Not everyone has a conscience or the ability to empathize. Harvard psychologist Martha Stout says that 1 in 25 people in the United States are sociopaths. The specialists disagree with the amount or terminology. Most agree that many people have antisocial tendencies but not that many people have sociopathic or psychopathic tendencies.
People with Antisocial Tendencies (AST) or Antisocial Personality Disorder don’t empathize with others. This of empathy makes it so they readily manipulate others for their benefit and amusement.
Narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths fit within the anti social umbrella. They can mimic emotional content to avoid deduction. They often emotionally manipulate others to get emotional responses and control people.
Difficult to detect, there are small details that can clue you into a person that has this destructive habit. Realize that not everyone that has AST is a social and emotional monster.
Below are the stages that a relationship with someone with AST will look like. Emotional pain and physical pain have the same neural pathways. The engagement they get from manipulating others gives them the semblance of emotions and relation.
Emotional Build Up
They will build up your feelings toward them. Pumping positivity into your life, they can’t get enough of you. Your strengths and weakness are explored and applauded. They aim to learn about you and make you dependent on them in some way.