Being on the receiving end of the manipulative methods of a psychopath can leave you feeling grateful to be alive to tell the cautionary tale to others. A psychopath not only hates other people, they take action to cause harm to others for their own selfish pleasure. These are the serial killers, repeat offenders, violent criminals and the people who refuse to play by society’s polite rules.
Let’s look at some ways that a psychopath will try to manipulate you and what you can do to escape being victimized.
11 WAYS PSYCHOPATHS WILL TRY TO MANIPULATE YOU
How many psychopaths do you think you have encountered in your life? It is estimated that roughly one in every 100 people is a psychopath, which means that you have probably encountered several in your lifetime so far, and you may meet more of them.
1. THE PREDATOR STARE
The unblinking, dead gaze of a psychopath is one of the more disturbing ways that these antisocial people will try to manipulate you. People often cave in to the psychopath when the stare is used, but try meeting the stare with a smile. Relax and know that you are obviously provoking them and should therefore remain strong.
Researchers studying the brains of aggressive psychopaths found that they lack brain matter in the areas that help us to ‘anticipate consequences of actions and to use feedback from behavior to modify maladaptive response patterns.’ In other words, psychopaths have a hard time understanding that manipulating people is harmful to both themselves and the other person.
Hypnotists and psychopaths both use techniques to manipulate your thoughts and actions and brainwashing is one of the ways that this is accomplished. If you become aware that your conversations are strangely repetitive, where the person says the same thing over and over again, they may be trying to implant an idea in your mind.
3. ACTING LIKE A MARTYR
‘I’m the one who has to put up with your accusations.’ ‘Did you ever think for one second how I feel when you say things like this to me?’ ‘You make me feel worthless when you question me like this.’ These are the types of ‘poor me’ statements that a psychopath will use to try to manipulate you when you tell them how you feel about their behavior. Now you’re the bad guy, but don’t fall for this switch tactic.