You cannot recognize a sociopath or narcissist just by looking at them, because they are good at hiding their real intentions. Also, you may not be able to tell the differences between these types of people.
8 Common Traits of Narcissists:
– They have a grandiose sense of self-worth (they think that they are “special” or unique and that they can only be understood by other special people; they also believe that they are better than others and expect to be recognized as such)
– They live in a fantasy world, which supports their delusions of grandeur
– They need constant admiration and praise
– They have a sense of entitlement
– They lack empathy
– They exploit others without shame or guilt
– They often demean, intimidate, bully, or belittle others
– They are envious of others or believe others are envious of them
8 Common Traits of Sociopaths:
– They are selfish
– They have superficial charm
– They are compulsive liars
– They are good at deceiving people
– They are impulsive
– They are aggressive and violent
– They fail to conform to social norms
– They are irresponsible and show disregard for social and financial obligations
If you have ever been in a relationship with someone who has any of those personality traits, then you have probably felt at war with your own mind, often wondering if you were the crazy one.
4 Reasons Why Sociopaths and Narcissists Always Try to Make You Question Your Own Sanity:
– They make you doubt yourself
They are initially charming and they put you up on a pedestal at first. They profess their devotion and love to make you believe that they are nice. But, they ultimately chip away at your self esteem, so you start doubting yourself. They may even insult or belittle you to erode your confidence.
They get you to doubt yourself through various psychological techniques, like gaslighting. Gaslighting is a type of psychological abuse in which they do or say something, but then deny it. It is a very cruel type of psychological torture to make you question your own sanity and make you believe you are emotionally unstable.
– They think they are faultless and they can do no wrong
They think they are faultless and they can do no wrong. And no matter how many times you point out their toxic behavior and the effect it has on you, they always seem to find ways to turn it around on you as being your fault. They do so to manipulate you and make you believe that you are the one to blame.
– They project their own insecurities and issues on you
They often project their own insecurities and issues on you. So it comes as no surprise that it also includes their psychosis. They may even tell your mutual friends that you are the one that’s dishonest and manipulative. And you may not be able to argue or fight against it; you may not be able to change somebody’s perception of you.
– They are pathological liars and they draw entertainment and amusement from you having to defend yourself against baseless accusations
They are pathological liars and they draw entertainment and amusement from you having to defend yourself against baseless accusations. They shift the blame onto you to make sure that you are restless, on edge, and waste you energy trying to explain yourself. Accusing you of something you did not do – all while holding all the rational evidence that you did not do it – is a fun game that they often engage in.
Recognizing what they are up to can help you take steps to stop the abusive behavior. So, if you are in a relationship with a sociopath or narcissist, you must understand that their manipulative, toxic and abusive behavior is the problem – not you. You should also seek outside validation and support to escape the inevitable reality erosion involved in this psychological torture.