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Manufactured Soul Mate — It was all a lie

There are three stages in a relationship with a narcissist: Idealize, Devalue, and Discard. This article will describe in detail the Idealization phase, also known as Love Bombing.

The narcissist will employ a few tactics to hook you in, and guess what? They truly work on unsuspecting people. This is because it quickly makes you happy and stops you from thinking, thereby accepting risks. As Jackson MacKenzie writes in Psychopath Free, it can modify “your brain chemicals to become addicted to the pleasure centers firing away. ”

Perhaps most insidious of all the psychopath’s evils: their relationship cycle. In which they gleefully and systematically wipe out the identity of an unsuspecting victim. Cold & calculated emotional rape.

– Jackson MacKenzie, Psychopath Free

Love Bombing — The Idealization Stage

The cat has been let out of the bag and the world seems to know what a narcissist is. The phrase Love Bombing is used quite often, but in a narcissistic relationship, there are specific things that a narcissist will do to capture their victim’s heart. Showering someone with affection and being really into someone does not constitute love bombing — not really anyway.

The idealization phase in a psychopathic relationship will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. You will be swept off of your feet, lost in a passionate fantasy with someone who excites you on every level: emotionally, spiritually, and sexually. They will be the first thing on your mind when you wake up in the morning, waiting for their cheerful, funny texts to start your day. You will quickly find yourself planning a future with them—forgetting about the dull realities of life. None of that matters anymore. They’re the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.

Psychopaths never truly feel the things they display. They’re observing you, mirroring your every emotion, and pretending to ride this high with you.  Idealization is the first step in the psychopath’s grooming process. Also known as love-bombing, it quickly breaks down your guard, unlocks your heart, and modifies your brain chemicals to become addicted to the pleasure centers firing away.

The excessive flattery and compliments play on your deepest vanities and insecurities—qualities you likely don’t even know you possess. They will feed you constant praise & attention through your phone and socials. Within a matter of weeks, the two of you will have your own set of inside jokes, pet names, and cute songs. Looking back, you see how insane the whole thing was. But when you’re in the middle of it, you can’t even imagine life without them. So how did they do it?

The psychopath uses a variety of brainwashing techniques to win you over. They will emphasize six major points during the idealize process:

We have so much in common

We see the world the same way. We have the same sense of humor. We’re both so empathetic, constantly helping out our friends & family members. We are perfect for each other. The psychopath repeatedly drills these points home, often times even going so far as to say: “we’re practically the same person.” They spend most of the idealize phase listening to you and excitingly responding that they feel the same way. You will eventually come to think that they’re the only person you’ll ever meet who’s so similar to you. And you’re right. Because it is flat-out impossible (and creepy) for two people to be identical in every way. Normal people have differences. It’s what makes life interesting. But psychopaths can skip this complication because they don’t have an identity. They do not have a sense of self. They don’t have life experiences that shape their needs, insecurities, and fantasies. Instead, they steal yours. Like a chameleon, they will transform every part of their personality to become your perfect match.

Peace. Psychopath Free: Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, & Other Toxic People (p. 20). Kindle Edition.

We have the same hopes and dreams

The narcissist will not only invade your present life with all-consuming thoughts, but they will creep into your future as the answer to your dreams.

The narcissist will make long-term promises for you to become invested in the relationship. These will be declared early on, but you will be so smitten with them that you will dismiss your skepticism and accept the dreams. You become highly invested.

If you have children and they do not, they will say they have always wanted to be a parent. “It would be so nice to be a parent. It seemed it would never be in the cards for me. I’ve friends who are parents and I’ve always been envious of them in that way.” This will make your heart soar (actually it will make your heart sore, but that’s later down the road.)

Meeting family, moving in together, marriage — you may become engaged in just a few short months! Decisions that typically take time because a healthy relationship needs time to develop, will happen in months or even weeks. In the first few dates, the narcissist may declare it official — you are a couple. Whatever your dreams are, the narcissist will fit that role perfectly.

