An article written by
Faiza Shah:

Love is like a drug that electrifies the brain and when it goes wrong it can be emotionally unbearable and can cause psychological issues. Many couples face struggle with their relationships in form of stress and sometimes they work through them to get the relationship back on track. Furthermore, few people becomes emotionally stressed out because of fallen for a psychopath.

Here are six alarming thought patterns and behaviors that represent a person with a Psychopathy:

  • Liability to irritation, meanness, and anger
  • Obsession with winning
  • Manipulation
  • Absence of shame, guilt, or regret.
  • Impulsive
  • Little or no empathy
  • Little ability to bond
  • Dishonesty and deceitfulness

Furthermore, many people with psychopathy that filters information through a basic framework of:

  • Winner vs. loser
  • Weak vs. poor
  • We vs. others
  • I vs. you

In their view someone has to be the winner or loser and psychopaths are inclined to rank their meetings with people they know. Based on their beliefs they upset people emotionally, financially, or physically and their beliefs are hardly changeable.

Psychopaths cannot alter their basic level of processing information as their emotional processing depends greatly on ventromedial prefrontal cortex of the brain. This part doesn’t function properly in them and therefore other people and their lives are at verge of getting hurt.

If we scrutinize the expressions of a person with psychopathic characteristics, we can recognize themes that represent the existence of inadequate emotional range. Usually a couple at starting of relationship will be amazed towards the end of relationship as psychopathic abuse will surprise another person in a relationship as, “where did that best man/woman go I fell for”?

From FMRI studies of people with psychopathy it has been revealed that their reward system is oversensitive. Reward system of brain is an excitatory system and it keeps us going and is related to incentive, wanting, craving, fixation, yearning, desirability, lust and many more.

Many people who been is a relationship with psychopath reported the beginning of their relationships as very enjoyable and powerful (e.g., moved quickly). It feels differently great. Usually three stages of relationship have been described by survivors that is idealize, devalue, and discard. This same pattern has not only been observed in Psychopaths but it has been observed in many individuals who have Cluster B personality disorder (which is placed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fifth edition under the heading of Personality Disorders)

According to Rhonda Freeman Ph.D. there are two fundamental stages to a psychopathic relationship and she suspect that both the phases are associated with working of the reward system.

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