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Characteristics of a Sociopath

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  • #42847

    angelstar
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    What has been your experience dealing with a sociopaths besides all the given lies and manipulation. I’m still trying to figure out if this guy is a sociopath, or not. He seems to have 2 different personalities. One is super funny and charming, the other was more serious and spoke in a monotone, with alot of ums and ahs. He makes heavy eye contact. Every-time I looked away he was still staring at me, like he is studying me, or something. I could never figure him out, or what he is up-to next. He loves to play mind games to get a reaction out of me. He is very unreliable, selfish, and flaky. He always makes promises that he can never keep, and loves to try and make me jealous. What are some other red flags that you have noticed about your sp so I can figure this guy out better.

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  • #42867

    Donna Andersen
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    Angelstar – all the traits that you mentioned fit the pattern of a sociopath. If you want to know more about their behavior you might want to get my book, “Red Flags of Love Fraud – 10 signs you’re dating a sociopath.” If the guy fits the description, get rid of him.

    Red Flags of Love Fraud (ebook or softcover)

  • #42873

    ltwheeler
    Participant

    When someone doesn’t loose eye contact for an extended period of time, basically staring, they’re more than likely a sociopath. My ex would sit and stare at me to make me uncomfortable. Out of the blue. He said it was a habit and didn’t know he was doing it. He also said he just liked to look at me. Thought I was pretty.(In other words, there was something wrong with ME because it made me uncomfortable.) It was clearly an intimidation ploy and a lame one at that.

  • #42876

    AnnettePK
    Participant

    Angel,

    Sounds like you have him figured out enough to know this is not a person to interact with. “loves to play mind games ….. very unreliable, selfish, and flaky. He always makes promises that he can never keep, and loves to try and make me jealous.” Whatever the best label for his behavior, the best thing you can do for yourself is not have any contact with him.

  • #42952

    angelstar
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    The scary eyes where first given clue to me that he was a sociopath, and they tend to have dead eyes when they talk. I thought he kept starring at me because he was in love with me, or something, but then I notice he was doing it to other people as well. I have also read that many sociopaths seam to have ADHD, and some are diagnosed as bipolar/narcissists.

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  • #43004

    nikkirhis
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    Ha! I actually made a list today of traits my ex had that prove he’s one.

    1. Always needed adrenaline rushes and thrills.
    2. Eerily calm (even happy) in dangerous situations.
    3. Had a huge lack of boundaries. Nothing was “off limits” to him.
    4. Admitted to having enjoyed torturing small animals when he was a kid.
    5. Had an extremely abusive, neglectful childhood (this isn’t his fault of course but it seems to be a hallmark for sociopaths).
    6. Could easily and comfortably have sex with people he just met.
    7. Could easily and comfortably have “unethical” sex (married women, prostitutes, transsexuals, cousins)
    8. A history of suicide attempts.
    9. Could stare daggers into your soul (but had very empty-looking eyes)
    10. Lied and manipulated like second nature.

    If he’s not a sociopath then I don’t know who is honestly.

  • #43031

    traumatized41
    Participant

    Characteristics of my sp
    1. Kept pulling money out of me with no regard for how it was effecting my ability to pay my bills, care for my pet, do anything enjoyable for myself or family. Would always talk about plans on how he was paying me back next although never did. And how he was next going to come into money.
    2. Never paid child support. Stated that the child support department were “blood suckers.” Trying to profit from a fatal tragedy to a family member. Borrowed and never paid back family members (even his own teenage daughter).
    3. Consistent and extensive criminal history and disregard for the law. Dui, possession, not wearing a seatbelt, driving without a license, civil judgements to landlords and other civil judgements i assume were related to his business but maybe not. And he never made restitution and would never pay fines unless forced to to stay out of jail. He would then set up a payment plan and make one payment and start the process all over again. Complete disregard for the law, the courts, his responsibilities as a father, and the people he wronged.
    4. Was irresponsible, careless, and never followed through on promises. Literally would tell me he would be right back and would always fail to come back. He could not understand what was wrong with this.
    5. Physically was strong and sexual. Despite the lies and so forth could stare at me straight in the eyes. Was tender and sexual.
    6. Referred to him self as “anti-social” a “nomad”.
    7. No impulse control and complete lack of planning for the future. Was a pathological gambler and pot smoker. Would go from one contract job to another. Irrational goals for how to make money. Anything but consistent and steady.
    8. Charismatic and charming. Made me feel sexy. Would always say how he loved how i did this or that in bed. Told me those things in the beginning that were things he planned to use in me such as…i am so caring…i take such good care of him…i am the only person he can trust…im so giving…he wanted to marry me and share a future together…constantly told me i was pretty and sexy and smart…
    9. Pathological liar. Lied about so much even when it didn’t matter. It was hard to keep track of his lies and it was like they went in a circle and were so confusing. To really have called him on any of them i would have had to be literally writing down notes.
    10. Love bomb yes. Gaslighting maybe not so much. There were times he would get caught in a lie or story and id be like we talked about that you said this and so on. I questioned myself a little but really i thought he was having some memory loss due to aging lol.
    11. I never met his family. He only had 1 friend who i met for 5 minutes and he looked like a criminal. He always had a reason for why i shouldn’t meet his mother or daughter. I kind of think now its cause they know of another girlfriend or would have warned me had i had met them. Will never know.

