Relationship Boomerang: Why It’s Hard to Get Rid of
Article by Claudia Moscovici www.psychopathyawareness.wordpress.com
Relationships with a psychopath are usually like a boomerang. Even after you toss him as far away as possible,
he may still swing back into your life. Years after breaking up with a psychopath, women commonly report that
they’re still cyber-stalked or somehow harassed by him, or that he’s still testing the waters to see if he can worm
his way back into their lives. So the question is: Why is it so hard to get rid of a psychopath?
Psychopaths are hoarders of women, even those they tired of and cast aside. They break up easily with their
partners, of course. Psychopaths throw away old relationships with as little emotion or regret as normal people
toss away their old shoes. But they rarely completely disappear from the radar, even years after the relationship
with them is over. As they’re pursuing their newest flames, psychopaths continue to keep tabs on their former
girlfriends, sink their claws deeper into the current ones, put a few more women, which are on their way out, on
the back-burner as they slowly simmer, wondering what they did to lose their attention and love. Hoarders
accumulate junk; psychopaths accumulate broken relationships. Since possessing women (and men) reminds
psychopaths of their dominance, the more ex-partners, current partners and potential future partners they can
juggle, the more powerful they feel.
In her phenomenal study, Women who love psychopaths, Dr. Sandra L. Brown describes the relationship
cycle of psychopaths, as they juggle multiple partners in their tireless pursuit of their top goals: pleasure,
dominance and entertainment.
1. The Pre-stage. During the early phases, a psychopath trolls for potential partners
everywhere: at work, at clubs and bars, on the internet, in the neighborhood, anywhere where he can meet sexual
partners. Just because he has a wife, several girlfriends and a few casual relationships on the side doesn’t mean
the psychopath has stopped looking for other victims. Whatever his actual job may be, pursuing new and exciting
partners (or “opportunities”) is a psychopath’s main occupation. He reads everyone’s signal: from eye contact,
attitude and what they verbally reveal about their lives. He zeroes in on those who express neediness,
vulnerability, or just plain sexual willingness.
2. The Early Stage. A psychopath commonly has multiple email addresses (most of them using
aliases), several cell phones, various means to juggle several partners and effectively hide that fact from his
more “serious” pursuits. He tests the waters with dozens of individuals, but focuses his energies most on those
whom he believes he can take to the next level.
3. The Middle Stage. He chooses to have full-blown relationships with multiple women and men
(even psychopaths who claim to be straight commonly experiment with homosexual relationships, for variety). During
this stage he woes more seriously the most promising targets: with romance, dinners out, exciting sex, loving
words, etc. Many of these women believe they found their soul-mate in him, the love of their lives. But while
wooing and duping them, the psychopath keeps very busy. He still maintains a firm hold on a few relationships he’s
thinking about ending; keeps an eye out for fresh prospects; plus has innumerable sexual encounters on the side.
Because your typical psychopath juggles so many relationships simultaneously, even during the honeymoon period
women start to experience some doubts. The psychopath may get calls from other girlfriends in the middle of their
dates. He may be late to appointments or leave, inexplicably, for unaccounted periods of times. Usually, however,
the wooing phase with a psychopath is so intense, fast-paced, sexually-charged, flattering and romantic that women
don’t stop to think about those red flags or prefer to accept the psychopath’s rationalizations and lies.
4. The End Stage. Once the excitement of the honeymoon period and the novelty of the conquest
is over, the psychopath usually no longer invests much time and energy into a given relationship. He ends
several relationships at the same time, just as he pursues multiple new ones simultaneously. Relationships
with a psychopath typically end when the initial excitement and fun diminish; when the woman begins to see cracks
in his mask of sanity and their fantasy love; when the relationship becomes too high-maintenance and requires too
much time and energy to sustain; or simply when he’s found new relationships which are momentarily more exciting
and entertaining. But, unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that the psychopath moves on and out of your life
5. The Post++ Stage. Because psychopaths can’t relinquish power over anybody, they usually keep
tabs on former girlfriends and periodically circle around them, like vultures, long after the relationships are
dead. Even in the cases where they don’t maintain physical contact, they may still send you nasty emails thinly
disguised as spam or other unwanted communication. As Dr. Brown puts it, “Given both his boredom and excitement
seeking, women must know that they, nor any other lover, ever really flies off his radar–for long.” (201)
This is why it’s so hard to get rid of a psychopath, long after you leave him. Because he’s egotistical and
controlling, a psychopath can’t get dumped by his girlfriends and move on, the way any normal, self-respecting man
would. In fact, to maintain dominance, he usually lies to others about past relationships as easily as he deceives
them about current ones. He may falsely claim that he initiated breakups or portray his ex-girlfriends as
disturbed. The web of lies woven by the psychopath embraces everything and everyone in his life, past, present and
future. And so the relationship cycle repeats itself, as the psychopath continually trolls for new partners, tires
of current relationships, ends some of them, begins others, only to find his way back, like an unwanted boomerang,
into his ex-girlfriends’ lives.