My ex-husband was abusive: physically, sexually, and most of all, emotionally. When we split after a nearly 8-year marriage, he left with a suitcase packed with pieces of me: my pride, self-worth, hopes, dreams. He didn't take those things using his hands; he took them using his words. But here's the sly thing about emotional psychopaths and sociopaths: they're very good at not coming across that way — so good that it's often tricky to spot the signs that you're being emotionally abused.
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It conjures images of Hannibal Lecter wearing a muzzle, and Lizzy Borden swinging an ax. But even more chilling? I know. People are often surprised to learn that not all psychopaths are murderers.
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Are you in a relationship with a psychopath? You might think that's something you'd know right away by the red tint of evil in the person's eyes, the swastika tat on the forehead, or the insistence on discussing serial killers over dinner. But nope! Psychopaths can be extremely charming and come across like Prince Charming at first.
These are the red flags Jen Waite wishes she knew when she first met her ex. It conjures images of Hannibal Lecter wearing a muzzle, and Lizzy Borden swinging an ax. But even more chilling?