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Psychopathy Researcher Discusses the Behavior of Psychopaths

Dr. David Kosson and Dr. Rhonda Freeman Discuss Behaviors of Psychopaths © 2017 Rhonda Freeman, PhD | All Rights Reserved I have to offer my apologies – the introduction I recorded to our discussion has poor sound quality (low volume). Seems the mic was not close enough given the size of the room. I am… Read More »

Video: The Trauma Bond and Mean, Hateful Partners

The Trauma Bond, Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Abusers © 2017 Rhonda Freeman, PhD | All Rights Reserved You probably know that the “trauma bond” is a complex process when we look at the neuroscience behind it. On the surface, it is the abused, bonding, connecting, siding or sacrificing self for the abuser. The abuser has set… Read More »

Neuroscience Behind Idealize, Devalue, and Discard

Neuroscience Behind Idealize, Devalue, and Discard [My Two Phase Theory] © 2017 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Individuals with narcissistic personality disorder and psychopathy tend to rotate through partners in a relatively predictable manner. The well-known idealize, devalue, and discard cycle has been reported by many victims of… Read More »

Why Does It Feel Like Two Different Relationships When One Unwittingly Falls for a Psychopath?

The Two Phases of a Psychopathic Relationship [My Reward System Theory] © 2017 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Many women and men struggle with extreme levels of pain and stress due to relationship problems. Some couples can work through their obstacles and get back on track. But, for… Read More »

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not – Psychopathy, Narcissistic Personality, and Safe, Loving Relationships

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not – Psychopathy, Narcissistic Personality, and Safe, Loving Relationships © 2016 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form One of the most disheartening realities I have encountered as a personality educator is victim shaming and blaming. When you are a survivor or someone who… Read More »

Craving Your Ex? Addicted to a Dangerous Partner

Craving Your Ex? When You’re Addicted to a Dangerous Partner © 2016 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved  No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Did you know it’s normal for our brain to have an addicted feeling toward the people we love? Yes! It is nature’s way of ensuring we mate and also properly care for… Read More »

The Spellbinding Bond to Narcissists and Psychopaths – Neurobiology

The Spellbinding Bond to Narcissists and Psychopaths Neurobiological and Psychological Contributors © 2016 Rhonda Freeman, PhD | All Rights Reserved No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Why did she stay? This question is at the forefront for many when they consider the actions of some abuse survivors. For the outsider, it looks like a… Read More »

Narcissistic & Psychopathic Relationships – Blindsiding and Discarding

Narcissistic & Psychopathic Relationships Blindsiding and Discarding © 2016 Rhonda Freeman, PhD | All Rights Reserved No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Control, rudeness, and disdain will often replace the red hot, all-consuming attraction (‘love’) they have for their partners.  This is one of many hallmarks of a narcissistic and psychopathic relationship. In relationships with individuals with psychopathy and… Read More »

How Can I Love You? You Caused Such Pain

How Can I Love? You Caused Such Pain? © 2016 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Stress and abuse are very difficult conditions to endure when they stem from someone you love. When we are intimately connected with someone who is harsh, callous, and motivated to ‘spin’ reality… Read More »

Relationship Cycle of Individuals with Psychopathy and Narcissistic Personality Disorder – Idealize, Devalue, Discard

 A Common Relationship Cycle of Individuals with Psychopathy and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (c) 2016 Neuroinstincts | All Rights Reserved Individuals with narcissistic personality disorder and psychopathy tend to rotate through partners in a relatively predictable manner. The well-known idealize, devalue, and discard cycle has been reported by many abuse victims. The beginning of these relationships are usually… Read More »

Are You Dating a Psychopath? | 16 Warning Signs of Psychopathic Traits

Are You Dating a Psychopath? 16 Warning Signs of Psychopathic Traits in Romantic Relationships © 2015 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved Could you be dating a psychopath? In the beginning it can be nearly impossible to tell. However, as a bit of time wears on, there are often many red flags and signs of psychopathy. The… Read More »

Nine Steps Toward the Road to Self Compassion After an Abusive Relationship

9 Steps Toward the Road to Self Compassion © 2015 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved After a relationship with an abuser, it’s important to be in your own corner. It will be worth it to gain a realistic appreciation of who you are – free from criticism. Work toward self compassion. Implementing self compassion is one… Read More »

Are women with Borderline Personality Disorder & Psychopathy similar in Relationships?

Are those with Borderline Personality Disorder & Psychopathy similar in relationships? © 2014 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Individuals with personality disorders, regardless of the type have interpersonal difficulties. Relating to others in a healthy consistent manner is problematic for them. However, I’d like to touch on two personality… Read More »

Dating Again After Abuse | New Relationships

Dating Again | New Relationships © 2014 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Dating again can be a difficult area to approach after an abusive partner. It can be frightening to open up to someone new after emotional or physical violation from a person you trusted. After enduring the pain… Read More »

Female psychopathy – Are we missing the diagnosis?

Female psychopathy – Are we missing the diagnosis? © 2014 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Scientific research currently supports higher prevalence rates of psychopathy within the male population (Warren, Burnette, South, 2003; Wynn, Høiseth, Pettersen, 2012). However, could it be that the tools we use to diagnose… Read More »

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