Psychopaths lack empathy and are prone to antisocial behaviour. Look for clusters of behaviour that make you feel uncomfortable. About 1 to 3 per cent of the population are genuine psychopaths, but despite what the media portrays, few psychopaths are rapists or murderers. They can be charming; some more than others. One study showed that American psychopaths are more charming than Glaswegian ones! Psychopaths are prone to grand ideas and gestures.
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These contradictory ideas and feelings can be very distressing. When someone knows that they have been abused by a psychopath and that they have a sociopath then it goes a long way to helping to understand these contradictions. When someone does not realize that they have been dealing with a sociopath, how these internal signs can be devastating. The victims often believe that there is something wrong with themselves from they cannot easily resolve the situation. This is further confirmed by people around them who think they are being supportive by saying signs such as, "You are out of the relationship now, just forget about it and live your own life," or "Just find somebody how and move on. Everything revolves around the psychopath. Everything reminds you of them.
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Are you in a relationship with a psychopath? You might think that's something you'd know right away by the red tint of evil in the person's eyes, the swastika tat on the forehead, or the insistence on discussing serial killers over dinner. But nope! Psychopaths can be extremely charming and come across like Prince Charming at first.