, you will soon find out that there is more drama, stress, and confusion surrounding them than any other person you have ever met.
10. You don’t recognize your own feelings
Ultimately, you will turn into an anxious person who does nothing but apologize and cry, barely sleeps, and wakes up unhinged and anxious. You will be confused and unsure of what happened to your fun self, so you will start breaking bonds with other people, looking for a reason behind all of this mess.