How to reduce the risk of dating another sociopath!

Don’t let the sociopath fill the vacancy advertised in your life

You might think that once you have met one sociopath who has destroyed your world, that this was unfortunate. You might reason, that you never met anybody like this previously, so why would you meet someone like him again?

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You learn all that you can about Sociopaths, narcissists, and personality disorders in general. You take a mental note and tell yourself that you will be observant and wary the  next time. This will never happen to you again.

If you reach out to  be with somebody else, before you have healed, you will be prime target to meet another one.

Sociopaths are different, some will target someone who is a challenge, others prefer easy prey. Someone who has had their heart broken, that is not really healed, who has previously been isolated and abused. Think about it:

  • You are lonely
  • You have had your self esteem damaged by emotional abuse
  • You find it difficult to trust
  • You want the pain of the past to go away
  • You want to move on
  • You want to settle down and just have a ‘normal’ relationship.
  • You want to fix the ‘damaged’ parts of  you and your life
  • Easiest of all, is that your life is already broken and damaged, you have already been isolated from people. Half of his job is already done

Along comes Mr sociopath. Who LOOKS normal, who ACTS normal. Who will show you morality and everything that you are looking for. It can feel quite a relief, that your bad luck from the past is now over, and that you have now met someone who is normal.

Remember that in the beginning, the sociopath didn’t look like someone who had any kind of mental health problem. In fact this is one of the most confusing things, and it is why you were left so confused. Why you stayed with it so long. You remember the normality in the beginning. You look back to the early days and think ‘how could this have happened?’ and ‘when did things go so wrong?’.

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The point is that there never was a point when things were good. The part where they seemed good, was when the sociopath was mirroring you to be the perfect man, to be everything that you wanted him to be. You were being ‘groomed’.

You are now probably thinking, ‘but I have learned so much about the behaviour of sociopaths, this couldn’t happen to me again?’.

The truth is that it actually could, and additionally, that you are more at risk of meeting a second if you have already met one, and you are not fully healed. The reason for this, is because you have been damaged, your life has been damaged. This makes the socicioaths job easier.

Say for example your ex sociopath was cheating or unfaithful, it is quite normal and natural in the beginning of a relationship, to say what you ‘don’t want’ in terms of a relationship, and what you will ‘not put up with’ in the future. By talking about your ex, and what you went through, you are giving a future sociopath vital information to groom you with.

He will listen with feigned empathy to what you have been through before and will tell you things like:

  • That is awful,I have always been faithful to all of my exes.
  • I was with someone for 20 years, we would still be together, if she hadn’t cheated on me. 
  • I was devastated when my ex cheated on me
  • I have never cheated
  • Morally this is wrong

Can you see? What he is now doing, is mirroring you. He is repeating back to you

  • What you want to hear
  • What you believe to be right
  • What your morals are

You hear,

  • This is someone who is like me
  • This is someone who shares the same values and morals as me
  • This is someone who would do the same as I would
  • This is someone who genuinely likes me
  • This is someone who understands what I have been through
  • He is so unlike my ex

So, therefore it is important not to go into another relationship too soon, once you have been in one abusive relationship. It is important to take time out, to heal yourself and to work on recovery (see https://datingasociopath.com/2013/03/15/how-to-recover-from-dating-a-sociopath/)

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You need to take as long as you can. When you do feel ready for another relationship, make sure that you do the following:

  • Don’t talk too soon about what has happened in the past, until you have verified that he is who he says he is
  • Make sure that your own life is together and you do not need to be in a relationship
  • DONT BRAG!!! – Don’t brag about what you have etc, this can make you an advertisement to a sociopath
  • Actions speak louder than words, make sure you verify that what he is saying, is true
  • Meet people from his background, and be very suspicious and aware if there are none. This is especially true, if he has moved from another city.
  • If the relationship is moving forward too fast, stop, check, how real is this?
  • Move at your own pace
  • Do not present yourself as a victim, either by reference to the past, or talking about  how you feel today. A sociopath will spot this a mile off. If you feel like a victim still, if you are still hurting – DO NOT DATE – Spend time on yourself.

Nothing can stop this happening again, but it can happen. And it is more likely to happen, if you date again before you are ready. Before you are healed from the past. You might be keen to meet someone else to ‘get over’ your ex and to ‘heal’ and ‘move on’ from the past. But this is a mistake.

Nobody else can make you happy. The secret of true happiness comes from within you. Only you can make you happy.

So – when is the right time to date again?

  • When you feel happy in yourself
  • When you have repaired all of the damage done to your life by the sociopath ex
  • When you do not need to be in a relationship to take away past pain
  • When you are so happy with your life, that you do not want or need to be with anyone.

If you have no needs to be fulfilled by someone else. The sociopath will not be able to step in and offer you what you need.  He will not be able to fulfil the ‘vacancy’ gap that you are advertising.

Learn to love yourself!!

Words © datingasociopath.com 2013

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11 thoughts on “How to reduce the risk of dating another sociopath!

  1. One method I’ve found in dealing with two sociopaths in my past, is to have a very quite, emotional and meaningful conversation. If they avoid this, engage in small talk, defect meaning, cry when pushed (fake crying) laugh it all off or fake anger, they are suspect. You will NEVER have a deep and meaningful relationship with a sociopath.

    1. They don’t do emotions – but they can fake them. I remember mine having full on dramatics – crying for months he kept that up, when his ex was dying of cancer in hospital, tears tantrums….. but none of it was true, it was all an act. If you cried, it probably wouldn’t matter to them – in fact they would likely get pleasure from getting a reaction from you (as they like to have control), They don’t like deep and meaningful conversations, if they made out they did, then it was fake, as that is a burden to them (they don’t have emotions so they don’t really see why you do either)…. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  2. Good post my ex did all the things you stated above. He even cried when I spoke of how horrible my ex bf was promising to NEVER hurt me this way. Well he did hurt me after all but NEVER the way my previous ex had, so he kept his promise.

    1. They love to find out how you are with your ex, this is perfect assessment material.

      -How did you react
      – What are you NOT looking for
      – What qualities are important to you
      – What can he offer you in an all important Sociopath Package to be your perfect soulmate…. you have been looking for!!

  3. Will keep coming back to this one, its starting to sink in now, I’ve read this a few times before but was in too much confusion and pain to grasp. With just a little more time and much more info from here, I’m in a place to start to reinforce no dating until I heal, and the tips are essential to go forward, stay smart and aware& know self better than any soc! Thank you for this

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