Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho details the signs of a psychopath. The "Stop Self-Sabotage: Six Steps to Unlock Your True Motivation, Harness Your Willpower, and Get Out of Your Own Way" author says these traits could be classic signs you have a psychopath in your life:
They give too much too soon: For example, after just one date they might tell you, "You're the one."
They will capitalize on personal information or vulnerability: She says people who have experienced a personal loss (like death or tragedy) or suffer from low self-esteem could be preyed upon by a psychopath.
They will shower you with excessive compliments: She says it might feel great to hear a compliment from a suitor, but be leery of an empty compliment or compliments that seem excessive.
They will isolate you: Dr. Judy suggests if you believe this is happening to reach out to loved ones to help you get a fresh perspective on the situation.
So if you determine you are dating a psychopath, what should you do to distance yourself? Dr. Judy suggests:
If you uncover a lie, call them out on the lie: She feels this will cause them to leave as they will not want to be challenged.
Extricate yourself slowly from their life: Dr. Judy says when a psychopath does not feel in control or outsmarted, they will lose interest and will move on.
Find out more about her book "Stop Self-Sabotage."