What did they want? Psychopaths, antisocials and other exploiters in romantic relationships


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About this course

You just can’t wrap your brain around your romantic partner’s behavior. How can someone go from worshipping you to treating you trash, for no apparent reason? How can they be unbelievably cruel, and then act as if nothing happened?

You suspect your partner may be disordered — a psychopath, antisocial, narcissist or borderline. But what exactly does that mean?

In this webinar, Donna Andersen, author of Lovefraud.com, offers you a primer on personality disorders: How these people behave, what they want, and why they do what they do. Yes, their motivations are totally different from yours, and no, they will not come around to your point of view. If you’re involved with an exploiter, it’s critical that you understand what you’re dealing with — and that’s exactly what you’ll learn.

This is the second course in the three-part Lovefraud Recovery Series. The other courses are Sociopathic Seduction: How you got hooked and why you stayed and Escaping the Sociopath and Rebuilding Your Life.

Highlights of this webinar:

  • Psychopath, antisocial, narcissist, borderline — what are they?
  • What disordered individuals really want
  • Sociopaths and sex
  • Inside the sociopathic mind
  • How the disorder develops — genetics and environment

About the instructor

Donna Andersen is author of Lovefraud.com, a website that teaches people to recognize and recover from sociopaths. She is also author of Red Flags of Love Fraud—10 signs you’re dating a sociopath and the Red Flags of Love Fraud Workbook. 

Donna learned about sociopaths the hard way—by marrying one. She tells the whole outrageous story in her first book, Love Fraud—How marriage to a sociopath fulfilled my spiritual plan.

Donna has collected more than 5,000 cases of people targeted by sociopaths, and has conducted five Internet surveys of survivors. She has presented her research on sociopaths to the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. Donna is the program administrator for Lovefraud CE, which offers continuing education about personality disorders for survivors and mental health professionals.

Donna has appeared on television shows including ABC News 20/20, Who the Bleep Did I Marry?, My Life is a Lifetime Movie, Handsome Devils, Urban Legends and The Ricki Lake Show. She has been interviewed for multiple radio shows, print articles and web posts.

Many Lovefraud readers thank Donna for saving their lives.

Cost and credits

The cost for this course is only $25 for 60 minutes of instruction. Once you purchase the course, you can access it online as long and as often as you want.

Although this course does not award continuing education credits, you will be able to download a certificate of achievement upon completion.

Learning objectives

After this course you should be able to:

  • Understand what personality disordered individuals really want
  • Recognize that antisocial behaviors are often hidden
  • Understand why you were targeted
  • Identify typical sociopathic behaviors
  • Understand why sociopaths are unlikely to change

Program Agenda

55 minutes of instruction

  • Explaining manipulative personality disorders
  • Naming the disorders — no agreement on terminology
  • Psychopathy
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Sociopathic behaviors
  • Female sociopaths
  • What do they want?
  • Seduction strategies
  • Sociopaths expressing love
  • How long it takes to see antisocial behaviors
  • You were useful
  • Disordered motivations
    • Lies
    • Sociopaths and sex
    • Substance abuse
    • Criminal behavior
    • Interpersonal violence
    • Sociopaths as killers
  • Inside the sociopathic mind
  • How the disorder develops
    • Genetics plus environment
    • Inability to love
    • Aggression
    • Physiological differences
    • Oxytocin and testosterone
  • No rehabilitation
  • What sociopaths really think

5 minutes questions and answers

Here’s a preview of the course:


This webinar is a primer on personality-disorder partners: How these people behave, what they want, and why they turn so callous and cold. Their motivations are totally different from yours; take this course and you will understand why.

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