    I know this all sounds so awful. How could i have done this to myself? I am educated and smart. I am good with money and a good person. This thing, the sociopath, targeted me and raped me of all my good qualities. He took everything from me. And now i am left here, a victim, trying to pick up the pieces. I am shattered and embarrassed. He was so cunning and deceptive with no conscience. He met me at just the right time for him to attack my soul…after my father passed away unexpectedly and my husband left me after 16 years of marriage.

    • #43194

      traumatized41
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      Besides the things above i have been thinking about how in the beginning at least he would allow me a few minutes of time to be together after sex but then literally half way through the nine months he was running out the door immediately after sex. One of the last times i was balling my eyes out because of it and he still just ran out the door. The person who was “so special to him that he lived that was his soulmate that was a good girl” had become a “nag” and “too emotional”. He started telling me i needed to be strong. Strong meant no expectations and giving him all the money i had. So upsetting and downright chilling to the bone. And i cant tell you how many times i tried to end it and he would pull me back in. Never again. I wish i would have ended it the first time. Even on the last day i saw him i said that my credit card went over the limit which makes it go to an outrageous percentage rate. He said it would be okay cause he was going to pay me the next day. That was over a week ago. He also told me that if i dont believe he loves me that i am stupid. Unbelievable. Nut given all of it i know i am not stupid. I know that he has no remorse. I know that many people have fallen for his scamming so i am far from alone. Thank god its over.

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    • #43213

      traumatized41
      Participant

      Was him telling me i was too emotional and a nag and needed to be strong the “gaslighting”?

      • #43214

        resilient85
        Participant

        A definition of “gaslighting” that I found on the internet is, “Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, hoping to make them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the target and delegitimize the target’s belief.” Based on this definition, I think you were.

      • #43224

        AnnettePK
        Participant

        I agree. It sounds like he was trying to make you believe that his behavior was normal and that your perception of his abusive behavior was inaccurate. He tried to make you believe that your normal emotional response to being mistreated was inappropriate and ‘too emotional.’ He tried to make you believe that when you attempted to talk about problems in the relationship, which is how misunderstandings and other glitches are worked out in normal relationships, that you were ‘nagging’ in an inappropriate way.

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  • #43032

    AnnettePK
    Participant

    These traits sound like a classic case of a very dangerous person. I’m so sorry he targeted you. He used your good and caring traits, your honesty, openness and trustworthiness, your ability to love and bond, against you. These are wonderful characteristics to have in a relationship with someone who loves and appreciates you.

    You may recognize gaslighting and more lies as time goes on. Regarding #2, is it possible he had something to do with the tragic death of his family member? He sounds very dangerous. You might consider taking some steps to stay safe from him possibly harming you, if he thinks it would benefit him in some way.

