How to survive a psychopath
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Psychopaths, sociopaths or?????

This webpage is not a clinical description of people with a certain diagnosis. It is a highly practical guide to be used when you are faced with people who act in ways that might be harmful to you or to others. People who act in psychopathic ways with or without (but mostly without) a clinical diagnosis.

This guide is meant for you who:

  • have started to doubt your own social senses,
  • are beginning to doubt your normal perceptions of right and wrong, up and down, fair and unfair,
  • have started to say "I'm sorry" without actually knowing what you have done wrong,

  If you know what I'm talking about, the reason could be that you have a psychopath or (as I prefer to name these people) a toxic person in your life.

It could be a colleague, a boss, a dear friend, a family member or a spouse.

What is a name?

To me the wording is not important. As a consultant I have been working professionally with or amongst this kind of people. As most of us, I have seen them making troubles in football clubs, parents' committees, etc. etc. I have experienced how they have disrupted friendships and neighborhood-relations. And I have been married to one.

From the point of view of management, I choose to talk about toxic people and toxic management in order to focus on the consequences of letting these people influence or manage a workplace. Generally, I prefer the term toxic because it means that we do not have to discuss medical or clinical classifications. In stead we can talk about what these people do and how to handle this.

You can read more about toxic management on the Website: This page focuses on the individual consequences and how to get on when human toxicity has entered your life.

Dorte Kardel, ECOHouse, mail:, phone: 004520993514

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