Red Flags of Manipulative People that you observe when you are in a romantic association with a narcissist or a psychopath.
Increasingly this world is becoming a stage show of human beings lacking humanity. And there is no dearth of manipulative people around us. Manipulative people conjure up their tricks to get the best out of you. They are like vampires sucking your life out.
Psychopaths and narcissists are quite popular (infamous) and many phenomenal studies have been conducted on their behavior, character traits, and relationship dynamics. Manipulative behaviors are a crucial trait of a psychopath alongside superficial charm, inflated self-image and As you must already have experienced the abuse by one or the other narcissist, you are here to make sure your intuition is striking the right cords.
Spotting manipulative people requires introspection and self-awareness on your part. Even if you are slightly aware of the damage they are gradually doing to your psychological health, you will inspect further to look for signs which might be out of the place.
The signs given below are ones you usually observe when you are in a romantic association with a narcissist or a psychopath.
15 Red Flags of Manipulative People:
1. Showers you with love, praise, and attention:
It feels absolutely amazing to be praised, complimented, and attended to by the person who loves you. But if the attention at times feels overwhelming and out of the place, without any rational basis you must know that something is not quite right. These people will often lose no chance to flatter you. These behaviors on their part will definitely make you feel wanted but check if they sometimes make you feel uncomfortable or not.
2. Displays excessive affection on the public platform:
They will make frequent contact with you, as much as they can. They will text you dozens if not hundreds a day. It is as if you are the center of their world. They even plaster your Facebook pages with poems, songs, and other posts meant to display their intense affection for you.
3. Favoritizes you as their soul mate:
Even though it is just a way for them to gain your confidence but you never suspect their intention. You believe that they are truly your soulmate as they create an illusion in their mind that they are your perfect partner. Nothing can be as ideal as this person and you feel lucky to have won their hearts.
4. Devalues you through comparisons with others:
Psychopaths usually alternatively shift from an idealization phase to a devaluation phase within the blink of an eye. They will once see the best in you and in the next circumstance, they will find faults in you and constantly keep comparing you with their friends, exes, and family member. These are enough to throw you off the cliff because your illusion of this person being your ‘dream partner’ is slowly eroding off.
5. Withholds attention to trample your self-esteem:
After the act of love, bombing is over they will withhold their affection and love that they initially showered on you. They seem disinterested, indifferent and aloof from you and in the relationship. This directly hampers your self-esteem because you start finding faults with yourself. You believe it is your inability to love and understand them that is driving them away from you.
6. Lies and excuses galore:
They start to make excuses for everything, starting from them failing to keep up with their words to make unforgivable mistakes. They are never responsible for anything wrong they did. You are always the guilty one for things that they have done.
7. Belittles you, insults you with a condescending attitude:
They will mock at your sensitivity by pointing out how hypersensitive and over-reactive you are about everything when you try to express some action of them which hurt you. They will even lambast you about your mannerisms. For them, your achievements and your potentials will become a laughing stock.