Many survivors are targeted because of their intelligence and success, not due to the absence of these qualities.
According to researcher Dr. Gottesman, there are “four men of the apocalypse” or four communication styles in a relationship that can predict its inevitable demise. These are criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling.
There is one thing that distinguishes a wolf in sheep’s clothing early on from a genuine person. Can you guess what it is?
The malignant narcissists and sociopaths who walk among you are probably people you know and like – and if you haven’t personally been victimized by them, you’re none the wiser.
“I hid in the closet and watched my dad strangle my mom to death.”
Love-bombing – the excessive praise and flattery a predatory partner showers on their prey – might as well be crack cocaine. It is a common manipulation tactic used by cults to control their members – and in a relationship with a narcissist, you become a one-man cult.
TAURUS: You’re about a half-inch deep. Very shallow and superficial. In your mind, the only possible thing greater than you would be two of you.
“She set herself on fire after losing her baby.”
He could be a master manipulator, a man raised by lying and cheating parents, or someone who lacks all the important morals normal humans have.
The guilt still weighs me down sometimes even though I know it’s insane.