If you find yourself wondering, “Why did I play the fool?” don’t judge yourself any further. It’s not what you did wrong that resulted in the horrific relationship. It’s what you did right that made you a target.
Like many single men and women, the narcissist looks for someone who completes them. Opposites attract. And those qualities and traits you’ve worked so hard to cultivate—being strong, independent, financially secure, professionally successful, and fit—often draw a bad man to a good woman. This doesn’t mean you should stop being a catch. It just means you need to arm yourself with knowledge— warning signs—so you know who to avoid and who to attract.
Sociopaths, psychopaths, and narcissists are drawn to good girls because opposites add spice and passion to a relationship. You are drawn to others out of needs and desires you seek to fulfill in your life, such as a desire to experience greater connection, security, love, support, and comfort. On the other hand, some of your unfulfilled longings are associated with polar opposite characteristics like adventure, freedom, risk, challenge, and intensity, which the narcissist embodies. When your emotional needs and more passion come together with your partner, you feel more alive and complete.
A Narcissist or Psychopath Targets Women with Positive Qualities:
1. You have a high capacity for love.
People who possess antisocial disorders (psychopaths, sociopaths, and narcissists) lack empathy. They do not care about anyone but themselves. Without empathy or concern for others, love cannot exist. You are a target because you truly care and hurt when others are in trouble or in pain. You tend to be a woman who has high levels of trust, compassion, tolerance, and attachment or loyalty within your relationships. You are a positive person who sees the best in others. Your goodness not only makes you highly desirable, but these traits also help you excel in helping industries such as nursing, psychology, education and human resources.
There is nothing wrong with how you love. The narcissist exploited your strengths and goodness. Because of this violation, your traumatized brain wants to disown your ability to be vulnerable again. By shutting down your vulnerability to others, though, you shut down your capacity to love — which is part of who you are and of what makes you happy. Love only exists to the degree we stay open and allow ourselves to be vulnerable. The abuse must be confronted and grieved. Your heart will renew and return to health.
2. You are reliable and responsible.
You have been targeted because you are reliable, emotionally mature, and able to take charge. You may have grown up taking care of siblings or supporting a sick parent, and you may bear the majority of the responsibility of raising your kids. Instead of taking on more responsibilities, you may desperately need adventure and fun. Having a balanced life is important to your wellness. Give yourself permission to be a free spirit and childlike at times. This freedom will help you seek out a more whole, balanced partner.
3. You are a powerful woman.
A woman who is ambitious and has an influential job is attractive to a narcissist. Powerful women often intimidate a normal man, but a narcissist is not afraid of someone like that. He seizes the opportunity of having a strong woman by his side. An extroverted woman may feel like she’s met her match— a man powerful enough to stand up to and love all of her.
As an influential woman, you may believe you need to have every situation under control. Recognize that you, too, are human, and no matter how smart or together you are, you need a relationship that invites you to surrender and be vulnerable without being taken advantage of, a relationship in which you can be built up and supported.