Most of the time, you’d probably struggle to identify one, but find yourself in an argument – or an apparently friendly debate – and it becomes all too obvious who you’re dealing with.
Of course, should you ever find yourself arguing with someone who embodies many of these traits, there is only one, sensible course of action: stop talking and physically remove yourself from the argument.
It may not feel great to concede in this way, but it is the only option if you want to maintain your sanity. Leave a comment below and share your experience of what it was like to argue with them.
Picture a psychopath and you’re likely to think of the stereotypical Hollywood serial killer such as Hannibal Lecter or Christian Bale’s character in American Psycho.
But while an estimated one percent of the adult population could rightfully be categorized as psychopaths, many are functional, often successful individuals.
Because their cool and calm appearance is often staged as a means of controlling the argument, a psychopath is vulnerable to extreme and rapid changes in temperament.
When they feel that their balanced exterior no longer serves its purpose, and especially when they sense they are being out-argued, they will flick a switch and unleash a torrent of abuse, a barrage of flattery, a tirade of criticism, or some other form of manipulation.
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As you argue with a psychopath, you will get a sense of just how warped their view of the world is.
They often see things completely differently to others, and this twisted vision of reality forms a basis for their arguments.
You might be discussing the plights of people in war-torn countries, victims of crime, or even the misfortunes of a friend.