The Sociopathic Spouse - 9 Signs Your Husband
Or Wife May Be a Sociopath
Marriage has its ups and downs and requires
effort on the part of both partners to be successful. However, there are
situations where it seems no amount of effort on your part improves your
relationship. If your partner is affected by a personality disorder such
as sociopathy or psychopathy (many use the term interchangeably), the
relationship can be a bewildering, hurtful, and destructive experience.
Sociopaths differ from the rest of us in their mental "hard wiring," leading
them to behave in ways we may not be able to understand or relate to, and
that hurt us very deeply. While only a licensed mental health professional
can diagnose a sociopath, here are 9 signs that you can look for if you have
suspicions about your partner:
Breaking up with a sociopath narcissist? Be prepared for the battle
of your life! While you are an emotional basketcase, he is as Cold as Ice!
While you are left holding down the fort and dealing with the real-life
responsibilities, he walks away from everything leaving you to mop off
his stage and pay his bills. He will punish you in ways you couldn't possibly
have ever imagined...
even acknowledge it to himself! Why? Because he's off charming the socks
off of new women as if your years together didn't even
narcissistic ex continually acts in abusive, bewildering and confusing
ways. He is not above committing destructive acts. When the breakup
becomes a reality, it is likely that his 'false persona' will completely
disappear all together and you will most likely experience the most hurtful
of behavior from him. He is completely lacking in empathy, and - since he
is not receiving any admiration from you anymore - he will dismiss you
and discard you as worthless to him, consequently dropping any fake
front that he use to put up in order to keep you in the relationship.
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1. Failure to conform to social norms. The sociopath
often believes that the laws of society simply don't apply to him or her.
There is a tendency toward criminal behavior and pushing the boundaries of
what is socially acceptable behavior.
2. Lack of remorse. A sociopath does not have
the same "conscience" that the rest of us possess. Guilt is a foreign concept.
As a result, a sociopath may actually feel entitled to take advantage of
and hurt others, because they look down upon the weak who "deserve" the
treatment. If the sociopath tries to mimic guilt, it is just that, an acting
performance, and is typically geared toward convincing you they care for
their own benefit and advantage.
3. Poor impulse and behavioral control. Sociopaths
are big about instant gratification, and tend to behave compulsively. This
may lead to drug or alcohol addiction, and/or sexual promiscuity.
4. Consistent irresponsibility. These individuals
may have difficulty holding down a steady job, paying bills on time, and/or
5. A tendency toward boredom. There is actually
some research that suggests that the fight or flight response in sociopaths
may be muted or altered. This may lead toward risky behaviors and a need
for greater stimulation.
6. Aggressive behavior, as evidenced by fistfights
or other violent behavior. Not all sociopaths are physically violent,
7. Deceitfulness, conning, and manipulation.
The sociopath may be an accomplished liar, using deceit to get what he or
she wants. Frequently, sociopaths adopt a parasitic lifestyle whereby they
exploit and con others into taking care of their finances and other
8. Shallow emotional depth. There may be oodles
of charm and charisma there, but true depth and substance of emotion is
9. Exaggerated sense of self worth. The sociopath
may exaggerate accomplishments, behave disdainfully toward others, and have
a sense of superiority.
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