What to do after dating a sociopath

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Then, comes the confusion. This is a stage when you want it all to be just a dream so that you can wake up and be with them again. During your confusion, you are vulnerable to always seek on to find information about your situation: After you finally accepted the harsh reality, you feel an immense amount of pain. You understand that you cannot change the situation, you cannot change your psychopathic partner no matter how much you love to.

Your whole heart is aching. You start sinking into a depth of sadness and depression. During this stage, you start to feel the consequences of your relationship with the psychopath. Maybe you have lost friends, maybe you lost your job, finances, or you have estranged yourself from your family. You begin to feel empty inside. How can someone who was your whole world betray you like that? At this stage, you have probably read everything about sociopaths, psychopaths, and all mental disorders. You are obsessed to find answers.

Why do they behave the way they do? Where does their need for manipulation come from? The more you read about it, the more obsessed you become, and the more assured you become that your ex, was indeed a psychopath. So, you start to search for signs of psychopathy whenever you meet someone new because you fear to make the same mistake again. This is the final stage of surviving the relationship with the psychopath. Well I was living with my controlling and manipulative parents and definitely not healed from the betrayal of divorce.

I then had a string of at least 4 narcissistic men and the last two were definitely of the sociopath type. The mask came off and they were enraged of my knowing the truth and calling them on their game. So all I can say is I am trying to heal and learn from the words of this website. I am focusing on being free from the abusive men I chose to date, and hopefully be wiser to share my stories and show my girls to run from the red flags I overlooked… Very Obvious red flags I am ashamed to say, but these guys and their charm are intoxicating!!!

They say they adore you, never loved anyone like you, want to marry and make a beautiful life with you! I now desire to help others be spared from these abusive and lying sorts and am going to focus my energy on improving myself, i. Better to be single than married and miserable! I just wanted to say thankyou for your post. It has helped knowing that there are decent women still around. I am a bloke who finished dating a female sociopath And yes it really does take time to heal.

So i am concentrating on me for It feels good to have new dreams and focus on one self. Thank you for this website! At the same time, I have some awareness that my current relationship is suffering. Current says that a big part of his changes the ones that give me pause is because of how hugely my exes loom in our lives. Court orders prevent me from going no contact. And that something is never good. What say you to this scenario?

Welcome to the site. Also I think that it is good that you are in therapy and working on yourself. It sounds to me, that you could have repeatedly been in abusive relationships, never given yourself a chance to heal. If it is, would you not be better off on your own, and focusing on you, at least YOU can take care of you…. I recently opened my eyes to the fact that I am divorcing a sociopath. All the signs were there, I just thought he was selfish and a liar. The irony is that I recognized the signs in his 10 year old son and found an article before we separated that described his son to a T.

When my ex read it he stated that it sounded like himself. Of course I dismissed it, I was too smart to be involved with someone like that. But now he has our son through intimidation and lies. I am fighting to get my 6 year old back- hoping the domestic battery charges will prevail. I find myself in the same situation. I have done therapy for the PTSD that his assault left me with.

I am rebuilding my life with my 8 year old. After everything I have been through, I discovered I had surrounded myself with sociopaths. Having a sociopath for a brother, I thought I knew better- but these people are good at what they do. I am left with a hand full of family and friends that I trust. I have been asked out by lots of different men and my panic always sends me running. I really thought me ex was a good guy, it took years to reveal who he really is.

I have been left with concern for my step children and my son as well. I have decided to focus all my energy into healing and fighting for my child.


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Everyone else is backseat priorities until these two things are met. Do I get lonely? I find encouragement in these pages of recovering from a sociopath. I also realize just how desperate my situation is with my son. No matter how smart, how strong, or wise you may be- if you are a good person, there is someone who will try to exploit who are.

I was happy with myself and not looking, as far as I saw it, someone to fill a part of me that was missing. The problem was, there was a very big part of me that was missing, and it was a part I was not aware of until I was seduced and made myself vulnerable. To have your naive world view turned upside down. I swear I see sociopaths in the bushes these days. There is no part of you that is missing. If you confide in a sociopath about something that you feel is missing in your life, they WILL cease the opportunity and fill in the blanks.

