The Psychopath’s Relationship Cycle: Idealize, Devalue and Discard

Source: The Psychopath’s Relationship Cycle: Idealize, Devalue and Discard

During the manipulation phase, Babiak and Hare go on to explain, psychopaths construct the “psychopathic fiction.”They pour on the charm to hook their victims emotionally and gain their trust. They present themselves as kind-hearted individuals. Of course, in order to do so, psychopaths resort to outrageous lies since, in reality, they’re just the opposite. In romantic relationships in particular, they depict themselves as not only compatible with you, but also as your soul mate. While seeming your complement, they also present themselves as your mirror image. They claim to share your interests and sensibilities. Babiak and Hare observe: “This psychological bond capitalizes on your inner personality, holding out the promise of greater depth and possibly intimacy, and offering a relationship that is special, unique, equal–forever.” (Snakes in Suits, 78)…”

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