An Egopath learns early on how to use people to determine their upcoming role. Play your part for Master! The Egopath will inevitably notice the Sinkers and will weaponize their stupidity to sabotage the chosen target(s) of said Egopath.
It’s a very deceptive and effective warfare tactic. With no risk to the cunning mastermind.
Is a cannonball actually malicious? No, it is the Egopath who fired the cannonball TO SINK your ship.
What about a Bomb in your submarine, is it malicious? No, it is the Egopath that planted the bomb TO SINK you and to keep you down.
Are concrete boots malicious? No, it is the Egopath who chained you to them and threw them into the river TO SINK you.
The Egopath doesn’t need the Sinkers trust, all the Egopath needs is the Sinker to do what the Sinker does best. Take everyone around them down with them. In a work or school setting, guess who the Egopath is going to team you up with if they get this chance to drag you down. That’s right, a Sinker.
Sinkers are going TO SINK your chances of success. You will sink time, energy, and patience into them and it won’t change a damn thing. They’ll break things you need and do things at the worst possible moment. You’ll find it easier to do their work for them because it’s less work than correcting and redoing their existing work. In case you’re wondering where to you’re being sunk/dragged down by the Sinker, I offer you this hint: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
And that’s Step 1 of an Egopaths plan! Oh no, it doesn’t end there, the Egopath knows the poison pill you’ve been fed, knows the disadvantage they’ve given you… the opportunistic predators will, without a doubt, strike while the iron is hot. While you are weak. Kick you while you are down. All is fair in love and war.
The Egopath is ready if you try to hold accountability to the Sinker so they can show up as the HERO to your wicked villainy, you Villain you!
The Sinker will, of course, feel the Egopath is right and certainly won’t take any accountability. The Sinker will see you as the villain, themselves as the victim, and the Egopath as the hero, as the voice of reason and justice. The Sinker becomes a follower as they trust the Egopath on this. By doing so, the Sinker also gets to be what is known, in politics, as The Useful Idiot.
All of this, it was planned from the start, the Egopath set you up to fail. Sink. Sank. Sunk.
The Egopath uses a Sinker to stack the deck. To look better than the competition through sabotage. While you’re busy being distracted putting out metaphorical or real fires started by the arsonist of accidents, the Egopath has been rather busy with their own free time.
Egopaths KNOW Sinkers only make things worse. The Egopath drops these human bombs on others to decrease their morale, productivity, and reputation. And while the opposition is overwhelmed by incompetence, the Egopath is busy enacting their slanderous smear campaign against the target they want gone.
If the Egopath gets the Sinker back, the Sinker will quickly go back to being a Scapegoat for the Egopath. Gone will be the days/hours of the Egopath defending the Sinker. To any Egopath, Sinkers aren’t a rare commodity in the workforce.. go ahead, fire this one… you’ll just get another because The Hiring People will repeat the same mistakes, the hirers aren’t the people getting fired after all. Double bonus if the Egopath already gets a say in the hiring process. Or who gets to bring in a Sinker who’s a Consultant. That’s always fun… for the Egopath.
“True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are” ~ Brene Brown on True Belonging