A sociopath is a person without a conscience. If you are in a relationship with a diagnosed sociopath or a person you suspect may be one, you may wonder how you ever got taken in by his charm. It is not your fault; sociopaths are masters of persuasion and deception. Leaving one or fighting back can be emotionally and physically dangerous. The more you know about the characteristics of a sociopath, the better equipped you are to protect yourself.
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Plan your escape meticulously. Pack a suitcase when the sociopath is not around and stash it at the home of a friend or relative. If possible, open a bank account of which the sociopath is unaware. Research shelters in your area and contact them from a pay phone, work or friend's phone; ask them for help to devise an escape plan.
Retain the best attorney you can afford if you and the sociopath will be involved in a property or custody battle. Always contact your attorney from a computer or phone to which the sociopath has no access.
Give the sociopath as little to work with emotionally as possible. The more you can disguise your emotions, the better. Sociopaths depend on your physical and verbal cues as indicators of how to emotionally manipulate you. Hiding your emotions can be devastating in the long run, so continue to formulate your plan to escape from the sociopath as soon as possible.
Keep all interaction with this sociopath as minimal and businesslike as possible, if you must interact at all. The less contact you have with him, the less likely you are to be drawn back into the sociopath's deceit and lies.
Keep detailed records of all interactions with a sociopath you are fighting in court. Write down dates, times and content of phone calls and save and print all e-mails or voice mails. Document any damage to your body or property in photographs as soon as possible, and save both print and digital versions of the photographs, preferably in separate locations unknown to the sociopath.
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