Even if that is all made up. You say that there was a very big part of you that was missing. Do you really think so? How can a part of you be missing? You are whole within yourself. I really believe in a type of therapy called gestalt. I studied counselling, and of all the types of counselling that we were taught this, I identified with the most.

Our life is not what it once was…. We therefore believe wrongly that there is something missing. You are everything that you always were, and more. You are every experience, this is still you, and still a part of you. You are a person as a whole. Nobody can ever take that away from you, well… a sociopath might try and will be successful if you allow them to, by mirroring what you perceive to be missing in your life. It is all there — within you, it always was.

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The trick is, to find it again — for you. I have trouble concentrating on my work and I burst into tears without warning. I so want my life back, but I feel my spirit is broken beyond repair. I was divorced and very lonely when I met him. I feel so alone now because….

I have 40 years behind me with the same, but no job, no home, no friends, no money and a small credit card for the first time in my life. Sexually he made me curious and wanting more. But then it started getting really messed up and I realized he was into dark pornography and made a comment about a 14 year old girl offering to sleep with him. I am not someone who comes off stupid, but clearly I am cause he was so much older.

I had the worst support system around me which was a whore friend of mine who flirted with him many times right in front of me until I realized I had to get rid of her because she did it with every guy and loved older men. What do you think was wrong with me? Which makes me so uneasy.

I was alone at first but I built my way back up with new friends. Hi, i have a question i have been meeting a man and felt a strong connection and attraction to him. He feels that too for me he told me. I have been for 2 years now without any man cause of being broken after the socialpath. Now i met this man i feel so attracted to and we had 4 great romantic days,everything was just right and in the flow. He was very open lovingfull and was telling me he was falling for me… Nowafter two weeks i am seeing everywhere red flags! I am so scared to loose myself again.

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And now that i am feeling in love i feel so vulnarable for that. What happened is this, first he was very enthousiastic and going also realy fast red flag? After seeing him for 3 days he asked me to meet his parents who where coming over in a week,. I said i was shocked he went so quick with that and told him he needs to take it realy slowly with me.

He said he wanted to go with me to Paris for a holiday. He told olso about his ex,He left her since 2 months they have been 12 years together. I told him that maybe he is not ready yet for a realtion since he just left his wife. He told me also other story,s from people being angry to him. Than after that,he didn,t communicate to me for a day. That it was better not to meet his parents that it was not a good idea to think about living together that he has lots of stress and physical pains cause of that stress with his life changes etc..

I talked to him and i said that this does not feel good for me and that i feel not right about all of this and that i am going to take distence since the situation gives me stress. He said he was late for seeing his parents he overslept, while i saw on fb that he was up allready for 4 hours he posted something 4 hours ago. I get suspicious about this and feels he lies to me to be out of the converstation and confrontation..

So my question is am i too scared for meeting again a sociopath? What does it mean?. Am i not ready for a relationship cause i can,t trust a man? Or do i just have to run and forget him? I just met him and i don,t want to make to quickly conlusions.. Also one scary ironic thing is he has the same name as my ex the sociopath and born in the same year. Is that a warning sign from the universe?

I realy want to be ready again for romance and to share a good time with somebody i feel strongly connected to, but when do i know that i am ready for it, and when will i be able to open up again? With being able to trust again? I have been reading the advice above and will take that in mind. I just wonder what people here think about this situation and i hope it can be helpfull.

I tried to talk with friends about this but they don,t understand what a sociopath is. A good friend of mine said i just have to forget the story about the sociopath and try to take chances and love myself and be open again for the good things. I agree with that but it just doesn,t work like that in practice and i can never forget about the sociopath and the damage it has given me. Thanks for any reply. My 4-year relationship with a sociopath ended just under a month ago when he got married yes, married to someone else.

Even though I saw it coming, it still felt like the earth fell from under me. I burst into tears at random and usually inopportune times throughout the day. Looking back now, I see how obvious it was. No it is NOT your fault. It is just the way that they are. They love hiding and get off on being deceptive and leading dual lives. All the doubts u had she will too….

Maybe she is richer or has more to take. People are more valuable dependent on what they can offer them. I found out about her a year into our relationship and broke up with him. He loved me so much, blah blah blah. So I believed him. And continued to believe him for another 3 years. I found out for sure they were getting married the morning of the wedding when it was all over social media.

