Internet dating psychopaths
Emotionally needy people are very quick to become dependant upon their partner, and often move from one relationship to the next seeking their next rock to cling to.Whilst this doesn't mean they are deliberately destructive to their partner, they are seeking someone to 'save' them, which creates an impossible balance of power and expectation from the start.
Between 1 and 3 per cent of the population exhibit psychopathic tendencies – in other words, potentially one in 100 of your Facebook friends – which puts anyone socialising online at risk of encountering a psycho.Where sociopathic men may use physical dominance and control over their intended target, sociopath women often rely on another approach: manipulation of the minutiae of their relationships.Sociopaths of both genders are motivated by the need for power and control over other people and the expectation of some sort of gain, which is used to provoke the admiration and envy of others.For many, online dating is a great and positive way of meeting people in today's fast paced, digital age, but we should be very mindful that a significant minority of online daters are likely to be damaging to you, as they are either emotionally sapping to you or, more harmfully, psychopathic.Whilst that sounds a little frightening, it doesn't need to be, as long as you're mindful of this.I’m all for online dating but what if the person you “met” via the internet turns out to be unpleasantly different in real life?
More often than not it will simply be that the chemistry between you is wrong, or that you’ve stumbled across a perfectly harmless odd ball.
One to four percent of the population exhibit sociopathic traits so it is likely you will come across a few on the Internet.
To date or get caught up in a relationship with one can be a traumatic experience.
Psychopathy can only be diagnosed using strict and detailed criteria but as a lay person there are certain red flags that can alert you to the possibility that there’s a psycho in your life.
Most of us have referred to a “psycho ex” or “psycho boss” at one time or another – probably because the former watched too much Top Gear, or the latter made us work late on a Friday night – but few really understand what the term means.
Online dating is now a normal part of our social lives, but how do you protect yourself or a loved one from the dangers of meeting strangers online? Prepare to be disappointed — a staggering 81% of people lie on their online profile!