If you've ever gotten into an argument with a psychopath, you know the discussion is totally pointless, but not all psychopaths are so easily revealed.
Most aren't the stereotypical Hollywood serial killer like Hannibal Lecter. And, while an estimated one percent of the adult population could rightfully be considered psychopaths, many are functional, and often even successful individuals.
Although you probably would have a hard time identifying one, if you happen to find yourself in an argument with someone who is a psychopath, it doesn't take long before it becomes obvious as to just who you’re dealing with.
These telltale signs are a sure give away.
They have a condescending, patronizing tone
Psychopaths will frequently try to make the other person feel as if they're unhinged in an attempt to gain the upper hand. Throughout the argument, you might notice that they keep a calm and cool demeanor, almost as if they’re mocking you. They're trying to gauge your reaction to see how much further they can push. When you finally react emotionally, they'll probably smirk and tell you to calm down.
They play the victim
Even though they've got the upper hand, and may even be privileged, they try to paint themselves as the victim and make you feel sorry for them. You'll probably hear a sob story of some kind, but it's meant to guilt you into giving in.
They quickly change moods
In an argument, they tend to go from being objective or compassionate to being extremely vicious and personal in a split second. They might apologize right afterward, and then go back to attacking you again then next minute.
They're astonishingly hypocritical
Psychopaths have no shame. In an heated argument they'll often start to label you with their own worst qualities just to get a reaction. Their entire goal is to trick you into reacting so that you'll seem "crazy" to anyone who happens to observe.
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