We’ve learned there are many things that leave us vulnerable to predatory manipulators.
But no discussion of what may make us vulnerable is complete without revealing one vulnerability we all have, but that remains hidden from us.
A reader commented on my last post, saying “It’s hard to enforce a boundary when you don’t even know it’s being violated.”
Can boundaries protect you from a manipulator?
A few days ago I read a memoir so important, so effective, and so deeply moving that I feel compelled to tell you about it:
A friend brought to my attention a post on a related website asserting that “when we become romantically involved with a sociopath we PARTICIPATE, in one way or another, in our own exploitation.”
An unsettling theme
appears in some of the comments I get from readers on my website. I hear from people regularly who tell me there is no way they will ever be able to protect themselves from another psychopathic victimization. They feel powerless and hopeless, at the mercy of fate or luck or the benevolence of those who cross their paths. After all, they say, psychopaths are so powerful, so crafty, so…Not Really Human. This belief is dangerous because when you imbue them with other-worldly power, you become powerless against such a force.