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Psychopaths use a number of techniques to manipulate their victims. Below is a collection of quotes and sources that describe different facets of pathological tactics used to maintain lies. They will call in to question another person's sanity, insist on their 'version of reality' all the while projecting their defective inner landscape onto their target. The success of their manipulations depend on a lack of awareness of their true nature. Knowledge protects.



 Projection and gaslighting are also on the list of common sociopath techniques. Sociopaths refuse to be held accountable for their behavior and often assign their own behavior to their victims. For example, a sociopath could accuse a victim of stealing when it is the sociopath himself that steals. Gaslighting is a common practice of abusers who attempt to convince their victims they are defective for any reason such as making the victim more emotional, more needy or dependent. For example, if an abusive person says hurtful things and tries to convince you that you are mentally unstable and starts recommending that you get professional help, you might be in the presence of a gaslilghter.


Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door



Signs of being gaslighted:


1. You are constantly second-guessing yourself

2. You ask yourself, "Am I too sensitive?" a dozen times a day.

3. You often feel confused and even crazy at work.

4. You're always apologizing to your mother, father, boyfriend,, boss.

5. You can't understand why, with so many apparently good things in your life, you aren't happier.

6. You frequently make excuses for your partner's behavior to friends and family.

7. You find yourself withholding information from friends and family so you don't have to explain or make excuses.

8. You know something is terribly wrong, but you can never quite express what it is, even to yourself.

9. You start lying to avoid the put downs and reality twists.

10. You have trouble making simple decisions.

11. You have the sense that you used to be a very different person - more confident, more fun-loving, more relaxed.

12. You feel hopeless and joyless.

13. You feel as though you can't do anything right.

14. You wonder if you are a "good enough" girlfriend/ wife/employee/ friend; daughter.

15. You find yourself withholding information from friends and family so you don't have to explain or make excuses.



Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse or brainwashing where one individual attempts to get another individual to believe she is "crazy". This is most often done through the denial of facts, events, or what one did or did not say. The gaslighter might also directly or indirectly imply that the individual is defective, crazy, or suffers from a mental illness.


When this technique is used on someone, he or she may initially become frustrated that one is being told his or her memory or perceptions do not match reality. However, after a while, the individual beings to believe the gaslighter. He or she may start to believe that he or she is imagining things, has some kind of mental illness, or has a faulty memory. When one doubts his or her perceptions of reality, the gaslighter is able to control that person; he or she becomes completely dependent on the gaslighter for the "truth".




Similar is the pathological use of crazy making


Crazy-Making Communication


How does all these communication malfunctions come together as a 'relational cluster butt kick?' How does it affect the actual interactive process of talking? The attempts at communication are crazy-making and will cause her to question her communication skills, how she views her ability to express herself, and eventually her sanity.



The triangle represents the roles the psychopath and her play in the communication process. Each of them moves around the triangle taking on different roles in the interchange. He is the wounded one while she plays the role of either liberating him or tormenting him. He may later shift and take on the role of liberator to her or tormenter to her. She in turn, might switch roles and become the wounded one. When one role shifts, it forces the other person into one of the other two remaining roles. Each shift shifts someone else.



These roles can shift moment by moment, sentence by sentence. One moment he acts as if she is the tormenter and in the next moment expected to liberate him. In the next argument he might aggressively be the tormenter and she, the wounded one. The same argument over the same topic only moments or days later could result in totally different roles by each of them. No consistency whatsoever is held and no resolution reached each time they enter into an attempt at communication.


Nowhere else in her life does she communicate this way. At work, she may hold a highly responsible position and communicate normally, without drama and crazy-making language. However, as soon as she enters into communication with him, the communication lapses into these three well-defined roles. Even when she attempts to communicate normally and utilize the skills she uses in everyday communication with others, the process still pulls her in and she is unable to communicate outside the three roles of Wounded One, Tormentor, or Liberator.


With the psychopath, communication is reduced to a very juvenile emotional age. He brings to this communication process other dysfunctional and aggravating behaviors which contribute to communication problems. For example:



- impulsivity

- splitting one person against the other

- knows-it-all so she can‘t contribute any new information

- lying

- drama

- manipulation

- juvenile decision-making skills

- changing subjects

- meaning/language differences

- blaming

- immature emotional age

- doesn't take responsibility for his behavior/choices

- abandonment issues and acts like a victim

- gaslighting

- projecting his behavior on others


Sandra Brown, Women Who Love Psychopaths




The Reversive Blockade:


Reversive blockade: Emphatically insisting upon something which is the opposite of truth blocks the average person's mind from perceiving the truth. In accordance with the dictates of healthy common sense, he starts searching for meaning in the "golden mean" between the truth and its opposite, winding up with some satisfactory counterfeit. People who think like this do not realize that this effect is precisely the intent of the person who subjects them to this method... Use of this method can be included within the [previously] mentioned special psychological knowledge developed by psychopaths concerning the weaknesses of human nature and the art of leading others into error.

– Andrew Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology




These methods of manipulation work so effectively precisely because people are not aware of the true nature of psychopaths. Lobaczewski further describes how normal people use corrective interpretation in their dealings with pathological types:


Corrective interpretation (in the context of authors who schizoidal psychopaths):


In spite of their typical deficits, or even an openly schizoidal declaration, their readers do not realize what the authors’ characters are like; they interpret such works in a manner corresponding to their own nature. The minds of normal people tend toward corrective interpretation thanks to the participation of their own richer, psychological world-view.

- Andrew Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology

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