When in the act of grooming a new target, they might refer to ex-mates as "good friends" ( code for an ex-partner they traumatized who wants closure, revenge, or currently seeks to hold them accountable for the abuse).

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"I am superior to you." Individuals with psychopathy often convey to their mate that they are superior and their partner is not good enough. Some will introduce their partner to a roller-coaster style relationship (break up, and then reunite - repeat).

(e.g., "You're stupid," too emotional," fat," insecure," always holding on to the past,"paranoid," crazy.") Within relationships of this type, their partners often feel inferior, worthless or 'less than.' Their mates are often kept off balance chasing after what they think will appease the disordered partner. For many involved with a psychopath, the disrespect immediately shifts into abuse and creates a traumatic relationship for their victim.

Their past may include many romantic partners Due to a tendency to become bored easily and an inability to bond after their excitement has worn off, they seek out new partners.

There may be overlap between mates or affairs while still within a serious relationship.

Given that the brain has a reaction and can be changed by trauma and abuse, many of their partners are left with depression, anxiety, substance use, alcoholism, and complex PTSD.

Sadly, some individuals have resorted to suicide after these relationships.

(e.g., They will treat a stranger better than their spouse if it makes them look powerful and a source of envy). " This form of manipulation is often implemented when they interact with empathic individuals.

When we have compassion for someone, we are primed to excuse their transgressions.

When a problem cannot be wiggled out of with deception, then Grooming New partners are groomed rather than courted.

The difference is that one is a game or ploy (grooming) while the other approach attempts to make a genuine connection.

They are intolerant of their weaknesses being highlighted or anyone speaking to them in a manner that implies they are inferior or weak.