  • #43034

    traumatized41
    Participant

    Thank you apk. Thank goodness i found this forum. He hasnt tried to contact me in two days. Its sad but i keep checking to see if he texted even though i blocked him. I dont think he believes that he could benefit from harming me. He no longer has a car since im not providing him with one. I do plan to file a case in small claims court not bc i think i will get a dollar from him but bc i want to do what i can to hold him legally responsible. He doesnt appear to have taken much offense to others who have filed civil cases against him but i am aware that he may try to contact me to talk me out of it. 2 days ago i did fear for my physical safety. When he was making me tell him what he did that was wrong. I told him some things and then said you are nit normal. He slammed the car door and went to the back seat behind me to get stuff out the back. In that moment i felt fearful. Like he wanted to hit me over the head or strangle me. He has never physically hurt me. He did have a battery charge from his exgirlfriend but explained that away by saying he was protecting his children. He has said that he has a gun but i dont know if that is true either bc he has sold anything of value that he has and it would b a probation violation and i dont think he could get one with his criminal record. Truth be told he could simply kill me with his hands if he wanted. But so far its quiet. I think maybe he fears i would contact his mother who he is living off of. He did not have anything to do with that fatal accident. Unless you consider that he is a poor parent and passed on his genes which contributed to the likelihood of the accident. He has “joked” about killing his mother. Its all so awful. You are right. I need to think of my safety.

  • #43044

    traumatized41
    Participant

    I wondered to myself all day…am i safe? I dont think there is anything i can do really if he shows up at my house intending to harm me…im keeping my doors locked but that wouldnt stop him if he really wanted in. And i go in and out 10 times a day with the dog.

  • #43045

    AnnettePK
    Participant

    Traumatized41, It’s normal to feel like checking for a text from him; the important thing is not to let him catch you off guard so that you respond. If you feel like responding or he contacts you about something that you feel needs a response, consider waiting a day or more before sending your response. It’s helpful to allow yourself time to think about your response if any. You can always respond, but once sent or once you answer his call, you can’t take it back. Keep in mind his contacts will be all about manipulating you, trying to get you ‘hooked’ again, trying to get you to respond. In my experience, when my ex spath recognized that I had figured him out, he did not think it would be useful to him to exploit me and he pretty much left me alone. However they often make contact months, years, or decades later if they are trolling for prey – kind of like a check in to see if there’s anything worth victimizing in his view.

    It’s true that a person bent on harming others can’t be stopped. It’s good that you’re aware, though, and keep your own safety in mind as you go about your days.

    Your ex sounds potentially dangerous – joking about killing people is a red flag. Really important is how you felt the time you reference, “In that moment i felt fearful.” Empirical evidence shows that a woman’s intuition and feeling of fear is an accurate measure of real danger. A very good book on the subject is The Gift of Fear by Gavin deBecker. I found it helped me to be more aware of possible danger and to think more clearly about my ex psychopath’s motives and how he might choose to act. It took me a long time to realize that he has absolutely no inner restraints on his behavior. The only restraints are external – if he thinks he will get caught. I came to understand that he very well may have killed someone in the past or he may not have. Without a conscience, a spath is capable of anything if he thinks it will get him what he wants and he thinks he won’t get caught. You might consider the possibilities of him tampering with your car, or poison, or something that might look like an accident. Spaths do these type of things and they often don’t ever get caught. Also consider he may be eavesdropping on your computer, your phone, your car, or your physical whereabouts.

    Another helpful tool to balance one’s view of potential danger is this professional grade survey that assesses the likelihood that someone may act violently. It’s made available in the public interest. The questions helped me think about my situation. https://www.mosaicmethod.com/

    You sound like you’re doing very well.

  • #43049

    traumatized41
    Participant

    Thank you so much. Very helpful.

  • #43061

    traumatized41
    Participant

    Another characteristic was on my mind today as I took that mosaic method test mentioned above. The sp told me that he had wanted to shoot his dog in the past when it was time to put him to sleep bc this was to be the more humane choice than going to the vet. He then said he would have done it but his daughters would not let him. He said it would have been more humane cause the vet didnt give him the numbing shot by accident and only did the lethal injection. Notice something here reading this? I did not until today. He wouldnt have known yet it would have been more humane until after he wanted to shoot the dog “in the back of the head.” Who knows what is true but its disturbing. He later asked me if i wanted him to shoot my dog when its time which of course i said no. He referred to himself as an animal lover. And, he often referenced how much he lived and missed his dog.

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  • #43064

    AnnettePK
    Participant

    Traumatized41, this guy sounds scary. It’s good that you’re thinking about his traits that could lead to violence. My ex spath also contradicted himself often with respect to cause and effect, because everything he said was to control, manipulate and deceive; there was lots of twisting of reality and it often didn’t make sense.

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