When we split after a nearly 8-year marriage, he left with a suitcase packed with pieces of me: my pride, self-worth, hopes, dreams.
He didn't take those things using his hands; he took them using his words.
This point looks similar to #1, but trust me when I say it’s different. Emotional psychopaths know they don’t have much going for them so they exert control over their victims in an effort to control the way they think.They may have suffered through a troubled childhood experience that has wounded them or they now have higher priorities such as their career or taking care of a sick parent.Perhaps, they are recently divorced or widowed, and legitimately not ready to get involved in an intimate relationship.But here's the sly thing about emotional psychopaths and sociopaths: they're very good at not coming across that way — Related: 5 Tips To Make Yourself 'Sociopath-Proof' When Dating 2. Gaslighting is when an abuser changes, twists, and makes up information with the intention of causing someone to doubt their own memory, perception, and sanity.It's also a popular tactic of emotional psychopaths.The "booby prize" in life is trying to understand or change the behavior of an emotionally unavailable person.