A man I know got involved with a sociopath, woke up to it, and is finally divesting himself of this person. It's not easy, of course. Those people don't want to be divested.
By 'sociopath' I mean an empty shell of a person who uses flattery, cajoling promises, manipulation, deceit, backstabbing, and slimy, underhanded maneuvering to insinuate themselves into other people's lives, all while accomplishing absolutely NOTHING and giving NOTHING back. This person is an energy vampire, the kind of bloodsucker who leaves other people feeling exhausted and debilitated.
This person stayed in our home and I was horrified at how this person sucked my energy.
This person's entire game is to talk, talk, talk while NOT moving ahead. The image is of a car stuck in the mud. This person is standing by the car, watching the wheels spin uselessly--and then acting like a spider with a sticky web to catch people so they are forced to watch the tires spin, too.
It was debilitating to be in this person's presence. Even when the flattery for me was spun, I was put off. I didn't fall for it for one second. It was all I could do to keep a straight face--this person was a guest in my home, I was NOT going to be confrontational.
Months ago I said, "Don't you see, this person uses flattery to get in and makes promises that fall flat? It's all talk. It's all bullshit. It's all empty dreamy spin doctoring. Nothing is ever accomplished. Nothing ever comes through. It's all failure draped in sweet dreamy words."
I had my own experience with a borderline personality disorder/sociopath last spring so I was extra sensitive to the behavior. Unfortunately, the man used that experience to dismiss my concerns.
But I wasn't the only concerned individual. A person who knew the sociopath personally and lives in the same community called the man. This person said, "Look, there's stuff going on that makes me uncomfortable. I think you should be aware. I think this person is insinuating themselves into your business in unwholesome ways. I think this person wants to control your business. Be aware."
Other people commented, noting the oddities and inconsistencies in the sociopath's rendering of things. This person was clearly distorting conversations that pertained to the man, and was clearly using the man's work as a means to ingratiate themselves into the good graces of well-known people.
It was obvious. And slimy. But the man didn't want to see it. Perhaps he couldn't. One of this man's best qualities is that he is a straight arrow: No games ever. No mental manipulation. No bullshit. What this man says he will do, he does--no more, no less. He is absolutely straightforward that way. There are no hidden agendas. What you see is what you get with him. He says what he means and he means what he says. There's no guessing involved.
It was a great relief to me to deal with someone so straightforward after being married to a major game player. Life is too short for power hungry game playing that insecure people engage in as a means of pumping up their self image.
But this man's kind of honesty has its pitfalls, too. Namely, not seeing when other people aren't as honorable, aren't as straightforward. A kind of childish naivet̩ that insists on believing that everyone else is as straightforward and decent as he is.
But then it became so egregious that even this man had to see what other people and I had been trying to tell him.
Unfortunately, the situation is ever more complicated. The sociopath is involved with a person who is making introductions for the man--and who obviously has romantic feelings for the (married) sociopath.
Life is complex. Dealing with these untrustworthy, underhanded persons isn't easy.