5 Signs You’re Arguing With A Psychopath

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5 Signs You’re Arguing With A Psychopath

You’ve probably been in an argument before where you realized that the conversation was going absolutely nowhere.

Often such pointless arguments are due to lack of communication skills, lack of coping skills or arguing for the sake of argument. Often both parties need to take a step back, calm down and practice better communication skills.

Sometimes though, you may actually be arguing with a psychopath.

Here Are 5 Signs You’re Arguing With A Psychopath

They’re Privileged, But Try To Play A Victim

Perhaps they’ve grown up in middle class or upper class, but try to act like they understand the poor. Perhaps everything was handed to them, yet they pretend they needed to work hard. They don’t even try to acknowledge their privilege and undermine everyone else’s experience and hard work

They Shift Moods Rapidly

They can go from objective to compassionate, nice to angry, or sad to happy in one flip. They may attack you out of the blue. They are unpredictable.

They’re Constantly Condescending

They try to stay calm to show that they are in control and intimidate you.

They Can’t Own It When They Make A Mistake

They never seem to be in alignment. They play the blame-game and the victim-card. They never own up if something is their fault. They don’t apologize nor show gratitude.

They Project Themselves Onto You

They try to project their worst qualities onto you. The point out your flaws and make you look like a horrible person.

What Is A Psychopath?

Remember, a psychopath is someone who is suffering from a chronic mental disorder that is characterized by abnormal or violent social behavior. Psychopaths lack empathy and unlike sociopaths, they do not have a conscience. Not all are violent and though movies tend to make them be, they are certainly not all dangerous, nor are they all serial-killers. Treatment for psychopathy is available, but it is difficult and often not successful.

Though these behaviors are all signs that you are arguing with a psychopath, remember, not everyone who is selfish, controlling, argumentative, unreasonable or mean is a psychopath. They may be dealing with another mental illness, trauma or simply need better communication and people skills and learn how to practice empathy. Don’t be too fast to label everyone who is mean to you a psychopath, but encourage help from a mental health professional to anyone you believe may benefit from it.

Psychopathy needs to be diagnosed by a mental health care professional and requires serious psychological and psychiatric treatment to manage the disorder.  

Have you ever been in an argument with a psychopath? How have you improved your own communication skills to avoid pointless arguments with healthy individuals? Share your experiences with us. We would love to hear from you.

And remember, we’re in this together.

Kat Gal

Kat Gal

Professional Holistic Health Writer at Kat Gal Holistic Health Writer
Kat Gál is a professional holistic health writer who helps health, wellness and nutrition businesses to market their products and services through quality online content. She is also a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach. Kat is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. Reach out if you are looking for amazing blog content at katgalwriter@gmail.com.
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