Psychopaths, narcissists, and sociopaths are all around us. We often don’t even recognize who they are. While they’re not all dangerous, they are social predators in their own right and can wreak havoc on your life if you’re not careful. These five behaviors are ones to look out for in order to spot if you have some of these types in your inner and outer circles.

Insincerity Is Strong In These Ones

Casual, inflated speech is often a sign of a psychopath. They’re doling out big compliments, making outlandish statements, perhaps even outright lying, without even batting an eye about it. The worst part is none of it is genuine. The goal of this behavior is often manipulation, which is why it can be so toxic to have someone who acts this way hanging around.

Spilling The Beans Way Too Quickly

Most people keep their secrets until they know they can trust a person with them. A sociopath, psychopath, or narcissist doesn’t generally have this filter. The vibe of vulnerability and intimacy is the goal, causing others to feel they have formed a special bond. Once you feel you are in their circle of trust, that’s when they can really start to manipulate you.

Poisonous Speech

Their speech is full of negativity, gossip, and trash-talking, all under the guise of innocence. Perhaps they’re using sob stories and acting concerned to get you to trust what they are saying. They want your perception of others to be warped so you are more likely to make them the center of your attention.

Repetition Works

Psychopaths and narcissists often repeat the same story over and over to people around them. Those stories usually have a self-serving purpose, to get you to think or feel a certain way about them. Sometimes the stories or true, and other times they are bald-faced lies. Especially if you’re hearing the story told to someone else nearly verbatim, you might want to steer clear of that person for good.

Favors Are A Privilege

Has anyone ever asked you for a favor but made it seem like you should be honored or lucky they’re even asking you? They make it seem like you’re the special one being asked, the only one they trust to follow through and deliver. If so, the request may have come from a sociopath, narcissist, or psychopath. Even if the favor seems like no big deal, there is bound to be more where that came from, and you can expect the stakes to keep getting higher and higher.