Empathy Trap: Understanding The Sociopath-Empath-Apath Triad

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Highly empathetic people sometimes ignore their own needs and focus on somebody else’s because that’s how they are built. Even though being selfless is an admirable trait to have, sometimes it can take a toll on them, and cause them to withdraw and isolate themselves from the world. And on top of that, if there are apaths and sociopaths lurking around trying to take advantage of them, emotional distress and mental pain are just a stone’s throw away.

Sociopath-Empath-Apath Triad

The triad happens like this: the sociopath does something horrible and questionable, and this forces the empath to take a stand and call them out on it. The moment they challenge the sociopath and attempt to reveal their wrongdoings, the sociopath smartly manipulates the situation and puts the blame on the empath. On top of this, the apath also supports the sociopath and authenticates their opinions. This ultimately leads to the empath becoming the target of their consistent abuse and manipulation.

This way the sociopath makes sure that they are not held accountable for THEIR OWN mistakes and abuse, and all the while, the empath is haunted by the “wrong things” they did, and how they could have “behaved better”. A sociopath always uses this trick because they know it will always work, and guarantee them the success they want.

Whatever happens, it’s the empath who gets the rough end of the deal, especially when the apath keeps on confirming what the sociopath is doing and saying. All they did was try to expose the sociopath’s toxicity and corrupt actions, and all they got was the blame getting shifted on them.

A sociopath is an expert when it comes to inversion of truth and reality, and with the help of this principle, they flip everything and blame others for it while getting away with all of it scot-free.

Related: How Empaths Are Trapped in Relationship with Sociopaths

And when they have an apath on their side, it gets easier for them to continue abusing others. Due to their lack of courage and ethics, apaths unflinchingly stand by the sociopath’s side and help them in everything they do. After this has happened, the empath finds themselves apologizing for something they did not even do in the first place; it was the sociopath who did all the toxic things, but it’s the former who gets trapped when all they wanted to do was take a stand for what’s right.

Gaslighting, blame-shifting, and manipulation – a sociopath uses all these tricks and more to keep the empath in their control and tries to make sure that they believe what they are made to believe. The empath is left with a mind full of pain and displaced blame, which they have a hard time coming to terms with. The empathy trap is something, not just evil and heinous, but it has the ability to destroy a person’s mind, heart, and soul.


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The Empathy Trap: Understanding The Sociopath-Empath-Apath Triad
Empathy Trap: Understanding The Sociopath-Empath-Apath Triad
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Empathy Trap: Understanding The Sociopath-Empath-Apath Triad
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