Sociopaths are masters at influence and deception. Very little of what they say may be true in terms of facts, but they’re extremely skillful at making the things they say sound believable, even if they’re just making them up out of thin air.
Narcissists have an excessive need for admiration, disregard for others’ feelings, an inability to handle any criticism, and a sense of entitlement.
At first, they often seem quite altruistic and innocent to the average person, but then they slow use their charms and manipulation to get just what they want, preying on friends, family, co-workers and lovers.
No one is exempt, and odds are, you’ve had to deal with at least one of these type of people at some point.
You may be able to spot them by these common phrases sociopaths and narcissists use to make you feel like you’re crazy.
You’re so sensitive
These people manufacture emotions in others. First they lay on the praise and flattery, then they’ll ignore you for days on end, just waiting for you to react. When you finally do, they’ll accuse you of being way too sensitive. They’ll insult, belittle, and criticize you, often in a joking manner, pushing your boundaries until you finally say something. It can easily turn a generally self-confident person into one that’s full of insecurity and self-doubt.
You’re just crazy, jealous, or ______.
When things begin to go downhill in a relationship, the person turns to name calling, saying “you’re just crazy,” or “you’re just jealous,” etc. Bringing you down justifies their own unhealthy behavior while making you feel insecure.
You’re over-analyzing everything
Sometimes we do read too much into things, but sociopaths and narcissists often purposefully do things to make you feel paranoid in hopes that they can make you think the problem is all with you, causing anxiety and then blaming you for being anxious.
You’ll never survive without me
Once you begin to realize the type of person you’re dealing with, they do everything they can to achieve control, controlling you by making you feel as if you’re crazy and incapable of surviving without them.
You’re too dramatic
They’ll tell you you’re too dramatic, and they hate drama, but it won’t take long before you realize that person is bringing their own tornado of drama with them wherever they go. When their bad behavior eventually surfaces and you mention that you’re concerned, they’ll make you feel bad for reacting to it rather than addressing them problem, telling you that you’re being dramatic.
You misunderstood me
Misunderstandings are common in relationships, but sociopaths tend to do something known as “gaslighting.” Gaslighting is a term that refers to doing something that causes a negative reaction, and then blaming that person for their negative reaction, telling them that they didn’t understand what you were trying to say – or that they never said it all all.
Of course, you understood perfectly – they’re just trying to make you doubt your sanity.
This post was republished from earthables.com.