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Contempt and double standards = sociopath red flags

Husband Liar Sociopath

Subtle signs of a sociopath

Last week, I was on a long walk when I passed an older couple walking on the sidewalk in the opposite direction. I nodded as we passed, and I honestly don’t recall receiving any acknowledgement. They clearly seemed “together,” yet the way they were walking signaled something was very wrong. Briefly, I had a sense of knowing. “I bet he’s a sociopath,” I thought. You see, although they were on a walk “together” he was walking about ten feet in front of her, and had been ever since I spotted them walking toward me. That simple act communicates a lot—none of it good, as it signals an underlying lack of respect.

Why are so few of us warned about sociopaths?

Given how much my unwitting marriage to someone I believe is a sociopath derailed my life and cost me emotionally, psychologically, and financially, there are moments I wish I had a time machine and could return to earlier years with the knowledge I currently have about these masked vultures. But of course, I can’t. Still, given how destructive these types of people are, I remain incredulous that everyone isn’t warned about them, repeatedly!

Little Red Riding Hood

Why isn’t everyone read the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and taken aside and told, “Here’s what the story is really about.  There are wolves in our midst. They will seem like friends, but beware! They are not.  These wolves are so common that you must learn to look for the subtle signs of someone who is pretending to care about you only so they can get close enough to exploit and hurt you. They do not do this because of some insecurity that you can help them overcome. They do it simply because diminishing, hurting and controlling others feels good to them. To do this, they must first win your trust, and often your affection. Be careful! Be very careful!”

Red flags

From my experience, there were red flags that emerged or got even worse as my relationship with my husband, “Paul” (not his real name), progressed after the after the initial “falling in love” stage.

Lack of respect

Any sign of contempt or a lack of respect is a huge red flag. Subtle examples of this include:

  • walking ahead of you rather than with you
  • being chronically late
  • not contributing one’s fair share to chores and other necessary but undesirable tasks
  • canceling on you at the last minute
  • flirting with other people in front of you but then denying it
  • not forwarding important information to you
  • not eating dinner with you, even when both of you are home together (watching television or focusing on other electronic devices instead)
  • being dismissive of your ideas
  • criticizing you in ways designed to hurt you and put you down

Even if someone is not a sociopath, lack of respect is a well-documented relationship killer. You might as well get out of the relationship once you notice it, because the relationship will not make you happy, and it probably will not last anyway.

Double standards

The sociopath only cares about him or herself and views you as an object to satisfy his or her needs, so what is considered acceptable for the sociopath will be considered unacceptable for you, such as:

  • you walking ahead of him
  • being even a little late
  • going out with friends
  • canceling plans at the last minute

Is he inside watching the baseball game while you are outside raking the leaves? Come to think of it, can you remember the last time he helped rake the leaves?

After the love bombing stage, and after you are committed to the relationship, especially when there is no audience, any need of his (no matter how small) will trump any need of yours (no matter how big). I refer to this as “sociopath math,” and “sociopath math” is a huge red flag.


Identifying names, places, events, characteristics, etc. that I discuss here and in my book have been altered to protect the identity of everyone involved.

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Ah yes, the walking clue. My book on psychopaths free this week. Feedback welcome.


All of this is so what i am dealing with right now. I picture this sp who is my boyfriend and now living with me as the wolf with snarling teeth disguised as a sweet person. I am going to end this unhealthy relationship. I ask myself how did all this happen and how did i let it go on and on? The only good thing about letting him move in is that i educated myself and knew what to look out for so i know now that this relationship is not what i want. I do not want someone who slams doors in my face, walks ahead of me, uses me for food, shelter, transportation, money, and sex. I want someone who will help me, treat me with respect, and stand on their own 2 feet for the most part. And of course you know according to the sp i am concerned about little things unnecessarilly. Little things being my health, happiness, and security. I just wish that he could have a sign chained across his chest that said sociopath so at those questionable moments he could not trick and persuade me. He is a snarriling wolf with huge fangs and slobber dripping from his jaws. But, unfortunately what you see is someone charming and funny and sexy all while he is cleaning you out of all you have.

Sheryl Holland

Yes, very true – notice also how Trump is always ahead of his wife! Red flag!

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