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I have been in a relationship with a sociopath for 3 1/2

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i have been in a relationship with a sociopath for 3 1/2 years. we broke up recently, and I am having a hard time just realizing this is what I've been living with all this time. I tried to break it off several times, but only to have him track me down, convince me i was the one who was wrong, until i ended up appologizing to him. He just6 made me believe he needed money to further his non existant career, by inviting me to go away with him, where he wined and dined me (on his mothers money) to make me think he was so in love with me, only to come home and break up with me after he started another fight from nothing at all. I can't help but so frustrated that I will ever be able to trust anyone again. Please help
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Nancy replied 8 years ago.


Welcome to JustAnswer.

You could spend a few months or years in counseling, or I could have you write lists about what he's done and you could burn each one while saying goodbye to it... or you could just cut right to the chase. I suspect you jsut want to cut right to the chase.

The bot***** *****ne, is that you make a decision (1) to get over what that guy did NOW, and (2) start your new life trusting new people until they give you a reason not to trust.

Next time he shows up - just explain to him that the two of you have gone around and around - and can't make it work. Tell him it's time to move on. Tell him it's over and there is no going back. If he needs it - tell him that love doesn't make it work.

Then move on without him. Do whatever it takes to start a new life. Choose only to be around people who exhibit personal integrity - don't stand for less.

Learn about trustworthiness; what are the signs that show someone is trustworthy - if people display anything but those things, or show you they are liars, or cheats, or jerks to their ex's ... move on right then and there. You don't need people to show you over and over for 3.5 years - they can show you once or twice and that should be it - you then move on from them.

And finally - if you don't know how to find a better type of person - go to a matchmaking service that does it for you. There are some in every town and some online.

Don't settle - be with people who are worth your time.