I tried talking to this girl a few times when I first found out she existed and she refused. I feel sad for her because I know what it feels like when the realization hits you. Hello, thank you so much for this article. I was in a relationship with a sociopath for 6 years, engaged twice, had two children, and almost 10 domestic violence cases although there were tons of incidents that were never reported. Because of the laws in my state he was able to live in my house regardless of his abuse, so although we were broken up almost a year we still lived together.

I finally was able to work around the law and get a new home. This is the first month without him in my law but we have children together that he uses to try and keep one foot in the door. He has never been to a psychologist and I have no idea how to get him formally diagnosed. I feel I always have to have him in my life because of our children and that terrifies me. Thank you so much for this. I thank my lucky stars I have ended a 12 month relationship with sociopath who was a nurse! It was hard to accept the fake person I thought I loved showed zero remorse he just fed me more lies.

I managed to get on his laptop to see what a seedy sleezy guy he was. Very messed up promiscuous individual. Pathetic individuals with sad sad lives. Hi every one, I understand perfectly and can relate to what you have all said. My divorce is about to come through the family law court in Australia, after being married to a psychopath for 14 years. My ex started litigation…. I was born into a pathological family. I have met lots of guys since l left my husband.

I know all the red flags and can safely say I keep attracting them!!! But I have learnt to love and find myself again. I know you feel lonely, I do too. Remember your worthy to be loved and you deserve the best. Love and peace to you all. This is a lovely comment, thank you Jane. Then, think of someone who really loved you. Did you have to question it? When live is really love….. Thank you so much for this post and educating people about the warning signs and nature of a sociopath!

I met him at church where immediately I was drawn to his charm and the undivided attention he was giving me but that began a slippery, harrowing slope of confusion, anxiety and manipulation. I ignored all of the red flags that my friends had pointed out to me like when he would tell me empty promises then disappear from weeks at a time.

I would blame myself for why he was not there and then when he was at church he would stare at me with an icy glare. It would give me more anxiety for when I would see him again what he would do. I was very confused but flattered by the compliments he gave me. I have sympathy for anyone who has been damaged by a sociopath. Read these red flags and run the other way if you encounter it!

My boyfriend broke up with me 5 days ago. Then there comes this guy, he was really persuasive, he asked me to go out with him repeatedly. I was single, he was great looking and a good talker so I said yes. And I fell in love with him.

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I ignored everything I lacked so that I could just make him happy and do what he wants and I never put myself on the priority list. I am really sensible person and this relationship really broke me. His mother became very sick and he completely isolated himself from me. We never really had any serious discussions before either, no life theories, no love stories, no happy ending stories, I never really felt like he was my friend, he was just my…boyfriend, but no friend.

I always asked him to hang out, to go out, to go on an adventure or even just work together on a faculty project but all I got was refusal so I snapped. All the time I talked to him about the fact that he could trust me and he could talk to me, all I ever got was that he is not the type that talks, he cannot open up, all the themes I was proposing were useless and pointless to him and that I was too clingy and he cannot stand me anymore.

And then guess what, his problem was that I changed and was not the same as at the beginning of the relationship. To try to realize that my place was not there anymore and I could not change someone no matter how much I loved them, I wrote a list to see how many things I lacked in our relationship that I really cared about: I sacraficed who I was for him I can be happy on my own, I was on my own before him, but I want someone to grow together with and be my best friend.

I will find someone, somewhere that will love me for who I am and I hope that he will also find someone who will love him just as much as I loved him and the sentiment will be reciprocated. Well done Eve, it is good to write out how you are feeling. Acknowledgement is a huge step forward. Obviously, he had no interest in making you happy. May I give you a little advice for the future? We all want to be loved, right? To get married and live happily ever after?

We want a man to respect, and love us for who we are, rather than a charmer who manipulates our emotions so we compromise our principles and desires to make him happy. Remember, charm is fleeting.

It is merely a tool some people use to manipulate others, to get what they want from them. First, to recognize the kind of person you want as your forever partner, you need to identify the traits you are looking for, and make them visually apparent: And recognize that this is a journey, not a sprint. It will take a lot of time to find your forever partner in life.

