Dating female sociopaths
Sociopathic women tend to do this most in the sphere of their control - in their intimate relationships with partners, children, family members, friends and colleagues.
Her abuses most often manifest as verbal attacks and covert aggression.
The sociopathic woman may opt to manipulate social networks, for instance, in an attempt to exclude their chosen target from a community.
Alternatively, her ploy may take the form of threats of self-injury, with consequences for family and friends.
First, her harmful conduct is motivated by a desire for revenge by way of humiliating her daughter’s mother-in-law.
However, her plans are grossly disproportionate to the perceived harm of Sally talking to her mother-in-law; indeed Adrianna had no tangible evidence that Sally had spoken to her mother-in-law about her childhood.
They use their powers of emotional manipulation to gain an understanding of the particular vulnerabilities of their chosen target and show a profound absence of empathy at their exploitation.
Sociopaths frequently perceive threats from others as acts of disrespect, disloyalty, criticism, or disobedience and seek retribution.Unfortunately because sociopathic women do not always hurt and maim the people they target in ways that result in visible harms, their acts of cruelty and misdemeanours often remain undetected.Emotional abuse in relationships can be very damaging and those who have experienced it may struggle with low self-esteem, anxiety and/or depression and may find building trusting relationships difficult in the future.None of the claims were true of course, and Sally had enough experience of her mother to suspect her of the ruse, but the emails and injurious accounts of her mother-in-law caused both Sally and her mother-in-law needless distress.Adrianna exhibits traits commonly seen in sociopaths.The self-esteem of the sociopath is poorly regulated because the sociopath acts to protect and sustain an inflated, but ultimately fragile and unstable sense of self.Emotion regulation is compromised by difficulties in experiencing, processing and moderating certain feelings, most especially anger, shame and envy.Unlike male sociopaths, sociopath women are not particularly characterised by superficial charm and a grandiose self-image. However like her male counterpart, the sociopathic woman’s response to other people is characterised by a persistent lack of empathy, care, and commitment.Sociopath women are less likely to physically leave or move on from relationships (e.g.Sally’s mother, Adrianna, became convinced that her daughter had spoken about the emotional neglect and abuses she’d experienced as a child to her mother-in-law, a kindly woman to whom she had increasingly become close since she married some months ago.Adrianna felt injured and angry with her daughter because of her belief Sally had been speaking ill of her, so she sought revenge.