2. Stay Away If You Can.
Once you’ve confirmed that the person is a full-blown sociopath, then it’s best to avoid that person as much as you can. If that person is a co-worker or in your friend group, then you may not be able to completely avoid him or her, but try to steer clear as much as humanly possible. Remember that a sociopath may be able to detect that you’re trying to distance yourself and may want to reel you in even more as a result; stay strong and be determined to spend as little time with this person as possible.
-This doesn’t mean you should be openly mean or hostile; this can actually put you in a dangerous situation.
-Don’t tell the person, “I know you’re a sociopath.” This can enrage the person or make him or her even more determined to win you over. You don’t want the person to know that you’re onto him or her; just stay as removed as possible without being rude.
3. Be Immune To The Sociopath’s Charms.
The sociopath may want to charm you and to win you over with gifts, compliments, or stories meant to cast him or her in a favorable light. But remember that once you’ve determined that this person is a full-on sociopath, there’s no turning back. No amount of charming behavior or lies can win you back over to the dark side. Don’t let the person flatter you into giving him or her a second chance.
-Don’t give in. The sociopath may even trick you into feeling sorry for him or her, talking about how alone he or she feels, or how important you are to him or her. But if this person is really as lying and manipulative as you determined him or her to be, then there’s no way you can have true sympathy for him or her, beyond being sorry that this person is suffering from a mental disorder.
4. If You’re Dating The Person, Then Get Out As Quickly As Possible.
If you happen to be dating the person who is a sociopath, then you have to get out as quickly and safely as you can. The longer you wait, the worse things will be, and the more likely you’ll be to get sucked in to that person’s line of thinking. If you need to end the relationship, then you have to tell the person as soon and as quickly as you can; there’s no need to say you want to end the relationship because you think the person is sociopathic.
- Remember that there’s a difference between a person being really careless and being a sociopath. You may call someone a sociopath just because he’s treated you poorly or acts really selfish, but this may just be a sign of poor character. A full-on sociopath really does not care about what anyone thinks or feels — whatsoever.
- If you’re in a truly controlling or manipulative relationship, then you may not want to end it by yourself. You may need to do it over the phone or have a friend there to help you if you need to pick up your belongings. A sociopath may not take no for an answer. If you try to end the relationship, the sociopath may go to desperate and even violent measures to get you to stay.
5. Warn Others.
Though you don’t need to go around broadcasting the fact that the person is sociopath to all of the world (unless the person is really a danger to others), you should consider warning people in that person’s circle. Definitely, warn others who are considering dating ‘the person’. Don’t anger ‘the person’ by telling everyone he or she is a sociopath. However, if a situation presents itself where a potential victim really needs to be warned, don’t be afraid to say what you think.