Learn to respect yourself, and demand that others respect you as well.

Hey, your comment really made me feel better! Like you, at the time, I could not see who he really was, or that he truly did not care for me. The problem most of us have is that we get emotionally caught up in the charm a sociopath has. But we cannot see them for who they really are. We must remember that love is blind. The fact that your guy was always angry is his own fault. Every adult is responsible for their own behavior. As a minimum, your guy needs some serious psychiatric help to get over his anger issues.

You cannot fix his problems. Trust me, in time you will see him for who he really is, and then you will thank yourself for getting away from him when you did. And, you WILL eventually feel better. The guilt and pain of the break-up will subside, given enough time. For now, just forgive yourself. Whether you recognize it or not, you were acting in self-preservation when you broke up with him. Please do yourself the favor of not attempting to contact him again. You deserve a decent man who actually cares for you, but it takes time to get over the sociopath, and to learn to love yourself again.

You will not be sorry. Was with an archetypal charismatic sociopath for 6 years successful finance job, athletic, attractive, charming, witty, and razor sharp. Some red flags I now recognize: Granted these were red flags…but he made up for it in spades with being encouraging of my career and studies, generous with his finances, gentlemanly charm, being very caring towards me, and always being available when I was sick or in need….

We were married five months ago in a fairytale wedding after being together 6 years. Only once he had me as his nice little wifey did he get sloppy and let his true colors show.


Now I realize that the discard stage was beginning. I discovered he was in the middle of an affair though he denied it and had serially cheated on me for the past 4 years with at least several women he admitted to this much. He admitted to doing things with them that we never did in the bedroom, and had little regard for their well-being. It has been the most traumatic experience of my life. I can only liken going through a breakup with a sociopath, who you thought you were going to spend the rest of your life with, to one of the most egregious losses in life.

Some red flags I now recognize:. Granted these were red flags…but he made up for it in spades with being encouraging of my career and studies, generous with his finances, gentlemanly charm, being very caring towards me and his family, and always being available when I was sick or in need…. After feeling him being distant for a few weeks, I snooped on him and discovered he was in the middle of an affair though he denied it. When confronted, he eventually admitted that he had serially cheated on me for the past 4 years with at least several women.

Reading all this makes me realize I am not alone. Just broke up after 6 years of constant cheating, lying, and cheating and lying, and cheating and lying. However making me feel like I was the important one, and the only one who he could talk to, and have emotions with. To finally come up on these blogs and post and realize it was all a lie and a con is heart breaking.

I cannot possibly imaging how their minds work to be so hurtful. I sit here an realize now how many times he lied to me, or how many times he would disappear but keep me on the string, I am still trying to wrap my head around all of this. This is all so damaging. Is it possible to walk away? How do you change your thought process to someone you would change the world for is now your worst enemy, and only out to destroy you?

What a great, informative blog which also allows for those who cannot normally talk about such issues with others to have an outlet. Sometimes writing and actually being heard can help put things into perspective. An agonizing question would be at what point are we able to actually trust and put faith into a relationship without always being overly cautious and accusatory? As a child my mother was clinically diagnosed as borderline personality disordered meaning that she did not leave her bedroom and only surfaced to cause much confusion and havoc.

She did not grocery shop even. I walked to the store carrying what I could back home nearly every day after school cooking all meals, cleaning, laundry ensuring that my brother did homework and got him ready for school ever day. The mind games were beyond anything I would care to describe and the level of deep betryal and abuse have certainly changed me at the core. After taking care of her and my brother again during adulthood and after seeing the levels that which pure evil and abuse extended to others beside me the last straw came when I was in my mid 20s. Yet again I was at the emergency room picking her up after they would not give her xanax.

My brother was worried about her and was afraid that she would possibly die from withdraws so I rushed in to the rescue yet again. The level of devastation was more than I can even describe. That night after she had stolen my brothers car we were advised by authorities that since he lived in the home we could enter through the window which we did and collected all of his things and he then came to live with me to finish college which he did and is succcessful and happy now. Come to find out, the reason for her drastic weight loss 90 lbs was because she was smoking crack.

I cannot even begin to tell you all of the deeply disturbing horrors and massive betrayals growing up and into early adulthood.