The phrase “beware the wolves in sheeps’s clothing ” originates from the bible. That shows you how far back into history that humans were made up of predators and targets.
It is not an epidemic. I have heard this term “narcissist epidemic” and it is misleading. It implies that this is a new problem and that the problem is getting worse.
It is not a new problem. It is most certainly an old problem that continues to exist. The problem of sociopaths, psychopaths, and people with narcissistic personality disorder has always existed.
It should be considered number one on the public health crisis list. It has always been so.
People will say that no one is born with a predisposition to have a cluster b personality disorder. They will say that is is caused by the abuse from that person’s parents.
There are a few problems in logic with that idea. Who started the problem of child abuse? Who were the first abusers ?
Logically there had to originally be people abusing their children that were not abused themselves. It had to begin someplace, at some point, with people that were naturally abusive, or people that chose to be abusive because they had a Machiavellian outlook on life.
After that, the children of those abusers, either came out to be traumatized and have c-ptsd or they came out to be narcissists and sociopaths and psychopaths.
All children of abusive parents do not become abusers. Many children of abusive parents are some of the most compassionate people you could meet.
It is not true that narcissists had a greater level of abuse and that the people that didn’t choose to be abusers had less abuse.
After over 150 coaching clients. I can tell you that there are plenty of people that grew up with horrific abuse, that did not turn out to be sociopaths or narcissists. They did not decide to hurt others intentionally, just because someone hurt them. Tbey did not choose a lifestyle that is based in machiavellian values.
Cluster b people chose their approach to the world. There is some genetic predisposition. But in the end, they made a choice of how to deal with others and how to run their lives.
Machiavellian philosophy says the ends justifies the means. So it doesn’t matter who you hurt or who’s lives you ruin to get what you want.
People that operate this way are not always easy to spot. I tend to recognize them faster than I used to. It comes with experience, but it is experience that I don’t suggest you gain.
The old warning was accurate. “Beware the wolves in sheep’s clothing.”
Everyone claiming to be a victim is not one. Everyone claiming to be vulnerable or suffering is not what they seem to be.
Sociopaths and narcissists will lie to mislead you.
They will lie about their feelings and emotions. They will lie about things that happened or did not happen.
They will lie about what they think of you. They will lie about what they think of themselves.
They will lie about how they plan to treat you. They will lie about how they have treated others, in the past.
They will lie about what they want for you in the future. They will lie about what they intend to do, in regards to you, in the future.
They will lie about how others see you. They will lie about what others say about you.
They will mislead you about your potential. They will confuse and deceive you, until you doubt your own ability to perceive reality properly. Ad then, the games really begin to get dark.
Live your life and interact with others. Just keep the wisdom with you. All people are not what they first appear to be.
If your intuition is telling you something is wrong, it probably is.