Sociopaths specialize in targeting loneliness. Anyone who is looking for a romantic partner is, by definition, vulnerable to being targeted by a sociopath.
So how do you protect yourself from predators AND find real love? By following Lovefraud’s 3 Rules of Dating. Here they are:
Rule #1: If they lie to you about who they are or their life story, dump them
The whole point of an intimate relationship is to be authentic and honest with someone, to reveal your true self, and to be loved for who you are. Partners who lie about any aspect of their identity, including their histories, are flunking this basic test of relationship.
Lying about oneself isn’t always malicious. Sometimes it’s the result of self-doubt, or a feeling of inferiority. But if that’s the case, you don’t have a partner, you have a project. You’ll be taking on the burden of supporting the other person, rather than the two of you supporting each other.
Then, of course, there are the sociopaths who lie about themselves so that they can reel you in and exploit you. When you catch them in lies, they may apologize and plead, “I only said that because I was afraid you wouldn’t accept me.”
They’re right. You shouldn’t accept them.
If you discover that your partner has lied to you about his or her identity or history — including being married and not telling you — end the involvement immediately. The person is either poor relationship material, or an exploiter.
Rule #2: The most important decision of your life is whom you have children with
When you have a child with someone, you are tied to that person forever.
Hopefully it’s a good experience, you become a happy family, and your children are blessings for both of you.
But many romantic involvements end. If you have children together and split up, you’ll probably face one of the following scenarios:
- You manage to co-parent amicably
- You tolerate each other, but the kids are caught in the middle
- You hate each other, and the kids have to deal with hostility
- If the partner is disordered, he or she uses the kids to control you
- If the partner is disordered, he or she abuses you and the kids
- The other parent abandons you and the kids, and you’re left to raise them alone
Even if the other parent disappears, when there are children, you are forever tied to him or her genetically. This could be really bad if the other parent is a sociopath.
Personality disorders are highly genetic. Therefore, your children may inherit a predisposition to become disordered. It’s possible for proactive parenting to prevent a disorder from developing, but this is really hard work. Many parents who’ve had children with sociopath have had to accept the fact that their children are also sociopaths, and it’s unbearably painful.
So think carefully about whom you have children with, which means you should think carefully about whom you have sex with. Even if you don’t intend to have children, sometimes it happens.
Rule #3: Be the love that you want to find
Here’s a vital concept about looking for a life partner: The person who comes into your life is a reflection of what’s going on inside you.
If your internal state is characterized by fear, doubt, grief, betrayal, disappointment or any other negative emotion, you’ll likely attract someone who is either similarly unhealthy, or an exploiter.
Sometimes your negative feelings can be subtle, hidden under an outgoing, successful public persona. You might need to be really honest with yourself in order to spot them. If you do, the best investment you can make towards finding the love that you really want is self-healing.
This could be a lot of work, depending on your history. For run-of-the-mill doubt and anxiety, self-help programs may be enough. But if you’ve experienced severe trauma or betrayal, such as child abuse, you may need professional therapy.
Healing is always the answer.
You don’t have to be perfect to find love. In fact, one of the great ways that we grow is through our relationships. As you become healthy and whole, you will draw people to you who are also becoming healthy and whole. Among them may be a partner to share your journey.