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They often also tend to have a superficial charm that may have got their partner addicted in the first place – this could make their other half doubt their suspicions.Their perception of self worth is typically extremely high.This attitude comes from their belief that, if you are feeling hurt, then it is your responsibility and your problem – in other words, you let this happen to you.
And if you don't, a psychopath partner may set out to crush your self esteem in order to have more control over you.
Research shows that psychopaths often use a technique called gas lighting in order to achieve this – gradually eroding a "victim's" confidence and sense of reality by confusing, misdirecting, deceiving and persuading them – leading to extreme self doubt.
The reason psychopaths are good at manipulating is that they typically study people's behaviour and skilfully use it to control them.
And while we may associate psychopaths with horrifying criminals such as the American serial killer, rapist and necrophile Ted Bundy, the majority of psychopaths aren't actually criminals, but live fairly ordinary lives in our midst.
So how do you know if you happen to be dating a psychopath and what should you expect? Despite this type of personality disorder being well established and researched, there is some controversy around exactly how it should be diagnosed.