emotionally-damaged abuser comes in all shapes and sizes.
He can be the garden-variety jerk,
the emotionally-unavailable man, the perennial teenager, the
spoiled mama’s boy, the avowed bachelor, the serial monogamist, the
playboy, the workaholic career man and so forth.
When the relationship ends, the emotionally-damaged abuser does not seek to harm his partner. This is one way in which he differs from the other kind of perpetrator, the brain-damaged abuser.
perpetrator can be identified only with knowledge of his
counterfeit and counter-intuitive pathology.
No one can do damage like the psychopath.
Without him (or her), domestic abuse simply would not
"The psychopath's unreliability, disregard for obligations and for consequences are manifested in both trivial and serious matters, are masked by demonstrations of conforming behavior. Although it can be confidently predicted that his failures and disloyalties will continue, it is impossible to time them and to take satisfactory precautions. The psychopath shows a remarkable disregard for truth and is to be trusted no more in his accounts of the past than in his promises for the future or his statement of present intentions.
Hervey Cleckley, MD
THE MASK OF SANITY
"A safety manual for thinking people. Not melodrama or soap opera, but real facts from real life. Logic and reason do not apply in the world of abuse—it IS like being on another planet. I wish this had been written long ago. It would have spared me. But it still gives solace and understanding, even now. A must read."
SAXONY HILL PRESS
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