We share the same insecurities

They will never actually say this, of course. But psychopaths can sniff out vulnerabilities in a second. They will mirror your insecurities to drive up your sympathy—so that you attempt to heal their problems with the same care you might hope to receive yourself. Empathetic people are not attracted to blatant butt-kissing and over confidence. You’re attracted to the innocent, sympathetic person. This increases exponentially when you also recognize their insecurities your own. You see someone feeling inferior, and you believe that you know how to make them feel better. The psychopath is like no one else, because they genuinely seem to adore all of your efforts. They compares you to past exes, idealizing you above everyone else. It’s as if all of your energies finally have a purpose, after likely being frustrated with the unending, not-so-appreciative complaints of others. If you perceive the psychopath in a sympathetic light, your natural instincts kick in, and you do everything you can to prove how much you care. Psychopaths see insecurities in a very different way—a tool for manipulation and control. Their childlike “baby” routine is a perfect way to mask these intentions.

Peace. Psychopath Free: Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, & Other Toxic People (pp. 21-22). Kindle Edition.


…evil can be cloaked in a very intelligent seemingly insightful and considerate package.

You are beautiful

Psychopaths are obsessed with the way you look. You will never meet another human being who comments so frequently on your clothes, your hair, your skin, your pictures, or whatever other superficial quality they choose to focus on that day. At first, these feel like compliments. They can’t believe how beautiful or handsome you are—they don’t even feel worthy of being your partner. They walk around the park and can’t find a person more attractive than you (how this is a compliment, I’m not quite sure). Going along with the above point about insecurities, you begin to return all of this flattery. You want to make sure they feel adequate—that they understand how attractive you think they are. And that’s what they’re aiming for. By showering you with compliments, they know they can expect the adoration to rebound shortly. Suddenly, they become very comfortable sharing photos of themselves with you. Your relationship becomes an unending exchange of praise and approval. You begin to place your self-esteem into their words, because they are so reliably positive. You can actually feel yourself glowing. Your body goes through changes as your confidence rises with their every word. You spend more and more time improving your appearance to keep them impressed.

Peace. Psychopath Free: Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, & Other Toxic People (p. 22). Kindle Edition.

I’ve never felt this way before in my life

This is where the comparisons begin. They hold you in high regard, far above all of their other relationships. They explain—in detail—every one of the reasons you are better than their exes. They can’t remember the last time they’ve been this happy. You will constantly hear sweeping declarations like, “I can’t believe how lucky I am.” Statements like these play on your innate desire to make others happy. They convince you that you’re providing them with a special sort of joy, something that they cannot find in anyone else. This becomes a point of pride for you—

knowing that you are the one they want, despite all of their other admirers.

The psychopath will refer to you as “perfect” and “flawless”, which becomes an overwhelming source of cognitive dissonance when the words inevitably change to “crazy” and “jealous”. As you work through these memories, remember that their compliments were always shallow and calculated. They do it with everyone. For each target, the idealize phase will be different. However, one thing remains true throughout each relationship: they really have “never felt this way” in their life. Psychopaths do not actually feel the love and happiness that they so frequently proclaim. They oscillate between contempt, envy, and boredom. Nothing more.


We are soul mates

Psychopaths love the idea of soul mates. It implies something different than love. It says that there are higher powers at work. That you are meant to be together. It means that they consume your entire being—mind and body alike. It creates a psychic bond that lasts long after the relationship has ended. Perhaps there is a small part in all of us that longs for a soul mate. The perfect person to complete our lives. Someone with whom we can share everything—a lover and a best friend. And there is nothing wrong with that. I cannot stress this point enough. Psychopaths will manipulate your dreams and fantasies, but that does not make them weaknesses. After being discarded by a psychopath, many survivors denounce everything about their past life, raising a permanent guard to protect themselves from more abuse.

Please don’t do this.

If you believe in soul mates, you will find a real one. You will meet a man or woman who is full of gentle compassion & kindness. You will never question your heart because of them. Your love will blossom on its own, without all of the manufactured intensity. The psychopath was not your soul mate, and they never will be. To be your soul mate, they would—of course—need to have a soul.

Peace. Psychopath Free: Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, & Other Toxic People (pp. 23-24). Kindle Edition.

This blog post was inspired by the writings of Jackson MacKenzie.
To read more on this topic, please purchase his book, Psychopath Free.

Psychopath Free (Expanded Edition): Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People

by Jackson MacKenzie

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