Compartmentalize Dupes & Minions, You Gotta Keep ’em Separated.
(verb) Compartmentalize is what psychopaths do by segregating their relationships with their dupes and minions so that their many personas never conflict with each other.
By keeping his dupes and his minions separated, a psychopath can have multiple identities, lead multiple lives and perpetuate myriads of lies without worrying that his conflicting lies will be revealed. Compartmentalizing is necessary for psychopaths because they lie to everyone, all the time. Those lies are carefully tailored to the individual being lied to, so that they find him appealing and acceptable. To an honest, sincere person, he will appear honest and sincere. To an evil individual, he will reveal a mask that mirrors their own evil predilections, but nothing too much more evil because he doesn’t want to scare them off.
The psychopath will always have an excuse for why he must compartmentalize. He might say he has dangerous job and doesn’t want to expose you to potential harm. Or he might say you can’t meet his family because they are estranged. He may say he has to travel a lot for work, and will try to arrange employment which allows this excuse.
If a psychopath suddenly turns to you and whispers, “Call me Steve,” when you bump into his acquaintance (but his name isn’t Steve), you can be certain he has been compartmentalizing the acquaintance.
In a surprising 180, a psychopath might actually tell you that he compartmentalizes certain people because they are dangerous or “bad seeds” – for example- so he doesn’t want you to have contact with them. But when the mask drops, you will find that, in this case, he wasn’t compartmentalizing those people at all. In fact, they were his minions and were part of his plan for slandering you, gaslighting you, and driving you to an early grave. Although he may have had them compartmentalized from each other, they were not being compartmentalized from you at all.« Back to Glossary Index