This article originally appeared on YourTango, by Deni Abbie
You're not crazy. He just wants you to think you are.
You think you've met your Prince Charming ... and he seems a little too good to be true. Well, he just might be!
If that little voice in your head telling you something just does not feel right, things are moving a little fast, then stop, listen and take notes.
That little voice in your head is called “gut instinct,” listen to it!
Once you become sucked into his proverbial claws, escape can be very difficult.
You do not leave without mental (or sometimes even physical) scars to remind you of the very abusive relationship you have just experienced.
Here are 12 warning signs to look out for, to help you know if you are dating a sociopath:
1. They have LOTS of charm.
They are extremely charming and normally very charismatic.
They are the center of attention at parties and very well liked in social circles, but it is superficial.
2. Sociopaths tend to be VERY attractive.
They have a high sexual attraction and use this to their advantage.
3. "I love you" happens fast.
They tell you they are in love quickly and move the relationship at a whirlwind rate.
You are caught up in the excitement of the romance and lose your head.
4. They flood you with attention.
They overdose you with attention at first: calling, emailing, texting, spending all their time with you.
They may also buy gifts take you on trips or whatever it takes to win you fast.
5. Sociopaths will try to "lock you in" quickly.
They try and lock the relationship in with either moving in together, engagement or getting married within a very short amount of time. They know they cannot hide their bad behavior long so they will try to cement the deal before you become aware and try and leave.
6. They always play the victim in stories from their past.
They are never responsible for any past relationship issues, nor will they be responsible for any in the future.
They are incapable of seeing their own faults.
7. Sociopaths will manipulate your sense of pity.
They play upon your sympathy for all things they do. Blaming it on childhood scars, work problems, relationship issues, money problems, etc.