How to Marry a Psychopath
So…when exactly did you realize you’d married a
It was a straight forward enough a question over a glass of wine at a friend's party.
We'd been chatting about relationships, and there was definitely a frisson of
something in the air between us. I felt a nervous twitch coming on. All his fault of
course....'the ex' and the twitch...not the rather cute guy interrogating me.
The trouble was it was a bummer of a question to answer. The cute guy knew it
because he was grinning mischievously at me. I mean, how do you explain a ten-year
marriage to a psychopath without looking like a complete fruit loop yourself? I had
several options open to me and I had to choose carefully. It was make or break time
with Mr Cute.
I could go on the defensive and explain that many psychopaths are masters of
disguise. You know, seemingly normal and even charmingly charismatic individuals
until someone or something tips them over the edge.
I could recount the psychologist's enlightening explanation that 'the ex' suffered from
the same personality disorder as Hitler and allegedly Stalin. Wouldn't that elicit some
degree of sympathy and understanding from Mr Cute?