But hold on. You will surprisingly find yourself apologizing for being so needy, emotionally unstable and hypersensitive. If you do not apologize, the psychopath will blame you for a lack of empathy because you are inconsiderate of their stress, pain and trauma. Ultimately, you are out of focus and they are the center of focus, as they are the ones who deserve sympathy, love, and understanding.
Psychopaths are expert conversation hackers. They are least bothered about a two-sided conversation. They love to be the focus on attention and have no patience to listen to the other person’s version of the story or their opinions. Compromising their opinions to reach a win/win solution to disagreement is no their thing.
You will notice whenever you are going to place your opinion before a psychopath, he/she will immediately block your conversation flow, to redirect your attention to them once again. This lets them have superiority over you in all aspects.
6. The ultimate silent treatment
When all of the above tricks with you fails, a psychopath will wield his/her ultimate power-tool – the silent treatment. It is a form of emotional abuse, in which the psychopath severs all sorts of communication with the other person, with an intention to punish and evoke an emotional reaction in the person.
The silent treatment can mean a reduced day to day communication with you, avoiding taking accountability for their mistakes. Often times this silent treatment demands a proper apology which once asked by you, will establish their dominance and validate their exaggerated superiority.
The only way to get rid of these mind games of psychopaths is to disengage.
The more time you waste in stroking their vulnerable ego, the more will you contribute to degrading your own mental health. They deserve none of your valuable time or energy.
The worst mistake you can do while arguing with a psychopath is to try to make them conceptualize your opinions. They lack the ability to put themselves in other’s shoes because they feel snug in their grandiose stature.